Isotonik Studios Releases ADM DRUMS by AfroDJMac + A Video Walkthrough of this Epic Collection

Isotonik Studios and my friend and amazing sound designer AfroDJMac just came together to release ADM Drums by AfroDJMac. The collection contains drum samples and presets made over the years by the prolific AfroDJMac which were then curated and organized by Isotonik Studios’ resident Ableton Live Pack expert Animus Inviduous (aka PerforModule).

An amalgamated collection of more than a hundred and fifty Drum Racks, one thousand Drum Loops, and two thousand Drum Hits crafted by AfroDJMac over the years, organized into a single mega pack which installs the vast content into one’s Ableton Live Library in a usable structure for instantaneous creativity.

The end result is an epic Live pack containing 151 Drum Racks +1430 Loops + 80 MIDI Clips + 4 instrument racks + 2333 drum hits!

AjfoDJMac made a nice video walkthrough of the pack that’s which you can see on Vimeo.

First Impressions

I’ve received an NFR copy and so far I’ve only been able to spend on hour with ADM Drums but I’m pretty excited about the release so I wanted to do a post on first impressions.

Install is a one-step process and the Live Pack installs directly into Live’s factory packs folder. With this many racks, loops, clips – this is a real time saver both on install and when you go looking for things later.

 

While I’ve barely scratched the surface  – I’ve already found the drum racks very useful and inspiring. I especially dig “ADM COIN-OP Drums” and the VHS kits. There are five 64-pad kits in the “Experimental Kits” folder which are super fun – such as “ADM PO 64 Pad Drums” and “ADM Tension”.

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Ableton Push 2 Tip: When using 64-pad kits, press the “Layout” button on the right side to cycle through to 64-pad mode.

The organization of this pack is amazing and even includes an extensive Lessons File that gives you information on each kit and even links you back to AfroDJMac’s original blog post from when these packs were first released. This is pretty handy as you’ll be able to then watch the detailed videos AfroDJMac made for each kit.

 

Price is Price £59.00 which is about $77 US at the time of this article. My view is this is an amazing value when you consider that you are getting fantastic source material and meticulous racks (and more) by AfroDJMac – all wrapped with Isotonik Studios amazing organization. The end result are some inspiring kits you’ll be using right out of the gate –  and more importantly – all this organization will make it a snap for you to make your own custom drum racks.

Learn More and Buy

Learn more and buy at https://isotonikstudios.com/product/drums-afrodjmacs-grand-collection/.

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Mark Mosher
Synthesist & Multimedia Artist

Artist Site: NewEcho.com
Electronic Music Tech & Production Blog:  ModulateThis.com

 

 

Installing and Using Ableton’s Free “Designer Drums” Operator Live Pack

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Ableton has released a new free Live Pack called "Designer Drums". You can listen to a preview and download the Live Pack from here.

The cool thing about this collection of drum presets is that they are not samples but Operator synth presets. For the most part the installer integrates presets inside of existing folders so finding all the presets can be tricky. In this article I’ll walk you through installing and finding presets and offer usage tips.

OPERATOR OVERVIEW

For those unfamiliar, Operator is an add-on synth you can buy from Ableton’s web site. If you already own Live, it will cost you EUR 129/USD 159. Ableton is running a promotion for new users that’s pretty amazing – Buy Live, Get Operator for Free.

OVERVIEW OF DESIGNER DRUMS

Ableton’s blurb.

We’re giving all Operator fans some "Designer Drums", a free Live pack with brand new Operator presets. It features classic analog drums, a number of innovative percussive sounds and dedicated drum racks for
instant and intuitive beat-making.

 

DOWNLOAD "Designer Drums"

Download from here http://www.ableton.com/designer-drums. Extract the DesignerDrums_v01.alp file on to your computer.

INSTALLATION

From the file menu select "Install Live Pack…" and specify the DesignerDrums_v01.alp.

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The install requires 24.7 MB. 

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FINDING THE DRUMRACKS, CLIPS, AND INDIVIDUAL OPERATOR PATCHES

image The kit presets are implemented as Drum Racks. They are not installed in their own folder called "Designer Drums" and are instead integrated into "Instruments-> Drum Rack -> Kit" and the new presets are labeled with "(Operator)" in the end of the name. See example on the left.

There are a series of clips saved as live sets in "Library -> Clips -> Designer Drums".

The individual Operator patches that make up the drum racks are again integrated within existing folders in "Presets -> Instruments". For example, there are two 808 high-hat presets (open and closed) at "Presets -> Instruments -> Drum Rack -> Cymbal -> Hihat-808(Operator)".

 

DRUM RACK NOTES

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Most of the Drum Rack presets place Devices in a cluster around the same set of 16 locations which is fantastic if you are using a controller like a Trigger Finger. The Kick, Snare, Hihat Open, Hihat closed are in the same position for most kits which I really appreciate since I like to hot swap kits.

IN CLOSING

Operator had been around a long time and I’ve always liked it. This Live Pack really shows off the range of sounds that can be produced from Operator. Once you start working with the presets you’ll be amazed at the amount of work that went on behind the scenes to create this Live Pack. Thanks Ableton!

MORE OPERATOR LINKS

Mark Mosher
www.modulatethis.com