MAD – RocknFunk
Outrageous Rock & Funk Kits.
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Deeply Sampled to the Extreme
3 Complete Drum kits with a total of 20GB and 24,000+ samples. Up to 20 velocity layers, numerous articulation per drum element, unique release samples, legato transitions, and 4X Round Robin samples throughout!
Realistic Extended Dynamic Range
MAD features Drum kits with an authentic extended dynamic range. The top velocities are at the point of stick-breaking power!
By utilizing a strict playing style, we achieved a powerful dynamic range without losing touch with the musicality of the instrument.
Unique Recording Concept
Each kit was captured in a different space using a unique blend of microphones and by recording numerous articulations.
We focused on developing unique scripting features to simplify the drum programming process and keep you focused on the creative process.
The kits are effortless to play.
We’ve implemented extended articulations featuring special playing techniques, Left/Right hand samples, multiple playing zones, and combination strokes.
Other playability features include: automatic note overlap prevention, an extensive Hi Hat engine, and a variable velocity setup.
Flexible Mixing Architecture
Rocknfunk includes an ergonomic mixing environment of up to 14 individual microphone perspectives including EQ, Sends/Returns, and custom bussing.
Extensive Hi-Hat Engine
The Hi-Hat engine features various articulations and 6 degrees of Close-To-Open modulation. The auto foot pedal and Legato transitions help you to easily switch between playing zones and apply real-time modulation. The variable attack and velocity curves add the final touch for an unsurpassed Hi Hat action.
Comprehensive Microphone Bleed Control
Each kit sports around 50dB of dynamic range, which offers a great deal of musicality. MAD’s signal flow design gives you full control over audio leakage (microphone bleed) from almost every microphone perspective. This unprecedented control brings a new level of realism and nuance to drums sound.
Legato Snare Grace Notes, Cymbal Chokes, and Note Overlap Prevention
MAD features an ergonomic key mapping and articulation layout. Snare grace notes are triggered automatically by playing legato eliminating unnecessary bloat to the mapping. Same goes to cymbal chokes where you can choke any individual cymbal from one key.Since we’ve included dedicated Left and Right hand samples, the engine disallows impossible note overlaps keeping your performance clean and real!
Dedicated Groove Engine
Explore plenty of Rock and Funk beats complete with alternate grooves and fills ranging from subtle to extreme. All grooves are un-quantized and can be dragged to your host as standard MIDI files.
FEATURES & TECH
RocknFunk is suitable for a variety of music styles aimed particularly at Rock and Funk (doh..). It was designed to utilize an extended dynamic range that is true to each kit and that reflects the dynamic balance of real drummers.
Most often, drum kit libraries extend dynamic range by using excessive modulation of volume with velocity. This is counter productive as it only weakens the signal and causes the dynamic range to be unrealistic.
With our MAD concept, however, you get authentic musical dynamics that reflect the essence of the instrument. Together with the extensive microphone bleed control, totally noiseless samples, and custom scripted features, your drum tracks will have lots of detail!
Meticulous Recording. Realistic dynamics and articulation
The recording sessions featured an elaborate set of high-end microphones, boutique mic preamps, custom made cables, and perfectly maintained instruments.
Our biggest desire was to reproduce a true dynamic response curve from each element of the drum kit – especially on the low to mid velocities.
The non-linear dynamic curves, emphasized by combining tube and solid state preamplifiers and microphones, give the sound ‘creamy’ overtones with a bit of saturation towards the top of the dynamic range.
Ridiculously playable. Produce authentic beats in no time
There’s a lot to discover under the hood. We have recorded a wide selection of articulations and organized them into an ergonomic mapping layout for easy programming.
Apart from having plenty of velocity layers and round robin samples, we recorded unique Left and Right hand hits and multiple drum zone articulations so that every nuance and grace note can sound authentic.
And finally, we developed custom scripts to maximize playability – handling variable velocity, choke groups, grace notes, and Hi-Hat modulation.
Extensive Hi-Hat engine. Finally you can really perform complex Hi-Hat articulations with ease
Playing the Hi-Hat is a lot more involved than just using open and close strokes. We introduce a truly unprecedented approach to programming Hi-Hat parts with an elaborate Hi-Hat engine.
First, we recorded hits on multiple areas of the Hi-Hat from the Tip to the edge so you get an optimal variety of strokes. We then recorded 6 degrees of close-to-open states.
With the Hi-Hat engine you can morph between each state using the mod wheel and control the close-to-open ratio as you play. The engine takes care of the level, attenuation, and residual sustain when moving between ‘Closed’ and ‘Open’ articulations. It also determines the appropriate voice stacking based on velocity and the modulation speed.
You can also modulate the Hi-Hat attack, which comes in handy when programming fast note patterns, adding another level of realism.
To top it off, the Hi-Hat engine will add automatic Foot Pedal stomps when moving between Open and Closed articulations.
Comprehensive microphone bleed. Shape the timbre of your sound in ways that are impossible with traditional mixing.
There are plenty of ways to shape and control the tone right out of the box. Apart from traditional mixing tools, there are comprehensive microphone blending and bleed control for flexible sonic design and signal flow that’s otherwise impossible to achieve with a traditional mixing console.
You can introduce (or eliminate) sound leakage to various channels with complete control over volume up to unity gain. Simply select the source channel from the available options and introduce residual microphone leakage from other channels.
Typical uses of microphone leakage are to add Snare rattle to the Kick Drum or Toms channels, but MAD’s architecture has more flexibility – like raising the level of only the Hi-Hat from within the Overheads Stereo channel, for instance…