Berlin, May 21, 2013 – Native Instruments today introduced ABBEY ROAD
50s DRUMMER, a new KONTAKT instrument featuring the sound of two classic
drum kits from the 1950s. The kits provide the distinctive drum sound of
the era, which was necessary to compete with the electrified instruments
gaining popularity at the time. Recorded with both state-of-the-art and
period equipment at Abbey Road Studios in London, 50s DRUMMER also
includes a groove library, mixer presets, and a new set of brush
articulations, delivering the authentic feel of rock and roll, rhythm
and blues, country, and jazz from the 1950s.
ABBEY ROAD 50s DRUMMER features rare instruments from the very earliest
years of popular music. The first kit is an early 1950s Gretsch Cadillac
Green Nitron with a 20" bass drum, 12" rack tom and 14" floor tom. Its
toms are tuned low, providing a smooth, open sound that still allows
excellent placement in a mix full of amplified instruments. The second
drum kit is a late-1950s WFL kit. The WFL provides 20" kick drum, 12"
and 13" rack toms, and a 16" floor tom. The WFL kit's toms are tuned
high, offering a brighter tone that perfectly complements the Gretsch.
Each kit features three different snare drums from the same period,
offering a wide tonal variety and added degree of customization. The
kits are outfitted with a selection of 1950s Zildjian A and K cymbals to
round out their authentic vintage tone.
50s DRUMMER was recorded at London's Abbey Road Studios in the legendary
Studio Two. Alongside traditional microphone techniques, vintage RCA
44-BX and AKG D12 microphones, a REDD.17 valve mixing console and valve
tape machine were used for 50s DRUMMER's vintage channels. Users can
dial in these 'vintage channels alongside the modern state-of-the-art
equipment for a seamless tone spectrum, ranging from completely modern
to period-accurate vintage and anywhere in between.
New brush articulations were also recorded especially for 50s DRUMMER to
reflect the playing techniques of the decade. Its extensive groove
library encompasses early rock and roll, rhythm and blues, country, and
jazz, as well as a wealth of contemporary rhythms, affording users an
effortless way to begin sketching out complete drum recordings.
Regardless of genre, producers looking to add original 50s flavor to
their productions will relish the recording quality, ease of use, and
attention to detail in ABBEY ROAD 50s DRUMMER.
ABBEY ROAD 50s DRUMMER is available at the NI Online Shop for $99 / 99
EUR / 9800 YEN.
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