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Analogue Drums releases Grandioso for Kontakt and EXS24

Analogue Drums Grandioso

Analogue Drums has released Grandioso, a drum sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt and Logic EXS24.

Grandioso is about as big as it gets. Turn up the room mic, hit it hard and it will deliver explosive beats with resounding impact. Or back off the room mic and use more moderate dynamics for smooth, subtle and detailed grooves.

The kit is a vintage 1970s Ludwig Vistalite with the toms tuned low for growl, the kick unported for added weight, and two vintage Ludwig Supraphonic snares in medium and high tunings. Accompanied with classic Paiste 2002 cymbals.

Grandioso features

  • Multi-sampling: each key contains 24 velocity layers for expressive detail. Hihats are extensively sampled for convincing realism with 6 articulations (tight, closed, loose, semi-open, open, pedaled).
  • Layers: separately controllable layers for close and room mics.
  • Layouts: General MIDI (GM) and Extended Mapping (EX) layouts provided.
  • Kontakt instrument interface*: with volume and pan controls for individual drums and room mics. Instant snare-swapping button.
  • 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.

Grandioso is available to purchase for $24.95 USD.

More information: Analogue Drums / Grandioso

* Features only available when using Kontakt.


Analogue Drums releases Kingpin and Plastique for Kontakt

Analogue Drums Kingpin & Plastique

Analogue Drums has released Kingpin and Plastique, two drum sound libraries for Native Instruments.

Kingpin is a punchy vintage kit combining classic vintage tone and modern snap. This kit can dish out everything from R’n’B and urban grooves through to rock, pop and indy tracks.

Plastique is a hard hitting rock kit with tone and punch for miles. This kit will drive a classic rock track with authority and add flavour to fusion and pop pieces.

Kingpin & Plastique features

  • Round robin: each velocity layer contains 6 round-robin samples, played randomly to ensure realistic performances.
  • 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).
  • Kontakt instrument interface: with separate volume and panning controls for individual drums, overhead mics, and room mics.
  • Sensitivity control: increase the sensitivity of the kit for more subtle performances or leave it set to full dynamic range for rock and heavier numbers.
  • Presets: for quickly dialing up sounds.

The Kingpin and Plastique sample libraries are available to purchase for $39 USD each.

More information: Analogue Drums


Acousticsamples releases DrumTaste Free

Acousticsamples DrumTaste Free

Acousticsamples has announced the release of DrumTaste Free, a free drum sample library for Kontakt.

The DrumTaste Free is a Rick Marotta Signature Hipgig drum set with paiste cymbals

DrumTaste Free features

  • 80 MB of samples recorded at 16 bits, 44.1khz.
  • Custom mapping, you can assign every element to any key from the interface.
  • Mappings presets: GM, V-DRUMS, IMAP, NSKIT (NDK) or default one.
  • CC# controlled Hihat that features automatic closing sound.
  • 2 Cycle round robins.
  • Sensitivity button to adjust the response.
  • Detailed instruments: 6 velocity layers per round robin.
  • Kontakt 2 or higher required.

DrumTaste Free is available to download at no cost (free registration required).

More information: Acousticsamples / DrumTaste Free


XLN Audio releases Funk ADpak for Addictive Drums

XLN Audio Funk ADpak

XLN Audio has announced the release of Funk ADpak, an expansion for Addictive Drums featuring a Pearl Reference Series kit with cymbals from Paiste and Sabian, 400 MIDI grooves and over 30 production presets.

The Funk ADpak, focusing on contemporary funk beats and sounds, lays down the groove and lets you produce hot funky music in no time.

Funk ADpak features

  • Pearl Reference Series Kit & Cymbals from Sabian and Paiste – Funk features a granite sparkle Pearl Reference Series kit with a 22″ bass drum and a thick 14″ snare drum. The four included toms range from a small 10″ tom down to a 16″ floor tom. The cymbal section consists of three crashes from Sabian and Paiste along with a 13″ Paiste heavy hi-hat and a 22″ Sabian Artisan ride.
  • MIDI Grooves & Fills – The Funk ADpak comes with more than 400 live recorded MIDI grooves in contemporary style and a wide range of tempos and feels. The included Master Funk Grooves are long MIDI files, up to 32 bars divided into Verse, Bridge, Chorus and Middle8 ready to be dragged and dropped into your arrangements. Beats come in both straight and swing feel and have lots of variations like 16th hihat, 8th hihat, 4th hihat, ride variations and more. Also included are a total of 60 funk fills in different tempos and four different lengths.
  • Production Presets – Get instant funk action with the included production presets tweaked by a professional studio engineer. Go from tight to big, fat to thin, high to low in just a couple of clicks. The different preset categories are: Clean, Roomy, Tight, Natural w Comp and Effected. Use the presets as they are or edit them the way you like. You are in control!

Funk ADpak is available to purchase for 59 EUR / $59 USD.

More information: XLN Audio / Funk ADpak


XLN Audio releases Modern Jazz – Sticks

XLN Audio Modern Jazz - Sticks

XLN Audio has announced the release of Modern Jazz – Sticks, a new ADpak for Addictive Drums.

Modern Jazz – Sticks features a beautiful Premier Gen-X kit with a Ludwig Acrolite snare along with cymbals and percussion from Sabian, Meinl and Paiste. The drums have been tuned up slightly for a modern jazz sound.

Get instant access to production styles typical for modern jazz. Tune the kit up or down, go fat or thin, stay really close or spread out with lots of ambience. Control each mic separately and combine them for your perfect sound.

Over 300 live recorded grooves and fills are included in a large range of tempos, styles and different lengths for natural variation. Use them for inspiration or to build complete tracks in minutes.

Modern Jazz – Sticks features

  • 12 Piece Jazz Kit, Played With Sticks
  • 300 Live Recorded Rhythms
  • 30 Crisp Production Presets

Modern Jazz – Sticks is available for purchase for 59 EUR / $59 USD.

More information: XLN Audio


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.


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.


Puremagnetik releases Purple Kit

Puremagnetik Purple Kit

Puremagnetik has released Purple Kit, a 24-bit 500MB, multisampled acoustic drum kit for Ableton Live Drum Racks, Kontakt and Logic.

Purple Kit was hand-built to specifications designed by Puremagnetik emphasizing funk and hip hop drum sounds. Using the finest quality Keller® Maple drum shells, Purple Kit was constructed to be a unique drumset unlike any other currently available. Puremagnetik has meticulously captured Purple Kit in a multi-mic and multi-stick format.

Purple Kit features

  • 18″ 2-ply Maple Kick Drum – Built and sampled for the tight punch that small kick drums and floor toms deliver across many genres of music. Both hard (plastic) and soft (felt) beater modes multisampled and programmed. Dampened and undampened variations are also included.
  • 14″ x 8″ Snare Drum – This large snare drum is characterized by a deep, cavernous sound. Both rim and skin multisamples are included with brush, stick and “bundle” (rod) variations.
  • 10″ x 6″ Snare Drum – The small 10″ snare drum has a bright “poppy” timbre. Both rim and skin multisamples are included with brush, stick and “bundle” (rod) variations.
  • Cymbals include Zildjian K ride, Zildjian “Quick Beat” Hi-Hats and a Paiste 16″ crash cymbal.

Visit Puremagnetik for more information and audio demos.