Abbey Road Vintage Drummer is one of the newest products from Native Instruments. It is an acoustic drum library that features premium drum kits, world famous studio sound, full mixing control, high quality effects, and a really large selection of MIDI grooves that cover a wide variety of popular music genres. It includes everything you need to create professional drum tracks for all kinds of productions.
The drums were recorded at the Abbey Road Studio in London England using some of the rarest drums that replicate the authentic sound from the golden era. These include rare instruments that date back from the 1920s through the 1940s to bring the smooth dynamic sound of early drum kits back to life. They were recorded using a mixture of period equipment as well as state-of-the-art recording chains giving you the ability to blend both the old and the new.
The drums were all recorded at Abbey Road Studios, the world’s first purpose build recording studios. Opened on 12th November 1931, the studio has been at the heart of the UK music industry for more than 80 years and has been the location of countless landmark recordings as well as many pioneering developments in recording technology.
Abbey Road Vintage Drummer is powered by either the free KONTAKT player that comes with the package, or by using the full stand-alone KONTAKT 5 product which also comes with the Native Instruments KOMPLETE 8 packages.
Abbey Road Vintage Drummer is provided as four separate KONTAKT instruments - Ebony full and Ebony lite as well as Ivory full and Ivory lite. Just about every articulation possible was played on each of the drums and cymbals and recorded at up to 25 velocity layers with up to six variations per velocity hit. Up to 15 microphones were used on each kit.
Abbey Road Vintage Drummer was recorded by Mirek Stiles and executively produced by Abbey Road's Director of Engineering, Peter Cobbin. Drumming duties were performed by Paul Clarvis. Two kits from the 30’s – James Blades kit and 40’s - Slingerland Radio King kit, where chosen for this project. The wood from these kits has matured much like the wood from a classic violin giving it a more seasoned and unique tone.