The new MAD is getting closer and closer towards release.
We are getting closer and closer with our major upgrade to our popular Drum kit, MAD!
The new release – MAD Drum Kit Series will feature 3 core kits with a complete overhaul of the original GUI, new features, more grooves and a sound palette that focuses on hi-energy and aggressive Rock, Funk and Indie.
Each kit was recorded in a completely different space and style, and combined – we covered a lot of ground.
Our Legacy Remo kit (MAD-Red) was recorded in a relaxed and resonant space that complemented the edgy sound of the kit. The new Yamaha kit (MAD-White) features a super tight sound with almost no reflections. We a combination of modern and vintage microphones for an uber funky and slightly overdriven sound. The new DW kit (MAD-Blue) was recorded in our regular Scoring room and includes extended microphone positions for a bigger-than-life Cinematic Drum sound!
Madder Sample Content
You get similar mapping for ease of use and lots of articulations. We focused on aggressive tones and ultra wide dynamic range, which (surprisingly) is still not the case with Drum libraries out there. The style of playing was very specific and you can hear it right away across all dynamic levels.
Right now each kit includes anywhere between 10,000 – 25,000 samples, so expect a detailed, life-like sound!
Getting the MAD sound
The signal chain was very particular with an eclectic mix of modern and vintage gear, custom cabling, and unique mic placement and combination. For instance, when we recorded the custom DW kit in the scoring room, we used our trusty AKG D-112 as Kick-In and a Royer R-122 for the Kick out! The low end detail was amazing!!
There are lots of tools to tailor your sound from intimate to MASSIVE! We included extended options for microphone bleed with total user control! Want to control the level of the Floor Tom through the Hi-Hat mic?
No problem…all the way up to unity gain 🙂
Here’s a quick test we sequenced, featuring the DW kit.
We created a basic mix to highlight the size and depth of the scoring room for a deep scoring sound. What you will hear is all the kit’s spot mics along with the Omni Overheads and Outrigger microphones, adding a ton of weight and character to the drums sound.