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1970s Slingerland Classic Rock Kit

Virtual Instrument by DrumDrops

This 1970s Slingerland Classic Rock Kit is a truly spectacular kit. A wonderful sounding kick drum, five toms and a deep Slingerland Radio King 14" x 7" snare drum, makes this kit a great choice for anyone who wants to re-enact their 70s rock classics. However it is not a one-trick pony as shown by producer Ben Hillier who uses it on most of the records he makes and recently took it on tour with artist Nadine Shah. To get the best out of this kit we enlisted the help of one of the leading alternative rock mix engineers in the world - Alan Moulder. 

The Slingerland kits were first made in 1928 as a response to Ludwigs manufacture of Banjos which Slingerland had been distributing. The Slingerland brand of drums was owned by the family until 1970 and then the Company had multiple owners. Today they are owned by Gibson. Slingerland's most famous line of drums was the Radio Kings and we have included a Radio King snare with this kit. You will soon understand why. The rest of this Slingerland is from the 70s when the Company was having its heyday. It is an amazing sounding kit with it's large drum sizes and extremely versatile.

To get the best out of this kit we brought in one of the best mix engineers in the world - Alan Moulder. Alan is Britain's premier alternative rock producer / engineer working flat out in the UK and USA since the 1980's. Alan has worked on some of rock's most iconic records including Nine Inch Nails, The Killers, Foo Fighters, Arctic Monkeys, Led Zeppelin, Jesus & Mary Chain and Foals. Alan won the Brits Producer of the year award in 2014. 

The Slingerland kit was recorded in Miloco's The Pool by Drumdrops engineer Ben Thackeray and mixed in Assault and Battery 1 by Alan.

This Kit Can Be Purchased in Seven Different Packs

The Kontakt 5 Pack comes with the Drumdrops Kontakt Instrument for exclusive use in the full version of Native Instruments Kontakt 5 (it is not compatible with Kontakt Player). The instrument comes with it's own mixer section, channel EQ and transient master, Convolution Reverbs, master effects, MIDI Grooves (with 1500 MIDI Loops), Mic Blend, an 8 channel Step Sequencer, Groove Slicer, custom velocity curves, randomisation tools, V-drum compatability and more.

The BFD Pack is a sampler pack that can be loaded into BFD2 or BFD3. The BFD pack contains 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. It contains all the articulations that our other packs have and 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 Multi-Velocity pack  provides up to 16 velocity steps of each articulation. Each sample included in this pack is a mix of the close microphone, overhead and room mics. This pack comes with patches for Battery, Kontakt 5, EXS24, Maschine, Geist, Studio One's Impact Soundset, Ableton Drum Rack, iDrum, Renoise, Reason Refills and the TX16Wx free sampler but can be used in any drum machine or sampler that reads 24 bit WAV files. We have also included guide MIDI Maps for a lot of the popular defaults. The pack also includes 830 MIDI loops. This pack is a great choice for those who want multiple velocity articulations but do not use Kontakt 5.

The Single Hits pack  is the same as our 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 the samples come with 16 bit and 24 bit WAV samples. This pack comes loaded with 291 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. For full details on this pack read on here.

The All Samples pack contains the Multi-Velocity Pack, the Singles Hits Pack, the Drum Replacement Pack and the seperate mic samples from the Kontakt 5 Pack. This pack gives you ultimate flexibility, all the patches we create and three different packs of samples. For more on this pack read here. 

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.

The Drum Kit - 1970s Slingerland Classic Rock Kit

This 1970s Slingerland kit is a great sounding kit. It's large kick drum gives it a full sound and then the five toms provide loads of tonal variation. Add to this the 7" Radio King snare and you have a really full sounding kit. Perfect for classic rock, ballads or other genres which want a fuller sounding kit. The kit is owned by Producer Ben Hillier (Depeche Mode) and this is his number one goto kit on all his productions. In fact he loves it so much he has been using it on tour with Nadine Shah. The kit is also a favourite of visiting Producers to the Pool.

The kit consists of a 24" Kick drum, a 12", 13", 14"and 15" rack toms a huge 18" floor tom and a signature 14" x 7" deep Radio King snare. The cymbals used were 14" Zildian New Beat Hi-hats, a Zildjian K Custom 22" ride, a Zildjian K Dark thin 18" crash and a Zildjian Vintage Cie 16" crash.

