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Abbey Road Modern DrummerbyNative Instruments
 Abbey Road Modern Drummer by Native Instruments is a Virtual Instrument Audio Plugin. It includes, and is therefore "powered by", Kontakt Player, which functions as a VST Plugin, an Audio Units Plugin and an AAX Plugin.
Abbey Road Modern Drums
Abbey Road Modern Drums
Product Abbey Road Modern Drummer
Developer Native Instruments / Abbey Road
Price (MSRP) $119 / €99
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Providing two high-end drum kits for use in the free Kontakt Player and the Kontakt 4 sampler, Abbey Road Modern Drums gives musicians and producers access to expertly engineered drum sounds for contemporary music production of any genre, with the highest possible level of fidelity and authenticity.

Abbey Road Modern Drums complements the previous 60s, 70s and 80s installments, and is based on two renowned drum kits that are a staple of modern studio productions – a Drum Workshop Collector's Series "White Kit" and a Pearl Reference "Sparkle Kit". Further expanded with various distinctive cymbals from Sabian and Zildjian as well as three snare drum options each, both kits were recorded with painstaking precision in Abbey Road's Studio Two and Studio Three, taking full advantage of the acoustic properties of these famous recording rooms.

Abbey Road Modern Drums utilizes both contemporary and vintage high-end recording equipment to achieve ultimate sound quality across all individual instruments of the kits. This includes selected Brauner and Neumann microphones from the studios' famed mic collection as well as exclusive SSL, REDD and EMI TG preamps. Classic and modern compression techniques were used on the basis of the legendary Fairchild 660 compressor and the acclaimed Empirical Labs Distressor. Additional specialities include a range of "splash on snare" sounds as well as bass drum samples recorded through a rewired monitor speaker for additional punch, further increasing the sonic versatility of the kits.

Up to 27 velocity layers per instrument with over 40,000 overall samples guarantee ultimate authenticity both for rhythm programming and for real-time MIDI-controlled playing, with a selection of different MIDI mappings accommodating the established layouts of various popular electronic drum kits and third-party drum libraries. The highly functional user interface offers convenient control over all articulation, sound shaping, mixing and routing functions. Advanced randomization can even add subtle nuances to the tone and timing to make it virtually indistinguishable from a studio-recorded drum performance.

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30 July 2013 at 10:44pmxcentric

@delaiah You can use parts from different kits together in the same instance. Load up two AR Modern Drummer nki's and mute the parts from each kit you don't want. But that'll obviously compound your other gripe, loading time. You could how ever save it as a multi (.nkm) to avoid having to load up two full instances. It would just load up with the parts you wanted.

31 July 2013 at 12:23pmdelaiah

good idea, but sounds like a huge pain in the rear to accomplish something that can be done with other instruments easily. also, you'd need to make many of the adjustments twice and last but not least, the room mics likely had different settings for the kits, so they might not match.

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