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Memphis Soul Kit

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The Memphis Soul Kit was recorded using a legendary Gretsch 1960s Round Badge Kit. Currently they are one of the most sought after kits from that era. We recorded this kit to capture a certain sound, the sound of the late 60s and early 70s that came out of the Royal Studios in Memphis. Home to legendary producer and founder of Hi Records, Willie Mitchell. This studio was responsible for recording hit after hit from famous Soul Artists such as Al Green and Ann Peebles. We have studied and recreated the drum sound.

Unlike the one microphone, large open room drum sounds coming out of Motown and Stax in the 60’s/early 70’s, Willie Mitchell preferred a small dry room, often using three or four microphones on the drum kit. To capture the same sound we used the perfectly suited dry live room at Miloco’s The Square. The concept behind the mic positioning is unique to this release. We used four mic’s, each placed in carefully selected positions around the kit, so each mic captures the drum kit as a whole, meaning you can use any one mic as your drum sound, or you can blend any or all of the mic’s to create your ideal sound. 

The drum kit was produced and recorded by South London drummer Timmy Rickard who has studied the grooves and sound of this great era. The kit is a classic sounding late 60s kit with wallets placed on the tuned down snares,  a tea towel was used on the floor tom and we have recorded the ride with and without a chain. Also included are four classic vintage snares and the kit is finally topped off with some percussion - congos, a tambourine and shaker.

Like other Drumdrops kits it can be purchased in seven different packs.

The Kontakt 5 Pack comes with the Drumdrops Kontakt Interface for exclusive use in Native Instruments Kontakt version 5.5. The interface comes with it's own mixer section giving you control over the individual drum tracks and convolution reverbs that we have included. Each channel has an EQ and Transient Master. You can change the velocity curves of the drums and there is a randomisation feature to add subtle changes to make the drums even more realistic. The Kontakt pack comes with 65 separate articulations, 16 velocity steps and includes 5 round robins. In this kit our Kontakt feature known as Mix Blend comes into its own. You can control the balance of the 5 microphones positioned around the kit on each and every drum. This means the Kontakt pack comes loaded with an incredible 17935 samples.

The BFD Pack is a pack that can be loaded into BFD2 or BFD3. The BFD pack contains 16075 samples. It contains all 60 articulations that our other packs have and the kit has been recorded in up to 80 velocity steps. You have full control over the five microphones that were used to record this kit and once loaded into BFD you can enjoy all the same features that you would expect from any other BFD kit. Once the kit has been recognized by BFD, just simply select your desired kit piece from the list in the same way that you would load any other drum in BFD.

The Multi Sample pack provides up to 16 velocity steps of each articulation. Each sample included in this pack is a mix of the five 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. The multi-sample pack now includes over 1474 MIDI drum loops covering a variety of genres including over 100 Soul loops. This pack is a great choice for those who want multiple velocity articulations. This pack comes with 2143 samples. 

The Single Hits pack  is similar to our multi sample pack but provides three velocities of each articulation and no round robins. This pack also includes presets for Battery 3, Kontakt 5, EXS24, Maschine, Geist, Studio One's Impact Soundset, Ableton Drum Rack, iDrum, Renoise and Reason Refills but if you run any drum machines such as Akai MPC60s this pack may be ideal as the samples come as 16-bit WAVs and 24-bit WAVs. This pack comes loaded with 180 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. For full details on this pack read on here.

The All Samples pack contains the Multi-sample Pack, the Drum Replacement Pack and all the 17610 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. If you want a late 60s Al Jackson Jr drum sound then this is kit for you. If you can't wait to get your hands on these packs then check out our drum tracks album Royal Drops. This drum track album contains 15 Soul 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 and drum loops. We think this kit is awesome and there is nothing out there like it.