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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

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

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

FXpansion releases BFD Jazz Maple, expansion pack for BFD2 & BFD Eco

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FXpansion Jazz Maple

FXpansion has announced the release of BFD Jazz Maple, an expansion pack for the BFD2 & BFD Eco family.

BFD Jazz Maple is an expansion pack featuring a Yamaha Maple Custom drum kit, compatible with BFD 2.1 and BFD Eco. The expansion features several bonus ‘lite’ kit-pieces – a Yamaha signature Roy Haynes copper shell snare and a suite of Sabian cymbals.

The Maple Custom is an embodiment of the advanced progression in drum and hardware construction technologies developed by Yamaha, resulting in stunning sustain, warmth and projection. Although the tone of the kit lends itself particularly well to jazz, fusion and funk, BFD Jazz Maple is suitable for all styles of music that demand expressive, great-sounding drums. BFD Jazz Maple comes with a selection of great-sounding BFD2.1 and BFD Eco presets which offer some stunningly produced sounds right out of the box.

BFD Jazz Maple features

  • Low-cost, download-only expansion packs for BFD2 and BFD Eco.
  • Includes bonus ‘lite’ signature Roy Haynes snare and with matching beaters.
  • Includes bonus ‘lite’ Sabian cymbals with matching beaters.
  • Stunning sounding presets with custom grooves.
  • Includes 5 groove palettes from Platinum Samples – Real Jazz.

BFD Jazz Maple is available to purchase as a download-only expansion pack for £35 GBP / €49 EUR / $70 USD.

The expansion is available at a special offer price of £25 GPB / €35 EUR / $50 USD for any registered BFD Jazz ‘n’ Funk owner. Purchasing BFD Jazz Maple entitles registered users to purchase BFD Signature Snares vol. 1 and/or BFD Signature Snares vol. 2 at a discount price of £25 GBP, €35 EUR, $50 USD each.

More information: FXpansion / BFD Jazz Maple

Groove Monkee Rock Essentials 2, MIDI drum loops

Groove Monkee Rock Essentials 2

Groove Monkee has announced the release of Rock Essentials 2, a collection of over 2700 MIDI drum loops for Rock and Pop/Rock.

This pack was designed for song writers looking for an easy-to-use collection of “straightforward” rock and pop/rock grooves.

7 essential feels are included: Shuffle, Half-Time Shuffle, Ballad – Straight (3/4, 6/8 and 12/8), Ballad – Shuffle (3/4 and 12/8), Straight 8ths, Straight and Shuffle 16ths and Driving Rock (3/4 and 6/8).

Sick of complicated, super-busy loops? If so, check this out!

Rock Essentials 2 features

  • 2700 Royalty Free MIDI Drum Loops played by a professional studio drummer.
  • Tempo: 60 to 200 bpm.
  • Time Signatures: 3/4, 4/4, 6/8 and 12/8.
  • Rock and Pop midi drum loops with 7 essential feels: Shuffle, Half-Time Shuffle, Ballad – Straight (3/4, 6/8 and 12/8), Ballad – Shuffle (3/4 and 12/8), Straight 8ths, Straight and Shuffle 16ths and Driving Rock (3/4 and 6/8).
  • Designed for those seeking rock and pop grooves that are “less busy” and more “straight forward”. Extra midi drum fills arranged by tempo and type (build, flam, toms, pushes and rolls).
  • If you need basic, straightforward Rock and Pop/Rock grooves, check these out.
  • Formats: Addictive Drums, Battery, BFD, BFD2, EZdrummer, Superior 2, Session Drummer, Steven Slate, Ableton Live, Reason and many more! Click here for all available mappings and formats.
  • Grooves are NOT quantized.

Rock Essentials 2 is available to purchase for $29.95 USD.

More information: Groove Monkee / Rock Essentials 2

Platinum Samples releases Steve Ferrone Multi-Format MIDI Groove Library

Platinum Samples Steve Ferrone MIDI Groove Library

Platinum Samples has announced the release of the Steve Ferrone MIDI Groove Library, a multi-format collection of MIDI files.

