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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

Sampleism releases Alive Cymbals by Nicolas Signat

Nicolas Signat

Sampleism has announced the release of Alive Cymbals, the first in the new series of ‘Alive’ instruments for Kontakt, developed by sound designer and composer Nicolas Signat.

Alive Cymbals has been created from a set of 8 cymbals recorded with Audio Technica mics and Nagra LB recorders and preamps in 88,2kHz 24 bit, edited in the same resolution and then down sampled into 44,1kHz 24 bit with Izotope SRC.

Recorded in a warm room in stereo (close position), the sound is raw, vibrant, accurate, and extremely musical.

Alive Cymbals features

  • 8 high-end cymbals: Wuhan 27″ china, Zildjian 20″ K Custom Dark Ride, Meinl 18″ Byzance Extra Dry China, Paiste 16″ Twenty Crash, Meinl 14″ Byzance Thin Crash, Sabian 10″ Evolution Splash and a pair of Paiste 2002 Cup Chime (5″ and 5.5″), recorded closely with stick, brush, mallet and/or bow with full sustain.
  • Several round robins and velocity layers (3-4 of each, average).
  • Attack & Release controls for all patches
  • Fx reverb for all the basic patches.
  • 12 sound designed instruments with weird pianos, bells, pads, sci-fi fx with modwheel control.
  • Custom GUIs with photos of the cymbals.
  • 44,1kHz 24 bit stereo files, originally recorded in 88,2kHz with Nagra recorder and preamps.
  • 388 files, 1,30GB uncompressed, (982MB zip file)
  • For Kontakt 4 and above with all wav files available separately.

The Alive Cymbals library for Kontakt (full version required) is available for the introductory price of £10.99 GBP.

More information: Sampleism / Alive Cymbals

Alesis intros DM Dock Kit & DM7X Kit drum sets

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Alesis has announced the DM Dock Kit and the DM7X Kit, two innovative new electronic drum sets.

Alesis DM Dock Pro Kit
The Alesis DM Dock Pro Kit iPad-integrated premium electronic drumset.

The DM Dock Kit is a six-drum, four-cymbal drum set based around the DM Dock, a revolutionary drum module for iPad unveiled by Alesis in 2012. The set features four toms, a snare, the Alesis StealthKick drum trigger, a hi-hat, two crash cymbals with choke, and a three-zone ride cymbal with choke. The DM Dock Kit’s rugged steel rack is instantly adjustable with hinged quick-release clamps holding the drum pads and integrated cymbal arms that are easily converted in seconds from boom-style to straight.

Alesis DM Dock

Building upon the widely acclaimed design of the Alesis iO Dock, the DM Dock drum module harnesses the power of iPad for drummers, giving them a stage-ready device with 13 professional trigger inputs and balanced ¼” stereo main outputs. Thanks to the WiFi, Bluetooth®, AirPlay®, and 3G wireless connectivity of iPad, the DM Dock empowers drummers to change and enhance their sound library at a moment’s notice. With a compatible app, drummers can download new drums, cymbals, even a complete kit to suit any musical style or venue. Alesis will exhibit the DM Dock Kit along with DM Touch, a percussion app specifically designed by Alesis for the DM Dock. The app allows drummers to create new kits in seconds by simply dragging and dropping drum icons onto a virtual drum kit.

“The power and flexibility of the DM Dock Kit can hardly be overstated,” said David Gill, Alesis Engineering Manager. “We encourage any drummer to come by the booth and try it out; the DM Touch app is the easiest way to customize and experiment with different drum sounds and configurations. Drummers have never had this easy of a workflow, and the DM Dock Kit itself is bulletproof!”

Alesis will also exhibit the DM7X Kit, a premium six-piece electronic drum set. With its ultraquiet rubber drum and cymbal pads, the DM7X Kit is ideal for professional drummers who want an electronic kit for quiet practice or for electronic percussionists looking to upgrade to a higher-quality kit with a professional module. The DM7X Kit features four 8” dual-zone toms, an 8” dual-zone snare, the Alesis StealthKick 2 compact drum trigger, a 10” hi-hat, a 10” crash cymbal with choke, and a 10” ride cymbal. The DM7X module is the newest module from Alesis and comes with 385 drum and percussion sounds arranged into 40 vintage and modern kits.

Alesis will exhibit the DM Dock Kit and the DM7X Kit at Booth 6700 at the 2013 NAMM show, January 24-27 in Anaheim, California.

More information: Alesis

DNR Collaborative sets free Metal and Motion sample library

Reason Lahalla

Steven of DNR Collaborative has announced that the Metal and Motion sample library is now available as a free download, in memory of Reason Lahalla, who sadly enough passed away recently.

In honor of Reason I have decided to allow his sound library “Metal and Motion” to be downloaded by all for free.

His original purpose in this endeavor was to provide the world with cool music products, and that is what I will do here.

Metal and Motion features

  • 190 Individual samples, 44.1khz/24-bit audio quality.
  • Sample Categories: Clean cymbal hits, Aluminum taps, Brace taps, Cymbal scrapes, Machete hits, Metal fades, Metal textures.
  • Formats: WAV/SFZ/SF2.

The sample library is available to download here.

