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Vintage 1963 Premier Outfits 54 Drum Kit

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Drumdrops has sampled up a classic sounding 60s drum kit, a 1963 Premier Outfits 54 which belongs to Producer Ben Hillier (Blur, Depeche Mode). The sample packs are a must have, for anyone wanting the sound of a classic sounding British 1960s kit. It has been recorded in great detail providing up to 16 velocity levels and the Kontakt 5 pack comes with multiple round robins. It resides in The Pool, a tracking studio in Miloco's headquarters that has been used by the likes of Paul Epworth, Florence & The Machine, Graham Coxon and Mumford & Sons. The live room is 6 metres high and 100 metres squared. It has an ambient sound, however it is still fairly tight and controlled. The Pool has an incredible selection of vintage mic pre-amps and microphones that were used to record the drums.

The drum kit was recorded using the precise drumming skills of Adam Falkner (One EskimO, Dido) who is no stranger to recording sample packs. The engineer was Miloco and Drumdrops' Ben Thackeray (My Bloody Valentine, Rachel Zeffira) who has become our regular drum expert. Martin Oldham of Drum Tech Support (Phil Collins / Kelis / Pendulum) set the kit up prior to recording.

Like all Drumdrops kits it can be purchased in five different packs.

The Kontakt 5 Pack comes with the Drumdrops Kontakt Interface for exclusive use in Native Instruments Kontakt version 5. The interface comes with it's own mixer section giving you control over the individual drum tracks and convolution reverbs that we have included. Each channel has an EQ and Transient Master. You can change the velocity curves of the drums and there is a randomisation feature to add subtle changes to make the drums even more realistic. The Kontakt pack comes with 32 separate articulations, 16 velocity steps and includes 6 round robins totalling 7182 drum samples.

The Multi-Velocity pack provides up to 16 velocity steps of each articulation. This pack comes with presets for Battery 3, Kontakt 5, EXS24, Maschine, Geist Studio One's Impact, Ableton Drum Rack, Reason Refills and idrum but can be used in any DAW, drum machine or sampler. We have also included MIDI Maps for a lot of the popular defaults. This pack is a great choice for those who want the multiple velocity articulations but do not use Kontakt 5. We have also included two mixes of the samples. The original clean samples and the alternative Valve and Tape mix which pushes the mix through some interesting valve gear before mastering on to tape.

The Single Hits pack is the most basic pack and just provides three velocities of each articulation. This pack also includes presets for Battery 3, Kontakt 5, EXS24, Maschine, Geist, Studio One's Impact, Ableton Drum Rack, Reason Refills and idrum but if you run any drum machines such as Akai MPC60s this pack may be ideal. This also includes two mixes of the samples. The original clean samples and the alternative Valve and Tape mix which pushes the mix through some interesting valve gear before mastering on to tape.

The Drum Replacement pack  is our sample replacement pack. This pack comes with three different templates - Slate Trigger V2, Drumagog V5 and DrumXchanger. Each template uses different amounts of samples depending on the capability of the software. If you run any of these pieces of software then this pack is for you.

The All Samples pack contains no templates for any software but just includes 24 bit WAV files. We have included two packs of samples. The Kontakt 5 samples, which include samples for the close mic, room mic and overheads with up to 16 velocities and 3 round robins and the mixed stereo WAV samples from the Multi-Velocity pack which are the close mic, room and overhead mixed together. This pack is ideal for anyone who uses software which reads 24 bit WAVs where we have not done a template or for those who just like to create their own sample templates.

Whichever pack you choose you can be reassured that is has the Drumdrops quality stamped all over it. Explore more of these pages and listen to our sample grooves to hear the different kits in action and work out which pack is best for you. If you want 60s drum sounds you have to start with a 60s kit.