Andy GrayComposer / Producer / Mixer (Gary Numan / Korn / U2) http://www.andygrayproductions.com/
"Nice one Drumdrops, a punchy classic British sounding kit with some great scripts, very usable and sounds wicked. It is worth getting it for the convolution reverbs alone"
Computer MusicSeptember 2013 Score: 9/10
A multisampled vintage four-piece Premier drum kit (plus four Zildjian cymbals) weighing in at 2GB. We tried the Kontakt 5 pack, but it's also available as Single hits (£7.50) and Multi Velocity...
A multisampled vintage four-piece Premier drum kit (plus four Zildjian cymbals) weighing in at 2GB. We tried the Kontakt 5 pack, but it's also available as Single hits (£7.50) and Multi Velocity (£15) WAV packs. A good range of articulations are covered (cross-stick, centre, rim, etc), a well laid-out mixer (with effects) is built-in, and the drums are warm, punchy and very playable.Read More
Future MusicSeptember 2013 Score: 9/10
Drum Drops has long been established as a provider of fine drum samples, but the 1963 Premier Outfit 54 Kit charts a new course for the company, as it's the first to use a custom-designed Kontakt GUI....
Drum Drops has long been established as a provider of fine drum samples, but the 1963 Premier Outfit 54 Kit charts a new course for the company, as it's the first to use a custom-designed Kontakt GUI. The result provides new levels of flexibility: faders for each drum, tuning controls, velocity curve options and EQ and Send Level controls from each drum source - sumptuous. The kit itself belongs to Ben Hillier of Depeche Mode production fame and has been recorded exhastivley,with the sample count for the library running to nearly 2.5GB. From deep, impactful kicks to rich, woody snares and sparkling cymbals, this is a kit that will fit into pop and rock productions effortlessly. However, Drum Drops aren't looking to alienate their existing user-base, so the package is also available via Single Hit (£7.50) and Multi-Velocity bundles (£15) for Battery and Logic's EXS24 sampler, as well as drum maps for a much wider range of hosts.Read More
Sound On SoundSeptember 2013 Written by: Tom Flint Score: 4/5
To create this sample library, Drumdrops went into The Pool studio in London and recorded Ben Hilier’s eight-piece 1963 Premier Outfits 54 kit, using the studio’s collection of vintage mic...
To create this sample library, Drumdrops went into The Pool studio in London and recorded Ben Hilier’s eight-piece 1963 Premier Outfits 54 kit, using the studio’s collection of vintage microphones and processors. The kit was chosen because it was considered a classic model and is, according to Drumdrops, similar to the one used by Ringo Starr in the early 1960s.
The end result of the team’s efforts is fairly straightforward. There are no extras, such as tambourine or wood block samples, just the drums and cymbals of the kit. The pack also lacks MIDI groove templates, so it is up to the user to either program their own patterns or source them from somewhere else. That said, the retail price is very low relative to products that offer more features, so their omission is not a matter for complaint. In fact, customers can spend even less if they opt for the non-Kontakt version, which simply has templates for all the major samplers, or less still by purchasing the Single Hits Pack.
In all, the samples number almost 7000 and the download size is 2.5GB. In terms of variations, for the snare there are dampened and un-dampened side-stick, rim, centre and edge hits, and every one of those has 16 velocity layers, six round-robins, and close, overhead and room microphone recordings. The number of layers, round-robin variations and mic-positions is the same for cymbals, and and toms, although. of course the actual hit types are different.
The Kontakt interface is headed by a mixer page showing channels for kick, snare, hi-hat, ride, overheads and the two toms. Each channel has a Transient Master processor for applying a filter envelope to the output, a four-band EQ, and a send to convolution reverb, which benefits from a large menu of preset options. The next page, called Settings, enables the user to control a set of parameters called Randomisations, which are designed to introduce extra variations. The last page features a fetching graphic of the kit, which plays samples when it is clicked with a mouse. Here the user can alter the velocity curves of each drum and cymbal by selecting one from the three presets, or drawing their own curve on a grid.
When taken all together, the interface’s various controls enable the user to reshape the sound and balance of the kit very significantly, and it can be done speedily by selecting pre-saved configurations and presets from a menu. The overriding impression of the kit is that it is very well balanced, and has been recorded with care and precision. The room reverb on the samples is slight but warm, and seems to be in keeping with the somewhat soft sound of the kit. There are virtual drum instruments with more character, but a solid and reliable workhorse is often a more useful tool to have. Indeed, anyone looking for a general-purpose kit with a less aggressive sound than modern equivalents should definitely give it a try.
Bedroomproducersblog.comNovember 2013 Written by: Tomislav Zlatic
In a market so heavily saturated with high quality acoustic drum software, it is hard to draw the user’s attention to new products. Drumdrops are doing it right, though, offering outstandi...
In a market so heavily saturated with high quality acoustic drum software, it is hard to draw the user’s attention to new products. Drumdrops are doing it right, though, offering outstanding quality at an incredibly low price.
Drumdrops have been producing high quality drum backing tracks for quite a while, however they’ve only recently stepped on the multi-sampling scene. My first experience with Drumdrops products came about when I loaded up their Yamaha Custom Kit which was included as a freebie in the latest issue of Computer Music Special magazine. I was amazed by the natural sound and great playability of this free sample set and I simply couldn’t resist testing the Kontakt 5 version of their first commercial product, the 1963 Premier Outfits 54 Kit.
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digitaldrummermag.comApril 2014 Written by: Allan Leibowitz
Product review: Kontakt 5 packs by Drumdrops
BRITISH SAMPLE PRODUCER Drumdrops is best known for its drum tracks an...
