Drumdrops has announced the Ludwig Super Classic Kit, a new drum sample library.
Most people will know of the reputation of Ludwig drums, famously used by Ringo Starr from a little known 60s Liverpudlian band, and later by John Bonham of Led Zeppelin. They sound fantastic, warm and responsive with a lovely dark tone from the thin 3 ply mahogany, poplar and mahogany shells with maple reinforcing hoops. Made before music became really amplified and loud, these drums were designed to sound good rather than generate loads of volume and as such they are wonderfully full and tonal, especially when recorded and miked up. Although obviously a 1960s kit, drummers continued to use this model though the 70s, and do so to this very day in fact… They just record so well.
The particular kit we used is one from session drummer Tim Weller’s collection and is a blue oyster pearl finish. The drums are shallower than many modern drums which helps focus their sound and control their decay.
For this kit we went for a dry controlled sound and used Miloco’s The Square in London. The kit was close mic’d. The Kit was recorded by Drumdrops engineer Ben Thackeray and mixed by Grammy award winning, ex Abbey Road engineer Guy Massey.
The Ludwig Super Classic Kit is available in 5 different formats. The Multi-Velocity Pack, Single Hits Pack, Drum Replacement Pack and All Samples Pack are out now. The Kontakt 5 pack with the Drumdrops Kontakt instrument will be released on the 28th of August 2014 between 4 pm and 4.30 pm GMT.
The first 20 customers will get the Kontakt pack free. The next 50 can purchase it for £15 GBP, the next 50 for £25 GBP, the next 50 for £30 GBP and then it will return to £40 GBP.
More information: Drumdrops / Ludwig Super Classic Kit
The Producers Choice has launched Piano Sessions, a collection of 4 piano loops kits.
These brand new piano loops will give you the inspiration to start your next song… Build on them with some drums, synths and bass for a perfect beat – or use them as they are for beautiful royalty free music for Film / TV. Or you can even chop up the chords, and resample them if you want to get creative.
You get HQ 24bit WAV files, MIDI files for easy edits and all 100% royalty free. There are two versions of each loop – dry and with reverb.
Played and recorded by classical pianist Sebastian G (classical soundtrack composer) This is the closest you can get to a real classical pianist playing in your music.
Piano Sessions features
- Over 80 full loops (231 files in total, over 500MB of content).
- Organised into folders (Basic, Advanced, Complex, Left Hand Movements, Instant Inspiration etc).
- HQ 24 bit WAV. format (MIDI files also included).
- Each loop comes in two flavours – Dry and with reverb.
- 100% Royalty Free – ideal for commercial use.
- Works in ALL DAW’s, software and hardware.
The pack is available for purchase for $47 USD. The first 20 customers get 10% off using coupon code EARLYBIRD at checkout.
More information: Producers Choice / Piano Sessions
Cinesamples has announced The Tina Guo Sample Library, an upcoming sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt.
Nearly 2 years in the making, the Library will feature 3 playable instruments: acoustic cello, electric cello, and erhu, as well as loops in multiple genres, full melodic phrases with an integrated phrase-builder, sound design tools, innovative new use of the Kontakt player incorporating granular synthesis, changeable photo “skins” for the interface, and more.
The library will be available from Cinesamples on September 9th, 2014.
More information: Cinesamples
Soundiron has announced the release of version 2.0 of Dhol Drum, a dhol Indian percussion library for Native Instruments Kontakt.
Originally released as “Solo Dhol” back in 2010 by Tonehammer, we’ve now completely redesigned and upgraded the library with a wealth of new features and added bonus content.
The new Dhol Drum library contains 5,147 samples and over 110 distinct articulations, played with sticks, mallets, brushes, hands, fingers, palms and more, all studio recorded in extraordinary detail and wide stereo, with up to 14 velocity layers and 10 round robin variants per note.
We also recorded an extensive range of ultra-deep bass bends (the classic “dooop” sound), often heard in classic tabla playing.
It all comes wrapped in our Megamixer, Dual-Layer Tuned Percussion and classic Ensemble presets. Every preset comes with full performance control, smart arpeggiation/EZ-roll generation, rack multi-FX and a bonus collection of sustaining atmospheres crafted from the original source recordings.
Dhol Drum v2.0 is available for purchase for the introductory price of $39 USD until September 3rd, 2014 (regular $59 USD). Requires full version of Kontakt 5.1 or later. Owners of the original v1.0 will be receiving an email in the next week with all the info on the upgrade to version 2.0.
More information: Soundiron / Dhol Drum
Perimeter Sound has announced the release of Bio-Mechanic Beats 3, a new collection of 509 beats and percussion loops.
The Bio-Mechanic Beats series returns – with a whole new batch of live and programmed beats and percussion for your tracks in Bio-Mechanic Beats 3. Over 1/2 a gig of new 24bit material – 509 loop samples. Make no mistake, the main focus is on the beats and percussion, 80% of the content is just that – drums.
After honing his skills making loop sample collections for Producer Loops and SoundSpice the past few years, Jeff Rhodes brings the programmed & mangled goodness to the project. While pro drummer Lance Roethle brings a fresh batch of his majik to the mix. From various set ups of full drum kits, to more sparse stripped down sets and some percussion bits, Lance went above and beyond yet again.
Bio-Mechanic Beats 3 is available for purchase for $19.95 USD.
From now until September 3rd, 2014, to celebrate the release of BMB3 and the grand reopening of the Perimeter Sound website, using the coupon code REKKERD will get a 25% discount on all Perimeter Sound products.
More information: Perimeter Sound
Resonance Sound has introduced Techno Elements 1.0, a new sample library from Audio Boutique.
Resonance Sound proudly presents Techno Elements 1.0, the latest offspring of Audio Boutique’s infamous series of sample libraries! Organic drums, weird vocal loops, hypnotic bass- and synthlines, gooseflesh up- and downlifters, inspiring constructions kits – it’s all in there. However, you might wanna start with the diamond outshining it all: a moody, murmuring, beasty, real 303 is awaiting the fearless producer, coming in various flavors, degrees of freakiness and modes of temptation.
Once again, producers Ramon Zenker and Harald (“Harada”) Aufmuth prove that they belong to the top-producers of contemporary club sound for a reason – so all that’s left for you is to get your toys together and craft the next pounding techno smasher!
All loops are at 125 bpm, the Wav and Apple Loops format allows for simple drag’n’drop within your favorite DAW, plus the usual sampler presets (Kontakt, Battery, Live, EXS) help you to get to work in no time.
The pack is available for purchase for 37.95 EUR. Individual parts are also sold separately.
More information: Resonance Sound / Techno Elements 1.0
Saltline has released version 1.0.3 of Liść-step, a free filter effect plug-in for Windows.
We all love filters, and we all love modulating them. Lisc-step has been designed with simplicity in mind to get results fast.
Capable of adding dynamic movement to pads, beats, basslines, vocals or whatever you wish to run through it lisc-step offers great flexibilty quickly and efficiently.
Changes in Liść-step v1.0.3
- Updated GUI.
- Effect bypass added.
- Preset manager and larger preset bank.
- 2nd step sequencer added.
- Step sequencer modulation matrices.
- Single SV and dual band pass filter modes.
- Reset and randomise sequencer buttons.
The plug-in is available as freeware for Windows (VST). Donations are welcome.
More information: Saltline / Liść-step