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Modern Folk Rock Kit

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Hot on the tale of the Vintage Folk Rock Kit comes the Modern Folk Rock Kit. The vintage kit was a 60s kit recorded with 5 mics in a dry room while the Modern Folk Rock Kit is an 80s Gretsch Kit, close mic'd and recorded in a brighter live room. Once again we used the engineering skills of the legendary engineer / producer Phill Brown (Laura Marling / John Martyn / Rolling Stones). To direct us on the sound of the kit we used Folk specialist drummer Martyn Barker (Rufus Wainwright, Richard Hawley, Katherine Williams) who once again sampled the kit using sticks, hotrods and brushes.

Phill close mic’d this kit as a contrast to the 5 mic process used on the Vintage kit. Mics used were classic drum mics – AKG D112 on the Kick, Shure SM57s on the Snare, Sennheiser 421’s on the toms, KM84 on the Ride and Hi-Hat, Coles 4038’s as overheads and two room mics – a Sony C48 and Neumann U89. These pick up the real ambience of this room. All of the mics were recorded through the SSL G-Series mic pre’s and recorded straight into Pro Tools.

The kit we used for this was a Gretsch Maple 4416 Kit. It comes with three rack toms and a floor tom, two snares - a Ludwig 400 and a Ludwig Brass Shell owned by Martyn. Cymbals were a combination of Zildjian and Paiste and we also include some tambourine and shaker articulations.

This kit can be purchased in eight different packs.

The Dual Kit Kontakt Player Pack contains not only the Modern Folk Rock Kit but also the Vintage folk Rock Kit. Both of the kits in this pack are compatible with the FREE Kontakt Player. (Our Kontakt 5 pack only works with the full version of Kontakt 5.5.). Both of the kits contain all the features found in the kontakt 5 packs but they are also completely NKS compliant. 

The Kontakt Pack comes with the Drumdrops Kontakt Instrument for exclusive use in Native Instruments Kontakt version 5.5 (full version). The new Drumdrops instrument 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 four dynamics to choose from, two delays and two convolution reverbs. 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 61 separate articulations, 24 velocity steps and includes 5 round robins. This pack comes loaded with 16940 samples.

The BFD Pack is a sampler pack that can be loaded into BFD3, BFD2 or BFD Eco. The BFD pack contains the same samples that our Kontakt 5 Pack offers, meaning that BFD users can enjoy the same realism and quality that our Kontakt 5 users enjoy. It contains 57 articulations and the kit has been recorded in up to 120 velocity steps. You have full control over each drum 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 BFD pack also includes many Folk MIDI grooves.

The Multi-Sample pack  provides up to 24 velocity steps of each articulation. Each sample included in this pack is a mix of the overhead, room mics and close mics. This pack comes with patches for Battery 3, Kontakt 5.5, EXS24, Maschine, Geist, Studio One's Impact Soundset, Ableton Drum Rack, iDrum, Reason Refills, Renoise and the free TX16Wx sampler but the samples can be used in any drum machine or sampler that reads 24 bit WAV files. Some of the software patches (Battery, EXS24 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 700 MIDI drum loops covering a variety of genres. This pack is a great choice for those who want multiple velocity articulations. This pack comes with 2861 samples.

The Single Hits pack  is similar to the Multi-Sample Pack. It comes with the same patches as the multi-sample pack but only contains three velocities of each articulation and no round robin samples. The samples come as 16 bit and 24 bit WAVs. If you run any of these pieces of software and want a more basic sounding kit then this pack will be perfect.

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, the Single Hits Pack and most of the the seperate mic samples from the Kontakt 5 Pack. This pack gives you ultimate flexibility. You get all the patches we create and three different packs of samples. It does not contain our Kontakt instrument which can only be found in the Kontakt pack.

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 vintage folk rock sound to emulate artists such as Ray La Montagne, Elliot Smith and Bon Iver then this is a great place to start. If you can't wait to get your hands on these packs then check out our drum tracks album Folk Rock Drops Volume 2. This drum track album contains 17 Folk Rock 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, drum loops and practice tracks.