IK Multimedia’s London Grooves acoustic drum kit collection for SampleTank 3 features chops by Jason Cooper and Jeremy Stacey

IK Multimedia has introduced London Grooves, an instrument collection of acoustic drum kit grooves for SampleTank 3.

Recorded by top drummers in London, this massive collection covers indie, rock and pop styles. It features more than 1,500 high-quality WAV files, 1,200 ready-to-mix drum stems, and 300 stereo grooves.

London Grooves was created in collaboration with multiple GRAMMY Award-winning producer Cameron Craig, two super session drummers – Jason Cooper (The Cure, David Bowie) and Jeremy Stacey (King Crimson, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Ryan Adams, Roger Daltrey, Sheryl Crow, Tom Jones) – and Filippo Gaetani of Ray Recordings.

Musicians can explore countless creative possibilities with a unified approach to treating an instrument like an acoustic drum kit, which by nature is typically recorded using multiple microphones. In London Grooves, loops are treated like the parts of a real drum kit, with its multi-mic setup, and the resulting stems feature multiple audio loops of Kick, Snare, Toms and Room Mics that run simultaneously.

Stems come as separate SampleTank Elements, allowing further editing of synth-like parameters like pitch, filter, envelopes, and LFOs for a highly creative outcome. SampleTank Macros let users dynamically adjust the level of each stem independently, similar to using a real analog mixing console.

This collection also includes stereo mixdown versions of SampleTank 3 instruments. In addition, 44.1kHz/24-Bit WAV files are available, for immediate drag and drop into a session.

Jeremy Stacey’s recording sessions took place at The Pool, one of the most iconic facilities in London. Centred on an ultra-rare EMT console surrounded by some of the most coveted analog equipment, the studio’s selection also includes over 20 compressors, more than 40 different microphones, and 50 mic preamps. The main live room is large and spacious, with a “warehouse feel” that makes drums sound surprisingly well controlled.

For the session, Jeremy used his Tama Star Maple drums in a 22″ 12″ 13″ and 16″ configuration, a Tama Starphonic snare, a Vintage Slingerland snare and his one-of-a-kind White Rogers snare and Istanbul Agop cymbals. Microphones included Neumann FET47s, an AKG D30 on the kick drum, Neumann U87s on toms and STC4038’s as overheads, fed into classic Neve 10 series pre/EQs.

Jason Cooper recorded in the live room of Narcissus Studios in Willesden, London. Starting with his Brady kit in Jarrahwood and Ludwig 14×6″ Black Beauty as the basis, the configuration included different kick drums and snare drum models and sizes from Noble and Cooley, Yamaha, and a selection of Zildjian cymbals to best suit the attitude of the recorded beats.

For the drum sound, a mix of vintage and modern microphones were used along with various Neve 1064 pre/EQ modules, with UA 610, Analogue Addicts or Sontronic Sonora II preamps called into action on occasion. To create pristine sounding loops that had some grit, drums were processed using vintage compressors like Gates and Urei’s as well as Sansamp units for a bit of distortion and attitude.

Veteran producer and mixer Cameron Craig brought his recording and producing expertise to the sessions. A two-time GRAMMY Award-winning producer/mixer/engineer, Craig’s impressive credits list includes Adele, Annie Lennox, Björk, Amy Winehouse and many more.

His work encompasses an enormous spectrum of musical styles including indie, dance and orchestral recordings, and he’s been honoured with a GRAMMY award for “Album of the Year” for his part in recording Adele’s 25.

London Grooves is available for download from the IK Multimedia online store for $/€79.99.

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