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The Mapex Heavy Rock Kit - Drums Replacement Pack comes with templates for Slate Trigger V2, Drumagog 5 and DrumXchanger. If you use any of these and want a Mapex rock kit then this is the pack for you.
The Mapex Heavy Rock Kit is a monstrous sounding. The kit sampled belongs to UK rock drummer Jason Bowld and is the kit he has used on all his recordings for the last five years for producers such as Andy Sneap, Romesh Dodangoda, Machine, Ulrich Wilde and Colin Richardson. This kit was also used to record the drum tracks album Heavy Rock Drops. What makes this kit special is it comes with three different Mapex snares and four different crash cymbals all carefully sampled in an incredible sounding live room.
The kit comprises a Mapex Saturn 22" Kick drum. Three snares – a Mapex Black Panther hammered phosphor Bronze 14" x 6.5", a Mapex Black Panther 14"x 5" and a Mapex Machete 14" x 6.5". There are two Mapex rack toms – a 10" x 8" and 12" x 9" and a 16" x 16" floor tom. The hi-hats are Paiste sound edge 14" hats. The cymbals consist of a Paiste Dry Heavy 21" Ride, a Paiste Twenty Metal 18" Crash, a Paiste Metal China 18" Crash, a Paiste Twenty Custom 19" Crash and a Paiste Twenty Custom 20" Crash. All in all this is an epic sounding rock kit.
The kit was recorded and mixed by UK producer, musician and engineer Martyn ' Ginge' Ford. The drummer was rock specialist Jason Bowld. Jason has drummed for Bullet For My Valentine, Pop Will Eat Itself, Killing Joke, Axewound and Pitchshifter.
The recording took place in the now closed Garden Studios in London. The studio had a legendary reputation being owned by John Foxx from Ultravox and Matt Johnson from The The. The live room was capable of providing a huge live sound and it is evident on these samples. At the centre of the Control Room was a Neve 8026 vintage console owned by Producer Craig Silvey and the microphones used ranged from vintage AKG C12's to B&K 4011's alongside the more traditional Sennheiser MD421's, AKG D12 and Shure SM57. With the vintage Neve and classic microphones we were soon able to get a great drum sound. All the microphones were recorded through either Neve 1084 or Neve 1076 mic pre's which were built into the console. With an external GML 8200 EQ on the kick microphones. The kit was them mixed in one of London's leading mix studios, The Engine Room on an SSL-G Series console.
The "Drum Replacement Pack" is our sample replacement pack which includes templates for Slate Trigger V2, Drumagog V5 and DrumXchanger.
The Slate Trigger template 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. You can choose to trigger the close mic, overhead or room samples. The samples in this template have up to 16 velocity levels and six round robins.
The Drumagog template uses the same samples and you can choose the balance between the close mic, overheads and room mics. This template uses up to 8 velocity levels with four round robins. 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 DrumXchanger template contains stereo mixed samples (a combination of the overhead, room and close mics samples). This template contains eight velocity levels with no round robins. The snare also contains a rimshot sample that has its own adjustable trigger threshold.