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The Loop Loft launches Blues Drums, Doug Wamble & Celso Alberti Maschine Kits

The Loop Loft has announced the release of three new Maschine Kits, containing hand-selected samples from its most popular collections.

The Loop Loft Maschine Kits

New Maschine Kits

  • Blues Drums Vol 1 – From the depths of the Mississippi Delta, to the shuffles of Texas, the Blues Drums Maschine kit is the most authentic set of samples for producing “real” blues drum grooves.
  • Doug Wamble Slide Guitar Collection – The Slide Guitar Maschine Kit features acclaimed guitarist, Doug Wamble (Wynton Marsalis, Norah Jones, Branford Marsalis) performing a vaste range of traditional, soulful slide guitar playing, configured specifically for Maschine.
  • Celso Alberti Brazilian Drums & Percussion – The Brazilian Percussion Maschine Kit features samples from drummer Celso Alberti (Steve Winwood, Airto, Flora Purim, Herbie Mann). These authentic percussion samples are perfect for layering grooves in a wide variety of genres.

The Maschine Kits are available to purchase for $9 USD each.

More information: The Loop Loft / Maschine Kits

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Frontline Producer releases Electric Blues – Rhythm & Lead Guitars

Electric Blues Rhythm & Lead Guitars

Frontline Producer has launched Electric Blues – Rhythm & Lead Guitars, a new collection of classic electric blues guitar loops.

Yet again we have combined the finest Players, instruments and recording kit to squeeze these samples into another bite size beauty to inspire you to get creative.

If you’re looking to add some real feel blues, rhythm or lead this pack is certainly for you.

In detail expect to find a total of 60 loops lovingly recorded 24Bit, 44.1Khz weighing in at 275 MB with guitar loops at 90, 96, 106, 110, 120, 123, 125, 130, 135, 150 and 160 BPM.

The sample pack costs £16.95 GBP.

More information: Frontline Producer

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Toontrack releases The Blues EZX + MIDI pack

Toontrack The Blues EZX

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 The Blues EZX MIDI

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.

The Blues EZX MIDI costs 25 EUR / $29 USD.

More information: Toontrack

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Review: Toontrack The Blues EZX

Toontrack The Blues EZX

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.

More information: Toontrack / Time+Space

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The Loop Loft releases Blues Drums Vol 1 sample pack

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The Loop Loft Blues Drums Vol 1

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.

Blues Drums Vol 1 features

  • Includes 236 loops and 83 samples.
  • 392 MB content, high quality 24bit/48 kHz audio.
  • 100% Royalty Free.
  • Stylus RMX, WAV, REX2, AIFF (Apple Loops) & ReFill formats.

The sample library costs $39 USD.

More information: The Loop Loft / Blues Drums Vol 1

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Toontrack releases Roots Jazz & Blues Presets + Roots SDX – Brushes Rods & Mallets MIDI updated

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Toontrack has announced the release of new Roots Jazz and Blues Presets Packs.

Toontrack Roots Sticks Blues Presets

Roots Sticks Presets – Blues

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!

Toontrack Roots BRM Jazz Presets

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!

More information: Toontrack

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Toontrack Blues EZkeys MIDI pack released

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Toontrack Blues EZkeyz MIDI

Toontrack has launched the Blues EZkeyz MIDI pack, a collection of blues chord progressions and playing styles.

The recent release of EZkeys Upright Piano was met by great enthusiasm from the ever-growing EZkeys user base!

Now we’re pleased to keep adding more content to the line! Please welcome yet another truly inspiring MIDI package: Blues EZkeys MIDI!

Blues EZkeys MIDI features

  • An extensive collection of chord progressions and playing styles for blues inspired music.
  • Organized in song structures.
  • Covering straight or swing in 4/4 and 6/8.
  • Played by professional session pianist.

The MIDI pack is available to purchase for 25 EUR / $29 USD.

More information: Toontrack / Blues EZkeyz MIDI

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