Hot on the tale of the Vintage Folk Rock Kit comes the Modern Folk Rock Kit. The vintage kit was a 60s kit recorded with 5 mics in a dry room while the Modern Folk Rock Kit is an 80s Gretsch Kit, close mic'd and recorded in a brighter live room. Once again we used the engineering skills of the legendary engineer / producer Phill Brown (Laura Marling / John Martyn / Rolling Stones). To direct us on the sound of the kit we used Folk specialist drummer Martyn Barker (Rufus Wainwright, Richard Hawley, Katherine Williams) who once again sampled the kit using sticks, hotrods and brushes.
Phill close mic’d this kit as a contrast to the 5 mic process used on the Vintage kit. Mics used were classic drum mics – AKG D112 on the Kick, Shure SM57s on the Snare, Sennheiser 421’s on the toms, KM84 on the Ride and Hi-Hat, Coles 4038’s as overheads and two room mics – a Sony C48 and Neumann U89. These pick up the real ambience of this room. All of the mics were recorded through the SSL G-Series mic pre’s and recorded straight into Pro Tools.
The kit we used for this was a Gretsch Maple 4416 Kit. It comes with three rack toms and a floor tom, two snares - a Ludwig 400 and a Ludwig Brass Shell owned by Martyn. Cymbals were a combination of Zildjian and Paiste and we also include some tambourine and shaker articulations.
About the kit:
- Kick Drum - Gretsch Kick Drum 22" x 14"
- Snare Drum -Ludwig Brass Shell Snare 14" x 6.5"
- Snare Drum -Ludwig 400 Snare 14" x 5"
- Hi-Hat - Zildjian Top Rock 14" Inch Hi Hats
- Rack Tom - Gretsch Rack Tom 1
- Rack Tom - Gretsch Rack Tom 2
- Rack Tom - Gretsch Rack Tom 3
- Rack Tom - Gretsch Floor Tom
- Ride - Zildjian 20" Rock Ride
- Crash 1 - Zildjian Paper Thin 18" Crash
- Crash 2 - Paiste 18" Crash
This kit can be purchased in different packs.
The Multi-Sample pack provides up to 24 velocity steps of each articulation. Each sample included in this pack is a mix of the overhead, room mics and close mics. This pack comes with patches for Battery 3, Kontakt 5.5, EXS24, Maschine, Geist, Studio One's Impact Soundset, Ableton Drum Rack, iDrum, Reason Refills, Renoise and the free TX16Wx sampler but the samples can be used in any drum machine or sampler that reads 24 bit WAV files. Some of the software patches (Battery, EXS24 and Kontakt) also support round robin samples. We have included three round robin samples of each velocity for added realism. The multi-sample pack now includes over 700 MIDI drum loops covering a variety of genres. This pack is a great choice for those who want multiple velocity articulations. This pack comes with 2861 samples.
The Single Hits pack is similar to the Multi-Sample Pack. It comes with the same patches as the multi-sample pack but only contains three velocities of each articulation and no round robin samples. The samples come as 16 bit and 24 bit WAVs. If you run any of these pieces of software and want a more basic sounding kit then this pack will be perfect.
The One Shot Sample pack is our cheapest pack and a great pack for those who either just need one sample from each articulation (drum machine users) and no patches or for customers who want to check out the sound of this kit before purchasing any of the more expensive packs.
Whichever pack you choose you can be reassured that is has the Drumdrops quality stamped all over it. Explore more of these pages to read about the kit and work out which pack is best for you. If you want a vintage folk rock sound to emulate artists such as Ray La Montagne, Elliot Smith and Bon Iver then this is a great place to start. This drum track album contains 17 Folk Rock drum tracks recorded using this very kit, with the same mics and in the same studio.
If you like the sound of this kit, check out Folk Rock Drops Volume 2 which features drums tracks played on the Modern Folk Rock Kit.
Please note Demo Tracks feature additional musical content not included in the pack.