Indie ADpak - Drums on tape simply sound better
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 the sound, characterand analog perfection. Simply put: creative sounds for creative people!
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 ofcymbals for this kit and found the Paiste 2002 and Signature series were a great match however the hi-hat is a vintage Zildjian K 15” for the right crisp.
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 Left-Right-Hit stroke types inmultiple layers and round robins which makes it possible to play or programvery realistic tambourine patterns.
The choice of studio for this ADpak was easy: Svenska Grammofon Studion (In English: The Swedish GramophoneStudio) 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 collectionof 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 ofthe room with a height of 10 meters (33 Feet) from floor to ceiling. The walls are covered with oak panelin an old fashion tile pattern. This makes the decay short and rich with high resolution. We used vintagemicrophones 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, previously owned by Queen. The “Queen” desk was used on classic recordings by artists as: The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Johnny Cash, DavidBowie, Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson and many more. We mainly used the 1081 preamps on the deskand went directly to the 2” Studer A80 tape machine and finally to the Lynx Aurora converters clocked bya Rosendahl Nanosync.
Together with the studio owner Kalle Gustafsson Jerneholm, also the bass player in The Soundtrack Of Our Lives, and the engineer Henrik Gustafsson we carefully tried out and chose the best components forthis 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 thatcaptured 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 richand punchy Studer A80 tape machine. The Indie ADpak truly has the quality characteristics and attributesof a top class analog recording.
The unmistakable warmth and punch of analog tape are highly sought after characteristics in today’s digitaldomain. The hassle of actually owning and operating a tape machine versus the choice of using one of the digitally remodeled plug-ins out there it’s not much of a choice for most people.When it comes to drums the options of creating a sound is endless but among most technicians and producersthey agree on one thing: Drums on tape simply sound better! We chose to record the Indie ADpak on tape to get the most out of the total sound experience of this kitand the gear.The idea for Indie came from us our selves and many AD users wishing for an analog sounding drum kit onlya mouse click away. We also wanted a twist to it, a sound, something with great character and a modern vintage type of style. This is something the Indie bands, artists and producers are very good at and creative with. We wanted to capture that but also make the ADpak flexible and useful in a wide range of genres tooand the result is far better than we thought it would be. This ADpak is truly one of it’s own, it’s Indie!