Alan ViSTa releases Hand Crash free plugin

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Alan ViSTa has announced the release of Hand Crash, a free instrument plug-in for Windows and Mac, featuring a sampled orchestral cymbals set.

Alan ViSTa Hand Crash

Hand Crash is a set of 5 sampled orchestral cymbals. It contains 10 stereo samples from the University of Iowa Electronic Music Studios public domain library.

Hand Crash features

  • 5 orchestral crash cymbals.
  • Stereo 24-bit samples.
  • Release time for each cymbal.
  • Volume for each cymbal.
  • Amplitude dynamic range control.

Hand Crash (VST/AU) is available to download at no charge.

More information: Alan ViSTa / Hand Crash

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That Sound announces Darren King Drums

That Sound has announced Darren King Drums, an upcoming sample pack featuring signature sounds from the drummer of MuteMath, recorded at Smoak Stack.

That Sound Darren King Drums

Behold! The legendary sounds of the drummer of MuteMath. This enormous drum library captures the untamed style of Darren King in great detail. These signature sounds are dirty and messy in the best of ways. Darren’s favorite drums from your favorite records recorded with vintage gear and tape machines. Darren’s drums are overtly processed and pushed hard through API pre amps, various compressors, and Studer and Teac tape heads.

We recorded 8 Kicks, 10 Snares, 2 sets of toms, Hi-hat, Ride, and 2 Crashes all in great detailed multi-velocity. We couple those multi-velocity samples with hundreds of unique “one-shot” samples.

For icing on the cake, we give you hundreds of fully mixed beats and loops by Darren King. A huge variety of tempos and styles lets you drop Darren in your songs or start writing from one of his beats.

The pack will be available for purchase soon.

More information: That Sound / Darren King Drums

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Drumdrops announces Gretsch 1960s Round Badge Soul Kit Kontakt 5 Pack

Drumdrops has announced it will be releasing the Gretsch 1960s Round Badge Soul Kit Kontakt 5 Pack on wednesday 3rd December at 4pm GMT with a special offer.

The first 10 packs will be free, the next 50 will be £ 30.00, the next 50 £ 40.00 and then it will go back to the retail price of £ 45.00. Customers will need to have a Drumdrops account to purchase the kit. Login and at 4pm head to the Buy Kit page. The free kits go in a second so you have to be quick !

Drumdrops Gretsch 1960s Round Badge Soul Kit

The Gretsch 1960s Round Badge Kits are legendary kits. Currently they are one of the most sought after kits from that era. Drumdrops recorded this kit to capture a certain sound, the sound of the late 60s and early 70s that came out of Royal Studios in Memphis. Home to legendary producer and founder of Hi Records, Willie Mitchell. This studio was responsible for recording hit after hit from famous Soul Artists such as Al Green and Ann Peebles. Drumdrops under the guidance of producer / drummer Timmy Rickard studied and recreated the drum sound.

Unlike the one microphone, large open room drum sounds coming out of Motown and Stax in the 60’s/early 70’s, Willie Mitchell preferred a small dry room, often using three or four microphones on the drum kit. To capture the same sound Drumdrops used the suited dry live room at Miloco’s The Square in London. The concept behind the mic positioning is unique to this release. They used five mic’s, each placed in carefully selected positions around the kit, so each mic captures the drum kit as a whole, meaning you can use any one mic as your drum sound, or you can blend any or all of the mic’s to create your ideal sound (in the Kontakt pack).

The drum kit was produced, mixed and recorded by South London drummer Timmy Rickard who has studied the grooves and sound of this great era. The kit is a classic sounding late 60s kit with wallets placed on the tuned down snares, a tea towel was used on the floor tom and they have recorded the ride with and without a chain.

The kit comprises a 20″ x 14″ Kick drum, 13″ x 9″ Rack Tom and a 16″ x 16″ Floor Tom. The snares used were a combination of a Gretsch Renown Maple 14″ x 6″ snare with a Red Sparkle finish (c.2010) a Gretsch Renown maple 14″ x 5″ snare with a Black Oyster Swirl finish, a Ludwig Acrolite 14″ x 5″ (c.1970) and a Ludwig 400″ 14″ x 5″ snare (c.1960). Cymbals were dark sounding Bosphorous New Orleans Hi Hats (2 x 16″ Crashes), a 20″ Ride and an 18″ Crash. Drumdrops have also included shakers, tambourines and congas.
The recording took place in Miloco’s The Square Studios in London. As only five microphones were used Drumdrops utilized the vintage external mic pre’s (Telefunken V76’s, Neve 1066, Calrec PQ1061) recording straight to Pro Tools. All of the kit microphones used were ribbon microphones. They used 3 x Coles 4038 ribbons around the kit and for the overhead an STC 4021 ball & biscuit. Drumdrops also setup a room microphone which was a U47 FET running through a Calrec PQ1061 Mic Pre. In the Kontakt 5 pack all five microphones can be accessed on every drum using the mic blend feature.

