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Soundiron releases Cymbology 1: Bowed sample library + 40% off Drum Collection bundle

Soundiron has released Cymbology 1: Bowed, a scoring percussion, melodic tuned percussion and ambient FX library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Soundiron Cymbology 1: Bowed

This massive library is built around classic bowed cymbal sounds, but it doesn’t stop there. We captured 20 unique instruments, in all shapes, sizes, alloys and varieties, from crashes and splashes to gongs, bells, trashes and even a stack of spent WWII Howitzer artillery shells. We explored everything from short stabs to long tortured wails and everything in between. These oft sought-after dramatic scoring and sound design building-blocks are perfect for setting dark moods, striking bold transitions, building stingers, weaving soundscapes and manipulating in any number of ways to evoke sonic images both dark and light.

Not content to leave it there, we also delved into strange experiments with dry ice on the cymbal surfaces. The results are just as wildly varied as the bowed articulations, but these squeals, hisses, hums, swells, screeches, drones, screams, rumbles and wails are from an entirely different world.

We recorded both the “Bowed” and “Frozen” sets of sustaining and short cymbal effects in two wide microphone positions, up close for full detail, presence and clarity without room coloration and out in a large hall, for a rich, lush and naturally spacious reverb ideal for epic and orchestral scoring.

Next, we created a collection of extraordinary melodic tuned percussion instruments from the most musically inspiring elements within the library. Each tuned preset has a unique and complex sound, with flowing overtones, broad warmth, clear highs and massive low end. You’ll find flavors ranging from darkly harmonic to pure and crystalline. Lastly, we designed over 1 GB of ambient instruments. You’ll find a spectacular array of pads, drones, synths, swirling dreamscapes, nightmarish hellscapes and complex evolving textures.

We’ve programmed the library with obsessive attention to detail and unmatched playability, with a unique custom Kontakt 4 user-interface and a broad array of easy-to-use sound shaping, layering, filter, LFO, convolution and multi-fx controls to provide an endless range of creative possibility.

Cymbology 1: Bowed features

  • 289 Kontakt 4.2.4 patches (unlocked).
  • 285 Kontakt 3.5 patches (unlocked).
  • 2220 Samples.
  • 5.77 GB Installed.
  • 40 Custom Convolution IR Files.
  • 24bit / 48kHz stereo PCM wav samples.
  • Available now via high-speed cloud-based download and on DVD.
  • Full retail version of Kontakt 3, 4 or 5 required to use this library.
  • The free Kontakt Player does not support this library.

Cymbology 1: Bowed is available to purchase for the introductory price of $79 USD through December 16th, 2011 (regular $99 USD). It is also included in the Drum Collection bundle (download or DVD), which is 40% off until 11:59pm on 16 December, 2011 (PST).

More information: Soundiron / Cymbology 1 Bowed

Bluenoise Plugins releases Drummix Metal 1 drum instrument plug-in

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Bluenoise Plugins Drummix Metal 1

Bluenoise Plugins has released Drummix Metal 1, a virtual drum instrument for Windows.

The drum kit used for Drummix Metal 1 is a Tama Artstar 2; one of the 25 copies of Lars Ulrich famous Black Album tour drums! This is the holy grail of metal drum kit with 6 toms, to kick drums and loads of cymbals.

Metal 1 is recorded in medium amienced room, but with additional microphones in a huge space next door to bring out that big metal sound we like. It comes with several different kick and snare samples because we know how important those instrument are in this genre.

Drummix Metal 1 is available to purchase as a VST instrument plug-in for Windows, priced at $50 USD.

More information: Bluenoise Plugins

Toontrack launches Metal Month with Metal Machine EZX and MIDI

Toontrack Metal Machine EZX

Toontrack has announced the release of the Metal Machine EZX and Metal Machine MIDI, the first two products in the Toontrack Metal Month.

Testament, Megadeth, Arch Enemy, Exodus, Killswitch Engage and Devildriver all call the same man to lay the final hand on their albums: Britain’s Andy Sneap. This highly in-demand producer/engineer has worked on numerous Grammy® Award-nominated albums, is known worldwide for having produced some of the heaviest releases this last decade and has had an instrumental role in shaping the sound of metal music as we know it in the new millennium. Now Toontrack is proud to present the first ever drum sample library to bear his unmistakable seal; Metal Machine EZX®.

