With two expertly engineered drum kits for use in the free Kontakt Player and the Kontakt 4 sampler, Abbey Road 80s Drums allows musicians and producers to recreate the defining drum sound of the '80s with the highest level of sonic fidelity and authenticity.
Abbey Roads 80s Drums contains a vintage Yamaha 9000 and a Slingerland Magnum Chrome with single-headed concert toms and a full set of Octobans. Both drum kits were set up and sampled in Abbey Road's Studio Two and Studio Three, taking full advantage of the acoustic properties of these recording rooms.
Abbey Roads 80s Drums features a sophisticated implementation of the typical “gated reverb” technique that enabled the distinctive huge-but-tight drum sound of the '80s. Different sets of ambient microphones were used at Abbey Road to capture additional, strongly compressed versions of the room sound, including a mono overhead signal recorded through a STC 4021 “Ball and Biscuit” microphone and a specially built replica of the SSL E Series talkback compressor. Selected Neve preamps, an analog 2-inch tape machine and other exclusive outboard gear were also used.
Up to 27 velocity layers per instrument, each with up to six additional variation samples, afford maximum authenticity both for rhythm programming and for real-time MIDI-controlled playing. The user interface offers control over all articulation, sound shaping, mixing and routing functions, with envelopes and volume of the gated ambience individually adjustable per instrument group. Advanced randomization can add subtle nuances to the tone and timing.
Abbey Roads 80s Drums is available for purchase in the NI Online Shop on DVD and as a download for $119. Find out more about Abbey Roads 80s Drums.