Abbey Road Studios has announced the release of the RS124 Compressor, an authentic emulation of one of Abbey Road Studio’s most sought after pieces of vintage gear.
This compressor plug-in provides incredibly accurate emulations of three original RS124 units from Abbey Road’s unique outboard collection, bringing the sound; look and functionality of these rare pieces of hardware to all major DAWs.
The RS124 plug-in was modeled using the original hardware and circuit diagrams with extensive listening tests taking place at Abbey Road under the guidance of Abbey Road’s Director of Engineering, Peter Cobbin. The RS124 is also one the worlds first dedicated Dynamics LCR plug-in, allowing users to ‘stack’ all three units on top of one another – as if you were in the studio! (TDM and RTAS only).
In addition to the functionality found on the original units, users can enjoy a new surprise feature. This extra function is wonderfully brutal and guaranteed to make your drums jump out of the speakers!
RS124 Compressor Plug-in features
Three authentic compressor models based on vintage Abbey Road units.
Each model recreates the sound and behaviour of the hardware unit.
Authentic replication visually and sonically of the original hardware.
Tested and approved by Abbey Road Studios’ Director of Engineering, Peter Cobbin.
Added SuperFuse mode for more aggressive compression effect.
Dedicated LCR version allowing Pro Tools HD users to ‘stack’ all three units on top of one another.
The RS124 Compressor Plug-in is available to purchase for PC and Mac (VST/AU/RTAS/TDM), priced at $560 USD (TDM) and $335 USD (Native). A free 10-day trial version can also be downloaded. An iLok USB key is required.
Native Instruments has announced the release of Abbey Road 70s Drums, the second of Native Instruments’ collaborations with Abbey Road Studios London.
This KONTAKT Instrument contains no emulations or modeling of any kind – ABBEY ROAD | 70s DRUMS is built entirely of high-quality samples of two distinctive vintage drum kits from the 1970s, made accessible via an easy-to-use interface newly created in conjunction with the Abbey Road experts. Made up of thousands of painstakingly sampled hits, every sound in this KONTAKT Instrument was recorded in Abbey Road’s legendary Studio Two using classic vintage equipment from that period.
Abbey Road 70s Drums features
2 complete drum kits:
The Open Kit is a Ludwig™ Vistalite Tequila Sunrise from 1972 with a 26″ kick drum, 14″ rack tom and 16″ and 18″ floor toms. Recorded in the legendary Studio Two of Abbey Road, this kit provides the big roomy sound immortalized on countless classic rock recordings.
The Tight Kit is a vintage 1970s Premier model with 22″ kick drum, 13″ rack tom, 14″ and 16″ floor toms. The samples from this kit were also recorded in Studio Two of Abbey Road, but dedicated acoustic panels were put around the kit to achieve the tight, punchy and dry sound that was very popular throughout the 70s.
Over 32,000 samples
24-bit, 44.1 kHz samples
6.4 GB library size, using the new KONTAKT 4 sample compression (15.6 GB uncompressed!)
Up to 34 velocity layers for a single articulation
Up to 6 variations of drum hits at the same velocity for added realism
Separate vintage and modern mic samples for direct, overhead and room mics
Two snare options for each kit
Separate Right and Left hand samples for the most common Snare, Tom, and Hihat articulations
Snare Top/Bottom and Kick In/Out samples
Optional snare bleed samples for many drums
Includes a wide range of mapping templates for instant use with E-DRUMS and other Drum Modules / software: General MIDI, V-Drums™, DrumIt Five™, EZplayer®, BFD™*, iMap™, Addictive Drums™
Abbey Road 70s Drums is available to purchase for 99 EUR / $199 USD.
Native Instruments has released Abbey Road 60s Drums, the first of Native Instruments’ collaborations with Abbey Road Studios London.
This KONTAKT Instrument delivers expressive acoustic drums that combine detailed realism with flexible and nuanced control. Containing no emulations or acoustic modeling of any kind, this instrument consists entirely of high-quality samples of two vintage kits – beautifully recorded with period equipment in Abbey Road’s legendary Studio Two. The sound of ABBEY ROAD | 60s DRUMS can be easily molded from within the instrument itself, going from vintage to modern and taking in all points between.
Abbey Road 60s Drums features
Two highly sought-after vintage drum kits:
The Gretsch round badge White Marine Pearl (Jasper Shell) from the early 60s includes a 24” kick drum, one 13” and one 16” tom.
The second kit is a Ludwig Hollywood from 1967 with a 22″ kick, and 12″, 13″ and 16″ toms.
Snare drums include a Ludwig chrome Supra-phonic 400 (1966), Ludwig wooden jazz Festival (1966), Ludwig Mahogany (1959) and Slingerland Radio King (1964).
A selection of vintage Zildjian cymbals were used from the early and late 60’s, including a rivet cymbal dating from 1963.
Recorded using only the absolute best period equipment, including the legendary REDD.17 valve mixing desk from 1958, an EMI TG mixing desk introduced in 1967 as well as a valve Studer J37 4 track 1-inch tape machine from 1964.
Executively Produced by Peter Cobbin, Abbey Road’s Director of Engineering, recorded by Mirek Stiles and assisted by John Barrett and Kris Burton. Native Instruments sound designers Paul Maurer and Nicki Marinic were on hand to oversee the sessions. Drumming duties were performed by one of London’s top musicians, Ralph Salmins.
Over 29,000 24-bit, 44.1 kHz samples.
6.3 GB library size, using the new Kontakt 4 sample compression.
Up to 30 velocity layers for a single articulation.
Up to 6 variations of drum hits at the same velocity for added realism.
Separate vintage and modern mic samples for direct, overhead mono, overhead stereo, and room mics.
Two snare options for each kit.
Separate Right and Left hand samples for the most common Snare, Tom, and Hihat articulations.
Snare Top/Bottom and Kick In/Out samples.
Optional snare bleed samples for many drums.
Abbey Road 60s Drums is available to purchase for 99 EUR. DVD Delivery starts on February 1st.
Native Instruments has announced a new cooperation with the legendary recording studio, Abbey Road.
The two companies will work together to produce a range of instruments that unite Abbey Road’s recording expertise with Native Instrument’s groundbreaking technology.
This video gives you a quick tour around the famous Abbey Road Studios, and reveals how its long history of meeting the ambitions of artists and engineers has produced a catalogue of classic recordings.
The instruments created from this collaboration will provide modern producers with access to ‘the Abbey Road sound’ across a range of instruments with the functionality that Native Instruments are renowned for.
A series of instruments are currently in development with the first product scheduled for release in January 2010.