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Bluenoise Plugins releases Drummix Rock 1 plugin

Bluenoise Plugins Drummix Rock 1

Bluenoise Plugins has announced Drummix Rock 1, an acoustic drum instrument for Windows.

Drummix Rock 1 is a acoustic drum plugin recorded at a professional recording studio with pristine equipment. The drum kit used for this particular sound is a classic 4-piece Ludwig Fab Four drum kit. It can be used in many types of music but we feel that this is mostly a rock drum kit.

Rock 1 is recorded in huge room with lots of ambience to bring out that big rock sound we like! The top-notch microphones are sent into a Neve VR60 Legend and further into pristine RME converters. Only Class A equipment are used and you can rest assure that the drum sound you’ll get is of high class. It will sound as someone is playing the drums in a world-class studio when you hit those MIDI notes.

The plugin is available to purchase for Windows (VST) for the introductory price of $30 USD.

More information: Bluenoise Plugins / Drummix Rock 1

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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

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Sound Magic releases Supreme Drums – Hybrid modeled drum kits

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Sound Magic has announced the release of Supreme Drums, a new virtual drum instrument for Windows.

Sound Magic Supreme Drums

Supreme Drums starts with the familiar drum sounds featured in many great hits such as The Eagles’ Hotel California, Michael Jackson’s Thriller and many more.

We have created a powerful drum set-up with 19 available pieces and over 10 different kits. To ensure the best possible authentic sounds, Sound Magic not only chose the best drum brands available for sampling (such as DW, Ludwig and Sonar) but also utilized the best recording studios in the world to record them.

It took more than two years to arrange for these samples to be created at three of the best known studios of all time: OCEAN WAY RECORDING(The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton and more). THE RECORD PLANT (The Eagles Hotel California, Michael Jackson, Nine Inch Nails and more) THE LEGENDARY ABBEY ROAD STUDIOS (The Beatles and many more) to ensure the highest possible sound quality, we used the best possible gear, including the legendary Neve 88R and SSL 9080J consoles and dCS 905 AD converters.

Supreme Drums features

  • Innovative MCN (Modeling Core Next) Engine modeled drums, 300MB in size with little CPU usage.
  • Samples are coming from the best recording studios in the world.
  • Innovative Plasma Random System provides anti-machine gun effect.
  • HD Velocity Layer supports up to 65,536 Velocity Layers.
  • Performance Key Switch System to make it quicker and easier to switch skill sets and techniques in intensive live playing situations.
  • Multi-microphone positions enable users to mix between different microphone positions and create new sounds that easily fit into a mix.
  • Powerful Mixer and Microphone Leakage setting create a feeling of a real drum recording session.
  • Groove Engine provides patterns for use immediately in you project.
  • Build-in 64 Steps Sequencer.
  • Powerful Add-on System.
  • Built-in professional EQ and Compressor.
  • Faster load times. Smaller hard drive footprint, less memory and less CPU usage.

Supreme Drums for Windows (VST) is available to purchase for 99 EUR / $129 USD.

More information: Sound Magic / Supreme Drums

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Analogue Drums updates Plastique drum sound library to v1.6

Analogue Drums Plastique

Analogue Drums has announced version 1.6 of Plastique, a Kontakt sample library featuring a vintage 1970s Ludwig Vistalite in Bonhamesque configuration and tuning.

For all Plastique owners there’s a free update for the Kontakt mapping available. It’s a small download (270kb) and a big improvement for mix control so well worth downloading – please note the requirement to have the v1.53 library update first if you don’t already have it.

Plastique Mapping Update v1.6

  • Greatly improves mix and dynamics control with:
    • 3x additional instrument volume knobs: Hihat, Ride, Crashes.
    • Separated mic layer controls for Close mics, Overhead mics, and Room mics.
    • Improved multi-channel output, with separate output for Kick, Snare, Tom1, Tom2, Tom3, Hihat, Ride, Crashes, Overheads (drums), and Room.
    • Additional dynamics options, now with Dynamic, Detailed, Light, Heavy.
  • Note: This update changes the overall volume output, and preset balances are also different, these changes may impact any existing mixes based on previous mappings for Plastique. It is recommended that you retain copies of your old mappings in case you need to keep an existing mix exactly as-is.

The Plastique library is available to purchase for $39 USD.

More information: Analogue Drums / Plastique

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The Art of Brushes Volume 3 sample library by The Loop Loft + Bundle of Brushes

The Loop Loft The Art of Brushes Vol 3

The Loop Loft has announced The Art of Brushes Volume 3, a new collecting of brush drum loops.

Brushes have never sounded (or felt) better. Introducing The Art of Brushes Volume 3 – the latest and most expansive of our popular brush series!

To capture a wide and dynamic sonic palette, we utilized a host of classic snare drums in 6 different recording sessions. Vintage Slingerlands, chrome Ludwigs and maple Gretsch snares were just a few of the drums used to produce this in-depth collection of brush loops and samples.

