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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

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Propellerhead releases Ryan Greene Alt Drums ReFills for Reason

Propellerhead has released Ryan Greene Alt Drums, three new Creator Series ReFills bringing renowned rock and punk producer’s drum sounds into the hands of any musician.

What do Megadeth, Jay-Z, Alice Cooper, Gladys Knight, NOFX, Lagwagon, No Use For a Name, Patty La Belle, Tower of Power have in common with Rock Band and Guitar Hero? Legendary punk rock producer and mixer Ryan Greene. And now anyone can be on that list, with three new drum ReFills featuring Ryan Greene’s signature sound. Propellerhead today released the latest installments in its ReFill Creator Series: Ryan Greene Alt Drums.

Propellerhead Ryan Greene Alt Drums ReFills

Ryan Greene Alt Drums comes as three separate volumes, each containing three drum kits with several microphone setups and alternate snares. Each of the three ReFills comes with preset patches for Reason’s Combinator device, with three different microphone setups: close mics, no ambience mics, and all mics; Producer Combinator patches with dry, overhead, and room microphone setups; Individual Kit Pieces for the NN-XT sampler; effects patches; as well as 100+ drum track MIDI files created by Ryan Greene. The sounds are fully produced; finished drum kits with kick drums with big bottom and snare drums with punch. Thanks to the premade patches using different microphone setups and production techniques, no additional mixing is required from users to get a great sound that sits right in the mix.

“All the sounds have been tested in real applications throughout the recording process to make sure they hold up under heavy fire, which basically means up against huge guitar and bass sounds,” says Ryan Greene.

Ryan Greene Alt Drums ReFills Series features

  • Alt Drums I – The first Alt Drums ReFill features Ryan Greene’s own Pork Pie kit, used on a lot of Greene’s Punk/Fat Wreck Chords productions throughout the years, as well as a versatile Gretsch kit and a deep sounding vintage Leedy kit. An additional three snares are included, ranging from classic rock sound to heavier punk.
  • Alt Drums II – The star of the Alt Drums II ReFill is a 1964 Ludwig Liverpool kit — recorded and produced as if it was played by the Mötley Crüe, bringing a sound like no other. This pack also has a vintage Leedy kit customized by the John Covington and a Tama kit played by Troy Luccketta of the band Tesla. Added are three more snare drums, including a Leedy from the 1890’s (!)
  • Alt Drums III – For Alt Drums III Troy Luccketta from multi-platinum rock band Tesla played a one of a kind Camco kit. The aggressive and warm sound of this kit built in 1956, and all the power that Troy brings when he hits a drum makes it a go-to kit for punk and rock productions. Included are also a wooden Ayotte kit, and a big and powerful Leedy kit with a 28-inch kick drum. Three extra snare drums come with the pack, among them the rare Yamaha Vinnie Colaiuta, and the Dave Weckl signature model.

Ryan Greene Alt Drums Volume I, II and III are available to purchase for $99 USD / 89 EUR (including VAT) each.

More information: Propellerhead / Ryan Greene Alt Drums Series

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Native Instruments releases ABBEY ROAD DRUMMER Series

Native Instruments has released the Abbey Road Drummer Series, a comprehensive rework of their successful Abbey Road Drums instruments.

These new instruments allow both experienced and hobbyist musicians and producers to create authentic acoustic drum tracks, combining meticulously-sampled drums, recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London, with a comprehensive Groove Library and a detailed Mixer Section with class-A studio effects. This ‘Drums, Studio, Drummer’ approach was pioneered recently in Native Instruments’ STUDIO DRUMMER, and the new ABBEY ROAD DRUMMER instruments use the same technical framework, based on KONTAKT 5. The instruments run in the latest version of KONTAKT 5 or the free KONTAKT 5 PLAYER. Owners of existing ABBEY ROAD DRUMS products are entitled to a free upgrade to the new version of the instruments they own.

Native Instruments ABBEY ROAD DRUMMER Series

Each of the four ABBEY ROAD DRUMMER instruments includes a Groove Library with over 1,000 grooves, variations and fills. The grooves complement the sound of each instrument: ABBEY ROAD 60s DRUMMER includes rhythms for rock’n’roll, blues, jazz, soul/motown and psychedelic rock, for example. Importantly, all grooves were played live by session drummers for a fluid, authentic feel. The grooves are provided as MIDI files, and can easily be transferred into a host sequencer via drag-and-drop for detailed editing and arrangement. For drummers, the software offers MIDI mapping templates for various electronic drum sets and third-party drum software, plus flexible custom mapping options.

The comprehensive mixer section of the ABBEY ROAD DRUMMER Series gives full control over mic levels on each drum, plus overheads, stereo room mics, snare bleed, and any other specialist mics used during the recording process. Carefully designed mix presets for each kit provide a selection of instantly usable templates based on well-known styles and techniques. Each drum has its own effect chain with a selection of routing options. The selection of effects includes a number of separately-available products, including a professional studio EQ, a studio compressor and TRANSIENT MASTER, plus tape saturation and a high-quality convolution reverb. The Mixer Section, combined with the powerful effects, and the expertly-recorded drum sounds, enables studio-grade sound processing with genuinely professional sound quality and flexibility.

