Toontrack Custom & Vintage SDX Legacy Upgrade does not come with a bunch of ready made MIDI drum library grooves in somebody else's style. Custom & Vintage goves you the power to choose how you want y... Click To Read More About This Product
Toontrack Custom & Vintage SDX Legacy Upgrade does not come with a bunch of ready made MIDI drum library grooves in somebody else's style. Custom & Vintage goves you the power to choose how you want your drums to be played. Should you need MIDI to build a track from building blocks, this set is compatible with the 8000+ MIDI files available in Toontrack Music's high end sound, compact resource, low-price multilayer drumsampler dfh EZdrummer, or with any third-party MIDI groove library.
3 vintage drum kits recorded with love, to perfection
The Toontrack Custom & Vintage virtual drum collection offers you exceptional sounds from 3 kits in the personal collection of world-class session and touring drummer Chris Whitten (Paul McCartney, Dire Straits). The sounds collected using these beloved kits from Chris' collection create a drum library that can improve the overall sound of your music with their unparalleled tones.
Noble & Cooley Star Series
These radically designed drums feature single-ply, steam-bent shells (in the style of vintage Slingerland Radio King snare drums) for the toms and snare. Designed for N&C by Bob Gatzen, the shells proved too time consuming and expensive to produce. Only the Star Series snare drums are still in production.
The Camco Oaklawn drum kits were thought by many to be one of the best sounding drum kits ever made. Camco went through several incarnations and factory sites (Oaklawn, Chanute, Los Angeles), with the mid- to late-'60s Oaklawn-era drums being regarded as arguably their finest. The Camco name finally faded at the end of the 1970's, but their drums live on in the hands of those who love classic drums. Current prices reflect that desirability. The rock sizes are slightly less hard to find than the 18, 12, and 14 bop kits so desired by jazz drummers. Camco drums have a big, warm tone that instantly says vintage. They easily match--and surpass in most cases--the drums being designed for recording today.
Slingerland Studio King
Having been acquired by Gibson guitars in the '90s, the Slingerland name briefly re-emerged with the Radio King snare drums and Studio King drum kits under the watchful eye of Pat Foley in Nashville, Tennessee. Mike Udell at Drumhire repeatedly touts the Studio King set in his inventory as one of the best kits he's ever owned. Having already achieved great results with a Radio King Select snare drum from the same period, the Slingerland kit was rented and recorded using the standard '70s methods. We removed the bottom heads of the toms and resonant head of the bass drum. Sennheiser 421 microphones were positioned inside the toms instead of the usual method above the batter head. This gives you a fatter sound, with a lot of separation. More to the point, it is the archetypal sound of the '70s studio drummer.
The Snare Drums
Slingerland Radio King
This trio represents the most recorded snare drums of all time and are probably the only snares you would ever need. One of the first single-ply drums, the Radio King has become an industry standard for wood-shell snare drums. Amazingly these old drums”many of them dating back to the pre-WWII jazz and big band era”can stand up to the punishment of modern playing. Not only that, they sound better than most snare drums being built today. It's truly a testament to the skills of the drum builders of yore.
Ludwig Black Beauty and Supraphonic
The Ludwig Black Beauty snare drum is considered one of the most desirable drums ever made. The seamless, one piece brass beaded shell provides legendary balanced metallic-yet-warm sound and unmatched sensitivity this drum is famous for.
Compared to the glamour of the Radio King and Black Beauty, the Ludwig Supraphonic is a bread-and-butter drum. Perhaps due to the seal of approval given by icons such as Steve Gadd, Hal Blaine and John Bonham, the 'Supra' is said to have appeared on more records than any other snare drum. It is surely a must for any serious studio drummer.
Craviotto 'Timeless Timber'
Johnny Craviotto is a legend in the industry. Some are already proclaiming him the Stradivarius of 21st century drum makers. Two magical ingredients combine in this snare drum; Craviotto's workmanship and ancient birch wood seasoned by being submerged for over 200 years at the bottom of Lake Superior, North America.
In the 1800's logging mills dotted the shorelines of lakes and rivers that were adjacent to the virgin forests of North America. Most of the lumber was used for building the great cities of the Industrial Revolution. Except, of course, for the logs that were lost before reaching their destination. These logs became waterlogged in transit and settled to the bottom of the lakes. Forgotten, these sunken timbers”some of them up to 1200 years old”have remained at the bottom of lakes and rivers for over a century, untouched, and perfectly preserved in the icy cold waters of the North. Recently maple and birch logs were rediscovered in Lake Superior, salvaged, and sold for premium prices to high-end furniture craftsmen and boutique instrument manufacturers including Johnny Craviotto, who made this snare.
Noble & Cooley Star Classic
This is one of two identical snares Chris Witten played on the critically acclaimed Paul McCartney world tour of 1989/90. After the tour he kept both drums for sentimental reasons, but also because he loved their sound. For Superior Custom & Vintage, Witten added something special by asking Peter Stanbridge to craft two Jarrah-ply wood hoops for one of the drums. Like Craviotto, Stanbridge is a lone artisan, building unique drums from exotic woods out of his Newfoundland workshop, 15 minutes from the most easterly point in North America.
