Kingpin

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Overview

Kingpin is a punchy vintage kit fusing classic vintage tone with modern snap. This kit can dish out everything from R&B and urban grooves through to rock, pop and indy tracks.

The kit is a 1970s vintage Gretsch USA maple comprised of two rack toms, two floor toms, two kick drum variations and two snares. The drums are accompanied with Bosphorus cymbals for a dark, dry and smooth finish.

Demos

Kingpin walk-through
Kingpin V-drums

Features

  • Mic layers

    Individually controllable mic layers - Close mics, Overheads, Room mics, Smash mic, Kick Sub, and Snare-Bottom.

  • eKit mode

    Switch to ‘eKit’ mode when using a Roland V-Drum kit, or leave set to ‘Keyboard mode’ for direct MIDI sequencing. The layout is General MIDI (GM) compatible.

  • Output routing

    Stereo and multi-channel output versions provided.

  • Trigger maps

    Enhance your live drum recording: kick, snare, toms – each with separated mic layers.

  • Round-robin

    Each and every hit has 6 unique round-robin samples to avoid the mechanical machine-gun effect.

  • Switchable instruments

    Easily switch between included drums

Package contents

  • Formats

    Kontakt, Trigger, Wav

  • 2114 sample files

    in unencrypted 24bit, 44.1khz .wav format

  • User manual

    AD24-Kingpin-Manual (PDF)

  • Total package size

    1.3 GB download
    1.7 GB unzipped

Kingpin drum samples virtual package

Sampling Details

The kit was tracked at York Street Studio (now closed) – in an isolated enclosure for an intimate direct sound.  We’ve used nothing but the finest gear to capture the kit, including Neumann mics, a vintage Neve desk, API and Chandler preamps and a roll of 2″ tape.

Kick

Instrument Articulation Velocity layers Round-robins
Gretsch ’70s maple 24″ x 14″ kick A: Tight x7 x6
B: Open x7 x6

Snares

Instrument Articulation Velocity layers Round-robins
Vintage Gretsch maple 14″ x 6 1/2″ – open center hits x8 x6
cross-stick x4 x6
Vintage Gretsch Chrome-over-Brass (CoB) 14″ x 5 1/2″ – dampened center hits x8 x6
cross-stick x4 x6

Toms

Instrument Articulation Velocity layers Round-robins
Gretsch ’70s maple 10″ tom center hits x6 x6
Gretsch ’70s maple 12″ tom center hits x6 x6
Gretsch ’70s maple 14″ tom center hits x6 x6
Gretsch ’70s maple 16″ tom center hits x6 x6

Hihats

Instrument Articulation Velocity layers Round-robins
Bosphorus Traditional 14″ Hihats Tip Tight x6 x6
Edge Tight x6 x6
Edge Closed x6 x6
Edge Loose x6 x6
Edge Semi-open x6 x6
Edge Open x6 x6
Pedal x6 x6

Crashes

Instrument Articulation Velocity layers Round-robins
Bosphorus Traditional 17″ Crash Edge x4 x6
Bosphorus Traditional 18″ Crash Edge x4 x6
Bell x4 x6

Ride

Instrument Articulation Velocity layers Round-robins
Bosphorus Masters Vintage 21″ Ride Bow x4 x6
Bell x4 x6

For detailed tracking notes view this site on a computer screen.

System Requirements

  • Compatable software sampler: Native Instruments Kontakt Full version version 4 or greater
  • Hard drive: 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 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.