The drum kits, recording techniques and equipment used for each instrument are typical of the period. ABBEY ROAD 60s DRUMMER provides a Gretsch Round Badge kit from the early 60s and a late 60s Ludwig Hollywood kit, for a warm, well-rounded room-sound. A Ludwig Vistalite Tequila Sunrise kit and a vintage Premier kit provide the basis of ABBEY ROAD 70s DRUMMER, with sounds ranging from tight, funky and precise to bombastic heavy rock. ABBEY ROAD 80s DRUMMER provides a Yamaha 9000 and a Slingerland Magnum kit – plus a full set of Octobans for definitive 80s sounds, from edgy new wave to big-budget power metal. ABBEY ROAD MODERN DRUMMER delivers the sound of contemporary rock and pop – well-rounded, with a crisp, top-end and plenty of sub-bass – from a Pearl Reference kit and a Drum Workshop Collector’s Series kit from the mid-90s.

The Abbey Road Drummer Series is available to purchase for $119 USD / 99 EUR per instrument. All four instruments are also available as a bundle, priced $349 USD / 299 EUR.

More information: Native Instruments / Abbey Road Drummer Series

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XLN Audio releases free Ludwig Vistalite Bass Drum Kitpiece Pak

XLN Audio has released the Ludwig Vistalite Bass Drum Kitpiece Pak, a free bass drum for Addictive Drums.

Ludwig Vistalite Bass Drum Kitpiece Pak

To celebrate the great success of the INDIE ADpak and the INDIE Rock MIDI Pak we are giving away an extra Bass Drum.

This is a Ludwig Vistalite (Blue) 22 X 16″ and it’s recorded exactly as the ICE Custom Shop Bass Drum in the INDIE ADpak. The Vistalite bass drum is slightly shorter and deeper in character than the ICE Custom Shop in the INDIE ADpak and it’s actually the most used bass drum in this studio.

When we tried out drums in the studio for the INDIE ADpak we fell in love with the ICE Custom Shop kit but we were stunned by how great this Vistalite bass drum sounded so we just had to include it in the recording.

It’s rich, fat and punchy and right now ladies and gentlemen – it’s for FREE!

Ludwig Vistalite Bass Drum Kitpiece Pak features

  • Ludwig Vistalite 22 X 16” Bass Drum.
  • Recorded on Analog Tape.
  • Rare Vintage Mics & Vintage Gear.
  • Rich, Fat & Punchy.
  • Recorded at SGS Studio A (Svenska Grammofon Studion).

The Ludwig Vistalite Bass Drum Kitpiece Pak is a free download for Addictive Drums users.

More information: XLN Audio / Ludwig Vistalite Bass Drum Kitpiece Pak

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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

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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

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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

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XLN Audio releases Metal ADpak and Diabolic MIDIpak

XLN Audio Metal ADpak / Diabolic MIDIpak

XLN Audio has announced the release of Metal ADpak and Diabolic MIDIpak for Addictive Drums.

You don’t own the Metal ADpak. It owns you! Featuring a new Ludwig drum kit recorded by Metal guru Ross Robinson (Korn, Slipknot) in Los Angeles, this ADpak brings a totally new sound to Addictive Drums.

With thunderous toms, a heavy kick drum, a sharp but balanced snare drum and vicious Zildjian cymbals this kit really delivers in any kind of style in metal. Ross Robinson is widely known for his raw, powerful drum productions and dedication to details. For the recordings he brought in his A-team consisting of engineer Steve Evetts (Sepultura) and drummer Jeff Freidl (Ashes Divide, Puscifer).

Metal ADpak features

  • 18 piece Ludwig Metal Drum Kit.
  • 30+ Metal presets tweaked by professional metal producers and musicians such as Roberto Laghi and Björn Gelotte (In Flames), David E.K. (Fuge), Martin Preikschas and many others.
  • Recorded By Ross Robinson (Korn, Slipknot).

Diabolic MIDIpak is a collection of MIDI drum parts played by Daniel Erlandsson (Arch Enemy, In Flames, Eucharist), one of the most powerful and skilled drummers in the Metal genre.

The Diabolic MIDIpak gives you more than 300 live recorded Metal MIDI beats and grooves played exclusively by Daniel Erlandsson. Both shorter Metal Grooves with different variations such as ride, open hh, closed hh, china, with triggers, without triggers etc and longer Master Metal Grooves arranged like ready-to-go songs are included. Also you get 6-8 time signature Metal Grooves, Metal Tom Grooves and lots of Metal Fills in different lengths.

Diabolic MIDIpak features

  • 300+ MIDI Beats and Grooves.
  • Recorded by Arch Enemy´s Daniel Erlandsson.
  • Many different tempos, varations and legnths.

The Metal ADpak is available to purchase for 59 EUR / $59 USD; The Diabolic MIDIpak is 25 EUR / $25 USD. A bundle of both paks is available for 69 EUR / $69 USD, or as part of the Master Metal Bundle (Addictive Drums, Metal ADpak, Diabolic and Metal MIDIpaks) for 299 EUR / $299 USD.

More information: XLN Audio

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