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Entries in drums (61)

Mixing Drums With Waves Signature Series Plug-ins - Free Video Tutorials

Waves have a special this weekend on their Signature Series Bass and Drums. They are 9 multi-effect plugins for bass and drums created in collaboration with Chris Lord-Alge, Eddie Kramer, Jack Joseph Puig and Tony Maserati.

If you want to see them in action then James has made two free video tutorials, so check them out and see if these plug-ins are for you.

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Review: AcousticSamples Urban Drums Drum VI 

Dan Cooper takes a look at this acoustic electronic drum VI showing the main features and sounds it can produce in and out of a mix context.  

What Is Urban Drums?

Urban Drums is a drum kit mixed from various elements, mixed with synthesized drums samples

  • 20ʼ Yamaha Bass Drum
  • 13ʼ Tama metalwork piccolo Snare
  • 12ʼ Hi Tom
  • 16ʼ Floor Tom
  • 14ʼ Zildjian medium crash
  • 14ʼ Zildjian crash
  • 13ʼ Paiste Hihat
  • 20ʼ Zildjian jazz Ride

Each element was recorded with 3 microphones positions and we added some synth samples, you can adjust the pan, volume or mute of each one independently. You can also click on the elements on the interface while adjusting the microphones. You also have access to a set of presets. You can adjust the following…

  • The Mapping Presets: we made some presets of the most popular drums formats (GM, V-DRUMS, IMAP, NSKIT) or you can create yours.
  • The Midi Learn: you can remap any element to any key quickly by pressing the current key of the element you want to move, clicking on Midi Learn and the pressing the target key.
  • The Hihat controller: we implemented an advanced hihat behavior, by default on C#2, the sample triggered will depend on the value of the controller, just like on a real Hihat.
  • Overheads: here you can choose wether the overhead microphone position is mono or stereo.
  • The Sensitivity will set the minimum volume for velocity 1 and give you access to all the dynamics that you want.
  • The Reverb. We use a convolution reverb and you can adjust the amount of reverb applied to the whole drumset.


A big thank you to London based musician Frank Clarke for letting us use his song “Platform” in the video. 

Review of Blackbird Studio Drums By Slate & Blackbird Studios

In this video James takes a look and a listen to the amazing new Blackbird Studio Drums for SSD4 and Slate Trigger. The is more of a listen than a show & tell but James talks you round the new kits and samples and shows off some of the attention to detail that has gone into this sample pack. Listen and enjoy some quality drum sounds.

Review of Blackbird Studio Drums By Slate & Blackbird Studios

About Slate Blackbird Drums

The legendary Blackbird Studios has been the studio of choice for the industry’s greatest artists, from Pearl Jam to Bruce Springsteen. With eight rooms consisting of the world’s most coveted gear and musical instruments as well as fourteen hundred microphones, Blackbird has quickly become known as one of the most prestigious recording facilities in the world.

In the Spring of 2014, Blackbird Founder John McBride recorded the Blackbird Drums Expansion with drummer Chris Tyrell of Lady Antebellum for the STEVEN SLATE DRUMS 4 Virtual Instrument and TRIGGER drum replacer plugin. Utilizing three of Blackbird’s classic rooms including the chambers of rooms A and D, tons of vintage mics and gear, classic drum kits from an era spanning fifty years, and of course, John’s amazing engineering talent, Blackbird Drums is one of the most amazing drum libraries you’ll ever experience. From vintage to modern and everything in between, Slate Drums users will savor the sounds of:

  • Six New Kick Drum Samples
  • Ten New Snare Samples
  • Seven New Sets of Toms
  • Two New Hi Hats
  • One New Ride
  • Four New Crashes

Get A MIDI Beat Playing Rock Solid With A Real Drummer

Russ shows two ways to get a MIDI beat playing rock solid with a real drummer.

In this video he explains that quantising a beat is not always the answer and can create more problems than it solves, especially when the drummer is playing with a nice human feel.

You may want to get an entire MIDI beat locked with a drummer or just push a few beats into time.

This video covers both possibilities and demonstrates how easy it is to get everything in time, even human time!

Free Tutorial: Mixing Drums with Waves Signature Plug-ins - Part 2

In this video James talks about his approach to mixing real drums using Waves plug-ins.
In this second video in this series he looks at creating the perfect Hi Hat, Ride and Overhead sound using the JJP Signature plug-ins and uses the Kramer plug-ins to help glue the drums together.

Waves Plug-ins Used In This Video

JJP Cymbals & Percussion

Jack Joseph Puig told us this about his JJP Cymbals & Percussion…
There’s really so much you can do with cymbals and percussion. You can use some lo-fi effect to fatten up shakers. You can take out the mid-range on tambourines to make them sound brighter, or you can add some dirt and distortion to make them sound grittier. You can boost the high end to enhance the shimmer of the cymbals or compress them hard, to bring out other aspects of their sound. The JJP Cymbals & Percussion plugin gives you instant access to all the different colors I like to use, so you can just fire it up, find what you need, and stay creative.

