Most people will know of the reputation of Ludwig drums, famously used by Ringo Starr from a little known 60s Liverpudlian band, and later by John Bonham of Led Zeppelin. They sound fantastic, warm and responsive with a lovely dark tone from the thin 3 ply mahogany, poplar and mahogany shells with maple reinforcing hoops. Made before music became really amplified and loud, these drums were designed to sound good rather than generate loads of volume and as such they are wonderfully full and tonal, especially when recorded and miked up. Although obviously a 1960s kit, drummers continued to use this model though the 70s, and do so to this very day in fact... They just record so well.
The particular kit we used is one from session drummer Tim Weller's collection and is a blue oyster pearl finish. The drums are shallower than many modern drums which helps focus their sound and control their decay.
For this kit we went for a dry controlled sound and used Miloco's The Square in London. The kit was close mic'd. The Kit was recorded by Drumdrops engineer Ben Thackeray and mixed by Grammy award winning, ex Abbey Road engineer Guy Massey.
About this kit:
Kick Drum - Ludwig Super Classic 20" x 14"
Snare Drum 1 - 1960s Wooden Rogers Dynasonic Snare 14" x 5"
Snare Drum 2 - 1970s Ludwig 402 Snare 14" x 6.5"
Hi-Hat - Zildjian K 14" Hats
Rack Tom 1 - Ludwig Super Classic 13" x 9"
Floor Tom - Ludwig Super Classic 16" x 16"
Ride - 1970s Zildjian K Medium Heavy 20" Ride
Crash - Zildjian K Dark Medium Thin 18" Crash
The kit can be purchased in different packs:
The Multi-Velocity pack provides up to 16 velocity steps of each articulation. Each sample included in this pack is a stereo mix of the close microphone, overhead and room mics. This pack comes with patches for Battery, Kontakt 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. The multi-velocity pack now also includes over 500 MIDI drum loops covering a variety of genres. We have also included guide MIDI Maps for a lot of the popular defaults. This pack is a great choice for those who want multiple velocity articulations but do not use Kontakt 5.
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 Soundset, Ableton Drum Rack, iDrum, Reason Refills and Renoise but if you run any drum machines such as Akai MPC60s this pack may be ideal. This pack comes loaded with 291 samples. The samples in this pack comes as 24 bit WAVs and 16 bit WAVs for the legacy drum machines.
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.
Explore more of these pages to read about the kit and work out which pack is best for you. If you want the classic Ludwig sound as used by Ringo then this is the kit for you, although it has been recorded with modern microphone techniques.
If you like the sound of this kit, check out Route Seventy Sticks which features drums tracks played on the Vintage 1965 Ludwig Super Classic Kit.
Please note Demo Tracks feature additional musical content not included in the pack.