Drumdrops has sampled up a classic sounding 60s drum kit, a 1963 Premier Outfits 54 which belongs to Producer Ben Hillier (Blur, Depeche Mode). The sample packs are a must have, for anyone wanting the sound of a classic sounding British 1960s kit. It has been recorded in great detail providing up to 16 velocity levels and the Kontakt 5 pack comes with multiple round robins. It resides in The Pool, a tracking studio in Miloco's headquarters that has been used by the likes of Paul Epworth, Florence & The Machine, Graham Coxon and Mumford & Sons. The live room is 6 metres high and 100 metres squared. It has an ambient sound, however it is still fairly tight and controlled. The Pool has an incredible selection of vintage mic pre-amps and microphones that were used to record the drums.
The drum kit was recorded using the precise drumming skills of Adam Falkner (One EskimO, Dido) who is no stranger to recording sample packs. The engineer was Miloco and Drumdrops' Ben Thackeray (My Bloody Valentine, Rachel Zeffira) who has become our regular drum expert. Martin Oldham of Drum Tech Support (Phil Collins / Kelis / Pendulum) set the kit up prior to recording.
About the kit
Kick Drum - Vintage 1963 Premier Kick Drum 20" x 16"
Snare Drum - Vintage Premier Royal Ace Snare 14" x 5.5"
Hi-Hat - Zildjian New Beat Hi Hat 14"
Floor Tom - Vintage Premier 1963 Floor Tom 16" x 16"
Rack Tom - Vintage Premier 1963 Rack Tom 12" x 8"
Ride - Zildjian K Custom Medium Ride 22"
Crash A - Zildjian K Dark Thin Crash 18"
Crash B - Zildjian Vintage Cie Crash 16"
This kit can currently be purchased in different packs.
The Multi-Velocity pack provides up to 16 velocity steps of each articulation. The samples are a mix of the close mic, overhead and room mic samples. This pack comes with patches for Battery 3, Kontakt 5, EXS24, Maschine, Geist Studio One's Impact, Ableton Drum Rack, Reason Refills, Renoise ,idrum and the free TX16Wx sampler but it can be used in any DAW, drum machine or sampler that reads 24 bit WAVs. We have also included MIDI Maps for a lot of the popular software. This pack is a great choice for those who want the multiple velocity articulations but do not use Kontakt 5. The multi-velocity pack also includes over 500 MIDI drum loops covering a variety of genres. Finally, we have also included two mixes of the samples. The original clean samples and the alternative Valve and Tape mix which pushes the mix through some interesting valve gear before mastering on to tape.
The Single Hits pack is similar to the multi-velocity pack but provides three velocities of each articulation. This pack also includes patches for Battery 3, Kontakt 5, EXS24, Maschine, Geist, Studio One's Impact, Ableton Drum Rack, Reason Refills, Renoise and idrum but if you run any drum machines such as Akai MPC60s this pack may be ideal as it includes 16-bit and 24-bit WAV samples. This also includes two mixes of the samples. The original clean samples and the alternative Valve and Tape mix which pushes the mix through some interesting valve gear before mastering on to tape.
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 and listen to our sample grooves to hear the different kits in action and work out which pack is best for you. If you want 60s drum sounds you have to start with a 60s kit.
Please note Demo Tracks feature additional musical content not included in the pack.