The Art of Brushes Volume 3 features

  • 277 loops, 85 samples (24bit/48kHz audio).
  • Tempo Range: 70-160 BPM.
  • 100% Royalty Free.
  • Stylus RMX, WAV, REX2 and AIFF (Apple Loops) Formats.

The sample library is avaialble to purchase for $39 USD. It is also included in the newly available Bundle of Brushes, a collection of three sample libraries at a 25% discount.

More information: The Loop Loft / The Art of Brushes Vol 3

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Slate Digital launches Steven Slate Drums 3.5 to 4.0 Upgrade Sale

Steven Slate Drums EX / Platinum

Slate Digital has announced a limited time Upgrade Sale, offering users of Steven Slate Drums a chance to upgrade to the latest version of the virtual drum instrument for Windows and Mac at a reduced price.

SSD4 replaces the Kontakt player version of SSD with a state of the art virtual instrument built from the ground up by the Slate software team. SSD4 is easier to use, has an internal groove player, incredible editing and remapping features, the ability to import your own sounds, and most of all, new algorithms have been implemented that make the drums sound way better!

But most of all, you get the Slate DELUXE kits. These new kits are unprocessed and recorded with four times the detail of the classic kits in 3.5! Add new vintage Ludwig kits, Gretch Jazz kits, new metal kits, and even some amazing Electronic kits to your drum arsenal! Plus, the new SSD4 playback algorithms ensure the most natural and realistic playing. You also get the new Deluxe cymbal pack featuring SOULTONE cymbals!

Steven Slate Drums Upgrade Deal

Upgrade/Crossgrade Pricing:

  • Platinum 3.x to Platinum 4.0: $149 discount – COST: $99.
  • EX 3.x to EX 4.0: $49 discount – COST: $29.
  • EX 3.x to Platinum 4.0: from $49 to $149 discount (depending on number of expansion packs).
  • Competing Drum Software to Platinum: $149 discount.

The promotion ends Wednesday October 31st, 2012.

More information: Steven Slate Drums / SSD 4.0 Upgrade

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Analogue Drums releases Big Mono Redux

Analogue Drums Big Mono Redux

Analogue Drums has announced Big Mono Redux, a drum sample library.

After numerous requests from users of Big Mono, we revisited the original recording session from 2003!

We’ve come up with a new drum library with the same sweet sound as the original Big Mono, but now with loads of options for sonic control.

Round-robins, controllable mic layers, adjustable sensitivity and even panning controls are provided to fit the kit into your track. With the same heritage as the original Big Mono, it’s a vintage Ludwig kit, tracked through killer mics and a ’70s Neve directly to 2″ tape.


Overview of features and presets of Analogue Drums Big Mono Redux for NI Kontakt.

Big Mono Redux features

  • 4 Kontakt instrument files for stereo/multi-out, Keyboard & V-Drum mappings.
  • 1,234 sample sound files in unencrypted 24bit, 44.1khz WAV format (814MB unzipped).
  • Multi-sampling: each kit component contains up to 8 velocity layers for expressive detail and dynamics.
  • Mic layers: 5x individually controllable microphone perspectives: Coles 4038 in Decca front-of-kit position, Coles 4038 Decca – overhead; Neumann U87 Decca – side, Close mics, and snare-bottom.
  • Round-robin: natural performance thanks to round-robin hits.
  • 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, mic and pan controls.
  • 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 – kick, snare, rack tom, floor tom – each with separated mic layers.

The Big Mono Redux sample library is available for Kontakt (full version v3+ required), and mappings for Slate Digital Trigger are also provided. It can be purchased and downloaded directly from the Analogue Drums website for $9.95 USD.

More information: Analogue Drums / Big Mono Redux

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Analogue Drums Giveaway: Tape Series Two Bundle for Kontakt

Analogue Drums Tape Series Two Bundle

Analogue Drums has been releasing drum sample libraries for some three years now. The product catalog already includes 10+ titles, providing drum sounds suitable for funk, rock, pop, urban and many other genres.

Our process is simple: we take sought-after drumkits, and record them through killer signal chains directly to tape. We then convert the recordings into digital samples through premium converters, and finally map the samples to virtual instrument patches for you to use in your favorite software sampler.

The recently released Tape Series Two Bundle features four drum kits for Native Instruments Kontakt.

  • 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

If you are looking for some natural, organic, and ‘real’ sounding drum kits these might be perfect for you. Check the Analogue Drums website for some music and drum solo demos.

Interested? I am pleased to announced that Analogue Drums is offering rekkerd.org readers the chance to win a copy of the Tape Series Two pack!

All you need to do is post a comment below before May 5th, 11.59pm CET, and we will randomly pick a winner shortly after. Note: you will need Kontakt full version version 3 or greater.

Good luck!

Update 7 May, 2012: Congratulations to “Koalaboy”, the winner of this contest!

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