I’m proud to announce that the newest Impact Soundworks sample library, Groove Bias: Vintage Drum Sounds, is officially available at a special price for OC ReMix members! Not only arebustatunez and I offering this sound collection at a discount, but for every copy we sell we’ll donate $10 to OCR.
The goal of this project was to create a set of deeply sampled acoustic drumkits inspired by classic 50s, 60s and 70s records and the timeless breakbeats we all know and love. For decades, these sounds have been imitated and sampled over and over, but many producers have preferred to try and capture old kits with pristine, modern recording methods. Not so with this library. Our motto was “the more tubes, the better,” and we armed ourselves to the teeth with beat-up mics, analog gear, vintage drums and tape machines.
* Three custom drum kits and a set of percussion recorded at three separate studios
* Only classic kits, gear, mics and techniques used for a true vintage sound.
* 3,500 samples (4gb) of unlocked audio content for your editing pleasure.
* Recorded into Pro Tools|HD in 24/96 format (16/44.1 for NNXT)
* Intensive sampling – a minimum of 5 RRs and 5 velos per kit part, up to 10 RRs and 16 velos!
* Full kit patches AND individual components so you can construct your own Frankenstein kits.
* Custom scripted patches for Kontakt and combis in NN-XT.
* Intuitive GM mapping for compatibility with any project or MIDI.
* Simplified mixing; designed with a great sound right out of the box.
* Additional overhead/room patches for user-controllable ambiance.
* A total of five snares, four kicks, nine toms, three hats (closed, loose, open, pedal), two rides, two crashes, two splashes, two rims, handclaps, tambourine, shaker, agogo, bongos, woodblocks, cowbell and triangle!
A little about the kits…
“Superfreak” (Milkboy Studios, Ardmore, PA) – As the name suggests, most of this 60s Ludwig ‘Silver Comet’ kit is rumored to have originally belonged to a certain funk music icon. The drums were recorded using high-end ribbon mics into an all-analog signal path, most notably a 70s Neve console with a few busted channels and lots of character. Outboard processors in the chain included gear by Empirical Labs, Tube-Tech, and Anthony DeMaria Labs. The saturation present on the higher velocities of some of the sounds, like the kick and snare, came solely from high gain running through all the tubes; no overdrive, distortion, or compressor saturation was applied!
“Tape” (The Audio Lab, Milville, NJ) – This one was a real hybrid, the centerpiece being a 30s Ludwig Pioneer Black Beauty snare. The kicks and toms were Tamburo original series, along with an extra 22″ Tama kick. Our hats, cymbals and rides were a mishmash of faded, junked up old metal… just what we wanted. Everything in the kit was recorded through an analog signal path then finally to an authentic, 24-track Otari tape machine before being dumped into Pro Tools. Mics used for this kit ranged in age and manufacturer. Various workhorse mics from EV, Sennheiser, Shure and Audix were used throughout, and to get the trashy, crunchy room sound, we used a trashy 70s General Electric cassette recorder mic along with an RCA SK-30.
“Herodotus” (Real Music Media, Minneapolis, MN)) – John Gump (a.k.a. KVRAudio member Herodotus) recorded this drum set, which is the same make and model as Cream drummer Ginger Baker’s drums! Mics used were a pair of Neumann KM-184s and Sennheiser 441s plus a Royer R-121. All of this went into some serious outboard gear like a classic UA 1176, Manley Labs VOXBOX, UA 2-610S and Manley Vari-Mu before finally going to a TASCAM reel-to-reel tape machine to seal the deal.
You can purchase Groove Bias today for a special OCR price of $89 (KT/Hal/EXS) or $79 (NNXT) via PayPal: make sure to use these links as they’re for OCR members only!
Purchase -> Kontakt/EXS-24/Halion Version
10% of each sale will be donated to OCR! You’ll receive your download link within 24 hours (usually much faster.) While you’re waiting, check out the PDF product manual and the video/audio demos below!
Live Performance Video Demo (produced by Brandon Bush)
Jake Kaufman – “Slap Them Skins” / Drums Only (classic 60s funk)
Brandon Bush – “Spies Like Us” (Spy Hunter remix) / Drums Only (secret agent funk)
Andrew Aversa – “Ragol Weather” / Drums Only (synth/jazz fusion)
Andrew Aversa – “Acoustic DNB”
Virt (Jake Kaufman) – “World’s Most Wanted Wiener” (GB Edit) (MJ-style funk)
tefnek – “Big n’ Nasty” (big beat)
ps. Thanks to pixietricks for the Groove Bias logo and SgtRama for the product UI!