Created with Abbey Road, Native instruments' Abbey Road 60s Drums provides classic drum sounds with tonal authenticity, playability and sonic flexibility. For use in the free KONTAKT PLAYER and KONTAKT 4 sampler, it provides a unique resource for typical '60s sound aesthetics, as well as for modern pop, rock and urban music styles.
The instruments features two drum kits of the '60s era, a Gretsch and a Ludwig, which were recorded in detail using Abbey Road's engineering expertise and vintage equipment: classic AKG, Neumann and STC microphones from the studios' microphone collection; the exclusive REDD.17 and EMI TG mixing desks; a valve-based Studer tape machine; and other authentic outboard gear.
With up to 30 velocity layers per instrument, each using up to six randomly selected variation samples, as well as separate left- and right-hand samples and individually adjustable snare bleed, Abbey Road 60s Drums delivers authenticity both for DAW-based rhythm programming and for real-time MIDI-controlled drum playing. To cover both classic and contemporary sound aesthetics, users can choose between "vintage" and "modern" microphone setups, and select separate "tea towel" samples for an even more distinctive, punchier sound. A special room microphone configuration was used to fully capture the acoustic room sound of Abbey Road's Studio Two, with the ambience individually adjustable for each instrument.
The concise user interface of makes full use of the advanced GUI features of the KONTAKT platform, with controls for articulation, sound shaping, mixing and routing functions. Advanced randomization features can add additional subtle nuances to the tone and timing.
A video of engineer Mirek Stiles explaining the recording process at Abbey Road Studios is available on YouTube.
Abbey Road 60s Drums is available for purchase in the NI Online Shop on DVD and as a download for $119.