* 22″ Paiste Sound Creation Dark Flat Ride – Sticks, Brushes and Felt
* 24″ Steve Hubback Cymbal Sculpture – Sticks and Felt Mallets.
* 20″ Paiste Sound Creation ‘Mellow’ Ride
* 22″ Paiste Sound Creation ‘Dark’ Ride – Sticks
On the recordings
Like Superior Custom and Vintage, Superior Vintage ADD-ON was recorded at 2KHz Studios, London using an EMI TG Desk. 2KHzÆs TG is an ex-Abbey Road Mobile console (1964 design) with a 28 channel /16 track configuration, with Germanium Transistor Mic/Pre’s. During the Superior Custom & Vintage sessions, the studio management let it be known the EMI desk was to be replaced. We couldnÆt let that pass without recording one more session in that room with that desk – It was the last chance. The resulting recordings make up Superior Vintage ADD-ON.
On the drums
Together with Custom & Vintage, this collection brings together many of the drums being used by the world’s top studio drummers. Even though most drummers endorse a single brand, widespread use of vintage and custom built instruments is common in the studio scene.
The Ludwig Drum Company had no idea what was about to hit them in the months following February 9th 1964, The Beatles U.S. television appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. The band were a sensation and almost overnight everyone wanted to own a set of Ludwig drums jus like Ringo’s.
Gretsch Round Badge Drum Set
At the same time Ringo Starr was playing Ludwig drums, Charlie Watts – his opposite number in The Rolling Stones – was playing Gretsch, another classic American brand. The ‘Round Badge’ era of Gretsch drums has been the choice of the most important jazz drummers in history and still is among contemporary players. The Superior Vintage ADD-ON also features Noonan, Slingerland and WFL snares and Steve Hubback Custom Cymbals.
Superior Vintage ADD-ON was engineered and produced by Grammy winning producer Peter Henderson and played by world renowned session drummer Chris Whitten.
Superior Vintage Add-on was recorded at 2KHz Studios, London using an EMI TG Desk. 2KHzÆs TG is an ex-Abbey Road Mobile console (1964 design) with a 28 channel /16 track configuration, with Germanium Transistor Mic Pre’s. The TG console was EMI’s very first transistor design and was used for many legendary recordings of the early seventies including The Beatles’ Abbey Road and Pink Floyds’ Dark Side of the Moon. It is considered one of the best sounding desks ever made. The drums were recorded with a selection of vintage microphones by Neumann (including valve U67Æs on overheads and KM 56Æs on toms), AKG and Sennheiser. As an added feature one of the room microphones (a Neumann U87) was processed with a Helios F760 compressor, the type found in early Helios 1970’s consoles as used by Led Zeppelin, The Who, The Rolling Stones and Apple Corps (The Beatles own studio).
Chris Whitten made a name for himself providing drums for the classic hits ‘What I Am’ by Edie Brikell and The New Bohemians and ‘The Whole Of The Moon’ by The Waterboys.
He cemented his place as one of the Worlds top drummers with two critically acclaimed projects in the early 90’s; Paul McCartney’s ‘Flowers In The Dirt’ album and subsequent record breaking World tour, and Dire Straits 18 month ‘On Every Street’ tour (1991-92). Chris has also recorded with such varied artists as Tom Jones, Johnny Cash, Julian Cope, World Party, The Pretenders and The The.
Peter Henderson started his career at Air Studios where he trained exclusively with Beatles’ recording engineer Geoff Emerick (Sgt Pepper, Abbey Road etc). Peter also worked on numerous sessions as an in-house engineer with the legendary George Martin. As a freelance producer/engineer he has worked in top studios all over the world and co-produced Supertramp?┤s 20 million selling ‘Breakfast In America’, for which he won a Grammy (Best Engineered Album). Peter has also worked with Paul McCartney, Rush, Frank Zappa, Jeff Beck, Tina Turner, Ringo Starr and The Tubes.