Noble & Cooley Alloy Classic and Zildjian Drum
Noble & Cooley built an enviable reputation on the superb quality of their wood shell drums. Towards the end of the '80s they decided to branch out into metal, first in collaboration with the Zildjian company and then on their own with the Alloy Classic. The Zildjian drum, made from the same secret alloy as Zildjian cymbals, was an extremely expensive limited edition when it first appeared in 1989. The Alloy Classic was much more reasonably priced and is still available from Noble & Cooley today. Noble & Cooley's design guru Bob Gatzen designed a prototype metal shell drum to rival the quality and success of their Star-series snares, which is the drum recorded for Superior Custom & Vintage.
Seen by many collectors as the ultimate, this snare drum is bored out of a solid block of Zelkova--a Japanese hardwood prized for its density and resonance. It's a construction method that owes more to traditional Japanese Taiko drums than Western-style snare drums we are more used to playing. The Zelkova has been around since 1978 but is ferociously expensive and available only to order from Japan. You are unlikely to see one of these drums unless it's in the hands of a collector or studio drummer.
Zildjian K Dark Crashes
Used by Chris Witten on the 1989/90 McCartney tour and on the 1991/92 Dire Straits tour, these K Dark series crash cymbals have fabulous tone that is loud, but never overbearing.
Zildjian K 20" Heavy Ride and 18" Sizzle Ride
Witten again used both these cymbals during rehearsals for the McCartney tour, and they've remained two of his favorite cymbals ever since. The Heavy ride is surprisingly sweet. The stick sound is crystalline and the wash, although quite high pitched, is warm. One of Zildjian's most experienced cymbal testers picked out this 18" K ride and factory drilled it for rivets. Witten swears "this unique cymbal will probably go with me to my grave."
Zildjian 1950's 22" Ride
They call the '60s the great cymbal holocaust. Rock music came along and guitarists were plugging into amplifiers with ever-increasing wattage. Meanwhile, cymbal manufacturers stuck to their centuries-old formula, producing thin cymbals more suited to the acoustic music of previous decades. The result? A lot of beautiful cymbals from the 1940's and 50's bit the dust.
A few larger, heavier ride cymbals survived however. This one was discovered by Witten at his local drum shack. It has a deeper tone than many modern rides, and just the right balance between stick definition and roar.
K Zildjian Istanbul 16" Crash, 18" Ride, 20" Ride and 13" Hi-Hats
Vintage K Zildjian's are regarded as the ultimate cymbal by many serious jazz drummers. They are delicate and very rare, commanding prices far in excess of any other cymbal in the vintage market. Each cymbal is unique, having been handcrafted in Istanbul, Turkey (the birthplace of the modern cymbal), by a family of craftsmen who handed down their experience and skill to each new generation.
Because of the human factor in the manufacturing process, Istanbul K's vary greatly in quality. A recent acquisition, the 13" hi-hats have become a 'go to' pair for Witten. He found the 20" ride on Ebay, but it turned out the owner lived a couple of miles from his house in London. Thin is the thing with these vintage rides. K Istanbul collectors have remarked this is the thinnest 20" cymbal they've ever come across.
Paiste Sound Creation
Although a relatively recent offering from Paiste in Switzerland, the Sound Creation line are no longer made and are rapidly disappearing into the vaults of collectors and drummers in the know. Almost all the Sound Creation models exhibit a dark, jazzy tone. However, there are no rules, and cymbals such as the Bell Ride can find a place in any genre. Championed by drummers such as Al Foster and Jack DeJohnette, along with the earlier 602 Paiste cymbals, Sound Creation almost defined the drum sound at ECM Records; contemporary jazz label and home in the '70s and '80s to artists such as Pat Metheny, Keith Jarrett, Jan Gabarek, and Eberhard Weber.
SC's sound entirely different to the Zildjian cymbals adding a different timbre and more choice to Superior Custom & Vintage.
dfh Superior Custom & Vintage was recorded at 2KHz Studios in London using an EMI TG Desk. 2KHz's TG is an ex-Abbey Road Mobile console (1964 design) with a 28-channel/16-track configuration with germanium transistor microphone preamps.
The TG console was EMI's very first transistor design and was used for many legendary recordings of the early seventies including The Beatles' Abbey Road and Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon. It is considered one of the best sounding desks ever made.
The drums were recorded with a selection of vintage microphones by Neumann (including valve U67's on overheads and KM 56's on toms), AKG, and Sennheiser.
As an added feature one of the room microphones (a Neumann U87) was processed with a Helios F760 compressor, the type found in early Helios 1970's consoles as used by Led Zeppelin, The Who, The Rolling Stones, and Apple Corps (The Beatles' studio).
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