The Vintage Folk Rock Kit is an awesome kit for a 60s / 70s Folk Rock or Indie rock sound. We used the engineering skills of the legendary engineer / producer Phill Brown (Laura Marling / John Martyn / Rolling Stones) whose indepth knowledge of recording bands during these years helped mould the sound of the kit. The Kit used was a beautiful old 1966 Ludwig Hollywood kit and it was setup by legendary drumtech Martin Oldham. To direct us on the sound of the kit we used Folk specialist drummer Martyn Barker (Rufus Wainwright, Richard Hawley, Katherine Williams) who sampled the kit using sticks, hotrods and brushes which effectively gives you three kits - nice !
For the sound Phill Brown (John Martyn, Bob Marley, Rolling Stones, Talk Talk, Led Zeppelin) used his years of accumulated knowledge and went back to the time of the 60s when he was based at Olympic Studios. Phill’s idea was to create a 1960s drum sound with a modern twist. Instead of positioning the microphones close to the kit he wanted to capture a natural drum sound and record the ‘dead’ room. He used only five microphones on the kit: one on the kick, the snare, two kit microphones placed around the kit which provide a surprisingly good stereo picture, and a mono overhead. All of the mics were recorded through API mic pre's.
The kit was recorded in the drier sounding room at Livingston (we saved the liver room for the Modern Folk Rock Kit ). Although the sound is controlled, it has a great ambience around it. Livingston has been used to record a multitude of hit records over the years and is well known for being one of London’s top drum rooms.
The kit we used for this was a beautiful vintage 1966 Ludwig Hollywood Kit. It is almost identical to the Super Classic kit which Ringo Starr once used, except it has two rack toms rather than just the one. These are beautiful sounding kits. The snare used was a 1967 wooden Ludwig Snare owned by Martyn. We also include some tambourine and shaker articulations.
About the kit:
- Kick Drum - Ludwig Hollywood Kick Drum 22" x 14"
- Snare Drum -Ludwig 67 Snare 14" x 5.5"
- Hi-Hat - Zildjian Constantinople 14" Hi Hats
- Rack Tom - Ludwig Hollywood Rack Tom 12" x 9"
- Rack Tom - Ludwig Hollywood Rack Tom 13" x 10"
- Floor Tom - Ludwig Hollywood Floor Tom 16" x 16"
- Ride - Zildjian K Flat Top 20” Ride (no bell)
- Crash 1 - Zildjian Medium Thin 17" Crash
- Crash 2 - Zildjian K Custom Dark 18” Crash
This kit can be purchased in different packs.
The Multi-Sample pack is the new upgraded version of the multi-velocity pack. It provides up to 24 velocity steps of each articulation and we have included 3 round robin samples of each velocity. Not all the patches included can use the round robin samples but those than can such as Battery, EXS24 and Kontakt sound great. Each sample included in this pack is a mix of the 5 microphones setup around the kit. This pack comes with patches for Battery 3, 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 includes over 700 MIDI drum loops covering a variety of genres including many vintage folk grooves played by Martyn. This pack is a great choice for those who want multiple velocity articulations and use one of the software patches we have created. This pack comes with 1976 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 John Martyn, Traffic, Neil Young, Fairport Convention and Bob Dylan then this is a great place to start. If you can't wait to get your hands on these packs then check out our drum tracks album Folk Rock Drops Volume 1. This drum track album contains 16 Folk Rock drum tracks recorded using this very kit, with the same mics and in the same studio. All the tracks are available to buy as multi-tracks, stem packs, drum loops and practice tracks.
This pack is available in Kontakt, BFD and Drum Replacement versions at Plugin Boutique.
If you like the sound of this kit, check out Folk Rock Drops Volume 1 which features drums tracks played on the Vintage Folk Rock Kit.
Please note Demo Tracks feature additional musical content not included in the pack.