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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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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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Native Instruments announces STUDIO DRUMMER

Native Instruments Studio Drummer

Native Instruments has announced Studio Drummer, a new instrument for the efficient creation of studio-quality acoustic drum tracks.

By combining premium sampled drum kits and a comprehensive studio-grade mixing environment with a wide assortment of professional grooves, the KONTAKT-based instrument provides a highly versatile and easy-to-use “virtual drummer” that gives authentic and fast results for pop, rock, metal, jazz and related music styles.

For use with the full KONTAKT version and the free KONTAKT PLAYER, STUDIO DRUMMER makes extensive use of the advanced features of the KONTAKT 5 generation to provide all necessary components for a first-class studio drums production. At the heart of the instrument are three premium drum kits from Pearl, Sonor and Yamaha that have been sampled with painstaking precision in the renowned Teldex Studios in Berlin, using selected outboard gear and an especially sophisticated array of up to 18 microphones. The resulting 17 GB of sample material incorporate up to 25 velocity layers with up to 6 variation samples for individual instruments, and contain over a dozen distinct articulations for snare and hi-hats as well as an alternative snare option for each kit.

The array of individual drum sounds in STUDIO DRUMMER is complemented by its extensive groove library, which includes over 3,500 rhythm patterns organized by 11 specific music styles. All patterns including fills and variations were recorded directly from a professional session drummer, and converted into MIDI files for flexible usage in the KONTAKT engine.
All grooves can be adjusted for swing and tightness, and can be transferred into a host sequencer via Drag&Drop for detailed editing and arrangement. In order to play the individual instruments in STUDIO DRUMMER directly, the software also offers a practical assortment of MIDI templates for various electronic drum sets and third-party drum software, combined with flexible custom mapping functions.

The comprehensive mixer section of STUDIO DRUMMER gives full control over all relevant aspects of the sound, allowing users to specifically tailor each drum kit to the individual musical context. Detailed microphone settings with adjustable snare bleed, auxiliary mics and specific room and overhead controls can be either set by hand, or through the several carefully designed mix presets per drum kit that each represent a distinctive sound asthetic. By utilizing the classic EQ and compressor models derived from the new SOLID MIX SERIES as well as the integrated TRANSIENT MASTER and Tape Saturator algorithms, STUDIO DRUMMER enables studio-grade sound processing with genuinely professional sound quality and flexibility.

STUDIO DRUMMER will be available in September 2011 for $169 USD / 149 EUR, and will also be included in the new KOMPLETE 8 and KOMPLETE 8 ULTIMATE bundles.

More information: Native Instruments / Studio Drummer

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Drum Werks releases Studio B Kick Drum Sample Library

Drum Werks

Drum Werks has announced the released of the Studio B Kick Drum Sample Library, a new collection of bass drum samples for a wide range of rock, hard rock, alt rock, and metal styles.

The Studio B Kick Drum Sample Library offers a versatile and powerful mix-ready kick drum sample collection of DW, Pearl, Premier, and Tama kick drums.

Studio B Kick Drum Sample Library features

  • 9 unique kick sample sets featuring DW, Pearl, Premier, and Tama kick drums.
  • 691 multi-velocity samples, 580 MB total in the entire Studio B Kick Drum Library.
  • 24-bit, 44.1khz stereo kick drum samples.
  • Wide variety of tunings, from dry and aggressive, thick and punchy, to open and resonant.
  • Mix-ready sounds.
  • For all styles of rock, hard rock, alt rock, pop, and metal for ultra versatility and variety.
  • Use in any DAW (ProTools, Cubase, Sonar, ACID), software sampler (Battery, Kontakt), sequencing program (FL Studio, iDrum) or drum replacement software (Drumagog, Slate Trigger).

The Studio B Kick Drum Sample Library is available as an instant download for $14.99 USD. Individual kicks starting at $2.99 USD.

More information: Drum Werks

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Voxengo updates AcuDrums drum sample library, new snares and cymbal packs

Voxengo has updated AcuDrums, a professional sound sample library that captures acoustical sound of various drum and cymbal instruments.

The main idea behind AcuDrums library is to capture a maximally pristine and unprocessed contemporary drum kit sound. Library as a whole contains more than 11000 WAV files and takes more than 8 GB of disk space. Instruments of this library have multiple velocity layers with each velocity layer having 5 sample variations reducing the “machine gun” effect greatly.

Voxengo AcuDrums
Voxengo AcuDrums – New Ludwig and Pearl snares + Sabian cymbal

New in AcuDrums

  • Snare Drum 1465 PL-RSS-A
    14-inch (6.5-inch deep) steel snare drum with a massive punchy sound, naturally panned to the right side a bit. 1405 WAV sample files total.
  • Snare Drum 1450 LW-BB6-A
    14-inch (5-inch deep) nickel-plated brass snare drum with a cutting-through light sound, naturally panned to the right side a bit. 1335 WAV sample files total.
  • Crash Cymbal 19 SB-HHX-X
    19-inch crash cymbal with a big dark rough sound, naturally panned to the left side a bit. 745 WAV sample files total.

