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The Ultimate Studio Setup

The Session Percussion ADpak is a selection of handpicked percussion instruments combined as a creative suite for Addictive Drums. Everything in Session Percussion was specifically selected and recorded to work as a regular kit within Addictive Drums, combining the playability of a standard drum kit with the exotic sounds of percussion instruments to maximize compatibility and creative beat construction. Use the whole kit as it is, as a second instance or combine selected kit pieces with another kit. This ADpak is extremely versatile and is perfect for almost any genre or production style. Go from vintage drum kit sounds to Hip Hop/RnB to Latin Pop/Rock to straight up weird. The included presets and beats offer a great variety of mix ready sounds combined with superb beats making it easy to find the right elements fast.


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The Recording

The Session Percussion ADpak is like the INDIE ADpak also recorded in Svenska Grammofonstudion (eng: The Swedish Gramophone Studio), in short SGS. The studio is famous for its impressive size and massive collection of vintage gear. The recording was made in the largest recording room using rare and vintage microphones run through the studio crown jewel, their Neve 8048 console. The result is a warm and punchy sound throughout the whole kit with a short and rich ambience sound. This ADpak has a great deal of character and is very inspiring and playful to work with. It has a vibrant organic feel to it rarely heard on percussion sample libraries.

The Kit

This suite of percussion instruments were auditioned and matched to work together as a complete kit. The main setup has the classic Conga and Timbale combination as a tom set, a large orchestral bass drum as the kick, a Brazilian Caixa as a snare and blocks, tambourine or Brazilian Pandeiro in the Xtra slot and cymbals and hi-hat usually seen with a regular drum kit setup. This unique setup opens up for a wide range of different beats and sounds – use the kick, snare and hi-hat as a laid back Hip-Hop beat while letting a conga and pandeiro groove really make it swing. The Pandeiro can also be used in the Kick, Snare and Hi-Hat slots with their particular stroke types - opening up for even more beat construction possibilities.


The Features

The Session Percussion ADpak features not only great percussion instruments but also useful functionality to go with them. All instruments are set up together in Addictive Drums to work as any of the other drum kits which makes it possible to use other midi files from ADpaks or Midi Paks and of course use the midi included in Session Percussion ADpak or the Percussion Beats MIDI Pak with other kits. Session Percussion includes three selectable instrument choices in the Xtra slot:

1: Two different LP Blocks in one slot, plastic and wood.
2: An LP 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.
3: A Brazilian Pandeiro recorded with a kick sound, snare sound and two different hi-hat sounds all in multiple layers and round robins. This makes it possible to make really cool beats and grooves on top of other beats.

The Brazilian Pandeiro is also selectable in the Kick, Snare and Hi-Hat slots offering their respective stroke types with the choice of front/beater and top/bottom mix options on Kick and Snare slots. Use Session Percussion as it is, as multiple instances with mixed kit pieces or combine selected pieces with other kits.

Presets & Beats

The included presets and beats offers top-notch sounds that just sit in the mix and a must have selection of beats picked out from the Percussion Beats MIDI Pak. The Session Percussion ADpak includes about 40 producer presets and around 70 selected beats in a wide variety of music genres and production styles from vintage drum kit sounds to Hip Hop/RnB and Latin Pop/Rock to modern Dancehall beats making this package extremely versatile and useful in most genres and styles.

Want more MIDI beats and more bang for the buck? Please check out:
Percussion Beats MIDI Pak
Session Percussion Bundle


Kit pieces

Kitpiece info

Kick: Kolberg Percussion Concert 32 x 20”

Snare: Brazilian Caixa 12 x 6”

Hi Hat: Sabian AAX Stage 14”

Conga: Skin on Skin 11”
Conga: Skin on Skin 13”
Timbale: LP Tito Puente 14”
Timbale: LP Tito Puente 15”

Crash: Zildjan K Custom Hybrid 18”
Stack: Masterwork Custom 16” + Zildjian A New Beat HiHat 14” Splash: Meinl Byzance 8”
Ride: Zildjian K Vintage 22”

LP Wood Block, LP Plastic Block
LP Tambourine (left-right-hit)
Brazilian Pandeiro & Kick-Snare-HiHat

Brazilian Pandeiro loadable in Kick
Snare & HiHat slots.



Kit Piece and Microphone list
Kick: Kolberg Percussion Concert 32X20”
Front: Neumann U47 FET, Electro Voice RE-20
Beater: Shure SM57
Snare: Brazilian Caixa 12X6”
Top: Sennheiser MD441, Neumann KM84
Bottom: AKG C414
Hi-Hat: Sabian AAX Stage 14”
Top: Electro Voice RE-20, Neumann KM54
Tom1: Conga, Skin on Skin 11”
Tom2: Conga, Skin on Skin 13”
Tom3: Timbale, LP Tito Puente 14”
Tom4: Timbale, LP Tito Puente 15”
Mics: Sennheiser MD421's
Crash: Zildjan K Custom Hybrid 18”
Stack: Masterwork Custom 16” + Zildjian A New Beat HiHat 14”
Splash: Meinl Byzance 8”
Ride: Zildjian K Vintage 22”
01: LP Wood Block + LP Plastic Block Tambourine
02: LP Tambourine (left-right-hit)
03: Brazilian Pandeiro (Kick-Snare-HiHat)
Brazilian Pandeiro loadable in Kick, Snare & HiHat slots
OH Mics
Stereo: Neumann U67 - Matched
Mono: Neumann M49
Room Mics
Stereo: Thuresson CM402 - Matched
Mono: AKG C12
Preamps: Neve 1081’s / 8048 console.
Lynx Aurora 16HD Converters.
Rosendahl Nanosync


Recorded at: Svenska Grammofonstudion (SGS) www.svenskagrammofonstudion.com
Recorded by: Henrik “Kalkyl” Gustafsson, Kalle Gustafssson Jerneholm and Andreas Mood.
Session Drummer: Finn Björnulfsson
Presets & Demo Beats: Adde Instrumentals, Opolopo, Niklas Niskanen, Plan8 and The XLN Team.
Content Concept & Design Lead: Andreas Mood
Graphic Design: Staffan Gustafsson and Peder Bergstrand
Artwork & Packaging Design: Peder Bergstrand
Photographs and Additional Graphic Design: Mattias “Dirren” Förnell
Sound Design: Kim Lindberger
Web Design: Mattias Förnell, Staffan Gustafsson & Andreas Mood.
Video: Peder Bergstrand
Video Music: Plan8
Project Management: Andreas Mood
Promotion: Andreas Mood, Staffan Gustafsson & Kristin Sjöström
Special Thanks: Henrik “Kalkyl” Gustafsson, Kalle Gustafsson Jerneholm & the whole team at SGS, Finn Björnulfsson, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Max Martin and Tom Talomaa at Maratone.