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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

Looking For A Massive Roland 909 Kick Drum? This Should Do It

The search for really huge kick drum sounds has been on for as long as we can remember, especially in dance music.

There have been many approaches to the problem, some try stacking sounds, others use plug-ins like subsonic bass and other’s simply rely on conventional use of compressors and EQs.

However a group of Edinburgh musicians took a novel approach and went to the source, making a huge but fully working Roland 909 drum machine, so big several people can play it at the same time.

Constructed of wood and having pads about a 1’ square this huge Roland TR909 drum machine is fully working.

We can only assume they use Monster Cables to connect it up. Puns welcome.

Watch the monster TR909 drum machine video here

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!

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Drumdrops Route Seventy Sticks - 30% Off Any Tracks In This Album

Exclusive to Pro Tools Expert customers for the month of August, Drumdrops is offering 30% off any purchase from the album Route Seventy Sticks. 

Route Seventy Sticks is an album containing 32 Americana drum tracks available to purchase as drum multi-tracks with all the seperate mics, drum stems and mixes or four bar drum loops. The Multi-tracks come with Pro Tools 9, Logic 9, Ableton Live 8, Reaper 4, Cubase 6 & Studio One 2.5 Session files as well as tempo maps, OMF files for exporting into any other DAW and of course the audio files. The Stem packs include the audio files as 24 bit 44.1 WAV files and a tempo map. The loops are formatted as Apple Loops, Rex 2 and WAVs for importing into any sampler.

Laidback rock, sun-soaked pop, driving blues grooves and down-home country across a range of tempos from easy riding to open freeway. 

There’s a simple reason why 70s rock legends like Fleetwood Mac, Neil Young, Steely Dan and The Eagles continually pop up on your FM dial - it’s the sound of these records. There’s a pre-digital warmth in the lavish productions of this golden age in rock that stand the test of time.

Now you can get your kicks with the latest addition to the Drumdrops family - 32 drum tracks featuring that classic sound of 70s America. Route Seventy Sticks serves up laidback rock, sun-soaked pop, driving blues grooves and down-home country across a range of tempos from easy riding through to open freeway.

Played with feeling and precision by London session drummer Tim Weller this sumptuous recording even throws in some 12/8 blues shuffles and a bit of brushwork for that bonafide country rock sound. The bedrock of those bygone days is here in 24-bit multi-tracked glory plus stems and DAW-friendly loops which should certainly put the bang in your burrito. With drums this good you’re halfway down that road to writing a classic already.

All 32 tracks on Route Seventy Sticks can be purchased on a track by track basis either as Drum Multl-tracks, Drum Stems or Drum Loops. Alternatively you can purchase all the tracks on Route Seventy Sticks as a complete album in each format.

Drumdrops Route Seventy Sticks Review

“Drumdrops’ ‘album’ concept lets you buy full multitracks, stems and/or loops, by song or by ‘album’. This one has 32 US-style rock/pop drum tracks, all exhibiting a warm, analogue 70s sound. It’s tastefully performed by UK sessioneer Tim Weller, with genres including blues, country, folk-rock, shuffle and ‘laid-back’ (think Fleetwood Mac). We recommend the multitracks for full mix control. 8/10” Computer Music December 2012

Matt Chamberlain Drums From Loop Loft With Exclusive Pro Tools Sessions £32 - 33% Discount 

This is a brand new release from Loop Loft and Pro Tools Sesssions included in this bundle are exclusive to Pro Tools Expert.

As one of the most in-demand session drummers of the past 20 years, Matt Chamberlain’s extensive list of recording credits is a veritable who’s who of the music industry including Peter Gabriel, The Wallflowers, Fiona Apple, Kanye West, David Bowie and Elton John (just to name a few).  With the release of Matt Chamberlain Drums, songwriters producers and engineers around the world now have unprecedented access to the unmistakable “vibe” of the drummer behind countless hit songs.

Recorded at Chamberlain’s personal studio inside of the famed Sound City complex in Van Nuys, California, The Matt Chamberlain Pro Tools Drum Sessions captures an incredible range of beats, sounds and styles.  Nine complete Pro Tools sessions each give you dozens of rhythmic and sonic options ranging from organic brush grooves, to driving rock, to vintage soul, to dynamic and experimental cinematic textures.  

