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Grandioso

For Kontakt, EXS24, Wav

Grandioso is about as big as it gets. Turn up the room mic, hit it hard and it will deliver explosive beats with resounding impact. Or back off the room mic and use more moderate dynamics for surprisingly smooth, subtle and detailed grooves.

The kit is a vintage 1970s Ludwig Vistalite with the toms tuned low for growl, the kick unported for added weight, and the classic Ludwig Supraphonic snares in medium and high tunings. Accompanied with Paiste 2002 cymbals in rock proportions. The kit was tracked in a wooden theatre with cavernous acoustics, providing a lush natural reverberation.

Demos

Features

Multi-sampling: each key contains 24 velocity layers for expressive detail.

Layers: separately controllable layers for close and room mics.

Kontakt instrument interface*: with volume and pan controls for individual drums and room mics. Instant snare-swapping.

Sensitivity control*: increase the sensitivity of the kit for more subtle performances or leave it set to full dynamic range for rock and heavier tracks.

Presets*: for quickly changing sounds.

* features only available when using Kontakt.

Package Contents

  • Sampler mapping instrument files
    for Kontakt, EXS24, Wav
  • 1392 sample files
    in unencrypted 24bit, 44.1khz .wav format
  • User manual:
    AD26-Grandioso-Manual (PDF)
  • Total package size:
    1.7 GB download, 499.8 MB unzipped

Sampling Details

Tracking Notes

As usual we’ve used nothing but the finest gear to capture the kit including Neumann mics, vintage Neve 1064 and Ward Beck preamps.

Kick

Instrument Articulation Velocity layers
Ludwig 1970s Vistalite 24″ x 14″ 1) Retro pillowy x24
2) Modern attack x24

Snares

Instrument Articulation Velocity layers
Vintage Ludwig Supraphonic 400 14″ x 5 1/2″ – medium tension left-hand center x24
right-hand center x24
left-hand rimshot x24
right-hand rimshot x24
cross-stick x24
Vintage Ludwig Supraphonic 400 14″ x 5 1/2″ – medium-high tension left-hand center x24
right-hand center x24
left-hand rimshot x24
right-hand rimshot x24
cross-stick x24

Toms

Instrument Articulation Velocity layers
Ludwig Vistalite 1970s 14″ left-hand x24
right-hand x24
Ludwig Vistalite 1970s 16″ left-hand x24
right-hand x24
Ludwig Vistalite 1970s 18″ left-hand x24
right-hand x24

Hihats

Instrument Articulation Velocity layers
Vintage Paiste 2002 Soundedge 15″ Tight x24
Edge Closed x24
Edge Loose x24
Edge Semi-open x24
Edge Open x24
Pedal x24

Crashes

Instrument Articulation Velocity layers
Paiste 2002 18″ Crash Edge x24
Paiste 2002 19″ Crash Edge x24

Ride

Instrument Articulation Velocity layers
Paiste 2002 24″ Ride Bow x24
Bell x24
Edge x24

System Requirements

  • Compatable software sampler: Native Instruments Kontakt Full version version 4 or greater
  • Hard drive: 2.2 GB free storage space available (to download and then unzip)
  • RAM: 1GB
  • Processor: 1GHz
  • OS: Windows Vista/7/8/10, Mac OS X 10.2 or higher

Compatability notes

  • NOT compatible with the free Kontakt Player. The kit will stop working after a 15 minute total time restriction imposed by Kontakt Player. The kit is NOT be able to be activated for continued use in the Player.
  • The wav format audio files supplied with this product can be utilized with many other sampler and sound replacement products, however no 'mappings' are provided or support is given for this.