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Drumdrops Formats

Drumdrops focus is as you can imagine on Drums. Our aim is not only to give users the most natural sounding live drum tracks and samples in the business but also to provide everything so it can easily be loaded into any software, DAW, sample or drum machine. Often we provide templates for particular pieces of software but if we don’t our product can easily be imported into anything else.

There are two main products we provide Live Drum Tracks and Drum Sample Packs.

Drum Tracks

Our drum tracks are recorded and then made available to purchase as multi-tracks, drum stems and drum loops. Some of our older products are only currently available as multi-tracks. All of the latest drum tracks released always come as multi-tracks, stems and loops.

Multi-track Packs

The Multi-tracks are the raw recordings of the drum tracks split up by the individual microphone channels. The microphones we use on each kit are recorded on to separate channels of the tape machine and this means you have total control in mixing these channels to make the sound you want. If we use two kick microphones you can control how much of each one is used. As well as the close room microphones we also provide the overhead and ambient microphones. This means it is easy to change the sound of the rooms, the sound of the kits and makes them much more versatile.

This format suits the musician or producer who likes to go deeper into drum production. Multi-track files allow you to control all aspects of the drum mix, re-trigger extra sounds instantly, access individual tracks to give the user the choice of compression, distortion and FX, so a mix becomes unique. Go from dry and in–your-face to bombastic Led Zep style room ambience with the room mics in seconds.

Multi-track Features

All Drumdrops multi-track packs provide the audio as 24 bit 44.1 kHz WAV files meaning they will work in any DAW that supports WAVs on Mac and PCs (which is probably all of them).

The multi-track zip files contain an audio folder of the separate microphone recordings of each drum that were used to record the kit that you have purchased in professional 44.1 kHz 24 bit WAVs. On older Drumdrops products we also include a template for Pro Tools so the audio can easily be loaded up. In all the new releases we are providing templates for Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase, Ableton Live, Reason, Reaper and Presonus’ Studio One. We also include an OMF file for easy integration into any other DAW’s which we do not provide templates for. We also include a tempo-map for each drum track.

Multi-track packs contain large amounts of data and are therefore large in size. They often vary from 500 meg to 1 gig in size. You really need a good broadband connection to download them.

Stems and Mix Packs

The stems and mixes are the next stage on from the multi-tracks. We mix the multi-tracks and then provide the full mix of the kit and stem files which are sub-mixes of the kit (which vary from track to track) but generally include the full mix of the whole kit, the kick, the snare, the close kit and the room mics as separate audio files. Once again the stems and mixes are provided as 44.1 kHz 24 bit WAV files meaning they can be loaded into all DAW.

The stems file will generally give you a mixed version of the kick, snare kit and room mics as separate files so that you can have the complete sound of the full drum mix but with the flexibility of being able to change the level and sound of the say the kick or snare drum separately to the rest of the kit. If you don’t like tinkering too much with the balance or mix of the drums and you want to jam and start creating instantly then this is the option for you. If you don’t make a hit don’t worry, pass the stem files to your mix engineer and they will be happy.

Loop Packs

Loop packs feature a number of 2 or 4 bar drum loops taken from the drum tracks. On average there are usually six or seven drum loops per pack but this varies from track to track depending on how many we feel we can make.

Each loop is provided as the separate drum stems (so full mix, kick, snare etc). This will give you lots of options. We also go to the trouble of providing the drum loops in three different formats – 44.1 kHz 24 bit WAVs, Rex2 Files or Apple Loops. This means they can be loaded into any drum machine of sampler.

They are perfect for for crate diggers and beat heads that use software such as Ableton Live, Reason, Logic and Garageband and drum machine programs like Geist. Pre-sliced Apple Loops and RX2 files give you immediate tempo, pitch and groove manipulation.

Tempo Map

This is a unique feature only available to Drumdrops releases. The beauty of live drums is the feel you get from the swing and the drummer pushing and pulling in-between the beat. This is where the character lies, the vibe and soul of the groove.

We at Drumdrops have tempo-mapped by hand each drum performance to a quarter or an eighth of each beat. Your DAW then follows accurately the tempo fluctuations of the drummer. This allows the user to play/program MIDI data i.e. notes, chords etc. and make use of the quantize feature to lock your MIDI files to the live drums. This is very useful if you want to trigger drum machines like the Akai MPC60 (just sync via MIDI clock) or run software such as Reason or Ableton Live alongside Pro Tools, Logic or Cubase.

