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1970s Rogers Big R Dub Kit

Virtual Instrument by DrumDrops

The 1970s Rogers Big R Dub Kit is the kit that we used to record Drumdrops in Dub Volume 3 and Drumdrops in Ska. This is the ultimate sounding dub kit. It is available to purchase in three different packs and is a must for anyone wanting an authentic dub drum sound. The kit was sampled in The Ironworks, a vintage tracking studio in Brighton, UK that has been used by Horseman, Little Roy, Prince Fatty amongst others. The acoustics of the live room has been masterminded by the ex-Olympic and Radio Caroline tech Mike Craig and it provides a great controlled sound for a Dub kit.

The drum kit was played by legendary and Drumdrops resident reggae drummer Horseman. Drumdrops head honcho Mike Pelanconi was on the recording duties making sure we came up with the best sounding dub kit possible. If you are looking for dub kit samples then this is the best place to start.

This kit can currently be purchased in seven different packs.

The Kontakt 5 Pack comes with the Drumdrops Kontakt Instrument for exclusive use in Native Instruments Kontakt version 5. The interface comes with it's own mixer section giving you control over the individual drum tracks and convolution reverbs that we have included. Each channel has an EQ and Transient Master. You can change the velocity curves of the drums and there is a randomisation feature to add subtle changes to make the drums even more realistic.The Kontakt pack comes with 50 separate articulations, 16 velocity steps and includes 6 round robins totalling 5352 drum samples. We have also focused on the compatability with Roland V-Drums and the Yamaha DTX900 making sure it plays nicely with these setups.

The BFD Pack is a sampler pack that can be loaded into BFD3, BFD Eco or BFD2. The BFD pack contains almost the same samples that our Kontakt 5 Pack offers, meaning that BFD users can enjoy the same realism and quality that our Kontakt 5 users enjoy. The kit has been recorded in up to 80 velocity steps. You have full control over the microphones that were used to record this kit and once loaded into BFD you can enjoy all the same features that you would expect from any other BFD kit. Once the kit has been recognized by BFD, just simply select your desired kit piece from the list in the same way that you would load any other drum in BFD. The pack also comes with 359 4-bar dub loops.

The Multi-Velocity pack  provides up to 16 velocity steps of each articulation. The samples are a mix of the close mic and room mics. This pack comes with patches for Battery 3, Kontakt 5, EXS24, Maschine, Geist, Studio One's Impact Soundset, Ableton Drum Rack, iDrum, Renoise, Reason Refills and the free sampler TX16Wx. It can also be used with any drum machine or sampler that reads WAV files. We have also included MIDI Maps for a lot of the popular defaults. This pack also includes over 600 MIDI loops including 179 dub loops. This pack is a great choice for those who want the multiple velocity articulations but do not use Kontakt 5.     

The Single Hits pack  is similar to the multi-velocity pack but provides three velocities of each articulation. This pack also includes patches for Battery 3, Kontakt 5, EXS24, Maschine, Geist, Studio One's Impact Soundset, Ableton Drum Rack, iDrum, Renoise and Reason Refills but if you run any legacy drum machines such as Akai MPC60s this pack may be ideal as we include 16 bit and 24 bit WAV samples.

The Drum Replacement pack  is our sample replacement pack. This pack comes with three different patches - Slate Trigger V2, Drumagog V5 & V4 and DrumXchanger. Each patch uses different amounts of samples depending on the capability of the software. If you run any of these pieces of software then this pack is for you.

The All Samples pack contains the Multi-Velocity Pack, the Singles Hits Pack, the Drum Replacement Pack and most of the separate mic samples from the Kontakt 5 Pack. This pack gives you ultimate flexibility, all the patches we create and three different packs of samples. 

The One Shot Sample pack  is our cheapest pack and a great pack for those who either just need one sample from each articulation (drum machine users) and no patches or for customers who want to check out the sound of this kit before purchasing any of the more expensive packs. Ask us nicely and we will knock the price of this pack off other packs for this kit if you upgrade.   

