60s Motown Kit


Format | Drum Replacement Pack

60s Motown Kit



Drum Replacement Pack

  • Product Description

      To recreate the 60s Motown drum sound is almost impossible. Kits varied from session to session as did the drummers, drum heads and the equipment but Producer / drummer Timmy Rickard studied the sound and we think we nailed it. Recorded in a large live room at Livingston 1 studio in London, the room was mic’d up as if there was a full Motown band in the room – brass section, vocal mic and then two mics on the kit – a kick, and a kit mic placed above the bass drum, between the rack toms and below the ride. Mix these mics into a 60s kit and voila the 60s Motown drum sound is created.

      For the kit we used Timmy’s 1960s Ludwig club date kit with a 20” x 14” kick drum one 12” x 8” rack tom and a 14” floor tom. Four snares were used – two Ludwig Pioneer Snares, a Ludwig Hollywood Snare and a Slingerland Shelbyville Snare. We used two cymbals, a Zildjian Trans Stamp and a Zildjian Constantinople Hammered cymbal (both doubled up as rides and crashes) and some Zildjian vintage hi-hats. Across the tracks there is tambourine, claps and congas. All the drums used Remo Ambassador heads. Mic wise we used Neumann Valve U47’s & 67s, Coles ribbon mics, a Sony C38b and an AKG Valve C28. Mic pre’s used were UA2-610’s, Telefunken V76s and a Neve 1073. All of the mics were recorded without EQ or compression except the overhead microphone which used an EAR valve EQ and compressor.

      We paid the utmost attention to the to original Motown recordings to try and make the drum sound as authentic as possible. We noticed that on a lot of the recordings, the drums had a crunchy, overdriven sound. We've replicated this in some way by driving the mic amp's and analog eq's and compressors during both recording and mixing which give the drums some intentional mild distortion at the higher velocities. We realise that this may not be the sound for everyone and if you're at all unsure then please check the sound demos. These are accurate examples of the sound of the kit using exactly the same samples supplied in our packs.

      As well as the kit we include some percussion samples - congos, a tambourine and hand claps. Due to the number of mics we used to capture the sound the seperate mic packs come with a lot of samples.

  • Product Details
    • Variant: Drum Replacement Pack
    • SKU: DD8725MKDR
    • Product Type: Drum Samples

In Depth

Like other Drumdrops kits it can be purchased in different packs.

The All Samples Pack contains the Multi-sample pack, Drum Replacement pack and as a bonus we also include all the seperate mic samples taken from the no longer supported Kontakt 5 Pack (Please note we do not include the Drumdrops Kontakt Instrument in this pack). You basically get two packs and some bonus seperate mic samples. Also iincluded is an an SFZ patch which utilises the seperate mic kontakt samples. The patch is SFZ 2.0 compliant. This patch has been tested with Plogue Sforzando.

Customers can also make their own patches from the two packs of samples included. In this pack are the samples from the old Kontakt 5 pack (seperate Kit, Kick, and four room mic samples) and the stereo mixed samples found in the Multi-Samples pack. The 2766 stereo samples are mixed from close, room and overhead mics based around the kit. We have also included 30900 samples from the old Kontakt 5 pack providing up to 30 velocities for some of the articulations and 5 round robins. This pack is perfect for those who want to purchase two packs in one or those who like to build their own patches from the samples.

The Multi-Sample pack  provides up to 24 velocity steps of each articulation (30 on the kick and snares). Each sample included in this pack is a mix of the kit mics and all the 'band' mics. This pack can be used in any drum machine or sampler that reads 24 bit WAV files, and we've included patches to the some of the most common software. We also include 16 bit samples for old school samplers. Some of the software patches (Battery, EXS24, SFZ and Kontakt) also support round robin samples. We have included three round robin samples of each velocity for added realism. The multi-sample pack now includes 1543 MIDI drum loops covering a variety of genres and 124 60s Motown loops. This pack is a great choice for those who want multiple velocity articulations. The pack comes with 2766 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.

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. 

Whichever pack you choose you can be reassured that is has the Drumdrops quality stamped all over it. Explore more of these pages to read about the kit and work out which pack is best for you. If you want a 60s Motown drum sound then this is kit for you. If you can't wait to get your hands on these packs then check out our drum tracks album 60s Motown drops This drum track album contains thirty 60s Motown drum tracks recorded using this very kit, with the same mics and in the same studio. All the tracks are available to buy as multi-tracks, stem packs and drum loops. We think this kit is awesome. Let us know what you think.