AcuDrums sample packs are available to purchase as individual instruments or in custom bundles (a discount may apply), with prices ranging from $8.95 USD to $18.95 USD per instrument.

More information: Voxengo / AcuDrums

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Wave Alchemy releases Syncussion Drums, sample library featuring Pearl Syncussion SY-1

Wave Alchemy Syncussion Drums

Wave Alchemy has announced the release of Syncussion Drums, a collection of electronic drum samples from the extremely rare Pearl Syncussion SY-1 analogue drum synthesizer.

With careful programming the Syncussion SY-1 is capable of producing a huge palette of percussive sounds, powerful kicks and experimental sound effects which have a unique vintage character inherent to its quirky design and seriously raw sounding oscillators.

Wave Alchemy Syncussion Drums supplies forward-thinking producers with a unique collection of vintage electronic drum samples combined with up-to-the-minute processed drum hits to inspire your latest music productions, whatever style or genre of music you produce.

Syncussion Drums features

  • 1885 24-bit 100% royalty free electronic drum hits!
  • 839 drum sounds recorded to 1/4” tape via a Studer A80 Mk1 tape machine.
  • 162 unprocessed kick drum samples including cone-melting subs, snappy clicks and enormous bass drums.
  • 74 beautifully processed kick drum sounds making use of our extensive outboard collection.
  • 16 creatively layered kicks and huge subs.
  • 148 carefully recorded round robin sample variations.
  • 158 percussion hits and wired tones.
  • 134 blips, glitch and creative noise hits.
  • 71 gritty SP-12 drum sounds including twisted percussion and lo-fi hits.
  • 95 tom samples covering deep to disco and everything in between.
  • 48 stereo and searing SFX sounds.
  • 104 additional layered snare drum and hi hat samples. Snares and hats are not the Syncussion’s strongest point so we decided to include a huge bonus collection of punchy snares and silky hats which make use our full gear list.
  • 63 ‘ready to play’ and carefully mapped drum kits including sampler patches for Battery, Kontakt, NI Maschine, Reason NNXT, Halion, EXS24 and SFZ.
  • Ableton Live 7+ Pack including 57 Drum Racks and 63 Sampler Instruments.
  • 6 multi patch arrays, each offered in a variety of key labelled pitches and designed to be played as musical patches.
  • 6 Page Syncussion Drums Booklet about the history of the instrument and the making of the library. Download Here.

Syncussion Drums is available to purchase for £19.95 GBP.

Purchase Syncussion Drums during April 2011 and receive a free drum sample pack which includes 318 Roland TR-808 drum sounds which have been recorded to analogue tape at 3 different saturation levels!

More information: Wave Alchemy / Syncussion Drums

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The Control Centre releases Tape Breaks Vol.1 – 3, Ethnic Percussion & Diamonds And Dust

The Control Centre sample packs

The Control Centre has released Tape Breaks Vol.1 – 3, Ethnic Percussion, and Diamonds And Dust, new sample packs.

New The Control Centre sample packs

  • Tape Breaks Vol.1 – A collection of 135 unique, improvised drum breaks and 93 individual kick, snare, hihat, cymbal and tom samples, originally recorded on four track tape at the Spanish City Funfair in Whitley Bay in 1997.
  • Tape Breaks Vol.2 – A collection of 137 funky, lofi, drum breaks and 105 individual kick, snare, hihat, cymbal and tom samples. Originally recorded to four track tape at North Parade, Whitley Bay in 1997.
  • Tape Breaks Vol.3 – A collection of original, driving breakbeats, recorded to four track tape during 2000/2001. The pack includes 157 loops and 71 individual kick, snare, hihat, cymbal and tom samples from the same sessions.
  • Drum Hardware – Yamaha 9000 5-Piece Drum Kit, Pearl Export Steel 6″ Snare, Ufip 13″ Hi-Hats, Zildjan 20″ Ride Cymbal, Zildjan 16″ Crash Cymbal. The drums were played by Darren Guy, and re-mastered and edited at The Control Centre.
  • Ethnic Percussion – A unique collection of 74 percussion loops featuring Indian Tablas, Morroccan Bongos, Tunisian Darbuka, and Morroccan Doumbek.
  • Diamonds And Dust – A collection of 24 sampled run in and run off grooves, needle drops and lifts, utilizing my record collection and a Philips 777 “Direct Control” turntable. Perfect for adding some vinyl “dirt” to those pristine digital recordings. All looped up and ready to use.

The Tape Breaks packs are available to purchase for $15 USD each, Ethnic Percussion is $5 USD. The Diamonds And Dust sample pack is available as a free download.

More information: The Control Centre

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