The “Kontakt Pack” has been designed exclusively for the latest full version of Native Instruments Kontakt 5. The pack includes up to sixteen velocities of each articulation and up to 5 round robins. In total it contains 17275 samples. Included in the Kontakt pack is the latest version of the Drumdrops Kontakt 5 instrument.

The pack will cost £45 GBP. Requires Kontakt 5.2.0 full version or higher.

More information: Drumdrops / Gretsch 1960s Round Badge Soul

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Toonrack releases Metal Machine SDX for Superior Drummer 2

Toontrack Metal Machine SDX

Toontrack has announced the release of Metal Machine SDX, a Superior Drummer 2 sound library featuring the original recording that was used as the foundation for the Metal Machine EZX, arguably the most popular set of metal drum sounds on the market.

What makes it different from the EZX version is that the SDX sounds are raw and without post-processing, meaning the source material recorded directly at the studio. It comes with fundamentally the same collection of instruments but includes a wider variety of mic selections as well as a custom bank of kit presets.

The sessions were conducted at Studio B of Los Angeles’ Henson Recording Studios. Formerly known as the A&M Studios, these landmark facilities have housed the who’s-who of the recording industry of the past few decades. Heavy acts like Metallica, Soundgarden, Kiss, Pearl Jam and many others have all mixed or recorded groundbreaking works here.

At the helm recording, a man that needs no introduction to the world of metal; Andy Sneap. Having produced and mixed defining albums by some of modern metal’s most priced acts like Testament, Megadeth, Accept and Killswitch Engage, Sneap has had an instrumental role in shaping the sound of metal as we know it in the new millennium.

This library comprises three full kits as well as a wide assortment of cymbals and snares drums, which were all recorded using the utmost in recording equipment. With its concrete-lined walls, the room at Studio B produces a hard but still deep and precise tone, making it a perfect sonic environment for big, reverberant rock and metal drums. This room really brings out the very essence and raw nature of these instruments.

Toontrack Metal Machine MIDI

This is more than a collection of drums for just rock and metal. With the powerful tools of Superior Drummer 2, it’s a clean canvas of the finest of raw material, ready for you to harness, shape and mold into something truly unique.

The Metal Machinery SDX also comes with a MIDI groove library performed by Nick Barker (ex-Cradle of Filth, ex-Dimmu Borgir). This is also available as a separate release (Metal Machinery MIDI).

Metal Machinery SDX features

  • Three kits (2 x Tama Starclassic Bubinga, Ludwig Stainless Steel) as well as a large selection of snare drums and cymbals.
  • Produced and engineered by Andy Sneap.
  • Recorded at Henson Recording Studios in Los Angeles, USA.
  • Six (6) kit presets including custom samples, designed and mixed by Andy Sneap.
  • Included MIDI played by Nick Barker (ex-Cradle of Filth, ex-Dimmu Borgir).

The Metal Machine SDX is now available for purchase for 159EUR. The Metal Machine MIDI pack is 25 EUR.

More information: Toontrack / Metal Machine SDX

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Loops de la Crème releases Cymbal Rolls sample pack

Loops de la Crème has released Cymbal Rolls, a cymbal instrument library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Loops de la Crème Cymbal Rolls

Increase the dynamic and emotional impact of your tracks with these responsive, intuitive and fully customisable instruments.

Press a key, use the modulation wheel, release the key: It’s never been easier to infuse your music with epic, organic, gorgeous sounding swells!

Cymbal Rolls features

  • 10 hand-picked premium cymbals.
  • 278 samples (WAV, 24bit, 48kHz).
  • Up to 34 dynamic layers for maximum realism.
  • 10 single cymbal roll instruments.
  • 1 dynamic set with all cymbals.
  • 12 sound design instruments (Kontakt multis).
  • 20 Impulse Responses (reverb).
  • 1.57 GB total size, uncompressed.

The pack is available for purchase for the introductory price of 21 EUR until November 30th, 2014 (regular 42 EUR).

More information: Loops de la Crème / Cymbal Rolls

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