Toontrack has announced the release of The Blues EZX, a sample library featuring 2 drum kits and grooves, sampled and played by Hans Lindbäck.
You can’t fool a blues lover. You know that it’s all about the craft, about the touch, the feel and the heart. We know you can spot a fake from a mile away. That’s why we’re proud to bring you the real deal – the custom, the calfskinned, the road-worn: The Blues EZX.
The Blues EZX comes with two complete kits; a 1970s Gretsch and a calfskinned Swedish Levin set from the 1940s. On top of that, it features contemporary Paiste and Sabian crashes, vintage Zildjan A and K series cymbals as well as extras such as a suitcase and a set of calfskinned tambourines. All instruments were handpicked and in many cases road-worn by the sampling drummer himself, a blues musician with more than half a decade worth of experience behind the kit playing the blues. It was recorded in an empty Swedish theater and later mixed in a high-end studio through vintage and modern outboard gear. The end result is a cross-pollination between new and old; warm and characteristic sounds that cover the whole range, from old school to modern, from dry to ambient. This is the sound of then, now and time to come.
The Blues EZX features
Two complete kits (1970s Gretsch & 1940s Levin).
Sabian/Paiste/Zildjian A & K cymbals.
Calfskin drumheads on Levin kit.
Suitcase & two vintage calfskinned Grover tambourines.
Included custom MIDI library.
The Blues EZX is available to purchase for 69 EUR / $89 USD.
Toontrack has also introduced the Blues EZX MIDI, a large selection of drums suited for any type of blues or rock song.
This MIDI pack comes from The Blues EZX and features a large selection of drums suited for any type of blues or rock song. It was played by longtime blues drummer Hans Lindbäck, a phenomenal musician with decades worth of experience behind the blues kit and on the road.
Toontrack’s latest expansion for EZdrummer and Superior Drummer 2.0 is The Blues EZX, a sound library featuring two drum kits and MIDI grooves played by seasoned drummer Hans Lindbäck.
The Blues EZX comes with two complete kits; A 1970s Gretsch And A Calfskinned Swedish Levin set from the 1940s.
On top of that, it features contemporary Paiste and Sabian crashes, vintage Zildjan A and K series cymbals as well as extras such as a suitcase and a set of calfskinned tambourines. All instruments were handpicked and in many cases road-worn by the sampling drummer himself, a blues musician with more than half a decade worth of experience behind the kit playing the blues.
The Gretsch kit includes a nice versatile 14×20″ kick drum, a deep, fat sounding 5½x14″ Slingerland Radio King snare, and 8×12″ and 14×14″ toms. An alternative preset is available for the Gretsch kit, swapping the kick and snare with a suitcase and a 30′s 6½x14″ Premier Brass snare.
The Levin drum kit includes a deep 14×28″ kick, a 60′s Premier Wood 5½x14″ rich sounding snare, and high and low tuned 9×12″ toms. These drums all have calf skinned heads.
One hihat is included in all kits, a 14″ Zildjian New Beat/Rock Beat combo, another choice for versatility. The cymbals include vintage 60′s Zildjian A and K series rides (19″ & 20″) and crashes (10″, 12″ & 18″), as well as a 16″ Paiste crash and 16″ and 18″ Sabian hand hammered crash cymbals.
Finally, two additional Grover Tambourines round off the setup.
The Blues EZX comes with a library of MIDI grooves, 13 songs in total in shuffle, swing, straight and 12/8 categories. Song include a number of grooves with closed hihats, open hihats, cymbals, breaks, fills, intros and endings. The library spans a large variety of tempos, from 80 to 198 bpm.
Check the video below for a quick impression of the sounds and grooves.
Toontrack’s Blues EZX for EZdrummer and Superior Drummer 2.0.
So what do I think?
Product: Toontrack The Blues EZX Format: EZdrummer / Superior Drummer 2.0 Price: 69 EUR / $89 USD Like: Spot on drum sounds and grooves, versatile kits Don’t like: – Verdict: 9/10
The Blues EZX drums and cymbals have been sampled with a good variety of articulations and the included kit pieces offer sounds for a range of styles, from jazz to blues to pop/rock. Hans Lindbäck provides a great set of songs with plenty of variations, interesting fills and breaks, and most important, an authentic blues vibe.
Having played guitar in a blues band for a number of years, I really enjoyed The Blues EZX. It feels very natural and I would have loved to have the sounds of these drum kits in our band back then. While to me, blues is all about playing together, this sound library is great for rehearsing, working out ideas, or doing studio work where you would normally get a session drummer.
