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FXpansion introduce BFD Groove Pack: JM Essentials Vol.1

FXpansion BFD Groove Pack: JM Essentials Vol.1

FXpansion has announced the release of JM Essentials Vol.1, a BFD Groove Pack produced by vastly experienced composer Jacques Mathias.

JM Essentials Vol.1 contains varied, expressive patterns that cover genres such as rock, hard rock, alt-rock, heavy metal, trash metal and pop-punk. Authentic and very musical, the Grooves are bursting with the human feel of a real drummer.

JM Essentials Vol.1 features

  • 50 Groove and Fill variations in each palette.
  • Over 1300 patterns in total.
  • Stunningly realistic rock, metal and pop-punk Grooves.
  • Palettes supplied in BFD2 and BFD Eco versions.

JM Essentials Vol.1 is available to purchase for £25 GBP/29 EUR/$39 USD.

More information: FXpansion / JM Essentials Vol.1

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Cymbal Masters release Virtually Erskine – Peter Erskine Drum Sample & Groove Libraries

Virtually Erskine

Cymbal Master has announced the release of Virtually Erskine – Peter Erskine Drum Sample Library, an expansion for BFD2 and BFD Eco featuring two of Peter’s personal drum kits.

The Virtually Erskine Sound Library features Peter playing two of his kits recorded and produced in high definition by John Emrich.

This collection features Peter Erskine playing every articulation. All recordings were done in Peter’s private studio and represent the same pristine sound featured on many of his most recent releases.

Virtually Erskine Drum Sample Library features

  • Played by Peter Erskine (Weather Report, Steely Dan, Steps Ahead, Diana Krall, Jaco Pastorius).
  • Formatted for FXpansion BFD2 and BFD Eco.
  • Includes 2 of Peter Erskine’s complete drum kits: a DW Jazz Series kit and DW Collectors VLT kit (for fusion, rock & pop) recorded in his own personal studio to capture his signature “sound”.
  • The Jazz kit is played with both sticks and brushes.
  • Every drum hit, sample & articulation played by Peter Erskine himself.

Cymbal Masters has also released the Virtually Erskine MIDI Grooves Library, featuring over 400 MIDI grooves of Peter playing 12 unique styles in 3/4 and 4/4, including Jazz, Swing, Rock, Funk and Afro-Cuban styles. The files are formatted for BFD2, BFD Eco as well as General MIDI which can be used with any GM compatible drum software or hardware.

The Peter Erskine Sample Library for BFD is available to purchase from Platinum Samples for $80 USD. The MIDI Grooves Library is $40 USD.

More information: Virtually Erskine

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FXpansion BFD Remix, Geist Expander sound library

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FXpansion BFD Remix

FXpansion has released BFD Remix, the first Geist Expander sound library.

BFD Remix provides high-quality acoustic drum samples, kits, engines and patterns ready to use in Geist. BFD Remix combines pristine acoustic sounds with fat-sounding FX treatments within Geist to provide a versatile set of drum sounds that range from subtle kits to cutting edge, aggressive sounds that tear through a mix.

The samples in BFD Remix can also be used in any software that supports WAV and REX2 format samples.

BFD Remix features

  • 26 layered drum pad presets (with 200 individual WAV samples).
  • 166 RX2 loops (pre-sliced and classified).
  • 6 full preset files.
  • 15 engine files.
  • 4 kits.
  • 11 pattern banks.
  • 10 swing templates.

BFD Remix is is available to purchase as a download-only product for £18 GBP/21 EUR/$29 USD. A free copy of BFD Remix is included with a purchase of Geist that is registered on or before February 28, 2011.

More information: FXpansion / BFD Remix

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Platinum Samples releases Bobby Jarzombek Metal MIDI Groove Library

Platinum Samples Bobby Jarzombek Metal MIDI Groove Library

Platinum Samples has released Bobby Jarzombek Metal MIDI Groove Library, a collection of drum grooves.

This multi-format collection includes grooves formatted for BFD2®, BFD Eco®, EZDrummer®, Superior Drummer®, Addictive Drums®, Cakewalk® Session Drummer™ as well as General MIDI Standard MIDI Files which can be used with any GM compatible drum software or hardware — this includes drum machines and synthesizers which have drum sounds.

Platinum Samples are one of the foremost producers of drum samples in the world, with over 50 years of experience in the professional music industry. The Bobby Jarzombek Metal MIDI Groove Library was recorded over a two-day session by Bobby Jarzombek on a Yamaha DTXtremeIII Special electronic drum set.

Bobby Jarzombek Metal MIDI Groove Library features

  • Played by Bobby Jarzombek (Halford, Spastic Ink).
  • Over 1,670 MIDI files (over 3,430 bars of unquantized grooves).
  • Formatted for BFD2®, EZdrummer®, Superior Drummer®, Addictive Drums®, Cakewalk® Session Drummer™ & *General MIDI Standard MIDI Files (all included).
  • Includes 24 complete Metal & Rock performances performed by Bobby Jarzombek.
  • Includes stadium endings.
  • Played in 4/4 with straight, triplet & swing feels in tempos ranging from 92 to 298 BPM.