Your DAW will know via your tempo-map exactly where each beat is, so creating loops or customizing arrangements couldn’t be easier. Simply select the regions you want and cut and paste away. (Note: copy the tempo/MIDI info with the audio regions you have selected so as to keep it all in sync).

If you use a DAW that we don’t support, don’t feel left out as all you need to do is simply import the MIDI tempo-map file provided into your DAW as well as the audio files.

OMF Session File Details

OMF is a standard audio format based on the Open Media Framework Interchange (OMFI), commonly used to share project data between multiple applications. These session files can be opened in all the commonly used DAWs allowing you to access Drumdrops multi-track sessions quickly and easily, whatever platform you use.

An audio project saved in the OMF format can store multiple audio tracks, volume and pan information, and references to audio files.

The following DAWs below support OMF import (although this is not a full list):

  • Avid Media Composer
  • Avid Pro Tools
  • Steinberg Cubase
  • Steinberg Nuendo
  • Apple Logic Studio
  • Apple Final Cut Studio
  • MOTU Digital Performer
  • Cockos Reaper (with OMF plug-in)

.RX2 Files

Rex2 is a proprietary type of audio sample loop file format developed by Propellerheads, a Swedish music company. The files are sliced internally offering musicians great flexibility with pitch and tempo of a loop or sample, allowing great freedom of expression and creativity. It is one of the most popular and widely-supported loop file formats for sequencer and digital audio workstation software. It is supported by Propellerheads Reason, Steinberg Cubase, Steinberg Nuendo, Apple Logic, Avid Pro Tools, Cakewalk, Cakewalk Sonar, Image-Line FL Studio, MOTU Digital Performer, MOTU Mach 5 (software sampler), and Synapse Audio Orion Platinum amongst others.

Apple Loops

These files are a Mac-based format which were created to run with Apple’s Logic and Garageband software. They have much in common with Rex and Acid Loops in that Audio files can be tagged with their publishing info (author, comments etc.) and musical information (key, tempo, etc.). This allows the producer to easily mix and match samples and loops with different pitches and tempos together, which can save valuable time. It’s also great for indexing and retrieving the right sort of files when composing. Many more applications are now compatible with Apple Loops and at Drumdrops we continue to increase our support for this loop type.

ACID PRO from Sony, along with many other music software packages now use Acid Loops that are essentially enriched WAV loops and that have tempo and key information built into the file structure. Acid loops and samples are useful to the musician as they allow you to throw lots of different elements together on screen at a desired pitch and tempo which is great for getting ideas together and experimenting with different types of sounds quickly and easily.

WAV

This is the generic audio file-type for recorded music on a Mac or PC. WAVs are probably the most widely used and cross compatible type of music files in circulation today and you will be hard pushed to find a music application that cannot read a WAV file. WAV samples are widely found and can be presented in different bit and sample rates. All Drumdrops WAV files are in a professional 24 bit 44.1 kHz format.

Drum Samples

As well as our live drum tracks Drumdrops now offers multi-sampled drum kits that work in nearly all of the main software samplers that are available on the market. There are five different packs at different price ranges for you to choose from.


The Kontakt Pack

Kontakt

This pack is designed to work exclusively in Kontakt 5 and features the Drumdrops developed user interface. The interface varies from kit to kit but we do retrofit new features to existing kits. This pack accesses all of the separate close mic, overhead and room mic samples we record of the kit. With multiple velocity levels and multiple round robins each kit can contain over 7000 drum samples. The latest Drumdrops kontakt interface includes loads of great features:-

  • A multi channel mixer. Each channel comes with a Mute, Solo, Phase Reverse and 2 Aux sends.
  • Groove Player – Allows MIDI grooves to be played within the interface
  • Step Sequencer - The sequencer has eight channels allowing any eight of the articulations to be selected and played. Each channel has 32 steps.
  • Groove Slicer – The Groove Slicer cuts each MIDI groove into thirty-two sections. These sections can then be played back in a different order to the original depending on which of the three modes are selected.
  • Mic Blend - Here you can control the balance on the microphones used on each channel. You can vary the balance of the close microphone with the overheads and room microphones.
  • Multiple Convolution Reverbs and studio impulses included.
  • Velocity Curves The ability to change the velocity curve and tuning of each drum (great for V-kits).
  • Randomisation - Randomise the tuning, velocity, EQ and timing for added realism.
  • Round Robin Samples - Multiple Round Robins included for extra authenticity.
  • EQ - 4 band EQ and Transient Master included on each channel.
  • Buss Compressor - A buss compressor and Tape saturator on the mix buss.
  • Routing to DAW’s - Ability to route each channel to your DAW.
  • Mix Presets - Multiple mix presets included mixed by a variety of engineers and producers.
  • Lite Version - A full version and lite version for use on laptops.
  • V-Drum Compatability - Multiple MIDI maps included adding full compatibility with the Roland TD-12, TD-20 and TD-30 V-drums and the Yamaha DTX-900.