Recorded by powerhouse drummer John Tempesta (White Zombie, Testament, Helmet) in Los Angeles’ Henson Recording Studios, formerly known as the A&M Studios, the Metal Machine EZX® lacks none of the metal traits you’d expect: the thunderous bass-drums, the ferocious in-your-face snares and the toms that will cut through your mixes with a crystal clear tone to die for.

Metal Machine EZX 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 one of the most successful and in-demand metal producers of the decade: Andy Sneap.
  • Recorded at Henson Recording Studios in Los Angeles, USA.
  • Mixed at Andy Sneap’s own Backstage Studios, Derbyshire, UK.
  • Included MIDI played by John Tempesta.
Toontrack Metal Machine MIDI

Also available is Metal Machine MIDI.

Derived from the Metal Machine EZX, this massive MIDI pack takes a headfirst plunge into the archives of drummer John Tempesta’s impressive recording career. Played with killing vigor, it goes to show that John skillfully masters the trashier styles from his roots (Testament, Exodus) through to the more straight forward portion of his catalogue (White Zombie, Helmet), leading up to his more recent and more rock based endeavors (The Cult).

This all makes for a very diverse and highly useful collection of MIDI grooves and fills.

Metal Machine EZX is available to purchase for 69 EUR / $89 USD. The MIDI pack is 25 EUR / $29 USD.

More information: Toontrack / Metal Machine EZX / Metal Machine MIDI

Toontrack releases Roots SDX Bundle + Roots MIDI

Toontrack has announced the release of Roots SDX and Roots MIDI,

Toontrack Roots SDX

Meet one of the most ambitious recordings in the history of Toontrack and with its 64 GB in total and 23 mixer channels, likely the world’s most comprehensive drum sample library to date. We are beyond proud to introduce a set of sounds that transcends the confines of a genre and rather define an era – an age of music spanning from Jazz, Blues to Hip Hop and Rock. Finally, welcome to the Toontrack family of sounds: Roots SDX.

Available separately as Roots – Sticks and Roots – Brushes, Rods & Mallets as well as a convenient bundle combining both.

Roots SDX features

  • Recorded by Roy “Futureman” Wooten in Blackbird Studio Nashville, TN.
  • Approximately 36 GB of raw, unprocessed sounds.
  • A total of 23 separately recorded, tweakable channels available in the mixer.
  • Custom MIDI included.
  • Large selection of different drums and cymbals (Pearl, Gretsch, Ludwig, Zildjian, Paiste).

Toontrack has also released the Roots MIDI, the MIDI from the Roots SDX in an separate library.

Jazz/Fusion and all-around drummer genius Morgan Ågren is back with another library jam- packed with stunning performances!

The Roots SDX Bundle is available to purchase for 299 EUR. The individual Sticks and Brushes, Rods & Mallets packs are 159 EUR each. Roots MIDI is priced 25 EUR.

More information: Toontrack / Roots SDX / Roots MIDI

Toontrack releases Americana EZX & MIDI

Toontrack Americana EZX

Toontrack has released the Americana EZX, an expansion for EZdrummer and Superior Drummer.

Toontrack wanted to capture the essence of the Americana genre; the raw, untamed and no frills sound that defined the music that rose out of rebelling the mainstream country and rock establishment in the 1990s. Where better to do this than in its very stronghold, Austin, TX, and through the guidance of seasoned engineer Mark Hallman (Carole King, Dan Fogelberg)?

Recorded in great detail at renowned The Congress House Studio, Toontrack is proud to present one of the most genre defining products in the history of the company: Americana EZX.

Americana EZX features

  • Intimate and natural sounding Fibes Maple and 1960s Ludwig kits.
  • Featuring specials like the wood hoop “snare off” snare drum, sizzle strip and Cross Crasherz FX cymbals, Zildjian sizzle ride and more.
  • Included MIDI.

The Americana EZX is available to purchase for €69 EUR / $89 USD.

Toontrack has also released Americana MIDI, the MIDI for the Americana EZX as a separate product, available to purchase for €25 EUR / $29 USD.

More information: Toontrack / Americana EZX / Americana MIDI

The Loop Loft releases Felt & Wires + Multitrack Drum Sessions Bundle

The Loop Loft Felt & Wires Multi-Track Drums

The Loop Loft has released Felt & Wires, a new multitrack drums sample library.

Take the melodic mallet drumming of Art Blakey, combine it with warm brush strokes of Philly Joe Jones and mix it together with some 21st century backbeats, and you get our latest Multitrack Drums release, “Felt and Wires”.

