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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

Review: Toontrack Jazz EZX

Toontrack’s EZdrummer is one of the most popular drum instruments around, and for good reason.

The multi-microphone drum sampler is easy to use, yet it has plenty of features for advanced tweaking. The EZdrummer package comes with an extensive MIDI library (8,000+ patterns), a mixer which allows stereo and multitrack routing, and a number of wonderfully captured instruments.

EZdrummer also allows you to use additional drum kits with EZX expansion packs.

Roy

Toontrack’s latest offering is the Jazz EZX, featuring drum sounds performed by Roy “Futureman” Wooten, inventor of the Drumitar, and member of Béla Fleck and the Flecktones.

Futureman is a multiple Grammy award winning composer, inventor, and multi-instrumentalist who has been a pioneer in using sampled drums since 1985. He has shared the stage and numerous albums with many Jazz legends.

Roy started playing acoustic drums as a young child with his brothers in Virginia. From that he has come a long way and is now renowned for playing what is called a SynthAxe-Drumitar to trigger drum samples.

Jazz up your EZdrummer

Installation of the Jazz EZX is easy. Just launch the installer from the DVD and sit back for a bit. Registration and authorisation is a piece of cake as well. Note that all the EZX files are automatically copied to the location of your EZdrummer library (which you can set in the custom installation option in the EZdrummer setup).

Once installed the Jazz EZX is available from the dropdown list in the top bar in EZdrummer. Here’s what it looks like.

Toontrack Jazz EZX
Jazz EZX with Roy “Futureman” Wooten on the ride

The drum kits include instruments from Pearl, Ludwig, Leedy, Masterworks, Gretsch, Slingerland, Paiste and Zildjian. The complete list is available here.

Recording of the drums was done at Blackbird Studios in Nashville, USA, using a Neve 8078 console and an abundance of quality microphones (Neumann U47, RCA 44, NS-10, Shure SM57, AKG C12, AEA 88, Royerlab SF12 & R-121). You can watch a video of “the making of” here.

Besides the drum samples, Jazz EZX also comes with almost 1,000 additional MIDI patterns for your EZdrummer MIDI library. Although you might expect the grooves to have been played by Roy, this is not the case. Instead David Haynes (who has performed with Stanley Jordan, Chaka Kahn, Prince, Mary J. Blige, and many others), Morgan Ågren (Frank Zappa) and Per Mikaelsson (Heel) are responsible for playing the MIDI patterns.

Here’s a video of me playing around a bit with the Jazz EZX in Ableton Live 7 (sorry if it looks a bit chaotic, I’m a quick clicker).


Jazz EZX for Toontrack EZdrummer @ Vimeo

The Jazz EZX expansion pack is available for purchase from various distributors for an MSRP of $89 USD / €69 EUR (my copy came from Time+Space where it’s available for £55 GBP inc. VAT, which is only about 57 EUR with the current exchange rates).

So what do I think?

This EZX will obviously appeal to those who are looking for jazz drums. The sound of Jazz EZX is quite, er… jazzy, so no worries there. Jazz EZX delivers top notch drum sounds.
It is however slightly disappointing Toontrack didn’t get Roy to play the MIDI grooves. It’s one thing to capture the drum hits (done to a high standard indeed), but I feel it’s the grooves that would actually represent Roy’s touch, his heart, his philosophy and his unique approach to his craft.
That said, the provided grooves by David, Morgan and Per are great anyway, so thumbs up for those.

I’d say the Jazz EZX is excellent value for money and a great addition to your EZdrummer (or Superior Drummer) drum kit collection.

Visit Toontrack for more information and audio demos.

Toontrack Music now shipping Jazz EZX

Toontrack Music Jazz EZX

Toontrack Music is now shipping the recently announced Jazz EZX, a new expansion pack for EZDrummer, featuring samples performed by the legendary Drum Virtuoso/Pioneer Roy ”Futureman” Wooten.

Throughout our history of creating sample libraries and instruments, we have strived to both innovate and preserve in all areas of performance, engineering, and genre.
In creating this library we went to new and unheard of levels of dynamic. The recordings feature layered sampling with numerous mic stems fronted by recording chains we had previously only dreamt of.

Jazz EZX instruments list

  • Kickdrums: 18″ Pearl Reference Series, 22″ Ludwig Maple Psychedelic
  • Snaredrums: 5×14″ Pearl 50th anniversary Solid Maple Shell (Brushes & Sticks), 3.5×14″ Leedy piccolo (Sticks)
  • Hats: 14″ Masterworks Meritamon Series (Brushes & Sticks)
  • Tom 1: 10″ Gretsch USA Custom Series (Brushes & Sticks)
  • Tom2: 12″ Pearl Reference Series (Brushes & Sticks)
  • Tom3: 14″ Pearl Reference Series (Brushes & Sticks), 16″ Slingerland Radio king (Brushes & Sticks)
  • Crash: 18″ Paiste Fast Crash (Sticks), 22″ K Zildjian Constantinople Medium (Brushes)
  • Ride: 22″ K Zildjian Constantinople Light (Brushes & Sticks)

Toontrack’s Jazz EZX is available now for $89 USD / 59 EUR.

Visit Toontrack Music for more information, mp3 demos and a look behind the scenes of the Jazz EZX production.

Toontrack Music announces Jazz EZX

Toontrack Music has announced the Jazz EZX, a new expansion pack for EZDrummer.

This Jazz EZX features samples performed by the legendary Drum Virtuoso/Pioneer Roy ”Futureman” Wooten.

Futureman is a multiple Grammy award winning composer, inventor, and multi-instrumentalist who have been a pioneer in using sampled drums since 1985. He has shared the stage and numerous albums with many Jazz legends.

Toontrack Jazz EZX

The Toontrack Jazz EZX can be used together with Toontrack Music’s Superior Drummer 2.0 and the MIDI delivered with the EZX’s can also be used with the Toontrack Music MIDI engine EZplayer pro.

Jazz EZX instruments list

  • Kickdrums: 18″ Pearl Reference Series, 22″ Ludwig Maple Psychedelic
  • Snaredrums: 5×14″ Pearl 50th anniversary Solid Maple Shell (Brushes & Sticks), 3.5×14″ Leedy piccolo (Sticks)
  • Hats: 14″ Masterworks Meritamon Series (Brushes & Sticks)
  • Tom 1: 10″ Gretsch USA Custom Series (Brushes & Sticks)
  • Tom2: 12″ Pearl Reference Series (Brushes & Sticks)
  • Tom3: 14″ Pearl Reference Series (Brushes & Sticks), 16″ Slingerland Radio king (Brushes & Sticks)
  • Crash: 18″ Paiste Fast Crash (Sticks), 22″ K Zildjian Constantinople Medium (Brushes)
  • Ride: 22″ K Zildjian Constantinople Light (Brushes & Sticks)

The Jazz EZX will be shipping later this month.

Visit Toontrack Music for more information, mp3 demos and a look behind the scenes of the Jazz EZX production.