The Black Velvet ADpak is the sound you always wished you could afford! A modern classic dressed in black captured with a large, epic sound. Created with the grunge/post-grunge era in mind, with roots in alternative rock transcending to an expensive arena rock-band sound, this takes you on a journey from Seattle to LA. This ADpak is made with the highest demands on everything throughout the whole recording chain, capturing the unmistakable raw attitude in a luxurious package.
The included presets covers different clean setups to gritty alternative rock and grunge to slick, expensive and larger-than-life grandness. Black Velvet offers an almost unreal diversity - go from a tight, fat and controlled sound to unleashing some kind of monster by just pushing the room fader! Simply put, it’s epic!
The Black Velvet ADpak was divided in two recording sessions: The drums were recorded in a large studio with a gymnasium hall sized recording room, and the hi-hats and cymbals in a smaller damped space. This is a well-known technique in modern drum recordings, giving great control over the ambience. Both the kit and the cymbals were recorded with a vast selection of vintage and modern microphones in a great variety of setups and distances, capturing the richness and raw attitude of the drums in the massive room and the silky tight top-end of the cymbals and hi-hats – a combination that offers great variety for sculpting a high-end sound.
The featured kit is a DW Collector’s Series, the flagship line of DW’s Custom Drums and a modern classic! The Black Velvet setup is a six-piece kit, perfectly matched with a fine selection of Zildjian cymbals and hi-hats, easy to configure in Addictive Drums according to style, sound and needs. The drums have a warm and crisp character with the perfect amount of grit and a well defined low-end. Tuned to make the massive recording room a perfect compliment and to give the overall sound a raw yet controlled and rich sound. The focus on the cymbals and hi-hats was, by placing them in a tight damped room, a more controlled approach resulting in a smooth and tight top-end in contrast to the low-end and big space in the drums.
A great feature in the Black Velvet ADpak is the ability to creatively control the ambience sound. The recording was divided in two sessions where the drums were recorded in a gymnasium hall sized recording room and the hi-hat and cymbals in a smaller and damped recording room. By altering a few settings or loading presets you can go from tight-and-fat to loud-and-large fast and easy. Automate the settings for a close and tight kit in the verse and gigantic sound in the chorus.
The Xtra slot features a LP Tribell - a percussion instrument with three different sized cowbells in one.
The Black Velvet ADpak includes 40 producer presets covering many different styles. From clean startup presets for sculpting and tweaking to production ready sounds, from tight and fat, loud and large to experimental and industrial. The beats in the ADpak is a selection of 8 beats from the Loud Beats & Songs MIDI Pak.
The Black Velvet ADpak requires Addictive Drums version 1.5.6 (RTAS 1.5.2c) or later. This ADpak and the AD update is only available through the Online Installer. (xlnaudio.com/install) OS X 10.5 or later is required for Mac users.
Drums Recorded at: Kingside Studios, Stockholm
Hi-Hats & Cymbals Recorded at: Decibel Studios, Stockholm
Recorded by: Lars Erlandsson and Niklas Möller
Session Drummer: Jakob Möller
Presets By: Jagz Kooner, Olof Berggren, Tobias Lindell, Morten and The XLN Team
Content Concept & Design Lead: Andreas Mood
Graphic Design: Staffan Gustafsson and Peder Bergstrand
Artwork and Packaging Design: Peder Bergstrand
Photographs and Additional Graphic Design: Mattias "Dirren" Förnell
Sound Design: Kim Lindberger
Web Design: Mattias Förnell, Staffan Gustafsson & Andreas Mood
Project Management: Andreas Mood
Promotion: Kristin Sjöström, Andreas Mood & Staffan Gustafsson
Audio Demos: Morten, Jagz Kooner and The XLN Team
Recorded at: Delight Studios - Stockholm
Director & Post Production: Peder Bergstrand
Production: Kristin Sjöström, Staffan Gustafsson & Andreas Mood
Filmed by: Hobi Jarne - Velour Film
Music by: Morten
Photos: Mattias "Dirren" Förnell
The team at the discontinued Kingside Studios at Kungsholmen Stockholm, Backline Stockholm, Delight Studios, Max Martin and Tom Talomaa at Maratone.