Included in the collection are over 380 beats, fills and breaks, all recorded in pristine 24 bit, 96 kHz audio.  In addition, the Pro Tools Sessions give you access to 15 channels of separate audio tracks, allowing you to mix every element of Matt’s drum kit, including kick, snare, toms, overheads and a variety of room mics.  The download also includes loops in REX2, AIFF, WAV, Stylus RMX and MIDI, allowing you to utilize the beats in any DAW or loop plug-in.

Matt Chamberlain Drums Specs: 

  • File Size: 7.6 GB for 96 kHz Multitracks (Pro Tools)
  • File Size: 667 MB for 48 kHz Stereo Loops
  • 387 Grooves, Fills & Breaks
  • 9 Pro Tools Sessions
  • 73 Samples (Three Drum Kits)
  • Sessions include (Audio & MIDI):
  • 72bpm Cinematic Mallets
  • 84bpm Swunken Pocket
  • 92bpm Folky Brushes
  • 100bpm Rawk Roll
  • 107bpm Funky Trixons
  • 110bpm Abstract Linear
  • 115bpm Tom Tom Attack
  • 122bpm Dance Muzak
  • 180bpm Three Four
  • Instant Download
  • 100% Royalty Free
  • 24 Bit 48 KHZ Stereo Loops
  • 24 Bit 96 KHZ Multitracks (Pro Tools)
  • WAV, REX2, Stylus RMX and AIFF (Apple Loops) Formats

Drumdrops Have A Special Offer On Their New Yamaha Hybrid Kontakt 5 Pack

Drumdrops have released the Yamaha Hybrid Kit Kontakt 5 pack at a very special introductory price.

  • The first 250 customers can get the Pack for free.
  • The next 250 customers will be charged £2.00.
  • The next 500 customers will be charged £5.00.
  • After that the pack will be only £10.00 for all other users.

The Yamaha Hybrid Kit was built to be given away in a Computer Music Magazine Recording Special magazine, however customers loved it so much that Drumdrops have built it into a Kontakt pack.

The original kit is owned by producer Ben Hillier (Depeche Mode, Nadine Shah, Graham Coxon) and can be found in Miloco’s Pool Studio in London. It has been used by loads of artists in the studio and is a current favourite of producer Stephen Street. The kit works well at different tuning pitches, but its big size and its Ludwig 402 snare makes it suitable for deeper rock orientated tracks or ballads or even pop tracks. Combined with the Drumdrops Kontakt interface you can change the sound of the kit to suit almost any drum track.

The kit comprises a large 24” bass drum, a wonderfully deep 18” floor tom and a 14” rack tom. The snare is a Ludwig 402 14” x 6.5”. The cymbals used were Zildjian Dark 13” Hi-Hats, a Zildjian Constantinople 22” Medium Ride and two Zildjian Crashes - an 18” Constantinople Medium Light Crash and a huge 20” Zildjian Oriental Crash Of Doom.

The kit was recorded by resident Drumdrops engineer Ben Thackeray and mixed by grammy winning mix engineer Matt Lawrence. The drummer was Adam Falkner, a busy UK session drummer and musical director, whose recent highlights have included touring and recording with Dido, Babyshambles, Amy Macdonald, and One Eskimo.

If you want this Kontakt 5 kit then don’t delay, get over to the Drumdrop site and get it today, it won’t be long before the introductory offer will have finished.

6 Plug-ins That Can Transform Your Drum Mixes... And Other Stuff Too

There are plenty of plug-ins out there to grab, here are 6 that I reach for to transform drum mixes… and of course you can use them on other stuff too. As ever let us know your favourites, we love to try them out.

