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 producers they agree on one thing: Drums on tape simply sound better!
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 of cymbals 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.
Kick: Ice Custom Shop 26 X 14”
Snare: Premier Keith Moon Signature 14 X 5,5”
Rack Toms: Ice Custom Shop 13 X 10” Hi, 13 X 10” Lo
Floor Toms: Ice Custom Shop 16 X 16” & 18 X 16”
Cymbals: Paiste 2002 & Signature
Hi-Hat: Zildjian K 15”
Xtra: Rhythm Tech Tambourine, Left-Right-Hit
Together with the studio owner Kalle Gustafsson Jerneholm and the engineer Henrik Gustafsson we carefully tried out and chose the best components for this 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 that captured 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 rich and punchy Studer A80 tape machine. The Indie ADpak truly has the quality characteristics and attributes of a top class analog recording.
The choice of studio for this ADpak was easy: Svenska Grammofon Studion (In English: The Swedish Gramophone Studio) 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 collection of 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 of the room with a height of 10 meters (33 Feet) from floor to ceiling. The walls are covered with oak panel in an old fashion tile pattern, which makes the decay character short and rich. We used vintage microphones 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, known as the “Queen” desk since the legendary band Queen has been one of the previous owners. This specific desk was used on classic recordings by artists as: The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Johnny Cash, David Bowie, Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson and many more. We mainly used the 1081 preamps on the desk and went directly to the 2” Studer A80 tape machine and finally to the Lynx Aurora converters clocked by a Rosendahl Nanosync.
Rare Vintage Microphones
Neve 8048 Console
Studer A80 Tape Machine
Oak Panel Room with short and rich decay
The legendary SGS Sound
The Indie ADpak also features 40+ high-class presets in many different styles and tweaks. Go from dirt n dry to lush n large in one click! The presets are made by artists like:
Mark “Spike” Stent
The SGS Team
Mathias Olden (Logh)
Karl Larsson (Last Days Of April)
The XLN Team
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 a right sweep, left sweep and standard hit stroke in multiple layers and round robins which makes it possible to play or program very realistic tambourine patterns.
The Indie ADpak includes 2 MIDI-songs divided in different parts + 5 tambourine grooves. The beats are a small preview collection taken from the Indie Rock MIDI Pak. Just Drag n Drop into your host! The beats are recorded by two of Sweden’s most influential drummers:
Fredrik Sandsten from The Soundtrack Of Our Lives
Staffan Ljunggren from Trummor & Orgel (In English: Drums & Organ)
The \»Indie\» Ludwig Vistalite bass drum
To celebrate the great success of the INDIE ADpak and the INDIE Rock MIDI Pak we are giving away an extra Bass Drum. It’s rich, fat and punchy and right now ladies and gentlemen — it\’s for FREE! This is a Ludwig Vistalite (Blue) 22 X 16\» and it’s recorded exactly as the ICE Custom Shop Bass Drum in the INDIE ADpak. The Vistalite bass drum is slightly shorter and deeper in character than the ICE Custom Shop bass drum and it’s actually the most used one in Svenska Grammofon Studion.
Kick: Ice Custom Shop 26×14” Kick
Snare: Premier Keith Moon Signature 14×5,5” Snare
Rack Toms: Ice Custom Shop 13×10” Hi & 13×10” Lo
Floor Toms: Ice Custom Shop 16×16” & 18×16”
Cymbals: Paiste Cymbals
Hi-Hat: Zildjian K 15” Hi-Hat
Xtra: Rhythm Tech Tambourine, Left-Right-Hit
Kit Piece and Microphone list
Kick: Ice Custom Shop Blue Sparkle 26 X 14”
Front: Neumann U47 FET, Electro Voice RE-20
Beater: Shure SM57
Snare: Premier Keith Moon Signature “The Spirit of Lily” 14 X 5,5”
Top: Sennheiser MD441, Neumann KM84
Bottom: AKG C414
Hi-Hat: Zildjian K 15” Vintage
Top: Electro Voice RE-20, Neumann KM54
Tom1: Ice Custom Shop 13 X 10” (Hi tuned)
Tom2: Ice Custom Shop 13 X 10” (Lo tuned)
Tom3: Ice Custom Shop 16 X 16”
Tom4: Ice Custom Shop 18 X 16\»
Mics: Sennheiser MD421\’s
Crash 1: Paiste 2002 Red Logo 19”
Crash 2: Paiste Sign Full Crash 18”
Crash 3: Paiste 2002 Red Logo 16”
Ride: Paiste 2002 Red Logo 22”
Xtra 1-3: Tambourine, Rhythm Tech — Left, Right & Hit
Stereo: Neumann U67 — Matched
Mono: Neumann M49
Stereo: Thuresson CM402 — Matched
Mono: AKG C12
Preamps: Neve 1081’s / 8048 console.
Recording: Studer A80 2” Tape Machine.
Lynx Aurora 16HD Converters.
Recorded at: Svenska Grammofon Studion (SGS) www.svenskagrammofonstudion.com
Recorded by: Henrik “Kalkyl” Gustafsson, Kalle Gustafssson Jerneholm and Andreas Mood
Session Drummer: Fredrik Sandsten The Soundtrack Of Our Lives
Presets: Mark “Spike” Stent, Jagz Kooner, The SGS Team, Elof Loelv, Mathias Olden (Logh), Karl Larsson (Last Days Of April), Marching Band and The XLN Team.
Demo Beats: Fredrik Sandsten and Staffan Ljunggren
Project Management: Andreas Mood
Promotion: Andreas Mood and Staffan Gustafsson
Artwork, Photos & Graphic Design: Mattias Fornell at 15kstudios.com
Audio Editing & Mix: Kim Lindberger
Programming: The Best Programmers In The World: The XLN Dev-Team
Legal: Niklas Bergman
Videos: Peder Bergstrand
Video Music: Bjork & Toffe
Pressing & Printing: Dicentia
Special Thanks: Henrik “Kalkyl” Gustafsson, Kalle Gustafsson Jerneholm, Fredrik Sandsten, Staffan Ljunggren, Kjetil Granli, NTK Music, Mark “Spike” Stent, Jagz Kooner, Jonas Nilsson at Feeble Music and Bad Taste Records, Mathias Olden, Karl Larsson, Elof Loelv, Marching Band, Max Martin and Tom Talomaa At Maratone.