NI Abbey Roads Modern Drums
Native Instruments introduced Abbey Roads Modern Drums, a new instrument developed together with the iconic British recording studios.
Providing two drum kits for use in the free Kontakt Player and the Kontakt 4 sampler, Abbey Roads Modern Drums is designed to give musicians and producers access to engineered drum sounds for contemporary music production of any genre.
Abbey Roads Modern Drums complements the previous 60s, 70s and 80s installments, and is based on two drum kits that are a staple of modern studio productions – a Drum Workshop Collector’s Series "White Kit" and a Pearl Reference "Sparkle Kit”. Further expanded with various distinctive cymbals from Sabian and Zildjian as well as three snare drum options each, both kits were recorded in Abbey Road's Studio Two and Studio Three.
Abbey Roads Modern Drums utilizes both contemporary and vintage recording equipment. This includes selected Brauner and Neumann microphones from the studios' mic collection as well as SSL, REDD and EMI TG preamps. Classic and modern compression techniques were used on the basis of the Fairchild 660 compressor and the Empirical Labs Distressor. Additional specialities include a range of "splash on snare" sounds as well as bass drum samples recorded through a rewired monitor speaker for additional punch.
Up to 27 velocity layers per instrument with 40,000 overall samples are designed to guarantee authenticity both for rhythm programming and for real-time MIDI-controlled playing, with a selection of different MIDI mappings accommodating the established layouts of various electronic drum kits and third-party drum libraries. The user interface offers control over all articulation, sound shaping, mixing and routing functions. Advanced randomization can add nuances to the tone and timing to make it virtually indistinguishable from a studio-recorded drum performance, according to Native Instruments.
Pricing & Availability
Abbey Roads Modern Drums is available for purchase in the NI Online Shop on DVD and as a download for $119 / 99 EUR.
A video documenting scenes from the recording process at Abbey Road Studios is available here:
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