Whichever pack you choose you can be reassured that is has the Drumdrops quality stamped all over it. Explore more of these pages and listen to our sample grooves to hear the different packs in action and work out which one is best for you. If you want Dub Reggae drum sounds you have to start with a Dub Reggae kit.

The Sound - The Drum Kit - Roger Big R Dub Kit

The Rogers “Big R” Dub kit is a classic Reggae sounding kit with a white finish. It comprises a 24" x 14" Bass Drum, a Ludwig Black Magic 14” x 6.5" Snare Drum, a Ludwig Acrolite 14” x 5” Snare Drum, a huge 18" x 16" Floor Tom, and two Rack Toms, a 14" x 10" and a 13” x 8”. The cymbals used were 15" Zildjian A Sweet Hi-Hats and a 17" A Custom Crash. Percussion for this kit includes a 14” Timbale drum and a set of Bongos. Mike has also recorded some Electronic Percussion using a Boss PC-2 Percussion Synthesizer and a Tama Techstar TS-204.

An Irish immigrant from Dublin named Joseph Rogers founded the Rogers Drum Company in 1849. Musicians from the Dixieland movement first embraced their drums and then later were used by swing drummers in the 40’s and 50’s and later by the classic rock musicians of the 60’s and 70’s. The drums used a 5-ply Maple wood construction that gave them their mid-range tonality. The drums respond well to tuning which means they work equally well as a Jazz, Funk, Rock or in this case, Reggae kit. This example is available in Miloco's Ironworks Studio, Brighton and consists of factory issue sizes and is fitted with Pre International Remo Coated Ambassador heads. To get a Dub Reggae drum sound first you must start with a Dub Reggae kit - and here it is.

The Articulations Broken Down

Kick

Kick - Roger Big R Kick Drum:

  • Dimensions - 24" x 14"
  • Articulations - Felt (Dampened and un-dampened)
  • Multisampling - Up to 16 velocity layers with 6 round robin samples

Snare

Snare 1 - Ludwig Black Magic Snare Drum:

  • Dimensions - 14" x 6.5"
  • Articulations - Centre, Edge, Rim and Cross-stick
  • Multisampling - 16 velocity layers with 6 round robin samples

Snare 2 - Ludwig Acrolite Snare Drum:

  • Dimensions - 14" x 5"
  • Articulations - Centre, Edge, Rim and Cross-stick
  • Multisampling - 16 velocity layers with 6 round robin samples

Tom

Rack Tom 1 - Rogers Big R Rack Tom:

  • Dimensions - 13" x 8"
  • Articulations - Centre
  • Multisampling - 16 Velocity layers with 6 round robin samples

Rack Tom 2 - Rogers Big R Rack Tom:

  • Dimensions - 14" x 10"
  • Articulations - Centre
  • Multisampling - 16 Velocity layers with 6 round robin samples

Floor Tom - Rogers Big R Floor Tom:

  • Dimensions - 18" x 16"
  • Articulations - Centre
  • Multisampling - 16 velocity layers with 6 round robin samples

Crash

Crash - Zildjian Custom A Crash:

  • Dimensions - 17"
  • Articulations - Centre and Edge
  • Multisampling - 13 Velocity layers with 6 round robin samples

Percussion:

Timbale - Timbale Drum:

  • Dimensions - 14"
  • Articulations - Centre and Edge
  • Multisampling - 16 velocity layers with 6 round robin samples

Bongos - High and Low Bongos:

  • Articulations - Centre
  • Multisampling - 16 Velocity Layers with 6 round robin samples

Electronic Percussion - Boss PC-2 Percussion Synthesizer and Tama Techstar TC-204:

  • Articulations - Sweeps and FX
  • Multisampling - Up to 30 samples per articulation (controlled with modulation)

The Recording Studio - The Ironworks

Miloco's Ironworks is based in a warehouse building in the vibrant North Laine area of Brighton and is home to Mike Pelanconi, founder of Drumdrops. The sonic design of the live room has been masterminded by the ex-Olympic and Chalk Farm Studios tech Mike Craig, who has 40 years experience in acoustic design and hi-grade audio electronics.

