ABBEY ROAD | 60s DRUMS is the first of Native Instruments’ collaborations with Abbey Road Studios London. This KONTAKT Instrument delivers expressive acoustic drums that combine detailed realism with flexible and nuanced control. Containing no emulations or acoustic modeling of any kind, this instrument consists entirely of high-quality samples of two vintage kits – beautifully recorded with period equipment in Abbey Road’s legendary Studio Two. The sound of ABBEY ROAD | 60s DRUMS can be easily molded from within the instrument itself, going from vintage to modern and taking in all points between.
An iconic symbol of the music industry since 1931, Abbey Road has been the location of countless landmark recordings by artists such as Fiona Apple, Kate Bush, The Beatles, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Cliff Richard and The Shadows, David Gilmour, Dido, Green Day, Groove Armada, Idlewild, Muse, Oasis, Underworld, Coldplay, U2, Radiohead, Kanye West, and a wealth of film scores. Throughout its long history, Abbey Road has pioneered many studio techniques and technologies, and today is widely recognized as one of the most advanced recording, mixing and post-production complexes in the world.
The heart of ABBEY ROAD | 60s DRUMS consists of two highly sought-after vintage drum kits. The Gretsch round badge White Marine Pearl (Jasper Shell) from the early 60s includes a 24o kick drum, one 13o and one 16o tom. The second kit is a Ludwig Hollywood from 1967 with a 22″ kick, and 12″, 13″ and 16″ toms.
* Snare drums include a Ludwig chrome Supra-phonic 400 (1966), Ludwig wooden jazz Festival (1966), Ludwig Mahogany (1959) and Slingerland Radio King (1964).
* A selection of vintage Zildjian cymbals were used from the early and late 60?s, including a rivet cymbal dating from 1963.
ABBEY ROAD | 60s DRUMS were recorded using only the absolute best period equipment, including the legendary REDD.17 valve mixing desk from 1958, an EMI TG mixing desk introduced in 1967 as well as a valve Studer J37 4 track 1-inch tape machine from 1964. Each kit was recorded with an array of microphones from the studio’s microphone collection – one of the largest in the world. A selection of classic Neumann, AKG, Sony and STC models were used to record each drum and percussion element from both close range and further away – capturing the legendary ambience of Abbey Road’s Studio Two. The individual direct and room microphone signals are all separately adjustable – giving you detailed control of the overall sound. For further details please check the manual.
ABBEY ROAD | 60s DRUMS was Executively Produced by Peter Cobbin, Abbey Road’s Director of Engineering, recorded by Mirek Stiles and assisted by John Barrett and Kris Burton. Native Instruments sound designers Paul Maurer and Nicki Marinic were on hand to oversee the sessions. Drumming duties were performed by one of London?s top musicians, Ralph Salmins.