|Product||Abbey Road 60s Drummer|
|Developer||Native Instruments / Abbey Road|
|Price (MSRP)||$119 / €99|
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|Copy Protection||Online Activation (Challenge / Response)|
Recorded using sophisticated engineering techniques and exclusive vintage gear, Abbey Road 60s Drums provides a versatile arsenal of classic drum sounds with "absolute tonal authenticity, supreme playability and immense sonic flexibility". For use in the free Kontakt Player and the Kontakt 4 sampler, it provides a unique resource for typical Sixties sound aesthetics as well as for modern pop, rock and urban music styles.
Abbey Road 60s Drums features two quintessential drum kits of the Sixties era, a Gretsch and a Ludwig, which were recorded in "painstaking" detail utilizing Abbey Road's engineering expertise and arsenal of vintage equipment. Classic AKG, Neumann and STC microphones from the studios' famed microphone collection, the exclusive REDD.17 and EMI TG mixing desks, a valve-based Studer tape machine and other authentic outboard gear all contributed to the sound of Abbey Road 60s Drums.
With up to 30 velocity layers per instrument, each utilizing up to six randomly selected variation samples, as well as separate left- and right-hand samples and individually adjustable snare bleed, NI says that Abbey Road 60s Drums delivers ultimate authenticity both for DAW-based rhythm programming and for real-time MIDI-controlled drum playing. To cover both classic and contemporary sound aesthetics, users can choose between "vintage" and "modern" microphone setups, and select separate "tea towel" samples for an even more distinctive, punchier sound. A special room microphone configuration was used to fully capture the acoustic room sound of Abbey Road's famous Studio Two, with the ambience individually adjustable for each instrument.
The concise user interface of Abbey Road 60s Drums makes full use of the advanced GUI features of the Kontakt platform, with convenient controls for articulation, sound shaping, mixing and routing functions. Advanced randomization features can even add additional subtle nuances to the tone and timing, making it sound completely organic and virtually indistinguishable from a conventional studio-recorded drum performance.
Reviewed By phlendo
February 1, 2010
The mixer controls are easy to use, and well laid out. The randomize works well without making everything sound too randomized. And the GUI is gorgeous. Seriously, these graphics kick butt.
The Lite kits are easiest on my CPU. The fully loaded presets take awhile to load, but are very stable and glitch free once loaded.
Not only that, but the FREE Kontakt 4 Player is stable, and glitch free too! Bloated-overly-coded-slow installer aside, well done NI: You deserve a case of beer for this one.
Installing this on my PC was a trial by fire. It tested every ounce of my PC tech ability. In the end though, it all worked out great.
Let me explain what I had to go through to get this up and running:
1. My HD space was quite full (I had less than 3gigs left), and NI's verifier/installer refused to complete it's process. At first I thought the installer was the problem, or might have even been corrupt.
2. So I called NI support. They were GREAT and very helpful. They suggested I "make room" on the C drive. I couldn't free up enough space no matter what I tried so...
3. I did some research and figured out how to clone my C drive to the other larger drive in my PC (I ended up using HDClone). Then I had to merge the free space with the clone using Partition Magic, as well as reposition the drives on the boot chain. After erasing the original C drive contents I was all good to go!
It sounds easier than it reads. It actually took 4-6 hours to troubleshoot, clone, etc..
If you're impatient, word to the wise: Even after all that the NI install process took about 35 minutes. I'd even go so far as to say that the installer is the slowest I've ever used in my 10 years of DAW plug-in use (especially considering that the 16GB Braunschweig Upright Piano I use took far less time to complete).
All in all, though, the Abbey Road 60's Drum Sampleset is a winner.