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Yamaha Hybrid Kit

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This Yamaha hybrid kit is a great sounding all round multi-sampled kit. The kit was given away as a free kit in a Computer Music Magazine Recording Special.

The kit is owned by producer Ben Hillier (Depeche Mode, Nadine Shah, Graham Coxon) and resides in Miloco's Pool Studio in London. The kit has been used by loads of artists and can be heard on many hit records. The drums used to make up this kit have come from a combination of Yamaha kits and together provide a great sounding kit. Before we began sampling up the kit our drum tech Martin Oldham came in, changed the heads to Pre international Remo Coated Ambassador heads and got the kit sounding great.

The kit was recorded at The Pool. This is a relatively new studio in London but has recorded many hit records for the likes of Graham Coxon, Florence & The Machine and Mumford & Sons amongst others. The engineer was inhouse Drumdrops engineer Ben Thackeray and Adam Falkner (Babyshambles, Ed Harcourt) was on drumming duty. The kit works well at different tuning pitches, but its big size and its Lugwig 402 snare makes it suitable for deeper rock orientated tracks or ballads or even pop tracks . It is a great sounding kit that can be used to cover many genres. Especially if it costs you nothing !

This kit is available to purchase in seven different packs.

The Kontakt 5 Pack comes with the Drumdrops Kontakt Instrument for exclusive use in Native Instruments Kontakt version 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 41 separate articulations, 16 velocity steps and includes multiple round robins totalling over 5000 drum samples. The instrument also contains a MIDI groove player with over 1000 MIDI loops and a step sequencer.

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 28 articulations and the kit has been recorded in up to 96 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 12 groove palettes and 110 MIDI grooves.

The Multi-Velocity pack provides up to 16 velocity steps of each articulation. The samples are a combination of the close mic, room mics and overheads. This pack comes with patches for the latest versions of Battery, Kontakt, EXS24, Maschine, Geist, Studio One's Soundsets, Ableton Drum Rack, Reason Refills, Renoise, iDrum and the free TX16Wx sampler, but the samples can be used in any drum machine or sampler that reads 24 bit WAV files. The multi-velocity pack now also includes over 500 MIDI drum loops covering a variety of genres. We have also included MIDI Maps for a lot of the popular defaults. This pack is a great choice for those who want the multiple velocity articulations but do not use Kontakt 5 or do not want the interface.     

The Single Hits pack  is tsimilar to the multi-velocity pack but provides three velocities of each articulation. This pack also includes patches for the latest versions of Battery, Kontakt, EXS24, Maschine, Geist, Studio One's Soundsets, Ableton Drum Rack, Reason Refills, Renoise and iDrum. The samples all comes as 24 bit WAVs and 16 bit WAVs so if you run any drum machines such as Akai MPC60s that read these, you can load them in.

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 template 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-Velocity Pack, the Singles Hits Pack, the Drum Replacement Pack and most of the the seperate mic samples from the Kontakt 5 Pack. This pack gives you ultimate flexibility, all the patches we create and three different packs of 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.  

If you are looking for a great all round kit this is a good place to start and a great way to see how Drumdrops makes their packs. One pack is free and the rest are reasonably priced. Can't say better than that!