The Bobby Jarzombek Metal MIDI Groove Library is available to purchase for $40 USD.

More information: Platinum Samples / Bobby Jarzombek Metal MIDI Groove Library

*Works with all VST, Core Audio & GM compatible drum software and hardware .

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Slam Tracks releases Punk MIDI Drum Loops and Fills Pack 1

Slam Tracks Punk MIDI Drum Loops and Fills Pack 1

Slam Tracks has announced the release of Punk MIDI Drum Loops and Fills Pack 1, a collection of over 500 slamming punk grooves and fills for classic and modern punk styles.

Punk MIDI Drum Loops and Fill Pack 1 showcases the ferocity, attitude, and speed your music needs to create the hardest-hitting punk tracks around. The fills and fill variations alone are worth adding to your collection, but we’ve included many of the staple grooves that will drive any punk style project.

Push your next punk or power pop project to the max with the new Punk MIDI Drum Loops and Fills Pack 1 release. If you need slamming punk drum tracks in your music, then Slam Tracks Punk MIDI Drum Groove and Fill Pack 1 is the one to have in your studio.

Punk MIDI Drum Loops and Fills Pack 1 features

  • 500+ MIDI royalty free MIDI drum loops for modern and classic punk styles.
  • Fast, loud and aggressive two, four and eight measure MIDI loops.
  • Tempos from 130 to 200+ BPM.
  • 1, 2, 4 and 8 measure fills.
  • Variety of fill types – Intro, stops, breaks, and transition fills.
  • Straight and triplet-based fill patterns.
  • Outstanding feel and realism.
  • All loops recorded and played live – not quantized.
  • Standard MIDI format – General MIDI for use in: Addictive Drums, BFD, BFD2, Battery, EZdrummer, Superior and Superior 2, and more.

is available now as an instant download for $19.95 USD.

More information: Slam Tracks / Punk MIDI Drum Loops and Fills Pack 1

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FXpansion introduces December Half Price Sale + BFD v2.2 released

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FXpansion has announced the December Half Price Sale, a limited time offer for its expansion packs.

For the entire month of December all FXpansion download-only expansion packs are 50% off for registered owners of BFD2, BFD Eco, DCAM: Synth Squad, GURU & Geist!

December Half Price Sale expansions:

  • BFD2 & BFD Eco:
    • Jazz Maple
    • Heavy
    • Cocktail
    • JEX
    • Decatom
    • Oak Custom
    • Maple Custom Absolute
    • 8 Bit Kit
    • Japanese Taiko Percussion & Grooves (BFD2 only)
    • Signature Snares Vol.1 & Vol.2
    • Sleishman Drums & Sleishman Snares
  • DCAM: Synth Squad:
    • Himalaya: Antiquity
    • Myagi: Ferocity (New!)
  • GURU & Geist:
    • City of Drums & Beats

To take advantage of these offers, log in to your fxpansion.com user account and visit the online shop.

FXpansion has also released version 2.2 of BFD, a virtual drum instrument for Windows and Mac.

It includes new features like choke groups, random kit generation and many workflow enhancements and bug-fixes. Please note that, on Mac, the update requires Mac OSX 10.5 (or higher) and at least an Intel CoreDuo processor. A new set of presets is also available for download.

More information: FXpansion

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Slam Tracks releases Metal MIDI Drum Fill Pack 1

Slam Tracks Metal MIDI Drum Fill Pack 1

Slam Tracks has announced the release of Metal MIDI Drum Fill Pack 1, a collection of over 650 fast and brutal MIDI drum fill loops for classic and modern metal styles.

The Metal MIDI Fills 1 Pack is not another tired and cliche collection of drum patterns. It’s about speed and power: Tom/kick combos, syncopated tom runs, accent patterns, breaks/stops, and more. Your MIDI drum tracks will go to the next level of brutality with this versatile collection of inspiring and deranged metal drum fills. Push your next metal project to the max with the new Slam Tracks Metal MIDI Fills 1 Pack.

Metal MIDI Drum Fill Pack 1 features

  • 650+ royalty free MIDI drum loops for modern and classic metal styles.
  • Variety of fill types – Intro, stops, breaks, and transition fills.
  • 1, 2, 4 and 8 measure fills.
  • Straight and triplet-based fill patterns.
  • Outstanding feel and realism .
  • All loops recorded and played live – not quantized. .
  • Standard MIDI format – General MIDI for use in: Addictive Drums, BFD, BFD2, Battery, EZdrummer, Superior and Superior 2, and more.
  • Tempo range: 120- 200 BPM.
  • Time Signatures: 4/4.

The Metal MIDI Drum Fill Pack 1 library is available now via instant download from Slam Tracks for the introductory price of $9.95 USD (regular $19.95 USD).

More information: Slam Tracks / Metal MIDI Drum Fill Pack 1

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