JJP Guitars

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Win The Brand New Sound Radix Drum Leveler Plug-in With Loop Loft

In addition to their end of year sale Loop Loft have joined forces with Sound Radix to offer the chance to win one of 5 copies of the brand new Drum Leveler Plug-in. On their website they say;

Purchase anything from The Loop Loft during The Black Friday Sale and automatically be entered to win the amazing new Drum Leveler plugin from Sound Radix!

We will be giving 5 copies of The Drum Leveler via random drawing of customers who purchase anything today through December 1st at 12:00am ET.  Winners will be notified via email on December 2nd.  Customers must select the “accept marketing” option during checkout in order to be entered into the contest.

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Do You Want Perfect Cymbal Rolls From A Sampler? This May Be What You Are Looking For

A nice find by community member Matt Blue is a new product from small sample developer Loops De La Creme, Cymbal Rolls.

If you have ever tried emulating a cymbal roll realistically in MIDI then you’ll know it’s pretty hard, but thanks to Loops De La Creme, Cymbal Rolls this is now just a key press and a modulation wheel away.

Increase the dynamic and emotional impact of your tracks with these responsive, intuitive and fully customisable instruments.

Press a key, use the modulation wheel, release the key: It’s never been easier to infuse your music with epic, organic, gorgeous sounding swells!

  • 10 hand-picked premium cymbals 
  • 278 samples (WAV, 24bit, 48kHz) 
  • up to 34 dynamic layers for maximum realism 
  • 10 single cymbal roll instruments 
  • 1 dynamic set with all cymbals 12 sound design instruments (Kontakt multis) 
  • 20 Impulse Responses (reverb) 
  • license agreement + user manual included 
  • Total size uncompressed: 1,57 GB 
  • list price: €42
  • Special deal of half off until November 30th 2014

Check out the demo video here

808 The Movie Official Trailer - Featuring Half The Music Industry, Their Mum And The Dog

It seems the Roland TR808 got it’s first full length movie and the trailer is out, it features a lot of people from the music industry including Phil Collins, Rick Rubin, Pharrell Williams and many more.

You can watch the official trailer for “808” the documentary by clicking this link.

I found the orginal story on Rolling Stone, where the comments have started to go South pretty fast, you might want to go and see how they progress with a bag of popcorn, they might end up to even more entertaining than this cool film.

Steven Slate Drums 5 Platinum Announced - SSD5 Coming Soon

In what looks like a bit of a cock-up, Sweetwater have announced Steven Slate Drums 5 Platinum before Steven Slate has. A nice find by eagle eyed Neil in the latest Sweetwater mailer it looks like this will be an announcement from Slate at AES.

Complete facts are sketchy but what we can see from the print ad is;

  • SSD5 Complete version for $399
  • SSD5 EX version for $149
  • Samples recorded on 2” tape
  • New browser
  • New mixer
  • Thousands of ‘go to’ grooves
  • Expansion packs from Chris Lord Alge, Terry Date and David Bendeth
  • VST, AU, RTAS and AAX

More to follow once the official announcement is made.

Drumdrops Drum Samples Mixed By Guy Massey - Free To First 20

Our friends at Drumdrops are releasing the 1965 Ludwig Super Classic Kit Kontakt 5 pack tomorrow, 28th August between 4pm and 4.30 pm with a special introductory offer.

  • First 20 people will receive it free
  • Next 50 people will receive it for £ 15.00
  • Next 50 people will receive it for £ 25.00
  • Next 50 people will receive it for £ 30.00
  • And then it will return to £ 40.00.

Recorded At Top London Studio The Square

The kit was recorded by our resident Drumdrops engineer Ben Thackeray and mixed by Grammy award winning ex-Abbey Road engineer Guy Massey. The drummer was Tim Weller, a busy UK session drummer recent clients included - Death in Vegas, Chris Difford, Future Sound of London, Marc Almond, Beverley Craven, Natalie Imbruglia, Duke Special, Ellie Goulding and Noel Gallagher.

The recording took place in Miloco’s The Square Studios in London. Quite a controlled and tight sounding live room so you can really hear the sound of this kit and treat it later. For mic pre’s we used a combination of the SSL G-Series and a number of external pre’s including Calrec 1061’s, Valve Telefunken V76, a Neve 1066 and Neve Prisms.

Mixed On SSL-G Series

The kit was mixed on the SSL G-Series console at The Square by Guy Massey. In the past few years Guy has worked with many artists including Bill Fay, Ed Sheeran, Ultrasound, Neil Hannon and Thomas Walsh and Paul McCartney as well as many up and coming acts. In 2010 he won two UK Music Producer Guild awards for engineer of the year and best album. He won engineer of the year again this year.

More Drumdrops Deals

Check out our Route Seventy Sticks sound lbrary in this months deals here

Get The Kit For Free

Head over to the Drumdrops site from 4:00pm GMT tomorrow to grab them