Platinum Samples is honored to announce the release of their Steve Ferrone Multi-Format MIDI Groove Library featuring over 660 MIDI files (over 3,200 bars of unquantized grooves) formatted for BFD2®, BFD Eco®, EZDrummer®, Superior Drummer®, EZPlayer®, Addictive Drums®, Cakewalk® Session Drummer™ as well as General MIDI which can be used with any GM compatible drum software or hardware.

The Steve Ferrone MIDI Groove Library includes 17 songs separated into complete song structures (intros, verses, choruses, bridges, etc.) as well as 9 additional Groove variations. The library features grooves in 3/4, 4/4 & 6/8 with straight and swing feels as well as song endings.

Steve Ferrone MIDI Groove Library features

  • Played by Steve Ferrone (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Average White Band, Eric Clapton).
  • Over 660 MIDI files (over 3,200 bars of unquantized grooves).
  • Formatted for BFD2®, EZdrummer®, Superior Drummer®, Addictive Drums®, Cakewalk® Session Drummer™ & General MIDI Standard MIDI Files (all included).
  • Includes 17 songs performed by Steve Ferrone in song sections as well as 9 additional Groove variations.
  • Includes song endings.
  • Played in 3/4, 4/4 & 6/8 with straight & swing feels.

The Steve Ferrone Multi-Format MIDI Groove Library is available to purchase as a download for $40 USD.

More information: Platinum Samples / Steve Ferrone Multi-Format MIDI Groove Library

FXpansion updates BFD Eco to v1.0.1 + GURU price reduction

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FXpansion BFD Eco

FXpansion has released version 1.0.1 of BFD Eco, a virtual drum instrument plug-in for Windows and Mac.

BFD Eco is a streamlined, fun and affordable software instrument for acoustic drums, based on the award-winning BFD2 engine. Supplied with a selection of the best BFD2 sounds, it can also be expanded with the wide range of FXpansion and 3rd-party add-ons.

Changes in BFD Eco v1.0.1

  • Interoperability improvements with the upcoming BFD v2.2.
  • Interoperability improvements with the upcoming Zildjian edition BFD Eco DV.
  • A small set of bug fixes:.
  • Note timing accuracy with large audio buffers.
  • Occasional state restore issues in Protools 8.0.4.
  • Keymap restoration of repurposed percussion slots (tom, cym).
  • Manual file import extensions fixed.
FXpansion GURU

FXpansion has also announced it has lowered the price of GURU.

GURU takes the best features of hardware beatboxes, drum samplers and loop manglers, and combines them into a unique, inspirational software instrument.

Whether integrated in to your DAW or running standalone, GURU’s powerful sequencer with ultra tight timing and realtime groove adjustment is an intuitive and addictive interface with which to quickly write inspiring rhythmic foundations for your tracks.

GURU for PC and Mac is now available to purchase for $149 USD / £89 GBP / 119 EUR.

More information: FXpansion

Neil Peart Drums Volume 1: The Kit, BFD2 Expansion available from eSoundz

Neil Peart Drums Volume 1: The Kit

eSoundz has announced the release of Neil Peart Drums Volume 1: The Kit, an expansion for the BFD2 software acoustic drum module by FXpansion.

Neil Peart Drums Vol. 1: The Kit features samples of the authentic Drum Workshop® Signature “Snakes and Arrows” kit of drum legend Neil Peart from the band Rush.

Recorded by producer Nick Raskulinecz (Rush, Foo Fighters, Alice In Chains) this multitrack kit offers the ultimate high fidelity rock sound with incredible realism for keyboardists and e-Drummers.

Neil Peart Drums Volume 1: The Kit is now available at eSoundz for BFD2 both as a download and as a DVD package at the introductory price of $149. (The Infinite Player Library for Kontakt version is coming soon.)

More information: eSoundz / Neil Peart Drums Volume 1: The Kit