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Ludwig Super Classic Kit - Kontakt Pack
 Ludwig Super Classic Kit - Kontakt Pack by Drumdrops is Soundware (e.g. samples or presets that load into other products).
Ludwig Super Classic Kit - Kontakt Pack
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Product Ludwig Super Classic Kit - Kontakt Pack
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The Ludwig Super Classic - Kontakt 5 Pack mixed by Guy Massey, has been built for the full version of the latest version of Native Instruments Kontakt 5. The Pack comes with the Drumdrops Kontakt Instrument which has a full mixer, step sequencer, MIDI grooves and utilises 8240 separate drum samples for added realism.

Most people will know of the reputation of Ludwig drums, famously used by Ringo Starr from a little known 60s Liverpudlian band, and later by John Bonham of Led Zeppelin. They sound fantastic, warm and responsive with a lovely dark tone. Made before music became really amplified and loud, these drums were designed to sound good rather than generate loads of volume and as such they are wonderfully full and tonal, especially when recorded and miked up. Although obviously a 1960s kit, drummers continued to use this model though the 70s, and do so to this very day in fact... They just record so well.

This kit sounds wonderful. The toms have a beautiful resonance. It comprises a 20" x 14" kick drum, a 13" x 9" rack tom and a 16" x 16" floor tom. The snares used are a wooden 1960s 14" x 5" Rogers Dynasonic and a 1970s 14" x 6.5" Ludwig 402. The cymbals used were an early 70s 20" Zildjian K medium Heavy 20" Ride and the hats some Zildjian K 14" Hi-Hats from the same era, and a Zildjian K Dark Medium Thin 18" Crash. This kit belongs to the drummer Tim Weller.

The kit was recorded by our resident Drumdrops engineer Ben Thackeray and mixed by Grammy award winning ex-Abbey Road engineer Guy Massey. The drummer was Tim Weller, a busy UK session drummer recent clients included - Death in Vegas, Chris Difford, Future Sound of London, Marc Almond, Beverley Craven, Natalie Imbruglia, Duke Special, Ellie Goulding and Noel Gallagher.

The recording took place in Miloco's The Square Studios in London. Quite a controlled and tight sounding live room so you can really hear the sound of this kit and treat it later. For mic pre's we used a combination of the SSL G-Series and a number of external pre's including Calrec 1061's, Valve Telefunken V76, a Neve 1066 and Neve Prisms.

The kit was mixed on the SSL G-Series console at The Square by Guy Massey. In the past few years Guy has worked with many artists including Bill Fay, Ed Sheeran, Ultrasound, Neil Hannon and Thomas Walsh and Paul McCartney as well as many up and coming acts. In 2010 he won two UK Music Producer Guild awards for engineer of the year and best album. He won engineer of the year again this year.

The "Kontakt Pack" has been designed exclusively for the latest full version of Native Instruments Kontakt 5. The pack includes up to sixteen velocities of each articulation and up to 5 round robins. In total it contains 8240 samples. Included in the Kontakt pack is the latest version of the Drumdrops Kontakt 5 instrument. The key features are:-:

  • Groove Player - There are 864 MIDI Grooves that are included in the MIDI Groove Player that are played by a variety of drummers.
  • Step Sequencer - The sequencer has eight channels allowing any eight of the articulations of the Ludwig Kit to be selected and played. The sequencer contains 32 steps for each channel.
  • Groove Slicer – The Groove Slicer cuts each MIDI groove into thirty-two sections. These sections can then be played back in a different order to the original depending on what which of the three modes are selected.
  • Mic Blend - Here you can control the mix on the microphones used for each channel. You can vary the balance of the close microphone with the overheads and room microphones or the top and bottom snare microphones.
  • An 8 channel mixer. Each channel comes with a Mute, Solo, Phase Reverse and 2 Aux sends.
  • Multiple Convolution Reverbs included, 4 studio Impulse responses and many classic reverbs and effects.
  • The ability to change the velocity curve and tuning of each drum.
  • Randomise the tuning, velocity, EQ and timing for added realism.
  • Multiple Round Robins included for extra authenticity.
  • 4 band EQ and Transient Master included on each channel.
  • A buss compressor and Tape saturator on the mix buss.
  • Ability to route each channel to your DAW.
  • Multiple Mix presets included mixed by a variety of engineers, musicians and producers.
  • A full version and lite version for use on laptops.
  • Multiple MIDI maps included with full compatibility with the Roland TD-12, TD-20 and TD-30 V-drums and the Yamaha DTX-900.

The Kontakt Pack will be available exclusively from the Drumdrops store costing £ 40.00. Users will need the latest full version of Kontakt 5. Head over to the Drumdrops site find out more. This pack will be released on the 28th of August between 4 and 4.30 pm with a special offer.

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3 September 2014 at 8:59pmCap'n Spanky

Nice review. Thanks. So... have you compared this to products like EZ Drummer, Superior, or Addictive Drums that also have their own MIDI players. If so, what are your thoughts?

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7 September 2014 at 9:24pmVariKusBrainZ

Is this really a review or blatant adverspam?

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16 September 2014 at 5:15pmtommyzai

Hi VariKusBrainZ,
I'm Tommy Zai. I've done a lot of writing over the years and have often been criticized that my writing sounds like a billboard ad. I nearly failed a master's level course because of it. ;-0. But I'm real and my review is real. I'm NOT adverspamming, although that might make a good screen name. LOL In short, I think Ludwig Super Classic is by far the most authentic vintage mid to late 60s kit out there. It's also a fantastic value. I've tried all of those genre kits, and while some have their good points, I've always had to replace either a snare, kick, cymbals, etc. This kit by DrumDrops is self-contained and allows me to focus on music. .. finally! I'm tired of spending my time assembling kits, collecting sounds, and trying to make it all work.

16 September 2014 at 5:26pmtommyzai

For what it's worth, I'm a teacher. I use music as a means of reaching "at risk" teens in a developing area of Asia. This semester I will continue teaching the history of western music, focusing on the 60s. I will use a controller, maybe even the virtual one by Aerodrums, to have the kids bang out beats. Who knows, maybe I'll find the next Ringo or Bonham. ;-).

16 September 2014 at 11:57pmtommyzai

Hi Cap'n Spanky,
Yes! I have compared Ludwig Classic Super Kit to EZ Drummer, Superior, and Addictive. I do not own all of them, but I played with them and their vintage packs. I didn't want my review to mention other products, but I'm happy to share why I chose DrumDrops over the big three competitors you mentioned.

EZ Drummer is straightforward and sounds good out-of-the-box. It's great for home demos a la Garage Band workflow; however, it's not versatile enough and has a baked in processing — not dry enough for my taste.
Superior Drummer is an excellent system that has lots and lots of control; however, the learning curve for comprehensive control is steep and users cannot easily replace instruments. The stock libraries and the Custom & Vintage SDX have a lot to offer. There are many usable instruments in there, but I feel the snares were weak and the toms weren't punchy enough. Also, the cymbals are average. As a result, once again, I am forced to mix and match to get the 60s sound.
Addictive Drums I love the cymbals throughout their collection, and the Black Oyster expansion is no exception. This also has its own engine, and it seems a bit easier than Toontrack for building your own kit.

I'm sure a good 60s-ish kit could be assembled by with mixing and matching instruments within and outside of any of the above mentioned, but I'm tired of being Dr. Frankenstein. With the 1965 Ludwig Super Classic Kit by DrumDrops I have my dream kit where it belongs — in one kit! It might come down to your workflow, your finances, and if you already own Kontakt. It made sense for me to go with DrumDrops!

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