More information: DNR Collaborative

FXpansion releases Zildjian Digital Vault for BFD2 & BFD Eco

FXpansion Zildjian Digital Vault

FXpansion has announced the release of Zildjian Digital Vault, a comprehensive collection of Zildjian cymbal recordings ready to slot into your BFD2 or BFD Eco installation.

Zildjian Digital Vault features 34 classic crashes, splashes, rides, chinas and hihats hand-selected by Zildjian’s master cymbal tester Paul Francis. Recorded in intricate detail by sampling guru John Emrich, the sounds are captured with crisp direct mics and lush stereo overhead and room mic sets. Each cymbal is recorded at multiple velocities while being struck by sticks, brushes and mallets. The included cymbals feature articulations for bow, edge and bell positions while hihats feature tip and edge hits at 5 positions between open and closed.

Included are 14 A-series, 9 K-series and 11 FX cymbals from the Zildjian range as well as a series of authentic drumkit grooves.

Note: This product combines 3 previous Gen16-branded products (Z-Pack1, S-Pack1 and S-Pack2).

Zildjian Digital Vault costs $149 USD / €109 EUR / £95 GBP inc VAT. Until Jan 31st 2013, this product is currently available at a 50% discount in FXpansion’s expansion sale.

More information: FXpansion / Zildjian Digital Vault

Toontrack releases New York Studios Vol.3 SDX

Toontrack New York Studios Vol 3 SDX

Toontrack has announced the release of New York Studios Vol.3 SDX, the continuation of Toontrack’s New York Studios Legacy series, focusing on capturing the best studios in the New York area.

We are proud to present a new addition to the Superior Line: New York Studios Vol.3 SDX! Straight from the Avatar Studios in the heart of Manhattan comes breathtaking drums recorded by the same team that did Superior Drummer and the Vol.2 SDX – engineer duo Neil Dorfsman and Pat Thrall together with session drummer Nir Z.

New York Studios Vol.3 SDX features

  • Recorded in the legendary Avatar Studios in New York City.
  • 18 GB of raw, unprocessed drum sounds recorded through Neve, Pultec and GML signal chains.
  • Three (3) full kits (Ludwig, Slingerland, Rogers) and additional snares.
  • Several setups of different cymbals.
  • Included MIDI library played by session drummer Nir Z.
  • Included presets for instant mix-ready sounds.

The New York Studios Vol.3 SDX is available to purchase for 159 EUR / $179 USD. The New York Studios Vol.3 MIDI pack taken from the SDX is also available, priced at 25 EUR / $29 USD.

More information: Toontrack / New York Studios Vol.3 SDX

HISS and a ROAR releases Tortured Cymbals sound library

HISS and a ROAR Tortured Cymbals

HISS and a ROAR has announced the release of Tortured Cymbals, a 10 GB sound design library.

Just how many ways can you torture a cymbal? Well…. I set out on a year long journey to find out! I started off bowing them, progressed to manipulating them with hand tools and electric drills and ended up bending, breaking, dropping, throwing & eventually destroying them… all in the name of providing diverse & unique source material for you!

This library includes an incredibly diverse collection of tonal & atonal sounds (great food for granular processing!) ranging from the shrill to the subsonic, as well as some very strange textures and uniquely percussive impacts! The contrast between the synchronous dual contact mic and stereo high resolution Sennhesier MKH80X0 mics could not be starker.

Tortured Cymbals features

  • 1,865 sounds in 138 .WAV files.
  • 24bit 96kHz.
  • 5.6 GB download, 10.1 GB uncompressed.

The sample library is available to purchase for the introductory price of $79 USD through November 16th, 2012 (regular $99 USD).

More information: HISS and a ROAR / Tortured Cymbals

FXpansion introduces BFD Core ReFill for Reason 6

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Nucleus SoundLab BFD Core Refill

FXpansion has announced the release of the BFD Core ReFill for Propellerhead Reason 6+ in collaboration with Nucleus SoundLab.

BFD Core ReFill combines FXpansion’s premium drum samples with the proven sound design experience of Nucleus SoundLab, resulting in the ultimate drum ReFill available for Reason. If you need an incredibly detailed and produced drumkit for your mix, or if you just need quality samples to construct a drumkit of your own, BFD Core ReFill delivers.

Comprising 3.6 GB of sample content, BFD Core ReFill includes the very best of FXpansion’s BFD2 sounds optimized for the Reason architecture. The 57 included kit-pieces feature multiple mic positions and detailed velocity layers while also taking advantage of Reason’s alternate sample playback so that it’s nearly impossible to hear the same sample twice in succession. The package includes 75 Combinator drumkits, lite patches for low-memory systems and additional inspiration in the form of over 2200 MIDI drum loops in various genres.

BFD Core ReFill features

  • 3.6GB of high-qualtiy FXpansion drum samples
    • 16 Velocity Layers
    • 3-5 Discrete Mic Positions
    • Alternate Sample Playback
  • 57 NN-XT patches
    • 7 Kicks
    • 8 Snares
    • 18 Toms
    • 14 Cymbals
    • 4 HiHats
    • 6 Percussion Elements
  • 75 Combinator drumkits.
  • Lite version of all patches included.
  • 2200+ MIDI drum loops.

BFD Core ReFill is available for purchase now from Nucleus SoundLab for an introductory price of $69 CAD until December 5th, 2012 (regular $99 CAD).

More information: Nucleus SoundLab / BFD Core ReFill