Product review: Kontakt 5 packs by Drumdrops
BRITISH SAMPLE PRODUCER Drumdrops is best known for its drum tracks and loops, but now the “purveyors of the finest live drum multi-tracks, stems, drum loops, drum samples and single hit kits” (according to the company schtick) has begun packaging its wares for e- drummers, with two sample packs currently on offer for the Kontakt 5 engine.
Drumdrops first released a 1970s Rogers Big R Dub Kit, and has followed it up with a 1963 Premier Outfits 54 pack.
Both require a full version of Kontakt – not just the free Player, so that might discourage a bunch of potential users.
I’m not a huge fan of the Kontakt engine, but I do like NI’s Studio Drummer, so I’ve stuck with Kontakt just for that.
The Drumdrops packs are available by download only – the first one weighs in at a modest 1.2 GB; the second is much larger, at 2.5 GB.
The packs are easy to install – simply unzip them and ensure that you know where they’re saved so that you can access them with Kontakt.
And that’s the first challenge. Unfortunately, the kits can’t be loaded as a library, so you’ll have to use the host’s file tab to hunt for them. It’s a bit tedious and time-consuming when you first load the kits, but it soon becomes second nature.
The Rogers kit offers a fairly limited instrument range - a 24”x16” Rogers Big R bass, 14”x6.5” Ludwig Black Magic snare, 14”x5” Ludwig Black Acrolite snare, two Rogers Big R rack toms and a cannon-like 16”x16” 1963 Premier floor tom.
The hats are Zildjian A Sweet 15” and there’s a Zildjian Custom A 17” crash. If you’re more dub kit-savvy than me, you’ll know not to look for a ride (seriously, a VST pack without a ride?).
There are also some percussion bits – a 14” timbale, hi and lo bongos and a couple of electronic percussion pieces - a Boss PC-2 Percussion Synthesizer and a Tama Techstar TC-204.
Despite the significantly larger download, there are actually fewer kit pieces in the Premier kit. You’ll have to settle for just one snare in this offering – a 14”x5.5” Vintage Premier Royal Ace. The rest of the pieces are a 20”x16” Vintage 1963 Premier bass drum with a 12”x8” rack tom and a 16”x16” floor tom for the same kit.
The pies consist of 14” Zildjian New hats, a 22” Zildjian K Custom Medium Ride and two Zildjian crashes – an 18” K Dark Thin Crash and a 16” Zildjian Vintage Crash.
The Drumdrops interface consists of three tabs.
The Mixer tab is much like other Kontakt mixers where you control the volume of the individual drums. You can also choose the balance of overhead and room mics and apply various reverbs.
The Kit tab contains a realistic kit image, and the ability to audition drums and cymbals by clicking on them – much more useful than NI’s inbuilt mini-keyboard. Here, you can also tune all the instruments and select velocity curves.
The Settings tab could really be called the MIDI tab, because this panel allows you to select MIDI maps and also to change notes and articulations, with an intuitive “learn” function. And it’s worth noting that there are preset maps for most of the popular e-drum options - Yamaha DTX-900, 2box and Roland as well as Addictive Drums, Superior Drummer, SSD and BFD.
And the MIDI mapping was spot-on for the options I tried – including very accurate hi-hat variations (open, 1⁄4, 1⁄2, 3⁄4 and closed steps for bow and edge as well as open and closed splash) and cymbal chokes.
But if you’re more interested in playing than mixing, much of the work has been done for you in the range of presets, accessed very simply.
Both kits have 14 presets, with vastly different sounds and feels and wonderful names like Single Malt and Bitches Brew. So despite the limited kit pieces, these FX enhancements in effect deliver 14 additional kits to each pack – besides the almost infinite possibilities if you’d like to get down and dirty and start messing with the various effects, buses and modulation options. The Drumdrops interface consists of three tabs. The Mixer tab is much like other Kontakt mixers where you control the volume of the individual drums. You can also choose the balance of overhead and room mics and apply various reverbs.
My first encounter was with the Dub Kit and while I recognised the quality of the samples, the clarity and the depth of the presets, I was not taken with the sounds. But Dub’s not my genre, and I was too wrapped up in the absence of a ride to really give the VST pack much of a chance.
The classic '60s kit was a different kettle of fish. I was impressed with every kit piece and the overall kit, and could certainly use many of the presets in a covers band environment.
My one regret is that there aren’t more kit pieces, but I did discover a work-around. All that’s needed is to open a second instance of Drumdrops in Kontakt (I saved the kit with a new name), associate the toms with MIDI notes matching your additional triggers and then retune the toms in the Kit pane. I tuned two toms down a few steps to create a full harmonic complement of four. Just remember to solo the toms on the second set or you’ll end up with duplicate hits on all your other drums and cymbals.
If that sounds too much like hard work, then just remind yourself of what Ringo achieved with a four-piece kit.
Overall, the packs are both very playable and very listenable – and one can choose to run with the presets or dig a lot deeper and unleash some creativity. The packs have a 'round robin' option and various randomisation settings to avoid machine-gunning and robot-like sticking.
Interestingly, despite Drumdrops' loop heritage, no loops are provided with either pack. It's not something I miss, but some buyers might be disappointed by their absence.
Drumdrops has crafted some really useful samples and a batch of terrific and varied presets in two small packs.
The packs are moderately priced (£40 for the Dub Kit and £35 for the vintage Premier kit), but there are discounts if you buy more than one pack at a time and free samples with some purchases. At the time of writing, for example, Drumdrops was offering 20% off for anyone who simply opened a free account.
And here’s another tip. If you’re not a Kontakt fan, consider the Multi-velocity Packs, which are around a third of the price and can be loaded into some DAWs.
In short these two compact kits provide lots of tone and colour for some skilfully produced samples. They play well, sound great, offer tons of tweakability and won’t break the bank.