Native Instruments Abbey Road 80s Drums
KONTAKT SCD | TEAM AudioP2P | 7.79 GB
ABBEY ROAD | 80s DRUMS is the third chapter in Native Instruments’ partnership with Abbey Road Studios London. As with the previousABBEY ROAD | 60s and70s DRUMS Instruments, no emulations or modeling of any kind were used. Instead, ABBEY ROAD | 80s DRUMS consists entirely of high-quality samples of two premium drum kits recorded in the legendary spaces of Abbey Road’s Studio Two and Three. Thousands of individual hits were meticulously recorded with period microphones, classic British pre-amps and outboard gear from the studio’s impressive collection.
Two outstanding kits that helped define the sound of the 1980s were chosen by Abbey Road and Native Instruments sound engineers to form the basis of this KOMPLETE Instrument.
The Black Kit, recorded in Studio Three, is a vintage Yamaha 9000 from the mid 80s. In its time, the 9000 was a ground breaking design and became wildly popular – subsequently earning a reputation as one of the most recorded drum kits in history.
The Chrome Kit is a Slingerland Magnum fitted with single-headed concert toms. The concert tom concept was very fashionable during the decade and Magnum series was the manufacturer’s top of the line range in the 1980s.
The snare drums used include Ludwig, Gretsch, Slingerland and Pearl models. And of course, no 1980s drum kit would be complete without a full set of Octobans – melodically tuned tubular toms that were popular among many of the decade’s top drummers.
One instantly recognizable element of 1980s pop and rock is the sound of drums recorded with gated ambience. A gate placed over the ambience microphones would cut the decay of the room resulting in a large, but simultaneously tight drum sound.
For this project two sets of heavily compressed ambient microphones have been recorded, and subsequently gated within the software. ABBEY ROAD 80s | DRUMS includes a dedicated page where you can separately add a gated effect to your drums. The gated signal is not an emulation but consists of high-quality samples of the room ambience at Abbey Road Studios where the drum kits themselves were recorded.
ABBEY ROAD | 80s DRUMS were recorded using a mixture of Neve Air Montserratt and Neve 1081 pre-amps. For tracking the mono gated signal, Abbey Road’s technical department specially built a replica SSL E-Series Talk Back compressor from the original circuit diagrams. This extremely aggressive compressor was originally intended to let engineers communicate with all the musicians in the room using only one overhead talkback microphone. It became a favorite for drum tracks after one famous drummer was playing along to a drum machine in his headphones as the engineer opened up the talkback channel and he heard ‘the sound’.
Each kit was recorded with an array of microphones including classic Neumann, AKG, Sennheiser and Shure models as well as the infamous STC 4021 “Ball and Biscuit” mic. The individual, direct and room microphone signals are all separately adjustable – giving you detailed control of the overall sound.
Native Instruments Abbey Road 80s Drums KONTAKT SCD