Klevgrand’s Borsta may be the natural-sounding virtual percussion you’ve been waiting for

The virtual drum instrument also comes with an array of reverb algorithms and virtual spaces.

Klevgrand Borsta

Klevgrand has unveiled Borsta, a new drum and percussion virtual instrument that realistically simulates strokes and brushes to give your digital beats a natural feel. With its name literally meaning ‘to brush’ in Swedish, Borsta boasts a unique audio engine that allows for natural-sounding brushing phrases and rhythms.

Borsta’s parallel envelope and events sequencers mean users can determine when to start a stroke, how that stroke’s pressure and speed evolve over time and when it should end. Each of its 18 instruments is based on over 400 samples, recorded for playing with different velocities and round robins, also offering multi-sampled one-shots with advanced choking capabilities.

 

Borsta just emulates one drum instrument at a time, but comes with 18 different instruments in what Klevgrand call its “initial version”, hinting that more could come with future updates. Uniform MIDI mapping means that the same sequence can be applied to any of Borsta’s instruments.

To add even more of a natural feel, Borsta comes with nine different room simulations and six different reverb algorithms complete with adjustable decay and a three-band EQ.

Klevgrand says of the instrument: “what sets Borsta apart from similar instruments is that its audio engine supports continuous changes in intensity. This makes it possible to create life-like brushing phrases and patterns, something that can’t be easily achieved with ordinary sample-based instruments.”

Borsta is available now for both macOS and Windows in VST, AU and AAX formats, for an introductory price of $35.99 until 28 March 2022. It’s also available as a standalone instrument and in AUv3 plug-in format for iOS for the introductory price of $14.99.

Head to klevgrand.com for more information.