This is a drop-in replacement for the original Hampton and Mingus kit, finally rebuilt to be center panned. New, costly, resources were used in its development. Bass and vibes are from Orange Tree Samples, using their lovely CoreBass Pear and Pure Jazz Vibes. I broke down and got myself Moonkits for my birthday, and that is most of the drumkit, being supplemented with some of Native Instruments Abbey Road drums for the cymbals, where needed, and a variety of other sources for some of the more obscure drums, not normally found in kits. My old Yamaha Motif samples came in handy. One HUGE improvement is the brush snare which is now mapped at 34, and is in a choke group with the snares at 36 and 40. This brush snare sample is coded as “non-percussion,” meaning that it will play for the length of the midi note. This enables the user to create a more realistic brush sample part, where you could have a long drag on beat 1, and shorter drags on 2,3,4, for example. Or, you can put the drag before the beat, an then use 36 or 40 to kill it on the beat.
I’ve spent about two weeks (while fighting this damn Covid) getting the balance compatible with the original Hampton and Mingus, and I’m satisfied with the results. I’ll be building some variations of this kit over the coming weeks. I am particularly looking forward to building a 4 piece kit with Piano in Blue, to my ears the best sounding jazz piano available. It is recorded from THE piano used for Miles Davis’ “Kind of Blue.” Just something to look forward to.