Consisting of six individual channels of drum set mics along with 4 channels of percussion, this collection gives you complete control over a very orchestral, dynamic and ethereal sounding session that will appeal to film scorers, songwriters and instrumental composers alike.

Felt & Wires is available to purchase for $15 USD, or as part of the newly released Multitrack Drum Sessions Bundle, a collection of 4 sample packs.

We’ve bundled the first four releases of our popular Multitrack Drum Sessions, giving you over 2 gigabytes of individually tracked drums, cymbals and percussion, all at a 25% discount! From straight up pop backbeats, to highly syncopated funk/fusion, to dramatic orchestral percussion, this bundle of Multitrack Drum Sessions will give you a wide range of arrangement options and grooves, as well as the flexibility and control that only individually tracked drums can provide.

The Multitrack Drum Sessions Bundle is $45 USD (25% off regular price).

More information: The Loop Loft

Analogue Drums releases Buckshot sample library

Analogue Drums Buckshot

Analogue Drums has released Buckshot, a drumkit sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt and EXS24.

The Buck stops here. A modern take on a vintage kit with plenty of punch to cut through and enough tone to sit right in a rock track.

The kit is a vintage 1970s Gretsch Stop-Sign Maple with Zildjian and Sabian cymbals. The kit was tracked in a big old wooden theatre and dialing in the room sound can go from tight to espansive. As usual we’ve used nothing but the finest gear to capture the kit including classic Neumann mics, vintage Neve 1064 preamps. The tracks were then processed through vintage DBX 160 “VU” compressors for added grit and girth.

Buckshot features

  • Multi-sampling: each key contains 24 velocity layers for expressive detail. Hihats are extensively sampled for convincing realism with 6 articulations (tight, closed, loose, semi-open, open, pedaled).
  • Mic layers: 3x separately controllable layers for close mics, overheads and room mics.
  • Layouts: General MIDI (GM) and Extended Mapping (EX) layouts provided.
  • Kontakt instrument interface*: with volume and pan controls for individual drums and room mics. Instant snare-swapping button.
  • 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.

Buckshot is available to purchase for $24.95 USD.

More information: Analogue Drums / Buckshot

* features only available when using Kontakt.

Roland ships TD-4KX2 and TD-4K2 V-Compact Series V-Drums

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Roland has announced the availability of the new line of V-Compact Series V-Drums, the TD-4KX2 and TD-4K2.

Roland TD-4KX2

These affordable kits feature the playability and sound quality of Roland’s industry-leading V-Drums with unique Coach and recording functions that are perfect for any drummer who wishes to improve their drumming ability.

Both the TD-4KX2 and TD-4K2 include the TD-4 Percussion Sound Module, featuring quality drum and percussion sounds that can be easily edited, allowing the user to quickly customize their kits. Ambience effects optimized for drums are included for a more expressive performance. The Coach and Quick Record/Quick Play functions are ideal for effective practice, providing drummers with valuable feedback for rapid improvement.

The TD-4KX2 features Roland’s patented multi-layer mesh heads for the snare and toms, providing the incredible dynamic feel and sensitivity for which Roland V-Drums are famous. The new KD-9 Kick Pad includes a new cloth-designed bass drum head and provides extremely accurate triggering with natural response and feel. In addition, the improved design and simple, solid mechanics of the KD-9 makes setup quick and easy. The new lightweight CY-13R ride (with three-way triggering) and CY-12C crash V-Cymbals® offer a more natural swinging motion and playing feel.

The new TD-4K2 V-Compact Series V-Drums kit also features Roland’s patented multi-layer mesh head for the snare. This revamped kit includes the improved KD-9 Kick Pad as well, which provides a natural feel, well-balanced sensitivity, and quiet operation. The TD-4K2 is also expandable with an optional V-Pad™ or V-Cymbal®.

“With drummers, it’s all about how a kit feels and plays,” says Tim Root, Product Manager for the Roland Drums & Percussion Division. “The TD-4K2 and TD-4KX2 represent the latest improvements to the playability of our TD-4 series, and go hand-in-hand with the great sounds, Rhythm Coach® exercises, Quick Record/Quick Play function, and affordable price points that makes these kits winners.”

The new kits in the V-Compact Series are shipping now. MSRP is $1799 USD for the TD-4KX2 and $1199 USD for the TD-4K2.

More information: Roland / V-Drums