THE NEW SOUND OF THE 50s
ABBEY ROAD | 50s DRUMMER delivers the electrifying sound of the birth of popular music – a time when amplified instruments rose to prominence and drums came into their own. Expertly recorded, ultra-rare drums deliver an evocative, mid-heavy sound ready to compete with the latest electric guitars and basses. Adding its own touch of classic style to the DRUMMER Series, 50s DRUMMER also features period-authentic grooves, capturing the flair of early rock and roll, rhythm and blues, country, and jazz.
RECORDED AT ABBEY ROAD STUDIOS
All drums were recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London, UK. An iconic symbol of the music industry since 1931, Abbey Road has been the location of countless landmark recordings by artists such as The Beatles, U2, Kate Bush, Oasis, Kanye West and Radiohead, to name just a few.
Abbey Road has pioneered many studio techniques and technologies, and is widely recognized as one of the most advanced recording, mixing and post-production complexes in the world. Their expertise was crucial in creating the period-accurate recording paths that form the core of ABBEY ROAD 50s DRUMMER’s sound.
THE DRUM KITS
The drum kits in ABBEY ROAD 50s DRUMMER were recorded in Abbey Road’s Studio Two. Extra absorbers were used mimic the tighter recording environments of the 1950s. The drums feature a rough, cutting sound, with massive, resounding snares and mellow cymbals.
The Spring Kit is an early-50s Gretsch Cadillac Green Nitron with a 20” bass drum. Its 12” rack tom and 14” floor tom are tuned lower than those of the Autumn Kit. Three interchangeable 14” period snare drums deliver brilliant sonic options.
The Autumn Kit is a late-50s WFL with a 20” kick, 12” and 13” rack toms, 16” floor tom, and a choice of 14” x 6.5 “, 14” x 8”, and 13” x 3” snare drums. Its higher tom tuning means it sounds slightly brighter than the Spring Kit.
THE MIXER SECTION
Create the perfect drum submix completely within the instrument! All ABBEY ROAD DRUMMER instruments feature a dedicated Mixer Section and a range of high-quality studio effects, including tape saturation, convolution reverb and three big-league effects: a top-quality studio EQ, a high-end studio compressor and the awe-inspiring TRANSIENT MASTER.
And if time is tight, Mixer and Effects presets provide instant pro sound with precision mic levels, the perfect blend of close and room mics, and just the right effects to set it all off.
COMPREHENSIVE GROOVE LIBRARY
The right drum sound is only part of the equation. ABBEY ROAD | 50s DRUMMER provides a Groove Library full of beats and fills perfect for everything from rock and roll and country to jazz and R&B. A set of modern grooves is also included for producers looking to add some vintage spice to their contemporary sound.
These MIDI patterns were played live by professional drummers – find the beat that suits the track you’re working on, choose fills and variations to match, then drag and drop into your host sequencer.
And if you’re a drummer yourself, just hook up your e-drums and you’re ready to go.