MAD: Drum Kit Series



OVERVIEW

Welcome to our MAD world…
In a sea of drum kit products out there, we have decided to produce something quite different.
Affordable drum kits that bring back the joy and simplicity of working with sampled drums and pack new powerful concepts. With an extended dynamic range of pure raw attitude, the top velocities are at the point of stick-breaking power.

So you could really rock out!

MAD brings an integrated hi-end environment for creating Uber realistic grooves with maximum impact, while retaining a very focused and direct tonal quality.
With its versatile mixer, groove engine, and playability features, anyone can quickly program realistic beats and rhythms.

Under the hood, MAD’s customized and elaborate script packs lots of enhancements for realistic reproduction, several of which never-before-seen in a drum kit library!

Most importantly – this kit is going to cut through any mix…it won’t just sit!

MAD is is suitable for a variety of music styles but we aimed particularly at Indie Rock/Punk and Funk. It was designed to utilize an extended dynamic range that is true to the instrument and that reflects the dynamic balance of real drummers.

Most often, drum kit libraries extend the dynamic range by excessive modulation of volume with velocity, which only attenuates the signal, causing the dynamic range to be unrealistic.

With MAD, however, a powerful dynamic range is reflected without loosing touch with the musicality of the instrument. A strict playing style was coupled with use of a live PA in the recording process (yep! read on…) to harness as much punch, rawness, and power from the drums. Other offerings such as dynamic microphone bleed control, absolutely noiseless samples, and a custom script that focuses on realistic playback, help unleash a fresh new drum kit, with lots of attitude.

INSTRUMENTATION

REMO® custom 5-piece Rock kit – smaller in size and known for its tight sound.

Kick – 16X24 Kick Drum.
Snare – Golden Crown Snare
Hats – Zildjian Hi-Hat
Toms – 7X10 and 8X12 Rack Toms
Floor Tom – 12X14 Floor Tom
Crashes – 2X Zildjian Crashes
Ride – Paiste Ride Cymbal
Sticks – Cooperman Custom Persimmon Drum Sticks (um…lots of pairs…)

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • $79
  • 3GB and 5,400+ individual samples, plenty of velocity layers, 4x Round robin.
  • Extended and realistic dynamic range.
  • Unique recording concept.
  • Totally noiseless with no artifacts!
  • Extensive Hi-Hat engine with many articulations and modulation options.
  • Separate Left/Right hits on Snare and Toms.
  • Intelligent Legato Snare Grace notes, Cymbal Chokes, and note overlap cleanup.
  • Full mixer with EQ, Compression, and innovative mic bleed control.
  • User friendly and includes a useful Groove engine with over 350 grooves.
  • Optimized for studio production and LIVE triggering.

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FEATURES

MAD sports a simple yet punchy and focused tone. As a slightly smaller kit than usual, it sounds very tight and direct.

To compliment the extended dynamic range for a truly unique sound, the kit was miked and recorded along with a small PA system (semi-isolated), which naturally blended with the direct microphone signals, especially on the higher velocities.
The resulting tone is powerful with lots of impact. It gradually becomes squelchy with a bit of saturation towards the top of the dynamic range, combining the overall aggressive playing style with the natural feedback infused through the live PA.

MAD comes complete with extensive tools to shape and control the sound and playability of the kit.
In addition to including traditional mixing tools such as a full mixer, EQ, compression etc., MAD takes a unique approach to microphone blending and bleed control, allowing flexible sonic design and signal flow that’s otherwise impossible to achieve with a traditional mixing console.

Playability is further controlled via MAD’s custom script featuring a totally variable velocity sensitivity, Legato grace notes, a robust Hi-Hat engine with modulation, auto cymbal chokes, and many other realism enhancements that work in the background.

MAD produces a rich, warm, analog(ish) tone that is forward sounding, yet, without ever chewing unnecessary frequencies, making it seamless to fit in a mix, straight out of the box!

EASY. MIX. GROOVE.

MAD’s user interface includes 3 main sections: the Easy page that gives access to the essentials including a macro control panel, the Mix page which includes a full featured mixer with extensive control over microphones blending and bleed control, and the Groove page with over 350 grooves.

The Groove engine in MAD is where you can quickly audition rhythmic ideas and use them in your host as building blocks or as is. With MAD, you have a choice of 16 Rock or Funk Core grooves. Each Core Groove has 5 alternate grooves and 5 fill-in grooves. Alts and Fills go from subtle to extreme while retaining the context of their respective core grooves. All grooves are un-quantized and can be dragged to your host as standard MIDI files.


ARTICULATIONS / TECHNIQUES

MAD really shines at indie punk/rock and funk. Given the extra wide dynamic range, loud is indeed very loud! We utilized various playing techniques and articulations to deliver a tonal and dynamic response that is true and idiomatic to the instrument.

  • Multi-sampled hits of Kick, Snare, Hi-Hat, 3X Toms and Cymbals.
  • Integrated user interface with a full mixer, EQ and Compression, Bussing, and a sophisticated control panel.
  • Abundance of velocity layers and 4X round robin samples.
  • Extended dynamic range and realistic velocity curves suitable for drumming.
  • Separate Left/Right hand samples for Snare and Toms with multiple drum zones articulations.
  • Extensive Hi-Hat engine with 6 degrees of Close-To-Open modulation with automatic foot pedal and Legato transitions.
  • Automatic ‘same hand guard’ keeps your programming or live triggering realistic.
  • Innovative Snare Grace notes Legato transitions.
  • Automatic Cymbal Chokes.
  • Built in Groove engine for Rock and Funk beats. Complete with Core Grooves and matching Alternates and Fills.

SPECIAL FEATURES

MAD brings new concepts to sampled drums both with tone qualities and implementation.

  • Recording concepts:
    • Kit recorded in a room with a live small PA setup. The combined signals improved dynamic range and power.
    • Recorded through premium mics and preamps (Neve, API and Demeter) using oversized custom Cooperman Sticks.
    • Alternative playing style with an extensive and aggressive dynamic range.
  • Implementation and script:
    • Full featured mixer with EQ, Compression, and Bussing.
    • Ability to shape the kit sound completely inside MAD and save snapshots, or Buss every channel to your host.
    • Independent level control within the Overheads channel elements. Change the levels of the Hi-Hat or Cymbals independently within the Overheads Stereo channel.
    • Ultra realistic Hi-Hat implementation with numerous articulations, 6 gradual Close-To-Open states, modulation and transitions, and automatic foot pedal blending.
    • “Same Hand Guard” tames non realistic or otherwise impossible
      ‘same hand’ drumming.
    • Legato Snare grace notes.
    • Auto Cymbal Choke from one key with multiple dynamic levels.
    • Full control over microphone bleed from multiple perspectives including Kick, Toms, and Snare.
    • Musically tuned decay envelopes and velocity control.
    • A Groove engine that allows you to audition loops, mute elements, cycle through alternative articulations, and drag them to your host.

    TECH / SPECS

    • PC/Mac Sample Library for Kontakt Software sampler(version 5.2 and above).
    • Custom Kontakt scripting.
    • 24 bit / 44.1Khz.
    • 5000+ samples and 350+ MIDI loops.
    • Product uses a cloud/server system to manage downloads.
    • Customers receive download and activation instructions via Email upon purchase.
    • HandHeldSound’s libraries are individually Watermarked for each customer.

    REQUIREMENTS

    • Full Retail version of Kontakt 5 is required.
    • Ability to download content – 3GB.
    • A valid Email address is required to register and activate the product prior to download.

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