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What Is the NI Kontakt Pack?

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The NI Kontakt Pack is our top of the range pack on offer for this kit. It is designed exclusively to work in the full version of Kontakt 5 (not Kontakt player) and comes with the Drumdrops Kontakt instruement which has been put together by our incredible programmers at Channel Robot. The instrument provides the user with absolute control over each of the mics with the inbuilt mixer. It allows you to add reverbs that have been sampled from a variety of the studios we use. To increase the realism of the overall sound we have included multiple round robin samples and included a randomisation tool. On each channel there is a 4 band equalizer and transient master and the stereo bus comes with its own bus compressor making this a great production tool. This pack is perfect for Producers, Engineers, Drummers, songwriters and musicians who want the highest level of realism a sample pack has to offer and are users of Kontakt 5.

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  • Mixer Section

    The Mixer Section

    The Drumdrops Kontakt mixer gives you total control over the individual drums. Each drum is on a fader along with the overhead mics and room mics giving you total control of the levels of the kit. Each channel can be solo'd, muted, phase reversed or panned and there are two aux sends per channel to use with the included convolution reverbs. All of the channels can be routed back to your DAW on seperate outputs (where supported). The Master fader has LED bar graphs. This is seriously a nice mixer.

  • EQ Section

    The Equalizer

    All of the Drumdrops instrument channels come with the standard Kontakt Equaliser which has a 4-band EQ and switchable fixed-bell curves on the low and high end bands. The midrange comes with adjustable Q settings.

  • Transient Master 2

    The Transient Master

    Each instrument channel also comes with the Kontakt Transient Master. This is a fantastic tool for changing the attack on the drums or reducing the resonance to stop those ringing drums. It is a great effect for bringing drums forward in the mix.

  • Master Effects 1

    The Master Fader Effects

    The master fader comes with its own bus compressor and tape saturator. The Bus compressor is a powerful compressor that can drive your drums without upsetting the detail of the sound. The tape saturator does exactly what you think it will do adding a pleasing warmth to the sound simulating the harmonic compression of analog tape. This really helps warm up the mix.

  • Convolution Reverbs 2

    The Convolution Reverbs

    The sound of the Pool is already provided through the overheads and room mics. We in fact used 4 room mics (two in the room and two in the ceiling then blended them together). However we have also included the room sound as a convolution reverb as well as three other studios Sofa Sound and The Garden in London and The Ironworks in Brighton. We have provided convolutions of some of our favourite reverbs found in the studios we use. Included convolution reverbs are - an EMT 262 Plate, AKG BX-20 Spring Reverb, EMT 240 Plate, Fairchild 659A Spring, Orban 106C Spring, Grampian 636 Spring and a Fisher Space Expander Spring. These wonderful old units will enhance the overall sound of the kit even further.

  • Randomizations 1

    Randomisation

    For added realism on top of the round robin samples that have been added you can also manipulate subtle parts of the sound to make the drums sound really life like. Although we have included over 7000 samples to reduce this risk the randomisations make it even more impossible to tell that there is not a real drummer in your studio. The controls allow to vary the tuning, velocity, timing and EQ you can also dictate how much each control can be varied.

  • Custom Velocity Curves

    Custom Velocity Curves

    You can change the velocity curve of each drum. This gives you the ability to change the sound of each drum further. We have put in some fixed curves that you can use or you can draw your own curve to experiment with the sounds further. The curves will work drum by drum or you can choose to select them across all the drums.

  • Lite Version

    Included in the pack is a full version of the kit accessing all of the 7000 samples and a handy lite version. The lite version has all of the features of the full version but does not load the round robin samples. This is perfect for loading up on Laptops where your RAM and speed may be more restricted. Use the Lite version for speed and the full version for quality.

  • Mix Presets 2

    Mix Presets

    The Yamaha Hybrid Kit comes with a number of mix presets included. A number of engineers and musicians have saved their own mixes of the kit which you can access by using 'load preset'. This is a great starting point if you want to quickly and easily get a different sounding kit and tweak it. You can save your own mixes using the 'Save Preset' button. Why not save your own mixes and email us the preset? If we like what we hear we may add your preset to the kit.

    Default Mix Templates:

    80s Remix - Matt Lawrence
    piecesof8music.com/roster/matt-lawrence/
    Big Room - Ben Thackeray
    miloco.co.uk/engineers/benthackeray.php
    Blame The World - Kike Paglia
    www.odoghan.com
    Camped Out For The Night - Matt Foster
    miloco.co.uk/engineers/mattfoster.php
    Completely Foxed - Pendle Poucher
    sound-dust.co.uk
    Death Ray - Matt Foster
    www.miloco.co.uk/engineers/mattfoster.php
    Drumdrops Default Preset
    Freakin Out - Adrian Breakspear
    www.psycho-monkey.co.uk/
    Mountain - Kike Paglia
    www.odoghan.com
    Rock kit 1 - Drew Gold
    TheBuddhaRats.wordpress.com
    Rock kit 2 - Matt Lawrence
    piecesof8music.com/roster/matt-lawrence/
    Too Tight - Pendle Poucher
    www.sound-dust.co.uk
    Trash - Pendle Poucher
    www.sound-dust.co.uk
    World Cup 2014 - Matt Lawrence
    piecesof8music.com/roster/matt-lawrence/

  • MIDI Mapping 2

    MIDI Mapping

    As well as the mixer section you will find a performance section with menus to change between drum articulations and a MIDI mapping function. There is also a learn function included allowing you to customize the MIDI setup to your own needs. Within this section it is possible to select whatever MIDI map best suits your needs whether that be General MIDI or a V-Drum map.

