The Loop Loft has announced the release of the Blues Drums Vol 2 ReFill, a sample library featuring a collection of authentic blues grooves.
From classic Bo Diddley-esque boogies, to sparse and slow 12/8 back beats, to Chicago-style shuffles, Blues Drums Volume 2 will round out your Reason groove arsenal with the 100% natural drum sound (and feel) the Loop Loft is famous for.
Each session contains dozens of groove variations, fills, and transitions, allowing you to easily build a custom drum track in seconds. We also meticulously sampled every drum and cymbal on a multitude of kits (Ludwig, Gretsch and Slingerland), giving you incredible flexibility for layering and designing your own grooves.
The Blues Drums Vol 2 ReFill costs $44 USD.
The Loop Loft is offering a 25% discount on all its ReFill libraries and bundles until June 10th, 2013.
Native Instruments has announced the release of Abbey Road 50s Drummer, a new Kontakt 5 Player-powered instrument featuring the sound of two classic drum kits from the 1950s.
The kits provide the distinctive drum sound of the era, which was necessary to compete with the electrified instruments gaining popularity at the time. Recorded with both state-of-the-art and period equipment at Abbey Road Studios in London, 50s DRUMMER also includes a groove library, mixer presets, and a new set of brush articulations, delivering the authentic feel of rock and roll, rhythm and blues, country, and jazz from the 1950s.
ABBEY ROAD 50s DRUMMER features rare instruments from the very earliest years of popular music. The first kit is an early 1950s Gretsch Cadillac Green Nitron with a 20″ bass drum, 12″ rack tom and 14″ floor tom. Its toms are tuned low, providing a smooth, open sound that still allows excellent placement in a mix full of amplified instruments. The second drum kit is a late-1950s WFL kit. The WFL provides 20″ kick drum, 12″ and 13″ rack toms, and a 16″ floor tom. The WFL kit’s toms are tuned high, offering a brighter tone that perfectly complements the Gretsch. Each kit features three different snare drums from the same period, offering a wide tonal variety and added degree of customization. The kits are outfitted with a selection of 1950s Zildjian A and K cymbals to round out their authentic vintage tone.
50s DRUMMER was recorded at London’s Abbey Road Studios in the legendary Studio Two. Alongside traditional microphone techniques, vintage RCA 44-BX and AKG D12 microphones, a REDD.17 valve mixing console and valve tape machine were used for 50s DRUMMER’s vintage channels. Users can dial in these ‘vintage channels alongside the modern state-of-the-art equipment for a seamless tone spectrum, ranging from completely modern to period-accurate vintage and anywhere in between.
New brush articulations were also recorded especially for 50s DRUMMER to reflect the playing techniques of the decade. Its extensive groove library encompasses early rock and roll, rhythm and blues, country, and jazz, as well as a wealth of contemporary rhythms, affording users an effortless way to begin sketching out complete drum recordings. Regardless of genre, producers looking to add original 50s flavor to their productions will relish the recording quality, ease of use, and attention to detail in ABBEY ROAD 50s DRUMMER.
The Abbey Road 50s Drummer library is available to purchase for $99 USD / 99 EUR.
Oh Snap! The Drum Broker is bringing you some Dirty Arse Drum Breaks from Drummer Timmy Rickard & Monosole. If you are looking for original (royalty free) drum breaks, then you need to add Dirty Arse Drum Breaks Vol. 1 to your collection.
Dirty Arse Drum Breaks Vol.1 features
163 Drum Breaks in 24 & 16 bit WAV formats.
Organized by BPM folders (85bpm – 120bpm).
Gear used includes 60′s Gretsch round badge kit, various bosphorus cymbals & snare drums, Coles 4038 ribbon mic, API preamp, RME converters, drum sticks.
Toontrack has announced the release of the Indie Folk EZX EZdrummer expansion library, focusing on capturing the organic, warm, intimate and ambient sound characteristic of the indie folk genre.
