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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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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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