The Articulations Broken Down

Kick - Slingerland Kick Drum:

  • Dimensions - 24" x 14"
  • Articulations - Felt and Plastic Beater
  • Multisampling - Up to 16 velocity layers with 5 round robin samples

Snare 1 - Slingerland Radio King:

  • Dimensions - 14" x 7"
  • Articulations - Dampened and Un-Dampened - Centre, Edge, Rim and Cross-stick
  • Multisampling - 16 velocity layers with 5 round robin samples

Rack Tom 1 - Slingerland Tom:

  • Dimensions - 12" x 8"
  • Articulations - Centre
  • Multisampling - 16 velocity layers with 5 round robin samples

Rack Tom 2 - Slingerland Tom:

  • Dimensions - 13" x 9"
  • Articulations - Centre
  • Multisampling - 16 Velocity layers with 5 round robin samples

Rack Tom 3 - Slingerland Tom:

  • Dimensions - 14" x 10"
  • Articulations - Centre
  • Multisampling - 16 velocity layers with 5 round robin samples

Rack Tom 4 - Slingerland Tom:

  • Dimensions - 15" x 12"
  • Articulations - Centre
  • Multisampling - 16 velocity layers with 5 round robin samples

Floor Tom - Slingerland Floor Tom:

  • Dimensions - 18" x 16"
  • Articulations - Centre
  • Multisampling - 16 velocity layers with 5 round robin samples

Hi Hat - Zildjian New Beat 14" Hi Hats:

  • Dimensions - 14"
  • Articulations - Fully Shut to fully open in 6 stages - centre and edge, Floot splashes.
  • Multisampling - 12 Velocity layers with 5 round robin samples

Crashes - Zildjian K Dark Medium Thin 18" Crash:

  • Dimensions - 18"
  • Articulations - Centre and Edge
  • Multisampling - 10 Velocity layers with 5 round robin samples

Crash - Zildjian Vintage Cie 16" Crash:

  • Dimensions - 16"Articulations - Centre and Edge
  • Multisampling - 10 Velocity layers with 5 round robin samples
  • Toms & Snares were fitted with Pre International Coated Ambassador Remo heads, The kick drum used powerstroke 3s.

Ride - Zildjian K Custom 22" Ride:

  • Dimensions - 22"
  • Articulations - Centre, Edge and Bell
  • Multisampling - 10 Velocity Layers with 5 round robin samples

NB:

  • Toms & Snares were fitted with Pre International Coated Ambassador Remo heads, The kick drum used powerstroke 3s.

The Recording Studio - Recorded at The Pool, Mixed at Assault & Battery 1

Miloco's The Pool is one of London's most popular recording studios. It was built six years ago as a partnership between producer Ben Hillier and Miloco and quickly became one of London's leading tracking studios. As far as tracking rooms go it has pretty much everything: a vast live area that resonates vibe and creativity and a studio with an incredible array of vintage esoteric gear and the Slingerland kit.

The gear has been amassed by producer Ben Hillier and music entrepreneur Johan Ekelund (co-founder of Kobalt Music Publishing). Not many rooms can boast over 40 different microphones, 50 Mic Pre's, let alone four drum kits. The room also contains an equally impressive selection of compressors and EQs.

At the centre of the Control Room can be found a rare vintage EMT console. The outboard racks are full of great gear with highlights including Neve 1079's and 1272's, API Mic Pre's and Telefunken V76's. Compressors include Urei 1176's, Altec, Neve 2254's and Tweed. The monitors are Barefoot, Yamaha, Auratone and Tannoys and recording is normally done on to a Pro Tools HD3 rig, loaded with many plug-ins.

The Pool has had some great acts pass through in the short space it has been open including Graham Coxon, Noah & The Whale, Mumford & Sons, Florence & The Machine, The Kooks, Foals, The Horrors and many more.

Assault & Battery 1 is the home of Producers and mix engineers Alan Moulder and Flood. Based in the famous Battery complex in North London this is an incredible SSL mix room and has mixed a stream of hit records which are critically acclaimed or reach the top of the charts. 

The studio contains an impressive spec collected by Alan and Flood throughout their careers. It is centered around a pristine 72 channel SSL G+ SL4000 once owned by Trent Reznor. Add to this the huge collection of outboard an HD3 protools rig fully loaded with plug-ins and you have an extremely impressive mix room.

