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Roland announces TD-15KV and TD-15K new V-Tour Series V-Drums

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Roland TD-15KV

Roland has announced the TD-15KV and TD-15K V-Drums V-Tour® Series, two new mid-level kits in its industry-leading lineup of V-Drums electronic percussion products.

Featuring a new sound module powered by Roland’s revolutionary SuperNATURAL® sounds, improved V-Pads™, and other enhancements, the TD-15KV and TD-15K kits offer superb drum performance for practice, stage, and studio.

The brain behind the TD-15KV and TD-15K kits is the TD-15 Drum Sound Module, which delivers brand-new, ultra-expressive percussion tones with SuperNATURAL sounds produced by Behavior Modeling technology. Originally introduced in the flagship V-Drums V-Pro® Series, this exciting level of performance is now available in V-Tour players.

The TD-15 has 500 instruments and 100 user-customizable drum kits, plus a new powerful Ambience feature. Ten multi-effects are provided for processing drum sounds, and the front panel offers dedicated buttons for tuning, muffling, and effects. There are 11 trigger inputs, plus a click output that can be assigned to the headphone or master outputs.

Roland TD-15

Easy to use, the TD-15 offers a large LCD and the intuitive V-Drums V-Edit interface for quick navigation and sound customization. Coach and Quick REC functions help build drumming skills, while two different USB ports allow users to play audio files from convenient flash media and connect directly to computers for MIDI/Audio over USB.

In addition to the TD-15 module, components in the TD-15KV set include two new PDX-100 mesh-head V-Pads for the snare and floor tom, two PD-85 mesh-head V-Pads for the rack toms, and a KD-9 Kick Trigger Pad. The VH-11 V-Hi-Hat® delivers a natural hi-hat feel, while CY-12C and CY-13R/C V-Cymbals® are provided for the crash and ride. Rounding out the kit is the new MDS-9V Drum Stand.

The slightly more compact and affordable TD-15K set offers two PDX-8 mesh-head V-Pads for the snare and floor tom, two PDX-6 mesh-head V-Pads for the rack toms, and a KD-9 Kick Trigger Pad. Other components include a CY-5 Dual-Trigger Cymbal Pad and FD-8 Hi-Hat Controller, CY-12C and CY-13R/C V-Cymbals for crash and ride, and the MDS-9V Drum Stand.

The TD-15KV and TD-15K V-Drums V-Tour Series will be available in late spring.

More information: Roland / TD-15KV & TD-15K

Analogue Drums releases Monotown and Gorilla sample libraries + Tape Series Two Bundle

Analogue Drums has announced the release of Monotown and Gorilla, two new drum sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Analogue Drums Monotown

Inspired by the drums of Motown, Stax and sweet R’n'B from yesteryear comes Monotown. It will drive home the beat to old school funk, soul, rhythm and blues. It’ll also fit the bill for current indy and pop where organic production qualities are desired.

Monotown features

  • Multi-sampling: each key contains up to 8 velocity layers for expressive detail and dynamics. Hihats are extensively sampled for convincing realism with 9 articulations (tip, tight, closed, loose, looser, semi-open, open, pedaled, footsplash).
  • Mic layers: 5x individually controllable microphone perspectives: Coles 4038 front-of-kit; Coles 4038 over kit; RCA 44 over kit, RE20 underside, and Neumann U67 room.
  • Round-robin: natural performance is possible thanks to 6 round-robin hits for each dynamic layer on every instrument.
  • Layouts: Keyboard and eKit/V-Drum mapping layouts provided. The keyboard layout is General MIDI (GM) compatible.
  • Output routing: mono and multi-channel output versions provided.
  • Kontakt instrument interface: with volume and mic controls.
  • Instrument swap: instantly change the snare drum and tambourine sounds at the press of a button.
  • Sensitivity control: increase the sensitivity of the kit for more intricate and subtle performances or leave it set to full dynamic range for heavier tracks.
  • Presets: for quickly changing sounds.
  • Trigger maps: for sound replacement.
Analogue Drums Gorilla

Inspired by the likes of Phil Collins and other pioneers of the gated room sound, we present Gorilla – a classic Gretsch rock kit, with an authentic gated room feature that creates a vibe like no other. Complete with concert toms and Sabian cymbals, this kit will lay down a solid and distinctive foundation for any track.