Fabfilter Pro G

There are a lot of noise gate plug-ins on the market, there’s even some free ones Avid ship one with Pro Tools, but if you want a noise gate that can really get in and clean up a live drum kit then this is the one. It has great presets to get you close to where you need to be and then all the tweaks you need to make sure you nail it. More here

McDSP Filterbank F202

Any mixer worth their salt will reach for filters to clean up the mix. Again there’s a lot of free stuff but nothing comes close to the McDSP F202 which has steep high and low pass filtering up to 24db with resonant Q control which is where the magic happens. It means you can carve out a load of top and bottom end but still retain loads of character - it’s almost voodoo. More here

Sonnox Oxford Transmod

You can a take lot of time working with a compressor to get the threshold, ratio, attack and release set just right, or you can just plug-in the Sonnox Oxford Transmod and get instant thwack on the snare or click on the kick. Alternatively you can use the Transmod to pull a sound back and add extra ambience. The overdrive also helps to add a nice kind of tube warmth to what sometimes start off as pretty sterile sounds. More here

UAD Pultec EQP-1A

A lovingly crafted version of the Pultec EQ. This is often strapped across my drum buss to add the magic Pultec bottom end created by boosting and attenuating. It works great on kick and bass for extra balls, I also use it to take some of the harsh top end off overheads and cymbals. More here

Slate VBC

A law should be passed to have this installed on every drum buss. The Slate VBC features three excellent buss compressor models of classic comps with the Slate twist. I created my own preset called Drum Krush which uses two of the three units. The ability to use a HPF on the comps as well as mix them in with the original is icing on the cake of my number one buss compressor plug-in. More here

Exponential Audio PhoenixVerb

Warning, don’t download the demo of PheonixVerb if you are broke, listen for 5 minutes and you’ll buy it. If you want authentic rooms, chambers or plates then this is the baby, it has the smoothest tails out there and the CPU hit is almost zero. Great for bedding an entire kit together or for great snare and tom reverbs. More here

How To Add Drums To Existing Tracks And Keep Them In Phase

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In this video tutorial Russ shows how you can add additional drums sounds to existing ones in Pro Tools and get them in phase. This is essential when adding other sounds to existing drums.

He uses two cool features in Pro Tools to get the same results in seconds.

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Toontrack EZdrummer 2 Ships - Review To Follow


 

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Toontrack have begun to ship EZdrummer 2, their much hyped update to EZdrummer.

We’ve had a preview copy for several weeks and we have to say it is one hell of an update, EZdrummer was always considered to be something of a started plug-in, EZdrummer 2 firmly changes that thinking and offers features not even found on top end drum VIs.

A full review of EZdrummer 2 will follow soon.

EZdrummer 2 Features

  • Tap to find your groove
  • Add percussion on the fly
  • Customize any groove in real-time
  • Write an entire drum track without leaving the program
  • Two sound libraries with five (5) kits in total
  • Powerful audio engine

EZdrummer Prices 

  • Full price €139
  • Upgrade €79 

EZdrummer v EXdrummer 2

EZDRUMMER EZDRUMMER 2  
Content    
Drum libraries 2 (incl. the Cocktail EZX) 2
Drum kits 2 (incl. the Cocktail EZX) 5
Snare drums 3 9
Bass drums 3 7
Ride cymbals 2 3
Crash cymbals 8 10
Hi-hats 2 3
Percussion 1 10
Multi-out stereo channels 8 16
MIDI library Yes Yes
Edit Play Style No Yes
Power Hand No Yes
Amount control No Yes
Individual velocity control No Yes
Song Track No Yes
Song templates No Yes
Tap 2 Find No Yes
Search by tags No Yes
Record MIDI No Yes
MIDI out No Yes
Export audio/MIDI No Yes
Preview MIDI in original tempo No Yes
Mix & match EZX sounds No Yes
Pitch control for single instruments No Yes
Instrument properties audio preview No Yes
Volume controls for single instruments No Yes
Effect chain presets 0 29

Using Reverb To Create Context For A Band

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Following his recent article 5 Ways To Improve Your Guitar Recording That Won’t Cost You A Penny, Russ shows how subtle use of reverb can really help to give instruments context and glue and entire recording together.

In this FREE Pro Tools video tutorial Russ uses the Exponential Audio PhoenixVerb reverb on guitars, keyboards, drums a bass.