The second instrument developed with Abbey Road recording studio, Abbey Road 70s Drums comprises two drum kits (a Premier and Ludwig from the '70s) for use in the free Kontakt Player and Kontakt 4 sampler.
Both kits were recorded in Abbey Road's Studio Two. While the Ludwig kit provides the typical big and roomy sound that is a hallmark of many classic rock songs of the '70s, the Premier kit was recorded in a deadened environment within the studio to create a tight and punchy tone that also lends itself to R&B, disco and other contemporary genres. All samples were captured using Abbey Road's engineering expertise and arsenal of vintage equipment. Classic microphones from the studio's collection, the exclusive EMI TG mixing desk, an analog 2-inch tape machine and other authentic outboard gear were also employed.
Up to 34 velocity layers per instrument with up to six additional variation samples is supported for rhythm programming and real-time MIDI-controlled playing, with a selection of different MIDI mappings accommodating the established layouts of various electronic drum kits and third-party drum libraries. Separate "vintage" and "modern" microphone setups provide a choice between classic and contemporary tone, with the Ludwig kit also offering an optional "Glyn Johns" configuration.
Abbey Road 70s Drums is available for purchase in the NI Online Shop on DVD and as a download for $119.