    • Maps Include:
    • Addictive Drums
    • BFD
    • Drumit Five
    • General MIDI
    • iMAP
    • Slate SSD4
    • Superior Drummer
    • V-Drums
    • Yamaha DX-900

  • Roland V drums 3

    V-Drum Compatability

    At Drumdrops we have been working hard to ensure that our Kontakt packs work perfectly with various models of Roland V-Drum Kits and also with the Yamaha DTX-900 Electronic Drum System. The upshot of all this hard work is that anybody who owns these V-Kit models, can just load up the MIDI map for that kit in the settings page of our Kontakt pack, and start to play immediately. 

    Our hi-hats have been recorded with six articulations each for the center and the edge of the hi-hat, which will trigger seamlessly as the hi-hat pedal is opened and closed. The foot pedal articulations will also play back as the pedal is shut, using just your foot. If you own a Roland V-Kit that supports cymbal choking, our interface is also set up to support cymbal chokes via MIDI. 

    The kits are set up to trigger exactly as you would expect in every way, but in the event that you would like to move an articulation to a different note or drum, you can also easily use our learn function to move that articulation. Please note that your V-Kit will only work fully with our Roland or Yamaha maps as only those maps accept the controller data necessary to open and close the hi-hats. The Roland map also accepts another type of controller data that selects different articulations with regard to the snare to comply with the TD-30, but this won’t affect other V-Drum models in any way. The Roland models that we have tested are the TD-12, TD-20 and TD-30. We also support the Yamaha DTX-900.

  • Mic Blend

    Mic Blend

    The Mic blend feature allows you to control the mix between the close microphones, room mics and overheads on each channel. This gives you even more flexibility to change the sound of each drum. Even each cymbal can have the balance of the overhead and room microphones changed. So if you want to cut the snare and kick completely out of the overheads and rooms but keep them on the Toms and cymbals you can. This is a great feature which will help you change the sound of the kit over and over again.

  • MIDI Groove Player 1

    MIDI Groove Player

    Another new feature for this kit is the MIDI Groove player. There are a variety of loops included in this kit. Double click a file from within the Groove player and press the play button to audition loops. The groove player can work in either stand-alone mode or can be synced to your DAW. Your selected loop can be exported directly from the “Selected Groove” box onto a track of your DAW to be used immediately in your current session.

  • Step Sequencer

    Step Sequencer

    The step sequencer has eight channels allowing any eight of the articulations of the Yamaha Hybrid Kit to be selected and played. The sequencer contains 32 steps for each channel and clicking on a certain step in the sequencer window allows you to draw in a trigger. You can adjust the velocity of the trigger and adjust how often it will trigger. There is also a move function which will move the sequence randomly back or forth and a groove delay feature that allows you to delay each of the 32 steps in you sequence. Combining all of these features together means that the sequencer becomes much more than a straight forward sequence player but really allows the user to create moving, fluid, ever-changing drum patterns quite effortlessly. The Sequencer can be played in stand-alone mode or synced to your DAW and your patterns can be saved and reloaded at a later stage. This is a great step sequencer.

  • Groove Slicer 1

    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. The modes are:

    Pattern Sequence - Use this mode to Load and playback the MIDI Slice Patterns from the MIDI Slice patterns folder.

    Key Sequence - The 32 slices are now also triggered from your MIDI keyboard so that when the loop is played back, it can be restarted from any point by pressing a key. Playing note C2 triggers the first slice and then the rest of the slices follow consecutive keys up the keyboard.

    Key Trigger - In this mode the 32 slices are mapped to different keys on your keyboard, again starting at note C2, allowing you to play back the Groove using your keyboard rather than the playback button.

    There are a number of MIDI Slice Patterns that you can load in the Groove Slicer section of the interface. Once you've pressed the Load button just choose a Slice pattern from the MIDI Slice Patterns folder that comes supplied with your kit. Play back the Groove Slicer to hear the Groove in its new form. In this way you can quickly try out new ideas for different grooves.

  • Minimum Requirements

    We currently build our packs with version 5.2.0

    Native Instruments Kontakt 5 - Minimum 5.2.0 full version. Please note the Kontakt 5 Free Player will only run the software for 15 minutes). You need the full version of Kontakt 5 to run our kits. (We are looking at releasing kit packs compatible with the Kontakt player in the future.

    Kontakt 5.3 Requires:-

    On a Mac
    Mac OS X 10.7, 10.8 (latest Update), Intel Core 2 Duo, 2 GB RAM (4 GB Recommended)

    On a PC
    Windows 7 or Windows 8 (latest Service Pack, 32/64-bit), Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Athlon 64 X2, 2 GB RAM (4 GB recommended)

    Kontakt 5.2.0 Requires:-

    Mac OS X 10.6.8, 10.7, 10.8 (latest Update), Intel Core 2 Duo, 2 GB RAM (4 GB Recommended)

    High-Speed Internet required

What's included in your download?