The Recording Equipment

This kit was one of a set of four recorded at The Pool. The Mic Pre's used were all a combination of Neve 1079's or 1272's. For the mics there was a great combination of common gems, Ribbons, Valve mics and Ambient mics. All of the drums were recorded without compression and only the Kick drum used an external EQ - The Lang PEQ - 2A. The snare was recorded top and bottom and there were stereo room mics as well as two Earthworks ambient ceiling mics. All of the mics were wired directly into the mic pre's and then sent direct to the Pro Tools interfaces keeping the signal as clean as possible. On the Hits Packs we do not use tape to keep the noise floor as low as possible especially on the quiet velocity's.

Alan mixed the kit through his SSL G-Series console. The following outboard was also used on this kit. 

  • Kick - Helios EQ & Transient Designer
  • Snare Top - Helios EQ, Urei 1176 & Transient Designer
  • Overheads - Quad Eight MM-130 EQ & TSL-1 Limiter
  • Room Near - Chandler TG-1 Limiter
  • Room Far - Retro STA-Level Compressor

Kit Compressors:

  • Neve 33609 Compressor
  • Fatso Jnr Compressor
  • Elysia Compressor
  • Valley People Dynamite Limiter
  • DBX 160 Compressor

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.

"This mic was placed outside the front skin of the kick drum, a few inches back, aiming towards the center of the skin. We also had a NS- 10 cone placed next to it to pick up the lower frequencies." BT

Snare Top – Lomo 19A19 Valve Microphone:

This is a rare vintage cardioid valve microphone that was built in Russia in the 1960s. The roots of this rare microphone go back to the year 1947 when an acoustic laboratory was established at the Leningrad optical and mechanical association (LOMO).

"This mic was placed roughly 4-5 inches above the snare, above side of the drum, aiming towards to center of the drum." BT

Snare Bottom – 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"

"This mic was placed roughly 4-5 inches below the snare, below the side of the drum, aiming towards the center of the drum." BT

Hi Hat – Neumann KM84:

The Neumann KM84 microphone is a small capsule cardioid condenser and was the first mic made with 48v phantom power technology. The microphone has become a real favourite for classical music recording because of its smooth faithful reproduction but it's also known as a favourite mic for drum overheads.

"This mic was placed roughly 3-4 inches directly above the hat, pointing downwards, to the side of the hat where the drummer was hitting it." BT

Toms – Neumann U87:

The Neumann U87 is probably the best known and most widely used studio condenser microphone. Originally released in 1967 as the solid state version of the valve U67, the Neumann U87 large dual-diaphragm condenser microphone has been the industry standard studio condenser.

"This mic was placed a few inches above the floor tom, above the side of the drum, aiming towards the center. The Rack Tom mic was placed a few inches above the rack tom, above the side of the drum aiming towards the center." BT

Ride Cymbal - AKG C451:

AKG's C 451 was one of the all-time great studio condenser microphones. One of its most common applications is for drum overheads, and many engineers say there's nothing quite like it for miking cymbals - the metallic "crash" and brilliance come through perfectly.

"This mic was placed a few inches above the ride, angled towards the drummers side of the cymbal." BT

Overheads – Coles 4038 Ribbon Microphones:

The 4038 is a classic Studio Ribbon Microphone designed by the BBC and originally manufactured by STC. Coles, the outsourced manufacturer, bought the rights to the STC microphone line in 1974. It is one of the world’s best-known ribbon microphones.

"These mics were placed about 18 inches above the kit in an A-B configuration. One mic was positioned roughly over the snare while the other was positioned roughly over the floor tom." BT

Stereo Room 1 - AEA R88 MkII Stereo Ribbon:

The R88 mkII is optimised for recording instruments and ensembles in stereo. The R88 uses the large ribbon configuration of the classic RCA 44 series microphones, which gives the mic solid 20Hz bass response and a smooth high end which is flattering to complex tones.

"This stereo mic was placed directly in front of the kit, aiming at the kit, about 3-4 feet back and about 5 feet in the air." BT

Stereo Room 2 - Neumann Gefell CMV 563's:

The Kondensator-Mikrofon CMV 563 is a tube condenser bottle microphone manufactured by the division of the Georg Neumann company in Gefell, East Germany, which has since been renamed Microtech Gefell.

"Both of these mics were set up in an A-B configuration, aiming at the kit, about 8 feet back and 8 feet apart from each other." BT

Ceiling Mics – Earthworks SR30's:

The SR30 is a cardioid condenser microphone with extremely flat frequency response across an extended frequency range, and Earthworks’ trademark “fast impulse response” capsule. The microphone was initially introduced in 2000, as the SR77.