At the centre of the Control Room can be found a rare vintage BBC console. The outboard racks are full of great gear including a Lang PEQ-2 EQ, a Langevin EQ258A EQ, and a Chiswick Reach stereo valve compressor. The Ironworks is also home to Mike’s vast collection of rare spring reverbs and delay units including a Grampian 636, a Fairchild 659A, an Orban 106C and a Dynachord Echocord Tube Tape Echo amongst others. The monitors are Tannoy Golds and Yamaha NS-10’s and you have a choice whether to record directly to Protools or onto a beautiful Ampex M1200 16 track tape machine.

Ironworks has had some great acts pass through in the time it has been open including Little Roy, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, UNKLE, Manu Chao, Nick Cave and many more.

The Recording Equipment

With such a great warm sounding, rare console at our disposal we recorded the whole kit through Mike’s vintage BBC Class A console. For the mics there was a great combination of common gems, Ribbons, Dynamic and Condenser mics. All of the drums were recorded without compression and the Kick drum used an external EQ - The Lang PEQ - 2A. All other EQ'ing was handled by Mike’s collection of API 550’s. Mike chose not to record any room mics for this kit as he wanted a tight, dry Reggae sound.

The Microphones

Kick Out – AKG D25:

  • The AKG D25 is a classic vintage AKG Dynamic Microphone that is often used with Kick Drums. It comes with a swivel mount that is unlike most shock mounts, and has a great bottom-end response.

Snare Top – Rode M1:

  • The Rode M1 is a handheld dynamic microphone, very similar to the Shure SM57. It features a slightly warmer response than the SM57 however and was a great choice for the top of the snare drum.

Snare Bottom – Shure SM57:

  • The legendary SM57 is an industry-standard cardioid dynamic microphone and is probably one of the most versatile microphones in a studios sonic arsenal. These microphones are commonly used for recording vocals, guitars and snare drums. 

Hi Hat – AKG 414:

  • The AKG 414 is a studio standard and one of the best-known reference condenser microphones for recording use. Probably the most popular of AKG's condenser microphones, it was first introduced in 1971 as the "C 414 comb"

Toms – Audix F10:

  • The F10 is a dynamic instrument microphone designed for live and studio applications. Characterised with a tailored frequency response between 50Hz – 12 kHz, the F10 is ideally suited for recording instruments that require mid-bass and mid high reproduction, such as Floor and Rack Toms. 

Overheads - AKG C451:

  • The AKG C451 is a small-diaphragm condenser microphone which has been a bestseller right from its inception in 1969. It has an airy sound and a high overload limit and is commonly used in the recording of drum kits, either as a hi-hat, ride or as in this case, overhead microphone.

Timbale & Bongos – Sontronics Sigma Ribbon Microphone:

  • Ribbon mics are renowned for their smooth, uncoloured characteristics and the Sontronics Sigma’s are no different. They have a high sensitivity and low self-noise that makes them perfect for recording the quieter velocities of the timbale.

The Recording Studio - The Ironworks

Miloco's Ironworks is based in a warehouse building in the vibrant North Laine area of Brighton and is home to Mike Pelanconi, founder of Drumdrops. The sonic design of the live room has been masterminded by the ex-Olympic and Chalk Farm Studios tech Mike Craig, who has 40 years experience in acoustic design and hi-grade audio electronics.

At the centre of the Control Room can be found a rare vintage BBC console. The outboard racks are full of great gear including a Lang PEQ-2 EQ, a Langevin EQ258A EQ, and a Chiswick Reach stereo valve compressor. The Ironworks is also home to Mike’s vast collection of rare spring reverbs and delay units including a Grampian 636, a Fairchild 659A, an Orban 106C and a Dynachord Echocord Tube Tape Echo amongst others. The monitors are Tannoy Golds and Yamaha NS-10’s and you have a choice whether to record directly to Protools or onto a beautiful Ampex M1200 16 track tape machine.

