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The 1970s Hayman Vibrasonic Kit - Drum Replacement Pack as mixed by Stephen Street (Blur / The Smiths) comes with patches for comes with patches for Slate Trigger V2, Drumagog 5 & 4 and DrumXchanger. If you use any of the supported software and want a versatile classic British 70s kit as mixed by one of the UK's mix engineers then look no further.
This Hayman kit is a great representation of a classic British 70s kit. Hayman only existed for about 15 years but they built some great kits in that time, mainly to counter the American kits such as Ludwig and Gretsch that were being imported.
This kit was recorded at the same time as the Ludwig Super Classic in Miloco's The Square studio in London. We recorded both kits for a 70s Americana drum tracks album called Route Seventy Sticks. The Hayman was played by Tim Weller and recorded by Drumdrops engineer Ben Thackeray. To add to the British flavour of this kit we asked the incredible Stephen Street (Blur, The Smiths, Kaiser Chiefs) to mix it.
There are few people living in the UK who will not have heard a Stephen Street record. His legendary creative production style has contributed to some of the most iconic records by UK bands and artists of the past three decades, including The Smiths, Blur, New Order, Pete Doherty, Kaiser Chiefs and countless other platinum-selling acts. Stephen mixed this kit in his own studio The Bunker.
The particular kit we sampled is from around 1970 and was their standard five piece kit comprising of a 22" x 14" bass drum, 12" x 8" and 13" x 9" toms and a 16" x 16" floor tom. It's in a rather fetching metallic blue finish, though you might not be able to tell this from the samples. The snares that we sampled with this kit are two of the best ever produced... The metal shelled Ludwig 400 and the wooden Slingerland radio king. The cymbals used were all old sixties and seventies models commonly used at the time. The hihats were made by an English company called Zyn. The ride we used is an old Tosco 20" ride, thin and washy but with just enough ping to let rhythms cut through. The crash we used is made by Paiste a Swiss company, and this is an 18" medium from their popular 2002 range which was introduced in the 1970s.
We have included three different patches in this pack all for drum replacement software:
The Slate Trigger patch patch has been created using the close mic, overhead and room mic samples from the kit. There are samples for the kick drum, snare and toms. The samples in this patch have up to 16 velocity levels and six round robins totalling 3280 samples. The samples come in the tci format.
The Drumagog 5 patch uses the same samples and you can choose the balance between the close mic, overheads and room mics. This patch uses up to 8 velocity levels with four round robins totalling 1216 samples. We have included samples for the Kick, snare, toms and hi-hat. If your version of Drumagog contains the Auto hi-hat tracking feature then the samples will follow the opening and closing of the hi-hat. The samples come in the gog format. We have also included a patch for Drumagog 4 which uses a lot less samples.
The DrumXchanger patch contains stereo mixed samples (a combination of the overhead, room and close mics samples). This patch contains eight velocity levels with no round robins totalling 74 samples. The snares also contain a rimshot sample that have their own adjustable trigger threshold. The samples come in the splx format.