What’s up everybody? Richie Ballad here, and it’s time for another Maschine Masters exclusive review. Now! Before I get started I just want to say that 2015 is going to be a very exciting year for all producers alike. With the 2015 Namm show highlighting some new gear and VST (Plug Ins), you will most likely expect some fresh new sounds and kits coming your way. With that being said, we are now going to review a very special kit put together by Heartfelts very own, “Cardiak” also known as Asap Cardi. He presents you all with his newly anticipated release called The Infirmary drum kit. Asap Cardi is no stranger to the music game and his hard work and creativity has been proven to be successful in every track he produces. It’s no wonder the list of artist (Rick Ross, J-Cole, Wale, Slaughterhouse and many more) he produces for keeps coming back for more. The infirmary drum kit includes (10) hard pounding kicks, (10) very sharp snares and (10) Inspirational drum loops.
Cardiak has been very generous over the past year to supply producers with his very own arsenal of drum samples and sounds. It is very likely that the sounds in this kit were used on some of his previous production. These are very high quality drum samples and come only in wav format. You can load the drum samples into any DAW or sample based program (MPC and Maschine) and instantly start banging out tracks. What I really like about this kit is the quality over quantity factor. The kicks, snares and loops are so well layered and processed (mixed and mastered) that it makes other kits that carry over a hundred drum samples sound like they were produced on fisher price instruments.
All 10 kicks hit in the target 60 Hz range that produces that heavy thump that makes your speakers look like its having a seizure. Most of the kicks carry across the spectrum (60-200 Hz) for a nice attack to cut through the mix. The snares in this kit have a raw vibe but sound so clean. If you are predominantly a hip-hop producer then you will appreciate these sharp double edge snares. Some snares are possibly layered with a few percussion sounds and they carry a nice character to them. The loops contain (5) drum loops, (5) hit hat loops and (1) percussion loop. These loops are by far my favorite in this kit. These loops can save a lot of time and hassle trying to come up with a rhythm for your melodies. They inspire you the moment you preview the sample loops and they are easy to chop and manipulate to make your own custom break. I had the pleasure of trying these samples loops and they most definitely bring life to your tracks, that’s because of the quality and rhythm they present. If you are a fan of Cardiak’s previous flatline kits then you will definitely appreciate what this kit has to offer.
The Cardiak presents the infirmary kit sells for $20.00 over at The Drum Brokers site, which is a very reasonable price because you’re investing in quality sounds. Be sure to check out his previously released kits, weekly contest and new music from his talented Heartfelt Music team over at FlatlineKits.com. Thank you for checking us out at Maschine Masters and again we are looking forward to a very good year. Much Love and peace!
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