Ironworks has had some great acts pass through in the time it has been open including Little Roy, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, UNKLE, Manu Chao, Nick Cave and many more.

The Recording Equipment

With such a great warm sounding, rare console at our disposal we recorded the whole kit through Mike’s vintage BBC Class A console. For the mics there was a great combination of common gems, Ribbons, Dynamic and Condenser mics. All of the drums were recorded without compression and the Kick drum used an external EQ - The Lang PEQ - 2A. All other EQ'ing was handled by Mike’s collection of API 550’s. Mike chose not to record any room mics for this kit as he wanted a tight, dry Reggae sound.

The Spec Breakdown

  • Kick - AKG D25 (mic) - BBC Console / Lang PEQ-2A (Mic Pre / Outboard)
  • Snare Top - Rode M1(mic) - BBC Console / API 550 (Mic Pre / Outboard)
  • Snare Bottom - Shure SM57 (mic) - BBC Console (Mic Pre / Outboard)
  • Hi-Hat - AKG 414 (mic) - BBC Console (Mic Pre / Outboard)
  • High Rack Tom - Audix F10 (mic) - BBC Console / API 550 (Mic Pre / Outboard)
  • Low Rack Tom - Audix F10 (mic) -  BBC Console / API 550 (Mic Pre / Outboard)
  • Floor Tom - Audix F10 (mic) - BBC Console / API 550 (Mic Pre / Outboard)
  • Overheads - AKG C451's (mic) - BBC Console / API 550 (Mic Pre / Outboard)
  • Timbale - Sontronics Sigma Ribbon (mic) - BBC Console (Mic Pre / Outboard)
  • Bongos - Sontronics Sigma Ribbon (mic) - BBC Console (Mic Pre / Outboard)

The Drummer - Horseman

Horseman, real name Winston Williams, has been touring and in the studio recording with the best Jamaican artists since 1982. His hard- hitting beats have backed the likes of Wailing Souls, Sugar Minot, Max Romeo, Barrington Levy, John Holt, Big Youth, Gregory Isaacs and many more. Horseman along side Roots Radics legend Style Scott is the resident reggae drummmer for Drumdrops, with multiple reggae, dub and ska releases to his credit.

His work with producers and engineers like Jah Shaka, Mad Professor, Adrian Sherwood and Lee Perry has guaranteed his status both in the studio and on stage. Recent credits include all Prince Fatty releases and Hollie Cook albums. Horseman’s knowledge of reggae grooves, fills and drum tuning are second to none, with Akai MPC60 skills and a love for drum programming thrown in for good measure. Dread Out!

The Engineer - Mike Pelanconi

Mike Pelanconi, better known under his record name Prince Fatty, is a British sound engineer and record producer. He has worked with a diverse repertoire of artists and producers from Acid Jazz and Delicious Vinyl to Lily Allen, Manu Chao and Graham Coxon (Blur). His reggae work with veteran artists including Gregory Isaacs, Dub Syndicate, Big Youth and Alcapone has brought him world wide recognition.

Mike has released three solo albums under Prince Fatty banner and produced highly acclaimed albums for Hollie Cook, the Little Roy Battle For Seattle album of Nirvana reggae covers and London band The Skints. A fanatical sound man with a huge collection of reggae records and expert in vintage recording techniques.

The Developer - Channel Robot

Channel Robot was founded in 2009 in Melbourne Australia. Channel Robot specialise in developing unique powerful virtual instruments for Kontakt using Native Instruments' KSP scripting language and high quality sample sets. Channel Robot build their own instruments. license their technology and provide design and development services to the audio industry.

The UI Designers - Ether Creative

Ether are a design-led digital agency. Reigning from Maidstone in south-east England the small but perfectly formed team design and build mobile sites and apps, PHP based software systems and of course websites. We blend up a mix of bleeding edge design and development techniques, thorough research and planning plus a real dedication to our craft.

To buy Multi-tracks, stems and loops recorded on the real kit head to Loopmasters HERE.