The files will arrive in one zipped file which will need de-stuffing.

The file is about 2.5 gig so please make sure your broadband can cope

All audio files are 24 bit 44.1 WAV Files

  • Kick Drum - Yamaha Kick Drum 24"

    Kick Felt – 16 Velocities / 6 Round Robins / Close Mic, Overheads, Room Mics – 288 samples

    Kick Plastic - 16 Velocities / 6 Round Robins / Close Mic, Overheads, Room Mics – 288 samples

  • Snare Drum - Ludwig 402 Snare 14" x 6.5"

    Snare Dampened Centre - 16 Velocities/ 6 Round Robins / Close Mic, Overheads, Room Mics – 288 samples

    Snare Dampened Edge - 16 Velocities / 6 Round Robins / Close Mic, Overheads, Room Mics – 288 samples

    Snare Dampened Rim - 16 Velocities / 6 Round Robins / Close Mic, Overheads, Room Mics – 288 samples

    Snare Un-dampened Centre - 16 Velocities / 6 Round Robins / Close Mic, Overheads, Room Mics – 288 samples

    Snare Un-dampened Edge - 16 Velocities / 6 Round Robins / Close Mic, Overheads, Room Mics – 288 samples

    Snare Un-dampened Rim - 16 Velocities / 6 Round Robins / Close Mic, Overheads, Room Mics – 288 samples

    Snare Sidestick - 16 Velocities / 6 Round Robins / Close Mic, Overheads, Room Mics – 288 samples

  • Hi-Hat - Zildjian Dark Hi Hat 13"

    Hat Centre Fully Closed - 12 Velocities / 6 Round Robins / Close Mic, Overheads, Room Mics – 216 samples

    Hat Centre Closed - 12 Velocities / 6 Round Robins / Close Mic, Overheads, Room Mics – 216 samples

    Hat Centre Open Quarter - 12 Velocities / 6 Round Robins / Close Mic, Overheads, Room Mics – 216 samples

    Hat Centre Open Half - 12 Velocities / 6 Round Robins / Close Mic, Overheads, Room Mics – 216 samples

    Hat Centre Open Three Quarters - 12 Velocities / 6 Round Robins / Close Mic, Overheads, Room Mics – 216 samples

    Hat Centre Open - 12 Velocities / 6 Round Robins / Close Mic, Overheads, Room Mics – 216 samples

    Hat Edge Fully Closed - 12 Velocities / 6 Round Robins / Close Mic, Overheads, Room Mics – 216 samples

    Hat Edge Closed - 12 Velocities / 6 Round Robins / Close Mic, Overheads, Room Mics – 216 samples

    Hat Edge Open Quarter - 12 Velocities / 6 Round Robins / Close Mic, Overheads, Room Mics – 216 samples

    Hat Edge Open Half - 12 Velocities / 6 Round Robins / Close Mic, Overheads, Room Mics – 216 samples

    Hat Edge Open Three Quarters - 12 Velocities / 6 Round Robins / Close Mic, Overheads, Room Mics – 216 samples

    Hat Edge Open - 12 Velocities / 6 Round Robins / Close Mic, Overheads, Room Mics – 216 samples

    Hat Foot Pedal Shut – 5 velocity / 6 Round Robins / Close Mic, Overheads, Room Mics – 90 samples

    Hat Foot Pedal Open – 4 velocity / 6 Round Robins / Close Mic, Overheads, Room Mics – 72 samples

  • Floor Tom - Yamaha Floor Tom 18"

    Floor Tom Centre - 16 Velocities / 6 Round Robins / Close Mic, Overheads, Room Mics – 288 samples

  • Rack Tom - Yamaha Rack Tom 14"

    Rack Tom Centre - 16 Velocities / 6 Round Robins / Close Mic, Overheads, Room Mics – 288 samples

  • Ride - Zildjian Constantinople Medium Ride 22"

    Ride Centre - 10 Velocities / 6 Round Robins / Close Mic, Overheads, Room Mics – 180 samples

    Ride Bell - 10 Velocities / 6 Round Robins / Close Mic, Overheads, Room Mics – 180 samples

    Ride Edge - 10 Velocities / 6 Round Robins / Close Mic, Overheads, Room Mics – 180 samples

  • Crash 1 - Zildjian Constantinople Medium Light Crash 18"

    Crash Centre - 10 Velocities / 6 Round Robins / Close Mic, Overheads, Room Mics – 180 samples

    Crash Edge - 10 Velocities / 6 Round Robins / Close Mic, Overheads, Room Mics – 180 samples

  • Crash 2 - Zildjian Oriental Crash Of Doom 20"

    Crash Centre - 10 Velocities / 6 Round Robins / Close Mic, Overheads, Room Mics – 180 samples

    Crash Edge - 10 Velocities / 6 Round Robins / Close Mic, Overheads, Room Mics – 180 samples

6914 samples in total

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