The Indie ADpak is the perfect choice for any production that needs drums with character! Real analog sound, detailed grittiness and the perfect ambience to frame it all. This ADpak is all about sound, character and analog perfection. Simply put: creative sounds for creative people! The unmistakable warmth and punch of analog tape are highly sought after characteristics in today’s digital domain. The hassle of actually owning and operating a tape machine is not much of a choice for most people. When it comes to drums the options of creating a sound is endless but most technicians and producers agree on one thing: Drums on tape simply sound better!
"I absolutely love the intuitive way Addictive Drums works and really pleased the way the Indie ADpak has come together. The room and distortion/saturation sound amazing and it's really easy to tweak all the sounds so they sit perfectly in a mix." - Jagz Kooner (Oasis, Massive Attack, Primal Scream)
The Indie ADpak features a beautiful blue sparkle ICE Custom Shop drum kit. It’s a hand made modern vintage rock kit with new “old school” made shells and original vintage Slingerland hardware. The snare is a Premier Keith Moon signature “The Spirit of Lily”, part of the rare 8 piece signature kit. We tried a lot of cymbals for this kit and found the Paiste 2002 and Signature series were a great match. The hi-hat is a vintage Zildjian K 15” for the right crisp.
Together with studio owner Kalle Gustafsson Jerneholm and engineer Henrik Gustafsson we carefully tried out and chose the best components for this production from the choice of drumsticks to the choice of tape to record on to get the right character. We tuned the drums to get the most out of the room with every kit piece and chose the microphones that captured this in the best possible way but also enhanced this with their own characteristics and color. We managed to really capture the massive energy and character of these drums and the amazing room, with the subtle grittiness of the vintage microphones combined the silky sounding Neve desk and the rich and punchy Studer A80 tape machine. The Indie ADpak truly has the quality characteristics and attributes of a top class analog recording.
The choice of studio for this ADpak was easy: Svenska Grammofonstudion (In English: The Swedish Gramophone Studio) also called SGS, located in Gothenburg, Sweden. SGS is one of the largest and best analog studios in Europe with its impressive 750 sq. meters (8070 sq. feet) in size. SGS hosts an endless collection of vintage gear from old Steinway uprights and rare Fender amps to Fairchild compressors and Pultec Eq’s. The gear list will simply make your jaw drop. Massive is the right word!
We recorded in SGS Studio A’s largest room, measuring about 120 sq meters (1290 sq feet) with half of the room sporting a height of 10 meters (33 feet) from floor to ceiling. The walls are covered with oak panel in an old fashion tile pattern, which makes the decay character short and rich. We used vintage microphones on the kit except for the stereo room mics, which is a pair of highly sought after hand built Thuresson CM402’s. We recorded the kit through SGS Studio A’s Neve 8048 Console, known as the “Queen” desk since the legendary band Queen has been one of the previous owners. This specific desk was used on classic recordings by artists as: The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Johnny Cash, David Bowie, Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson and many more. We mainly used the 1081 preamps on the desk and went directly to the 2” Studer A80 tape machine and finally to the Lynx Aurora converters clocked by a Rosendahl Nanosync.
The Indie ADpak also features 40+ high-class presets in many different styles. Go from dirt n dry to lush n large in one click! The presets are made by artists like:
We've added a new very useful feature in the Indie ADpak for the “Xtra” slot. The “Xtra” in Indie is a tambourine recorded with a right sweep, left sweep and standard hit stroke in multiple layers and round robins which makes it possible to play or program very realistic tambourine patterns.
The Indie ADpak includes 2 MIDI songs divided in different parts, plus 5 tambourine grooves. The beats are a small preview collection taken from the Indie Rock MIDI Pak. Just drag'n'drop into your host! The beats are recorded by two of Sweden’s most influential drummers:
"It’s rich, fat and punchy" - the Ludwig Vistalite Bass Drum Kitpiece Pak!
This is a Ludwig Vistalite (Blue) 22 x 16" bass drum and it’s recorded exactly as the ICE Custom Shop Bass Drum in the INDIE ADpak. The Vistalite bass drum is slightly shorter and deeper in character than the ICE Custom Shop bass drum. It’s, according to the studio owner, actually the most used bass drum in Svenska Grammofonstudion.
|Kit Piece and Microphone list|
|Kick: Ice Custom Shop Blue Sparkle 26 X 14”
Front: Neumann U47 FET, Electro Voice RE-20
Beater: Shure SM57
|Snare: Premier Keith Moon Signature “The Spirit of Lily” 14 X 5,5”
Top: Sennheiser MD441, Neumann KM84
Bottom: AKG C414
|Hi-Hat: Zildjian K 15” Vintage
Top: Electro Voice RE-20, Neumann KM54
|Tom1: Ice Custom Shop 13 X 10” (Hi tuned)
Tom2: Ice Custom Shop 13 X 10” (Lo tuned)
Tom3: Ice Custom Shop 16 X 16”
Tom4: Ice Custom Shop 18 X 16"
Mics: Sennheiser MD421's
|Crash 1: Paiste 2002 Red Logo 19”
Crash 2: Paiste Sign Full Crash 18”
Crash 3: Paiste 2002 Red Logo 16”
Ride: Paiste 2002 Red Logo 22”
|Xtra 1-3: Tambourine, Rhythm Tech - Left, Right & Hit|
Stereo: Neumann U67 - Matched
Mono: Neumann M49
Stereo: Thuresson CM402 - Matched
Mono: AKG C12
|Preamps: Neve 1081’s / 8048 console.
Recording: Studer A80 2” Tape Machine.
Lynx Aurora 16HD Converters.
Recorded at: Svenska Grammofonstudion (SGS) www.svenskagrammofonstudion.com
Recorded by: Henrik “Kalkyl” Gustafsson, Kalle Gustafssson Jerneholm and Andreas Mood
Session Drummer: Fredrik Sandsten The Soundtrack Of Our Lives
Presets: Mark “Spike” Stent, Jagz Kooner, The SGS Team, Elof Loelv, Mathias Oldén (Logh), Karl Larsson (Last Days Of April), Marching Band and The XLN Team.
Demo Beats: Fredrik Sandsten and Staffan Ljunggren
Project Management: Andreas Mood
Promotion: Andreas Mood and Staffan Gustafsson
Artwork, Photos & Graphic Design: Mattias Förnell at 15kstudios.com
Audio Editing & Mix: Kim Lindberger
Programming: The Best Programmers In The World: The XLN Dev-Team
Legal: Niklas Bergman
Videos: Peder Bergstrand
Video Music: Björk & Toffe
Pressing & Printing: Dicentia
Special Thanks: Henrik “Kalkyl” Gustafsson, Kalle Gustafsson Jerneholm, Fredrik Sandsten, Staffan Ljunggren, Kjetil Granli, NTK Music, Mark “Spike” Stent, Jagz Kooner, Jonas Nilsson at Feeble Music and Bad Taste Records, Mathias Oldén, Karl Larsson, Elof Loelv, Marching Band, Max Martin and Tom Talomaa At Maratone