In short, the Blues EZX is a solid, high quality set of drum kits and grooves that are great for blues music and beyond.
The Loop Loft has announced the release of Blues Drums Vol 1, a collection of blues drum loops sessions.
From the depths of the Mississippi Delta, to the shuffles of Texas, Blues Drums Volume 1 is the most extensive and authentic collection of blues drum loops and samples ever produced.
Drawing on inspiration from blues greats like Buddy Guy, Stevie Ray Vaughn & Albert King, we crafted six complete sessions featuring hundreds of loops ranging from slow 12/8 backbeats, swinging shuffles, dynamic brush grooves to driving straight-eighth feels.
Any Roots SDX owner can attest to the fact that the instruments in this recording sound flawless, that the signal chains used to record them would leave any engineer in utter awe and that the the sonic qualities of the Blackbird Studio A-room speak for themselves.
What some may have overlooked, however, is the creative power of the Superior Drummer mixer and built-in effects! These blues inspired presets will add multiple effects and take you, your music and the raw Roots SDX sounds on a sonic ride through the land of the blues, from big and roomy to ringy, damped or tight and small!
Take these presets as a shortcut to a finished sound or as a starting point to shaping your own mix!
Roots BRM Presets – Jazz
The second you hear the first strike of a snare, a bass drum or the sonics in the Blackbird Studio A-room, you’ll know that the Roots SDX sounds speak for themselves.
What someone might have missed, however, is taking advantage of the large mixer and built-in effects to further hone and take this already sensational recording to some place utterly new. So, here is something to get you started: Jazz presets!
These settings will add compression, activate chambers, EQs and take the raw core sounds on a journey from small club-type jazz to far out and reverberant cinematic drums.
The presets packs are available to purchase for 12 EUR / $15 USD each.
Toontrack has released a MIDI update for its Roots SDX – Brushes Rods & Mallets sound library.
Don’t miss that all owners of the Roots SDX – Brushes, Rods & Mallets will find an extensive MIDI update in their user account. Subtly brushed ballads, uptempo big band and funky swing are all covered in this large collection of drum MIDI entirely customized for brushes, rods and mallets. FREE for all owners – don’t miss!
Loopmasters has released The Blues Sessions, a sample library featuring a collection of great, authentic loops, performances and multi’s, performed by some of the worlds greatest blues performers.
The musicians featured on this collection have worked with such blues legends as “Rory Gallagher”, “Davey Graham”, “Eric Bibb”, “Bert Jansch”, “Louisiana Red”, “Big Moose Walker”, “Woody Mann” and “Roy Rogers and his Delta Rhythm Kings”. What’s more, the collection has been recorded authentically, using the best vintage equipment and microphones, including RCA ribbon mics from the 40′s, Sony Valve mics (C37A) from the 50′s, Neve and RCA pre amps, and mixed on a classic, 70′s Raindirk series III console, formerly owned by Olympic Studios in London, where it mixed hundreds of classic albums.
In addition to this material, a selection of genuine, vintage blues recordings – some more than 80 years old – have been carefully edited and included, complete with their original vinyl sounds.
The Blues Sessions features
Over 300 vocal samples including solo voices, male blues choir, vintage vocals & more.
559 Harmonica samples featuring bass and regular blues harps with clean and dirty, amped tones.
400Mb of Acoustic guitar samples comprising dobros, slide, picked and vintage sounds.
841Mb of Electric guitar samples including leads, licks and rhythm parts.
More than 700 Great drum loops ranging from slow swings, to stomping beats, a great range of sounds using sticks and brushes, vintage drum loops and more. There are also a range of drum kits included.
There are also electric & upright bass loops, a helping of keyboards from vintage Hammond to Rhodes etc.
The Blues Sessions library is available to purchase for £24.95 GBP.
Ueberschall has announced the release of Blues Colors, a sample library that brings handmade music and pure blues-feeling into your DAW.
Blues Colors includes 18 comprehensive construction kits for complete song productions. Each kit contains seven parts with intro, different verse-sections, refrain, variation, breaks and outro. All parts can be easily combined across the different kits for endless new song layouts.
The diverse facets of the blues genre is carefully reflected in the different construction kits, ranging from typical Delta-Blues, ballad-like and jazzy moods right up to modern rock-related crossover styles. Find crunchy guitar licks, swinging shuffles as well as pentatonic and slide leads. Just listen to the demo track to get an idea of this library‘s immense diversity.
With 5 GB of sample content, Blues Colors is extensive, offering no less than 1.437 loops that cover a tempo range between 50 and 142 BPM. Some kits have been composed in traditional four-four-meter; others offer six-eight-time, typically in Blues.