"Both of these mics are permanently placed in the rafters of the Pool studio. One was directly above the kit at a distance of about 10 feet, while the other was roughly 30 feet away." BT

The Spec Breakdown

  • Kick - AKG D25 - Neve 1079 Mic Pre & Lang PEQ-2A EQ (Mic Pre / Outboard)
  • Snare Top - Lomo 1919A - Valve Microphone Neve 1079 Mic Pre (Mic Pre / Outboard)
  • Snare Bottom- AKG 414- Neve 1272 (Mic Pre / Outboard)
  • Hi hat- Neumann KM84 - Neve 1272 (Mic Pre / Outboard)
  • Floor Tom - Neumann U87 - Neve 1079 (Mic Pre / Outboard)
  • Rack Toms 3 & 4    - Neumann U87 - Neve 1079 (Mic Pre / Outboard)
  • Rack Toms 1 & 2    - Neumann U87 - Neve 1272 (Mic Pre / Outboard)
  • Ride Cymbal - AKG 451 - Neve 1272 (Mic Pre / Outboard)
  • Overheads - Coles 4038 Ribbons (x2) - Neve 1079 (x2 Mic Pre / Outboard) 
  • Stereo Room 1 - AEA R88 MkII Stereo Ribbon - Neve 1272 (x2 Mic Pre / Outboard)
  • Stereo Room 2 - Neumann Gefell CMV 563's - (x2)    Neve 1079 (Mic Pre / Outboard)
  • Ceiling Mics - Earthworks SR30's (x2) - Neve 1272 (x2 Mic Pre / Outboard)

The Drummer - Adam Falkner

Adam Falkner is a busy UK session drummer and musical director. Recent highlights include touring and recording with Dido, Babyshambles, Amy Macdonald, and One Eskimo.

Adam is no stranger to sampling drum kits, having done many sample libraries for other manufacturers. He has the patience of a saint, which is thoroughly needed when focusing on recording each drum meticulously at varying velocities. Working in tandem with Martin Oldham from Drum Tech Support, Adam got the best out of this hybrid Yamaha Kit.

The Engineer - Alan Moulder

Alan Moulder really needs no introduction. Voted UK Producer of the year in 2014 for the BRIT awards and Music Producers Guild Awards, Alan is one of the UK's most sonically innovative Alternative Rock Producer/Mixers. Working prolifically in the UK and USA, Alan has been at the helm of some of rock music's most iconic records and his credits include Nine Inch Nails, The Killers, The Smashing Pumpkins, Foo Fighters, My Bloody Valentine, Them Crooked Vultures, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Arctic Monkeys, Led Zeppelin, Death Cab For Cutie, Foals and Royal Blood. 

Alan was the perfect choice to mix this classic sounding 70s rock kit.

The Drum Tech - Martin Oldham

Martin Oldham is a professional drum technician who specialises in studio and live work. He has worked with many artists across different genres of music including Tinie Tempah, The Libertines, Beady Eye, Chic, Earth Wind and Fire, The Roots, Pendulum, Friendly Fires and Pete Cater to name a few. His work can be heard on albums recorded in top studios throughout the UK - many of which have utilised his large collection of vintage drums which range from the 1920's to present day.

"When I was approached to be involved with the Drumdrops project it was something that I couldn't say no to as it echoes my beliefs in drum recording - getting the right sound at source. By using good drums, the correct drum heads and accurate tuning, the drums are given the best platform to shine as instruments. The utilisation of good mics, placement and understanding of the engineers craft is where Drumdrops excel to bring the artist a pure drum sound." Martin Oldham

The Drum Owner - Ben Hillier

The Slingerland kit is owned by Producer (and Drummer) extraordinaire Ben Hillier (Depeche Mode / Blur / The Magic Numbers / Elbow). Ben is best-known for his original approach to production. He has been involved in building studios all over the world, including a palace in Morocco for Blur’s ‘Think Tank’ album, to an abandoned schoolhouse on the banks of Loch Ness for Doves’ ‘Some Cities’. In 2006 Ben decided to put his heart and soul into Miloco’s Pool where this Slingerland kit now resides. This kit is the go to kit for Ben and it is usually the first kit he will jump to when recording or for live work.

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. They blend up a mix of bleeding edge design and development techniques, thorough research and planning plus a real dedication to their craft.