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Frequently asked questions

Are Drumdrops drum tracks and loops copyright free?

Yes, as long as you have proof of purchase.

Why does Drumdrops charge less than its competitors?

We keep formats limited to keep our costs down.

Why do Drumdrops releases sound better than their competitors?

We exclusively use old Neve or Api recording consoles for recording and mixing, vintage microphones and valve equalizers and most importantly good sounding live rooms and drummers!

Were the drums originally recorded on analogue tape?

Yes, all Drumdrops drum track are recorded using Ampex GP9 or 499 analogue tape.

Have Drumdrops performances been quantised by Beat Detective or similar?

NO! All Drumdrops releases are 100% live and are undoctored.

But what about my programmed stuff?

All Drumdrops drum tracks are supplied with a DAW session file tempo mapped to each quarter beat so your sequences, slaved applications and external MIDI sequencers follow the live drummer. This allows you to overdub/program midi parts easily, make use of quantize and other tempo/grid features.

Note: If you are creating a new session with a DAW we don't support, simply import the included MIDI file to the session of your master sequencer followed by the separate audio and HEY PRESTO! Your sequences follow the tempo fluctuations of the live drums!

Click here to find out more about the tempo map feature.

What if I like the groove but not the sound?

Since the performances or loops are in multi-track format, Pro Tools features such as Sound Replacer can be used to customize/overdub or replace sounds.

What if I want a big, expanding Led Zep style drum sound?

Turn up the room tracks and experiment with some compression.

Can I use multi-track titles with any software or hardware?

You can use multi-track titles with any software or hardware that can play or import 24 Bit AIFF files. We supply Pro Tools session files as well as OMF session files and MIDI tempo map files for importing into other DAWs. In newer releases we also include templates for Logic, Cubase, Ableton, Studio One, Reaper and Reason.

Note: MIDI tempo map files are included for easy synchronisation of MIDI sequencers and external drum machines via MIDI Clock: Simply import the MIDI file to the session of your master sequencer and HEY PRESTO! Your sequences follow the tempo fluctuations of the live drums!

Do the Tempo Maps work in Ableton?

In recent releases they do. The older releases tempo maps work in Logic. Pro Tools and Cubase. If you have bought older catalogue in multi-track or stem packs and have proof of purchase from our site, please email us at support@drumdrops.com and we will then email you over the correct Ableton tempo map for the track you purchased.

Can I use .RX2 files with any software/hardware?

.RX2 files work with Pro Tools with Reason, Propellerhead Software Reason, Logic Audio, Steinberg Cubase, Steinberg Nuendo, Steinberg Halion, MOTU Digital Performer, MOTU Mach 5, Native Instruments Kontact, Native Instruments Intakt, Native Instruments Kompakt, Native Instruments Battery, Sonar, IK Multimedia Sampletank, AKAI S6000/S5000 and AKAI Z-SERIES samplers.

Can I use Apple Loops files with any software?

Apple Loops files work with Garage Band and Soundtrack.

I use Garageband what products can I use ?

Garageband Uses Apple Loops. Head over to our Drum Tracks and find the ones which have loops packs. All of our loops packs come formatted with Apple loops.

I do not wish to pay with paypal what other methods of payment are there ?

For those who do not have a paypal account you can pay by debit card or credit card using paypal but without having a papyal account. Please just follow the onscreen instructions.

If you do not wish to use paypal out of principal we can give you our bank details and you can pay an amount into our account, Once we have received this payment we can then create a voucher code for the same value for you to purchase from our site. For anyone wishing to use this method please email us at info@drumdrops.com.

Why do I have to open an account?

This is basically so we can keep track of your purchases. Anything purchased from the Drumdrops site is yours for life. So if you lose your files or are working in a different location all you have to do is log back in to your account to re-download the purchases. The other benefits are that if you have purchased from Drumdrops, we shall from time to time add free content into your account. Finally if you live outside Europe you will be able to change your address settings to purchase products without VAT.