This pack is our top of the range pack for the power user who wants the ultimate sounding kits with loads of features.


The Multi-Velocity Pack

Drumdrops in ProTools

The multi-velocity pack consists of up to 16 velocities of each articulation. The stereo 44.1 kHz 24 bit WAV samples are mixed from a balance of the close mic, overhead and room mics. These samples are compatible with any software that reads 24 bit WAVs but to make life easier we have included templates for the following software:-

  • Kontakt
  • Battery
  • EXS24
  • Maschine
  • Geist
  • Ableton’s Drum Rack
  • Studio One’s Impact
  • Reason Refills
  • iDrum

Where possible, templates have been included for better integration with MIDI files that may have been created using different drum compatible software packages. Please note that these MIDI templates are a starting point only and may need adjusting to fit any previous recorded MIDI files. The samples have been recorded in the same velocity steps as our Kontakt Pack samples but do not feature the separate mic samples or the round-robin samples.

This pack is ideal for anybody who wants an immediately great-sounding kit with lots of velocities and uses one of the software packs that we have built templates for.


The Single Hits Pack

Drumdrops in ProTools

This is the most basic sample pack that we offer in our multi-sampled kit range. It features the same software templates as the Multi-Velocity Pack with all the same MIDI templates, but each articulation only included three velocity steps instead of sixteen. Again there are no round-robin samples available for this pack.

If all you really want is a great sounding kick drum, snare drum, hi-hat, ride, tom or crash but you aren’t really after a realistic sound, then this is the pack for you.


The Drum Replacement Pack

The Drum Replacement Pack

The "Drum Replacement Pack" is a sample replacement pack which includes templates for Slate Trigger V2, Drumagog V5 and DrumXchanger.

The Slate Trigger template is created using the close mic, overhead and room mic samples from the kit. There are samples for the kick drum, snare and toms. You can choose to trigger the close mic, overhead or room samples. The samples in this template have up to 16 velocity levels and six round robins.

The Drumagog template uses the same samples and you can choose the balance between the close mic, overheads and room mics. This template uses up to 8 velocity levels with four round robins. Included are samples for the Kick, Snare, toms and hi-hat. If your version of Drumagog contains the Auto hi-hat tracking feature then the samples will follow the opening and closing of the hi-hat.

The DrumXchanger template contains stereo mixed samples (a combination of the overhead, room and close mics samples). This template contains eight velocity levels with no round robins. The snare also contains a rimshot sample that has its own adjustable trigger threshold.


The All Samples Pack

The All Samples Pack

This pack contains the Multi-Velocity Pack, The Singles Hits Pack, The Drum Replacement Pack and as a bonus you get a large quantity of separate mic samples from the Kontakt 5 pack.

We include three sets of samples in this pack. The separate close, overhead and room mic samples from the Kontakt 5 pack which come with 16 velocities and 3 round robins and the mixed stereo samples from the Multi-Velocity pack and Single hits packs which are balanced from all the mics. These WAVs all come as 24 bit WAVs, although the Single Hits Pack also comes with 16 bit WAV samples for legacy drum machines such as the MPC60.

You also receive all the software patches that come with the Multi-Velocity Pack, Single Hits Pack and Drum Replacement Pack. Currently these patches have been made for the latest versions of Kontakt, Battery, EXS24, Studio One's Impact, Ableton Drum Racks, Reason Refills, iDrum, Geist, Maschine, Slate Trigger, Drumagog and DrumXchanger.

This pack will suit customers who either want to build their own software patches using the samples provide or those who want all the samples we provide for this kit along with the many software patches.

This pack does not include the Drumdrops Kontakt Instrument. For this you will need to purchase the Kontakt 5 pack.

All of the formats we provide are royalty free as long as you have proof of purchase.

If you have any other questions about our formats we will be more than happy to help you. Email us at info@drumdrops.com