Hollywood, CA (November 23, 2020)—Native Instruments recently teamed up with drummer/producer Butch Vig at United Recording to record a variety of kits and one-shots for Butch Vig Drums, the first in a new line of artist-created Play Series instruments.
Butch Vig Drums were recorded at United Recording’s Studio A in Hollywood just before Los Angeles issued its Safer at Home order. Vig was joined by engineer Billy Bush, United staff engineer Wesley Seidman and drummer Mike Fasano. Also on hand were Native Instruments product owner Dino Vallianatos and The Loop Loft founder Ryan Gruss.
“When Butch and I decided to partner on this project, we discussed our options for studios, and United’s iconic Studio A quickly became our #1 choice,” said Gruss. “We knew it would allow us to capture a more ‘wide open’ sound by placing the drums out in the middle of the live room and also a ‘dry and tight sound’ by utilizing the various vocal booths. In addition to that flexibility, the acoustics in that particular studio are unparalleled. Original owner/designer Bill Putman was a sonic genius and the results you get when recording at United speak for themselves.”
The United Recording sounds were further processed through a bespoke selection of analog and digital preamps, compressors, stomp boxes and more at Vig’s home studio, GrungeIsDead. The result is Butch Vig Drums, which includes 21 individual drum kits, each with 16 one-shots created using Vig’s distinctive approach to percussive sound design. Each kit also comes with 16 preset MIDI patterns, which can be triggered using a MIDI controller or edited within any DAW using drag and drop technology.
Vig is best known as a co-founding member of the alternative rock band Garbage and the producer of seminal albums such as Nirvana’s Nevermind, Smashing Pumpkins’ Siamese Dream and Green Day’s 21st Century Breakdown.
United Recording • www.unitedrecordingstudios.com