The Yamaha Hybrid Kit is a great all round multi-sampled kit. The kit was recently given away as a free kit in a Computer Music Magazine Recording Special. For anyone who did not get the magazine you can now purchase the kit for a cut down price as a taster of Drumdrops Products. The kit is owned by producer Ben Hillier (Depeche Mode, Nadine Shah, Graham Coxon) and resides in Miloco's Pool Studio in London. The kit has been used by loads of artists in the studio. The drums used to make up this kit have come from a combination of Yamaha kits and together provide a great sounding kit. The kit works well at different tuning pitches, but its big size and its Lugwig 402 snare makes it suitable for deeper rock orientated tracks or ballads or even pop tracks.
The kit comprises a large 24" bass drum, a wonderfully deep 18" floor tom and a 14" rack tom. The snare is a Ludwig 402 14" x 6.5". The cymbals used were a Zildjian Dark 13" Hi-Hats, a Zildjian Constantinople 22" Medium Ride and two Zildjian Crashes - an 18" Constantinople Medium Light Crash and a huge 20" Zildjian Oriental Crash Of Doom. The kit has a black finish.
The kit was recorded by our resident Drumdrops engineer Ben Thackeray. The drummer was Adam Falkner, a busy UK session drummer and musical director. Recent highlights include touring and recording with Dido, Babyshambles, Amy Macdonald, and One Eskimo.
The recording took place in Miloco's The Pool Studios in London. At the centre of the Control Room can be found a rare vintage EMT console. The outboard racks are full of great gear with highlights including Neve 1079's and 1272's, API Mic Pre's and Telefunken V76's. Compressors include Urei 1176's, Altec, Neve 2254's and Tweed. Mics used include Neumann U87's, Coles 4038's, AEA R88 MkII Ribbon Mics, Neumann Gefell CMV 563's, Earthworks SR30's, a Lomo 19A19 and AKG mics.
The Pool has had some great acts pass through in the short space it has been open including Graham Coxon, Noah & The Whale, Mumford & Sons, Florence & The Machine, Foals, The Horrors and many more.
The "Multi-Velocity pack" is our sample pack which is suited for customers who want multiple velocity levels. The pack includes up to sixteen velocities of each articulation. In total it contains 399 drum samples. All of the samples are mixed from a combination of the overhead, room and close mics recorded as 24-bit 44.1 kHz WAV files, meaning they can be loaded into almost any sampler or drum machine. To make things easier though we have included 10 patches for some of the most commonly used software packages including:
- Kontakt v5.2.0.
- Battery v3.2.3.
- EXS24 vLogic 9 / vLogic X.
- Ableton Drum Rack v9.0.5.
- Reason v7.0.1 Combinator Refill containing NN-XT sampler & FX.
- Renoise c3.0.0. (courtesy of Jon Halford).
- Maschine v1.8.0.
- Geist v22.214.171.124.
- Studio One's Impact v2.5.1 Soundset.
- iDrum v1.73.625.
- Reason v7.0.1 Redrum Refill.
- TX16Wx v2.4.0 free sampler (courtesy of Suleiman Ali).
The multi-velocity pack now comes with over 500 MIDI loops covering a variety of genres mappes out to the default MIDI map.