Gorilla features

  • Multi-sampling: each key contains up to 8 velocity layers for expressive detail. Hihats are extensively sampled for convincing realism with 7 articulations (tip, tight, closed, loose, semi-open, open, pedaled).
  • Round-robin: each and every hit has 6 unique round-robin samples to avoid the mechanical machine-gun effect.
  • Mic layers: 4x separately controllable microphone perspectives: close mics, snare bottom, overheads and room mics.
  • Layouts: Keyboard and eKit/V-Drum mapping layouts provided. The keyboard layout is General MIDI (GM) compatible.
  • Output routing: stereo and multi-channel output versions provided.
  • Kontakt instrument interface: with volume, pan, and mic mix controls, instant snare-swapping button.
  • Gated room control: switch room gate to various degrees or leave ungated.
  • Sensitivity control: increase the sensitivity of the kit for more subtle performances or leave it set to full dynamic range for rock and heavier tracks.
  • Presets: for quickly changing sounds.
  • Trigger maps: for sound replacement.
Analogue Drums Tape Series Two Bundle

Both Kontakt libraries are available to purchase for $39 USD each.

Analogue Drums has also announced the Tape Series Two Bundle, a collection of all four kits from the Tape Series Two:

  • Kingpin – Vintage Gretsch with Bosphorus cymbals
  • Plastique – Ludwig Vistalite with Paiste 2002 cymbals
  • Monotown – Vintage Rogers Big-R with vintage Zildjian & Paiste cymbals
  • Gorilla – Vintage Gretsch concert-tom with Sabian cymbals

Introductory pricing: $99 for the rest of March. Get in quick before we figure out how much more to charge for it. Further discount for Plastique and Kingpin owners: if you own one the bundle is only $74, if you own both it’s only $49 – for all of March. Discounts applied at checkout.

More information: Analogue Drums

FXpansion launches BFD2 Sale – 50% off virtual drum instrument

FXpansion has announced the BFD2 BFDeal, a limited time promotion for the award-winning premium acoustic drum workstation for Windows and Mac.

FXpansion BFD2 BFDeal

BFD2 is FXpansion’s flagship production workstation for acoustic drums: extreme realism and stunning sound quality, fast and easy setup and total plug-in integration in your DAW.

Assemble and tweak up to 32-piece kits, create and edit professional drum arrangements, work with mics like you’re truly mixing drums in a studio with free routing and sidechaining, custom sub-mixes and high quality built-in processing. If you’re more of a musician than an engineer, you can use the supplied drum mix presets and concentrate on your arrangements instead!

BFD2 features

  • 55GB of rare, vintage boutique and classic drums, 10 full kits, extra snares and cymbals.
  • Multiple expressive articulations, each with up to 96 velocity layers.
  • Built-in effects suite includes EQ, flanger, chorus, delay, bit crusher, gate, DCAM circuit-modelled filter, compressors, distortion; Overloud Breverb and much more.
  • Multi-channel audio export directly within BFD2.
  • Full-featured Groove creation, editing and arrangement.

BFD2 is available now from participating dealers or the FXpansion web shop for $149 USD/119 EUR/£99 GBP until 31 March, 2012 (regular $299 USD/199 EUR/£175 inc VAT).

More information: FXpansion / BFD2

Soundiron releases Apocalypse Percussion Ensemble

Soundiron has announced the Apocalypse Percussion Ensemble, a new percussion sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Soundiron Apocalypse Percussion Ensemble

We’re thrilled to announce the most powerful and comprehensive epic trailer and scoring percussion library we have ever recorded: Apocalypse Percussion Ensemble.

This massive collection features over 40 drums and more than a dozen cymbals of all shapes and sizes, with both ensemble and solo articulations and up to 3 independent microphone positions per articulation, this library is your total solution for epic percussion orchestration.

Recorded in a naturally rich and lush spacious A-Frame hall using world class large-diaphragm microphones and pristine ultra-quiet recorders, we carefully mixed and mastered each sample to deliver explosive power, unmatched acoustic quality, wide dynamic range, and stunning life-like clarity and presence.

