Drumdrops announces Gretsch 1960s Round Badge Soul Kit Kontakt 5 Pack

Drumdrops has announced it will be releasing the Gretsch 1960s Round Badge Soul Kit Kontakt 5 Pack on wednesday 3rd December at 4pm GMT with a special offer.

The first 10 packs will be free, the next 50 will be £ 30.00, the next 50 £ 40.00 and then it will go back to the retail price of £ 45.00. Customers will need to have a Drumdrops account to purchase the kit. Login and at 4pm head to the Buy Kit page. The free kits go in a second so you have to be quick !

Drumdrops Gretsch 1960s Round Badge Soul Kit

The Gretsch 1960s Round Badge Kits are legendary kits. Currently they are one of the most sought after kits from that era. Drumdrops recorded this kit to capture a certain sound, the sound of the late 60s and early 70s that came out of Royal Studios in Memphis. Home to legendary producer and founder of Hi Records, Willie Mitchell. This studio was responsible for recording hit after hit from famous Soul Artists such as Al Green and Ann Peebles. Drumdrops under the guidance of producer / drummer Timmy Rickard studied and recreated the drum sound.

Unlike the one microphone, large open room drum sounds coming out of Motown and Stax in the 60’s/early 70’s, Willie Mitchell preferred a small dry room, often using three or four microphones on the drum kit. To capture the same sound Drumdrops used the suited dry live room at Miloco’s The Square in London. The concept behind the mic positioning is unique to this release. They used five mic’s, each placed in carefully selected positions around the kit, so each mic captures the drum kit as a whole, meaning you can use any one mic as your drum sound, or you can blend any or all of the mic’s to create your ideal sound (in the Kontakt pack).

The drum kit was produced, mixed and recorded by South London drummer Timmy Rickard who has studied the grooves and sound of this great era. The kit is a classic sounding late 60s kit with wallets placed on the tuned down snares, a tea towel was used on the floor tom and they have recorded the ride with and without a chain.

The kit comprises a 20″ x 14″ Kick drum, 13″ x 9″ Rack Tom and a 16″ x 16″ Floor Tom. The snares used were a combination of a Gretsch Renown Maple 14″ x 6″ snare with a Red Sparkle finish (c.2010) a Gretsch Renown maple 14″ x 5″ snare with a Black Oyster Swirl finish, a Ludwig Acrolite 14″ x 5″ (c.1970) and a Ludwig 400″ 14″ x 5″ snare (c.1960). Cymbals were dark sounding Bosphorous New Orleans Hi Hats (2 x 16″ Crashes), a 20″ Ride and an 18″ Crash. Drumdrops have also included shakers, tambourines and congas.
The recording took place in Miloco’s The Square Studios in London. As only five microphones were used Drumdrops utilized the vintage external mic pre’s (Telefunken V76’s, Neve 1066, Calrec PQ1061) recording straight to Pro Tools. All of the kit microphones used were ribbon microphones. They used 3 x Coles 4038 ribbons around the kit and for the overhead an STC 4021 ball & biscuit. Drumdrops also setup a room microphone which was a U47 FET running through a Calrec PQ1061 Mic Pre. In the Kontakt 5 pack all five microphones can be accessed on every drum using the mic blend feature.

The “Kontakt Pack” has been designed exclusively for the latest full version of Native Instruments Kontakt 5. The pack includes up to sixteen velocities of each articulation and up to 5 round robins. In total it contains 17275 samples. Included in the Kontakt pack is the latest version of the Drumdrops Kontakt 5 instrument.

The pack will cost £45 GBP. Requires Kontakt 5.2.0 full version or higher.

More information: Drumdrops / Gretsch 1960s Round Badge Soul

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Drumdrops releases Folk Rock Drops Volume 2

Drumdrops Folk Rock Drums Volume 2

Drumdrops has announced the release of Folk Rock Drops Volume 2, a collection of 17 modern Folk Rock drum tracks available as Multi-tracks, Stems, Loops and song construction loops.

Folk Rock Drops Volume 2 contains 17 drum tracks taking influence from a range of mainly modern folk rock tracks with a few old classics thrown in. The tracks were once again played by Folk Rock drummer Martyn Barker and recorded and mixed by legendary Producer / Engineer Phill Brown. Recorded at the historic Miloco Livingston Studios in London in the brighter sounding live room this kit was close mic’d. The kit used was Martyn’s 1980’s Gretsch Maple 4416 Kit.

The drum tracks take reference from Artists such as Ray La Montagne, Elliot Smith, Bon Iver, Goldfrapp, Little Feat and Bombay Bicycle Club amongst others. Ranging in tempo from 80 BPM to 184 BPM there is a huge range of tracks and grooves to choose from. Six tracks were played with Brushes and two with Hotrods.

For the sound Phill Brown (John Martyn, Bob Marley, Rolling Stones, Talk Talk, Led Zeppelin) close mic’d this kit as a contrast to the 5 mic process used on Volume 1. Mics used were classic drum mics – AKG D112 on the Kick, Shure SM57s on the Snare, Sennheiser 421’s on the toms, KM84 on the Ride and Hi-Hat, Coles 4038’s as overheads and two room mics – a Sony C48 and Neumann U89. These pick up the ambience of the drum room. All of the mics were recorded through the SSL G-Series mic pre’s and recorded straight to 2″ tape on a Studer A80 with a 16 track headblock before being transferred into Pro Tools.

