Plugin Spotlight: uBEAT by Umlaut Audio

Propel your next project with uBEAT, a dynamic new drum loop library for Native Instruments’ Kontakt developed by Umlaut Audio designed to let you jam out with ease.



uBEAT is a new drum loop library for Native Instruments’ Kontakt sampler developed by Umlaut Audio, an award-winning virtual instrument company based in Los Angeles, CA. This dynamic beat-creation tool combines a traditional MIDI file library with an eight-pad drum machine-style instrument that offers an intuitive workflow and three distinctive styles to choose from – modern hip-hop, pulsating electro, and a genre-bending hybrid.

“We’re really excited about uBEAT because of its versatility. For example, a composer can use it to create high-quality beats in a time crunch, or a producer can really dig into playing with all its settings to make something completely original.” – Anne Juenger, co-founder and COO of Umlaut Audio

Get your creativity flowing, and instantly layout beats with ease. uBEAT is ideal for quickly adding beats to any production with its user-friendly interface and expressive controls that let you easily load and manipulate a variety of drum kits. Keep the beat going by creating endless variations of new loops that can be constructed by swapping out kits and their individual sounds. uBEAT also excels at providing source material to inspire new beat patterns that can be used with your own samples. To make beats all your own, simply drag and drop any of the MIDI files included in each kit into your DAW to spark new drum sequence ideas that can be extensively modified.


uBEAT is a sonically appealing instrument that features color-coded drum pads for easy visual grouping of sounds and a host of controls to shape your sounds. Get inspired by selecting from a variety of production-ready factory presets that can be further sculpted with a unique FX Chain setup that provides eight separate FX Chains, Global FX, and Send FX. uBEAT also has a built-in “Help View” for quick reference without deviating from your work. In addition, the software is NKS-ready and seamlessly integrates with your DAW through Native Instruments’ Kontakt or free Kontakt Player.


“uBEAT covers a wide range of sounds and gives you a powerful user interface. The kits are ready to go into your productions immediately, plus you have full control over each kit with dedicated effects chains that let you dial in your desired sound. You also get plenty of beats to spark ideas with the ability to drag them into your DAW for further customization and tweaking.” – JK Swopes aka SaintJoe of


uBEAT Key Features

  • Dynamic MIDI loop library with an eight-pad drum machine-style workflow.
  • 45 preset kits and 90 MIDI loops per instrument.
  • MIDI drag and drop functionality with a dedicated file browser for MIDI loops.
  • 1 GB sample library and 700+ individual hits (Bundle), with all sounds categorized by sound type.
  • Color-coded drum pads for easy visual grouping of sounds.
  • Built-in help view for quick reference of instrument features.
  • Instant customization of preset kits by swapping out sounds with others in the same category.
  • Production-ready factory presets.
  • Unique FX Chain setup with eight separate FX Chains, Global FX and Send FX.
  • Conforms to NI’s Native Kontrol Standard (NKS).

Pricing and Availability

uBEAT Hip-Hop, uBEAT Hybrid, and uBEAT Elektro are sold separately for $99 each, or together as the uBEAT Bundle for $199, at


About Umlaut Audio

Umlaut Audio creates innovative music software for composers, producers, DJs and sound designers. The company’s mission is to provide high-quality sounds in intuitive, highly polished virtual instruments that inspire artists, ease workflow and enhance musical creativity.

Their products are inspired by years of experience developing custom virtual instrument solutions and samples for many of the world’s most famous composers, such as Harry Gregson-Williams, Danny Elfman, and John Debney.


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