Native Instruments
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introduced Abbey Road 60s Drums, the first instrument created in its
collaboration with the iconic British recording studios.

Recorded using engineering techniques and exclusive vintage gear,
Abbey Road 60s Drums provides a versatile arsenal of classic drum
sounds with absolute tonal authenticity, supreme playability and
immense sonic flexibility. For use in the free Kontakt Player and the
industry-leading Kontakt 4 sampler, it provides a resource for
typical Sixties sound aesthetics as well as for modern pop, rock and
urban music styles.

Abbey Road 60s Drums features two quintessential drum kits of the
Sixties era, a Gretsch and a Ludwig, which were recorded in
painstaking detail utilizing Abbey Road’s profound engineering
expertise and outstanding arsenal of vintage equipment. Classic AKG,
Neumann and STC microphones from the studios’ famed microphone
collection, the exclusive Redd.17 and EMI TG mixing desks, a
valve-based Studer tape machine and other authentic outboard gear all
contributed to the charismatic sound of Abbey Road 60s Drums.

With up to 30 velocity layers per instrument, each utilizing up to
six randomly selected variation samples, as well as separate left-
and right-hand samples and individually adjustable snare bleed, Abbey
Road 60s Drums delivers ultimate authenticity both for DAW-based
rhythm programming and for real-time MIDI-controlled drum playing.

To cover both classic and contemporary sound aesthetics, users can
choose between “vintage” and “modern” microphone setups, and select
separate “tea towel” samples for an even more distinctive, punchier
sound. A special room microphone configuration was used to fully
capture the outstanding acoustic room sound of Abbey Road’s famous
Studio Two, with the ambience individually adjustable for each

The concise user interface of Abbey Road 60s Drums makes full use of
the advanced GUI )(graphical user interface) features of the Kontakt
platform, with convenient controls for articulation, sound shaping,
mixing and routing functions. Advanced randomization features can
even add additional subtle nuances to the tone and timing, making it
sound completely organic and virtually indistinguishable from a
conventional studio-recorded drum performance.

Abbey Road 60s Drums us available for purchase in the NI Online Shop
on DVD and as a download for US$119.