The pack is available for purchase for £68 GBP (Multitrack Session), £47 GBP (Stems and Mix files), £40 GBP (Loops Pack).

More information: Drumdrops / Folk Rock Drops Volume 2

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Drumdrops releases Gretsch 1960s Round Badge Soul Kit

Drumdrops has announced four Gretsch 1960s Round Badge Soul Kit sample packs: the Multi-Velocity Pack, Single Hits Pack, Drum Replacement Pack and All Samples Pack.

Drumdrops Gretsch 1960s Round Badge Soul Kit

The Gretsch 1960s Round Badge Kits are legendary kits. Currently they are one of the most sought after kits from that era. We recorded this kit to capture a certain sound, the sound of the late 60s and early 70s that came out of the Royal Studios in Memphis. Home to legendary producer and founder of Hi Records, Willie Mitchell. This studio was responsible for recording hit after hit from famous Soul Artists such as Al Green and Ann Peebles. We have studied and recreated the drum sound.

Unlike the one microphone, large open room drum sounds coming out of Motown and Stax in the 60’s/early 70’s, Willie Mitchell preferred a small dry room, often using three or four microphones on the drum kit. To capture the same sound we used the suited dry live room at Miloco’s The Square. The concept behind the mic positioning is unique to this release. We used four mic’s, each placed in carefully selected positions around the kit, so each mic captures the drum kit as a whole, meaning you can use any one mic as your drum sound, or you can blend any or all of the mic’s to create your ideal sound. (depending on the pack you purchase).

The drum kit was produced, mixed and recorded by South London drummer Timmy Rickard who has studied the grooves and sound of this great era. The kit is a classic sounding late 60s kit with wallets placed on the tuned down snares, a tea towel was used on the floor tom and we have recorded the ride with and without a chain.

The Gretsch 1960s Round Badge Soul Kit is now available for purchase. The Multi-Velocity pack is £15 GBP; the Single Hits Pack is £7.50 GBP; the Drums Replacement Pack is £12.50 GBP; and the All Samples Pack costs £28 GBP.

The Kontakt 5 pack with the the Drumdrops Kontakt instrument is scheduled for release early november. For a limited period customers can pre-order the Kontakt 5 pack with a 40% discount and also receive a voucher code to receive a 50% discount on any of the other packs for this kit.

In addition to these five packs Drumdrops are currently working on a new BFD pack which will be scheduled for release shortly.

More information: Drumdrops / Gretsch 1960s Round Badge Soul Kit

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XLN Audio releases Fairfax Vol. 2 for Addictive Drums

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XLN Audio Fairfax Vol. 2

XLN Audio has launched Fairfax Vol. 2, a collection of warm, punchy, old-school American drums from a 1960’s Gretsch kit.

Fairfax Vol. 2 is the second half of our acclaimed Fairfax collection. Like Vol. 1, this ADpak was recorded in the legendary studio at Fairfax Recordings (formerly known as Sound City) where countless classic albums were recorded.

This ADpak features a late-60s Gretsch “Round Badge” drum kit with a round, full tone. When paired with the great-sounding room at Fairfax Recordings, this warm and punchy kit really brings your tracks to life! Perfect for a variety of styles, especially rock, folk, and indie.

The ADpak is available for purchase for 79.95 EUR. A bundle of Fairfax Vol. 1 and 2 is 119.95 EUR.

More information: XLN Audio / Fairfax Vol. 2

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Toontrack releases The Rock Warehouse SDX

Toontrack The Rock Warehouse SDX

Toontrack has announced the release of The Rock Warehosue SDX, a new Superior Drummer expansion library.

This new sound library expansion was recorded by Randy Staub in Vancouver’s world-famous The Warehouse Studio. With mixing credits on some of the best selling rock albums ever (Metallica’s “Black Album”, Nickelback’s “Silver Side Up”, Avril Lavigne’s “Under My Skin”) and a catalogue that spans close to 300 productions, Randy is undoubtedly one of the most prolific and noted producers of the past decades. Add to that The Warehouse Studio’s breathtaking acoustics, mint condition drums tuned to perfection, the best dynamic, ribbon and condenser mics money can buy, chains of rare vintage outboard – all ultimately saturated by one of the only three existing Neve AIR consoles.

The Rock Warehouse SDX comes with a broad scope of drum selections and presents a total of three full kits, two extra kicks, three additional snares and an extensive collection of cymbals. From the modern edge of the Ayotte Custom kit, the warm and round sound of the Gretsch USA Custom set to the massive strike of the Dunnett Titanium drums, your options span from tight and snappy to big and ambient. Simply put: drums, recorded with utmost craftsmanship in one of the finest facilities in the world.

The Rock Warehouse SDX features

  • Engineered by Randy Staub (Metallica, Nickelback, Mötley Crüe).
  • Recorded through a rare Neve AIR console (originally one of the three consoles custom-built by Rupert Neve exclusively for AIR Studios).
  • Approx. 20 GB of raw, unprocessed drums.
  • Three complete kits.
  • Two extra kicks, three additional snares, three sets of cymbals.
  • Additional percussion pieces: tambourine and cowbell.
  • Extensive rock oriented MIDI library performed by Ryan Vikedal (ex-Nickelback).

The library is available to purchase for 159 EUR / $179 USD.

More information: Toontrack / The Rock Warehosue SDX

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