Analogue Drums specialise in recording drum kits to tape and releasing the results as sample sets for use in Battery and Kontakt. The samples are loose WAV files, so are available for mapping in other formats, such as sfz, and they actively encourage users to contribute new sampler mappings.
I am progressing on SFZ mappings for Tape Series Two. This section provides the current test versions and, in addition, support for the Korg nanoKontrol, TouchOSC and TrapKAT. The Korg nanoKontrol mapping supports five mic mixing and panning, gate time and cymbal gate selection, plus kit piece selection. The TouchOSC mapping supports the same features over two tabs.
Note that the mappings target Plogue/Garritan ARIA Player, as it provides the most complete SFZ support currently available. Their enhanced support for SFZ further improves upon the work René Ceballos originally did when creating the format and the work he subsequently did with Cakewalk on SFZ 2.0. You can get their free sforzando single-slot player here.
It has been a long process - I started over a year ago - but here is the final set of mappings:
I played and recorded a short MIDI sequence, which I have then rendered down through each kit mapping. The results are below, so you can compare the kits. No adjustments have been made - the kits are "as loaded", so you get the defaults only. All files are FLAC-compressed 24-bit WAV.
The MIDI file used for the above demo tracks is here: ADTS2-Demos-20131110.mid. (I did edit it to fix my timing at the start...) Also, over on my jamming page are a few jams with these mappings. They let you hear the kits in context of a group. However, here is Plastique on its own, played "live":
I would love to have some feedback over on the Analogue Drums Forums.
The mappings follow more-or-less the same layout as the Analogue Drums Kontakt kits, with the following exceptions and additions.
|(* needed to set off_by)|
|(mx) Mix CC:||42||43||50||51||52|
|(pn) Pan CC:||57||58||59||60||61|
|Gorilla||Close (Cm)||Overhead (Oh)||Snare Bottom (Sb)||Room (Rm)|
|Kingpin||Close (CM)||Overhead (OH)||Room (RM)|
|Monotown||Front (C1)||O/head-1 (C2)||O/head-2 (RC)||Snare Bottom (RE)||Room (RM)|
|Plastique||Close (CM)||Overhead (OH)||Room (RM)|
If you have any comments, please get in touch over on the Analogue Drums Forums.
As Tape Series Two follows a standardised kit layout, it was sensible to set up a kit mapping for it on my old TrapKAT 3.1 (V3 MIDI SysEx file (updated 20 January 2013)).
As I now have a TrapKAT V4 (through a PCB replacement), I had to convert the mapping. (Which meant updating my TrapKAT editor, of course.) (V4 MIDI SysEx file (updated 28 July 2013)).
In addition to the TrapKAT, I also use a Korg nanoKontrol. I have followed the CC assignments on "Scene 2" but NOTE that all of the buttons should be configured to toggle on/off rather than momentary action (nktrl_set).
For those without a Korg nanoKontrol but with an Android or iOS device, I have created a TouchOSC layout (ADTSControl.touchosc 2Kb). The layout spans two tabs, with the faders on the first tab, along with kit piece selection. The second tab has the pan controls, along with Kit volumn and pan and hi-hat foot controller. As TouchOSC runs full screen, I also included battery level and time on the second tab for easy reference.
I originally did Natural Drum Kit layout mappings of two of their kits - Big Mono and RockStock - and have subsequently completed mappings using the "native" layout for Big Mono, PopSticks, RockStock and SplitSticks; this includes separate snare maps for all the Snare City snares, too.
Having bought RockStock, I went ahead and bought everything else Analogue Drums had available at the time! That covers PopSticks, SplitSticks and the Snare City add-on pack -- before the Tape Series One bundle came out...
As noted below for RockStock, SFZ (the sample player) has a severe limitation with large sample sets - it wants to load everything into RAM. Even if you have plenty, the time taken at start up can be annoying, so you are recommended to use a player that supports streaming.
Included in the first archive are the individual sfz mappings per kit piece, along with kit mappings and ARIA Player ".ariax" files for the kits. The second archive contains additional kit mappings compatible with LinuxSampler. For PopSticks and RockStock, the kits do not include a snare - pick one from the piece mappings.
This first archive (78K zip) should be extracted alongside the Kontakt, Battery and Wav folders for the kits. For users of LinuxSampler, this second archive (15K zip) should also be extracted to the same location and the kits used in place of the ones in the first file.
As a taster of their wares, Analogue Drums released the Big Mono kit. It's a pretty neat kit, too, recorded in mono with not too much room sound.
Once you've downloaded the samples, create a "sfz" folder along side the Battery and Kontakt folders and put the sfz mapping in there.
This mapping (5K zip) follows the Natural Drum Kit layout (with some duplication to fill the gaps - but I have not created "new" drums or cymbals where none existed in the Big Mono kit).
OK, so I liked Big Mono so much I went and bought RockStock. It's very nice, comes with close and room mic'd samples and a very large number of kit pieces. In fact, as many pieces as Natural Drum Kit. So it does benefit from being used in a disk streaming sampler, like Kontakt. Of course, you may want to try it in SFZ...
The mapping uses the floor positions of Natural Drum Kit as a guide - so the actual kit pieces do not necessary match perfectly. I felt this was a better approach than trying to shoehorn things around. Of course, there still needed to be duplication to match the range of samples Natural Drum Kit comes with - but then, it comes in at about 6GB for the rock kit and this is a "mere" 873MB..!
SFZ will try to load this into RAM. If it cannot find a contigious chunk for a sample, it will silently fail. If you don't hear one or more notes, this may be what has happened.
Other sfz format mappings
Last updated: 10 November 2013
Descriptions edited down to final state and new demo tracks uploaded.
6 September 2013: Plastique demo uploaded.
.. August 2013: Plastique kit uploaded.
16 June 2013: Yet another "final" Kingpin (I will change it again); Kingpin demo; second draft Monotown.
.. .... 2013: Missed change log entries...
16 March 2013: Updated the demo from January using the latest mapping.
12 March 2013: A further, somewhat tweaked Gorilla mapping.
23 February 2013: "Final" version of Gorilla released. HTML5 style fixes. Updates to various comments throughout ADTS2.
20 January 2013: Updated ADTS2.syx file uploaded. Updated Gorilla mapping (minor level adjustments).
17 January 2013: Updated beta of Gorilla uploaded - lots of level adjustments: this should be "it"...
5 January 2013: "Beta" version of Gorilla uploaded. Kit documentation expanded a lot.
1 January 2013: Happy New Year: Updated Gorilla mapping and a new demo.
30 December 2012 Updated version of Gorilla mapping uploaded. Demo FLAC uploaded, too.
21 December 2012: World failed to end. Added link to sforzando.
2 December 2012: Moved KSP to Kontakt page. Expanded Tape Series Two section
2 October 2012: Posted KSP and TrapKAT kit for Tape Series Two.
3 June 2011: Correct amp_veltrack on "native" mappings.
1 June 2011: Corrected octave on "native" mappings.
25 May 2011: Released ARIA / native mappings.
5 June 2009: Added RockStock and replaced Big Mono with a zip.
3 June 2009: first version.