Tony Allen Afrobeat Kit
“I’ve always thought of my drums as an orchestra. I like to create a melody with my drums when I play. I like to make them sing.”
Tony Allen needs no introduction. He revolutionised the musical landscape of an entire continent influencing the course of Western pop music. Born in Lagos in 1940 Tony never took up traditional African percussion. Listening to the recordings of the great American bebop drummers Art Blakey and Max Roach, he invented a technique that he gradually refined by honing his command of the cymbals, in particular the hi-hat, little used by African drummers – and the tom-toms.
The kit used was Tony’s Pearl Masters Premium Studio kit. This is Tony’s main kit that he has been using for years. It comes with a 22” kick drum, 12” and 13” rack toms and a 16” floor tom.
We used two snare drums, a Pearl Masters Premium (14” x 7”) and a Tony Allen custom snare (14” x 5”). The cymbals we user were an HHX stage 16” crash, an HHX 20” stage ride and some Zildjian New Beat 14” hi-hats. This all makes up Tony’s main recording kit. Of course it wont sound much like Tony’s kit without him playing it.
Pearl is a Japanese company that began in 1946 with the focus on drum kits beginning in 1950. Today Pearl’s Taiwanese factories deliver all the kits worldwide. Their construction technique is known as Superior Shell Technology. Each ply is placed into a cylinder, and pressure is applied from both sides.While in the press, the shell is heated to bring the glue to a boil, which forces it through the wood grain and fuses the shells very tightly. The individual plies are scarf jointed, and all the seams are offset, resulting in a “seamless” drum which creates a drum shell of incredible strength. This kit is a Pearl Masters Premium made of Birch.
Like other Drumdrops kits it can be purchased in a variety of different packs.
The Multi Sample pack provides up to 28 velocity steps of each articulation. Each sample included in this pack is a mix of all of the kit mics. This pack comes with patches for Battery 3, Kontakt 5.6, EXS24, Maschine, Geist, Studio One's Impact Soundset, Ableton Drum Rack, iDrum, Reason Refills, TX16Wx and SFZ (which is 1.0 compliant and has been tested with Plogue Sforzando, Cakewalk SFZ and Linux Sampler) but the samples can be used in any drum machine or sampler that reads 24 bit WAV files. We also include 16 bit samples for old school samplers. Some of the software patches (Battery, EXS24, SFZ and Kontakt) also support round robin samples. We have included three round robin samples of each velocity for added realism. This pack is a great choice for those who want multiple velocity articulations. This pack comes with 2003 samples.
The Drum Replacement pack is our sample replacement pack. This pack comes with three different patches - Slate Trigger V2, Drumagog V5 & V4 and DrumXchanger. Each patch uses different amounts of samples depending on the capability of the software. If you run any of these pieces of software then this pack is for you.
The All Samples pack contains the Multi-sample Pack, the Drum Replacement Pack and all the 16582 seperate mic samples from the Kontakt 5 Pack (but not the Kontakt Instrument which is only found in the Kontakt Packs). This pack gives you ultimate flexibility. You get all the patches we create and three different packs of samples. In this kit we have also included an SFZ 2.0 compliant patch which has been tested with Plogue Sforzando and it uses the seperate mic samples.
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. Ask us nicely and we will knock the price of this pack off other packs for this kit if you upgrade.
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.