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  • Native Instruments introduces Abbey Road 50s Drummer

    By Jon Chappell |

    Berlin, May 21, 2013 – Native Instruments today introduced bbey Road 50s Drummer, a new KONTAKT instrument featuring the sound of two classic 
    drum kits from the 1950s. The kits provide the distinctive drum sound of 
    the era, which was necessary to compete with the electrified instruments 
    gaining popularity at the time. Recorded with both state-of-the-art and 
    period equipment at Abbey Road Studios in London,50s Drummer also 
    includes a groove library, mixer presets, and a new set of brush 
    articulations, delivering the authentic feel of rock and roll, rhythm 
    and blues, country, and jazz from the 1950s.


    Abbey Road 50s Drummer features rare instruments from the very earliest 
    years of popular music. The first kit is an early 1950s Gretsch Cadillac 
    Green Nitron with a 20" bass drum, 12" rack tom and 14" floor tom. Its 
    toms are tuned low, providing a smooth, open sound that still allows 
    excellent placement in a mix full of amplified instruments. The second 
    drum kit is a late-1950s WFL kit. The WFL provides 20" kick drum, 12" 
    and 13" rack toms, and a 16" floor tom. The WFL kit's toms are tuned 
    high, offering a brighter tone that perfectly complements the Gretsch. 
    Each kit features three different snare drums from the same period, 
    offering a wide tonal variety and added degree of customization. The 
    kits are outfitted with a selection of 1950s Zildjian A and K cymbals to 
    round out their authentic vintage tone.

    50s Drummerwas recorded at London's Abbey Road Studios in the legendary 
    Studio Two. Alongside traditional microphone techniques, vintage RCA 
    44-BX and AKG D12 microphones, a REDD.17 valve mixing console and valve 
    tape machine were used for 50s DRUMMER's vintage channels. Users can 
    dial in these 'vintage channels alongside the modern state-of-the-art 
    equipment for a seamless tone spectrum, ranging from completely modern 
    to period-accurate vintage and anywhere in between.

    New brush articulations were also recorded especially for bbey Road 50s Drummerto 
    reflect the playing techniques of the decade. Its extensive  library encompasses early rock and roll, rhythm and blues, country, and 
    jazz, as well as a wealth of contemporary rhythms, affording users an 
    effortless way to begin sketching out complete drum recordings. 
    Regardless of genre, producers looking to add original 50s flavor to 
    their productions will relish the recording quality, ease of use, and 
    attention to detail in Abbey Road 50s Drummer.

    Abbey Road 50s Drummer is available at the NI Online Shop for $99 / 99 
    EUR / 9800 YEN.

    Additional information on bbey Road 50s Drummer is available at:

    A digital press kit including picture material is available at:

    About Native Instruments:

    Native Instruments is a leading manufacturer of software and hardware 
    for computer-based music production and DJing. The company's mission is 
    to develop innovative, fully integrated solutions for all professions, 
    styles and genres. The resulting products regularly push technological 
    boundaries and open up new creative horizons for professionals and 
    amateurs alike.

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