Apocalypse Percussion Ensemble features

  • 236 Kontakt 4.2.4 patches (unlocked).
  • 16,659 Samples.
  • 14.2 GB Installed.
  • 40 Custom Convolution IR Files.
  • 24bit / 48kHz stereo PCM wav samples.
  • Available now via high-speed cloud-based download.
  • Full retail version of Kontakt 4 or 5 required to use this library. The free Kontakt Player does not support this library.

The Apocalypse Percussion Ensemble library is available to purchase for the introductory price of $179 USD through February 7th, 2012 (regular price $199 USD).

More information: Soundiron / Apocalypse Percussion Ensemble

Wave Alchemy Free Cymbal FX Sample Pack

Wave Alchemy

Wave Alchemy has announced a free Cymbal FX sample pack.

In celebration of the New Year we have put together a FREE collection of unique sounding cymbal sounds. A Roland Jupiter 8 synthesizer was used to sculpt 37 metallic cymbal sounds which were then post processed with a variety of outboard studio processors including our Eventide DSP-7000.

The included sounds range from simple metallic hits to huge stereo sound beds – all great sources for further audio manipulation…

The free Cymbal FX pack is available to download here.

More information: Wave Alchemy

Loops de la Crème releases Cymbal Essentials

Loops de la Crème Cymbal Essentials

Loops de la Crème has released Cymbal Essentials, the first product from the SILVER&GOLD series, a new line of premium cymbal samples and virtual instruments.

The included samples showcase various playing technics, and were recorded with great depth and detail, in stereo, and with as little ambience as possible to ensure maximum flexibility and usefulness.

Cymbal Essentials features

  • 62 cymbal samples (stereo wav, 24bit, 48Khz) in 6 categories:
    • 10 Rides
    • 16 Crashes (using both sticks, plastic rods and mallets)
    • 9 HiHats (3 sets of closed, foot, and open variations)
    • 7 Piatti (orchestral hand held cymbals)
    • 12 Long Rolls (using mallets)
    • 8 splashes, bells and stacks (cymbals stacked on top of each other)
  • 2 Kontakt patches (main set, sound design set).
  • 15 IR samples (reverb impulse responses).
  • User guide (pdf file).

Cymbal Essentials is available to purchase for the introductory price of 4 EUR.

More information: Loops de la Crème / Cymbal Essentials

Voxengo updates AcuDrums drum sample library

Voxengo has announced an update of its AcuDrums drum sample library.

Voxengo AcuDrums is a professional sound sample library that captures acoustical sound of various drum and cymbal instruments. The main idea behind AcuDrums library is to capture a maximally pristine and unprocessed contemporary drum kit sound. Library as a whole contains more than 14000 WAV files and takes more than 10 GB of disk space. Instruments of this library have multiple velocity layers with each velocity layer having 5 sample variations reducing the “machine gun” effect greatly.

Voxengo AcuDrums
New Voxengo AcuDrums sample packs

New in AcuDrums

  • 14-inch high hat with a dry vintage sound, naturally panned to the right side. 1850 WAV sample files total.
  • 22-inch 6-ply maple bass drum with a warm clicky sound. 240 WAV sample files total.
  • 18-inch crash cymbal with a dark vintage sound, naturally panned to the right side a bit. 925 WAV sample files total.

The samples of individual instruments can be purchased separately or in custom bundles (a discount may apply), with the prices currently ranging from $8.95 to $18.95 USD per instrument.

More information: Voxengo / AcuDrums

Silicon Beats releases Metalcore Drum Loops V1

Silicon Beats Metalcore Drum Loops V1

Silicon Beats has released Metalcore Drum Loops V1, of collection of 119 drum loops.

Put the ‘Heavy’ in your Metalcore and Death Metal tracks with ‘Metalcore Drum Loops V1′. These massive stomp grooves include some tricky double kick drum licks and some nasty china crashes that you MUST use in Metalcore – it’s the law.

We focused mainly on stomp grooves with a wide selection of fills and variations with closed hats, open hats, rides and crashes. We used a Yamaha Stage Custom kit that was made from mahogany which gave the drums a really bright tone that was ideal for all kinds of metal. With a tasty selection of cymbals from Istanbul, Sabian and Zildjian we managed to capture a big, trashy noise that will give your metal tracks a really live feel.

Metalcore Drum Loops V1 is available to purchase for $69.95 USD.

More information: Silicon Beats / Metalcore Drum Loops