Developer: Rattly And Raw
Rattly And Raw has released Martin France Drums, a highly detailed and realistic-sounding drum kit instrument for Native Instruments Kontakt and the free Kontakt Player. Martin France Drums is the first product in Rattly And Raw’s highend Signature Range of collaborations with outstanding professional musicians.
We captured not only Martin’s musical expertise, but also his exceptional collection of drums and cymbals – from a very rare 1920s snare drum to classic ride cymbals from the 1960s and 1970s. Martin performed on three core kits, each characteristic of a different era, as well as additional pieces chosen for their versatility and colour. We recorded 36 kit pieces in all, for a total of nearly 33,000 samples.
Martin’s performances were recorded in a huge church with really fantastic acoustics. We have designed the instrument so that you can go from a vast roomy explosive sound to a completely dry ‘dead room’ sound in an instant, or anything in-between. Having a professional mix engineer in the RAR team enabled us to optimise mic placement, choice of microphones and mic channels, and control over the decay of each mic.
The result is a stunningly dynamic and natural acoustic drum library that is unusually easy to tweak. We’ve provided simple controls that let you focus on making music, rather than getting distracted by technical options. And Martin’s clean and precise playing complements live and acoustic music, unlike many over-hyped drum libraries. The onboard processing also enables easy integration with programmed and hard electronic music!
- Works in the Free Kontakt Player (supplied) or full version of Kontakt 5.5.1
- 36 kit pieces (4 bass drums, 8 snares, 8 toms, 5 hihats, 8 rides, 3 crashes)
- Over 32,000 samples
- 32GB total sample size, losslessly compressed to 14GB
- 24 custom impulse response reverbs