This ADpak features a brand new Pearl Reference Series drum kit, complete with cymbals and extras, over 400 MIDI beats and grooves and 30 crisp production presets. Recorded in a big studio room, you can go from a tight dry sound to big and loud whenever you need to.
"My most basic of beats sound so funky with this new ADpak. I played around with it for a long time before I even got down to work." - Cori 'Fadermaster' Jacobs
The Pearl Reference Series drum kit is a masterpiece. To perfect the sound, Pearl engineered and designed each drum individually. Depending on size and depth, each drum has its own uniqe thickness and combination of wood types for the ultimate sound and resonance. The result is one of the best sounding drum kits on the market.
"The Funk ADpak has real depth, punch, crispness and clarity. A perfect addition to the Addictive Drums catalog. Great job again guys!" - Richard Bull
The Pearl Reference Series drum kits are available in a wide selection of finishes and were first released in the beginning of 2006. Pearl Reference kits are played by world renowned drummers such as Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers) and Dennis Chambers (Santana). With rich, full attack and great tone these drums sit well in almost any mix.
When sampling drums and cymbals there is no room for shortcuts or compromises. Everything is done with great care and precision to assure the highest possible quality. We work with high quality kits in professional recording studios with the best gear we can find. The Funk ADpak was recorded in Studios 301 in Stockholm, Sweden using Neumann, Telefunken, AKG and AEA microphones through Universal Audio preamps.
"Addictive Drums is the best sounding acoustic drum plug-in on the planet, period." - Jonathan Fritzén
The studio room in Studios 301 has excellent acoustics and considerable size which provides impressive natural room reverb.
The Funk ADpak comes with more than 400 MIDI grooves in contemporary style, and in a wide range of tempos and feels. All MIDI files were recorded by a drummer for the ultimate live feel. The 'Master Funk Grooves' are longer, up to 32 bars, divided into Verse, Bridge, Chorus and Middle8 sections ready to be drag'n'dropped into your arrangments. The 'Funk Beats' come in both straight and swing feel and have lots of variations like 16th hihat, 8th hihat, 4th hihat, ride variations, sidestick variations and more. Also included are a total of 60 funk fills in different tempos and four different lengths.
Get instant funk action with the included production presets tweaked by professional studio engineers. Go from tight to big, fat to thin, high to low in just a couple of clicks. The different preset categories are: Clean, Roomy, Tight, Natural w Comp and Effected. Either use the presets as they are or edit them any way you like. You are in control!
We have combined the Pearl kit with a setup of some of the finest cymbals on the market from Sabian and Paiste. The full kit consists of a 22" thumpy bass drum, a 14" smacky snare drum with the thickest body we have ever seen and four toms from 10" down to 16". In addition to this you get three crashes, two Sabian and one Paiste, a 13” Paiste hihat, and a nice dry Sabian Artisan 22" Ride.
Recorded at: Studios 301, Stockholm
Recording engineer: Niklas Möller
Session drummer and MIDI files: Jakob Möller
Product concept: the AD team at XLN Audio
Programming and image editing: Martin Eklund and Markus Höglund
Audio editing: Lars Erlandsson and Tore Jarlo
Packaging design: Henrik Walse
Photos: Michael Ljunggren
Big thanks to: Urban Näsvall at Svensk Musik, Mickes MusikerService, Rickard at Backline Sthlm, Ian at Studios 301, Golden Age Music, Fitzpatrick, DLX Music, Hellstone Music, Johan Sandén, Oskar Rahm, Max Martin & Tom Talomaa