Vi-elements Core Kit Manual
All of the instruments in the Core Kit were recorded at a native resolution of 24-bit/48kHz. We used high-end clocking and A/D converters from Apogee and Avid. Below is some basic information about the analog equipment we used in creating the Core Kit.
• For all overhead recordings, we used Neumann TLM-103s running into Vintech X73 preamps.
• For all room recordings, we used a pair of Royer 121s and a Royer SF-24 running into Universal Audio 610 preamps.
• For most snare recordings, we used Shure SM57s and Audix i5s running into API 512c preamps.
• The DW J. Craviotto snare was recorded with a Josephson e22s on the top head running into a Vintech X73; for the overheads on this snare we used TLM103s running into Vintech X73s.
• The toms were recorded using Audio-Technica ATM-25s and Sennheiser 421s running into API 512c preamps.
• The kick drums were recorded with an AKG D112 for the inside mic and a Neumann U47 for the outside mic. We used several mic preamps on the kicks, including the API 512c, Chandler Limited TG Channel, and Vintech X73.
• Spot mics for hi-hats and ride cymbals were recorded with the Josephson e22s running into a Vintech X73.
• Spot mics for the crash and splash cymbals were recorded with a Bock Audio 251 running into the Chandler TG Channel.
For the reverb Impulse Responses we used three sets of microphones: Shure KSM141s for the close mics, running through a pair of Buzz Audio Elixir preamps; Mojave MA-200s for the mid-field mics, running through a set of UA 610 preamps; TLM-103s for the far-field mics, running through Focusrite ISA110 preamps.
STEREO FIELD LAYOUT
We took great care to record all Core Kit instruments in drummer’s perspective, as shown below. The panning of elements plays a major part in the realism, spatial depth, and stereo imaging of the Core Kit. This stereo field layout is emulated in the default MIDI mapping layout.
Users can achieve a thoroughly realistic sound and feel when assigning pads or triggers to the Core Kit instruments by orienting them in a similar fashion. For example, the 8″ Z-Splash might be assigned to your left-most pad or trigger, and the Swiss Crash might be assigned to your righ-most pad or trigger.
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