The EZX, aptly titled the Indie Folk EZX, was recorded at the Avast! Recording Co. in Seattle, home to bands such as Fleet Foxes, The Shins and Band Of Horses. It comes with three complete vintage kits: a 1960s Gretsch Round Badge sampled with both sticks and mallets, a Ludwig from the 1950s as well as a Slingerland Rolling Bomber kit dating back to the 1940s. Also included are two tambourines, a hi-hat mounted tambourine jingle, an extra kick and snare as well as a 28″ floor tom.
Indie Folk EZX features
Three (3) complete kits.
Two EZXs in one! Each kit is available in two variations: a standard multi-mic mix and a classic four-mic mix.
Custom drums from the 1940s to the 1960s.
Default kit sampled with both drumsticks and mallets.
Recorded at Avast! Recording Co. in Seattle, WA.
Included MIDI performed by sampling drummer Stephen Belans.
The EZX is available to purchase for $89 USD / 69 EUR.
Toontrack has also launched the Indie Folk MIDI, a collection of grooves and fills.
With the Indie Folk MIDI pack, Stephen Belans delivers a wide and useful range of grooves and fills for songwriters that are looking to expand their horizon, go outside their comfort zone or rethink what role the drums can play in a composition.
“Sometimes just a simple heartbeat/backbeat feel is all that’s needed. Other times, the drums find their place at far ends of the spectrum. Some grooves stick to a smooth ebb and flow with a natural evolution of intensities while other ones use more dramatic transitions that don’t rely on traditional rock defaults”, says Stephen.
The Loop Loft has announced the release of Blues Drums Vol 2, a collection of drum beats and grooves for blues music.
Introducing Blues Drums Volume 2. Following on the success of our initial blues release, this collection delves into even more stylistic and sonic territory, providing the authentic blues grooves you’ve been searching for.
From classic Bo Diddley-esque boogies, to sparse and slow 12/8 back beats, to Chicago-style shuffles, Blues Drums Volume 2 will round out your groove arsenal with the 100% natural drum sound (and feel) the Loop Loft is famous for.
Blues Drums Vol 2 features
Total of 5 sessions, featuring 227 loops and 45 samples.
Each session contains dozens of groove variations, fills, and transitions, allowing you to easily build a custom drum track in seconds.
Drums and cymbals sampled on a multitude of kits (Ludwig, Gretsch and Slingerland), giving you incredible flexibility for layering and designing your own grooves.
High quality 24 Bit 48 KHZ audio. Formats available include Stylus RMX, WAV, REX2 & AIFF (Apple Loops).
100% royalty free.
The sample library is now on sale for $35 USD (regular $39 USD). A bundle of Blues Drums Vol 1 & 2 is available as well.
Toontrack has announced the release of The Blues EZX, a sample library featuring 2 drum kits and grooves, sampled and played by Hans Lindbäck.
You can’t fool a blues lover. You know that it’s all about the craft, about the touch, the feel and the heart. We know you can spot a fake from a mile away. That’s why we’re proud to bring you the real deal – the custom, the calfskinned, the road-worn: The Blues EZX.
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. It was recorded in an empty Swedish theater and later mixed in a high-end studio through vintage and modern outboard gear. The end result is a cross-pollination between new and old; warm and characteristic sounds that cover the whole range, from old school to modern, from dry to ambient. This is the sound of then, now and time to come.
The Blues EZX features
Two complete kits (1970s Gretsch & 1940s Levin).
Sabian/Paiste/Zildjian A & K cymbals.
Calfskin drumheads on Levin kit.
Suitcase & two vintage calfskinned Grover tambourines.
Included custom MIDI library.
The Blues EZX is available to purchase for 69 EUR / $89 USD.
Toontrack has also introduced the Blues EZX MIDI, a large selection of drums suited for any type of blues or rock song.
This MIDI pack comes from The Blues EZX and features a large selection of drums suited for any type of blues or rock song. It was played by longtime blues drummer Hans Lindbäck, a phenomenal musician with decades worth of experience behind the blues kit and on the road.
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.