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Native Instruments releases Abbey Road Modern Drums, Kontakt-based drum instrument

Native Instruments Abbey Road Modern Drums

Native Instruments has announced the release of Abbey Road Modern Drums, a new instrument developed together with the iconic British recording studios.

Providing two high-end drum kits for use in the free KONTAKT PLAYER and the KONTAKT 4 sampler, ABBEY ROAD MODERN DRUMS gives musicians and producers access to expertly engineered drum sounds for contemporary music production of any genre, with the highest possible level of fidelity and authenticity.

ABBEY ROAD MODERN DRUMS complements the previous 60s, 70s and 80s installments, and is based on two renowned drum kits that are a staple of modern studio productions – a Drum Workshop Collector’s Series “White Kit” and a Pearl Reference “Sparkle Kit”. Further expanded with various distinctive cymbals from Sabian and Zildjian as well as three snare drum options each, both kits were recorded with painstaking precision in Abbey Road’s Studio Two and Studio Three, taking full advantage of the acoustic properties of these famous recording rooms.

Abbey Road Modern Drums features

  • Utilizes both contemporary and vintage high-end recording equipment to achieve ultimate sound quality across all individual instruments of the kits.
  • Over 40,000 samples, 24-bit, 44.1 kHz.
  • 7.2 GB library size, using the new Kontakt 4 sample compression (17.4 GB uncompressed!)
  • Up to 27 velocity layers for a single articulation.
  • Up to 6 variations of drum hits at the same velocity for added realism.
  • Additional compressed Mono Overhead and Mono Room samples for additional sound possibilities.
  • Three snare options for each kit.
  • Separate Right and Left hand samples for the most common Snare, Tom, and Hihat articulations.
  • Snare Top/Bottom and Kick In/Out samples.
  • Optional snare bleed samples for many drums.
  • Includes a selection of different MIDI mappings accommodating the established layouts of various popular
    electronic drum kits and third-party drum libraries.
  • Highly functional user interface offers convenient control over all articulation, sound shaping, mixing and routing functions. Advanced randomization can even add subtle nuances to the tone and timing to make it virtually indistinguishable from a studio-recorded drum performance.

Abbey Road Modern Drums is available to purchase as a download and on DVD for $119 USD / 99 EUR.

More information: Native Instruments / Abbey Road Modern Drums

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Natural Grooves releases Berkeley Sessions, drum loops sample library

Natural Grooves Berkeley Sessions

Natural Grooves has announced the release of the Berkeley Sessions, the latest set in its series of downloadable drum loops.

The Berkeley Sessions contain over a thousand acoustic grooves to inspire any serious rock project. From straight ahead rock and roll to some funk stylings, the Berkeley Sessions contains a wide variety of options to build your next project.

“With our latest release, we’ve gone for clean, tight drums that sound like drums, given you lots of loops, and we’ve made this available for one of the most affordable prices around” said Natural Grooves Sales Director, Tommy Flanagan. “We captured the grooves of several accomplished rock drummers. We set them loose to a variety of different tempos and feels. We’ve recorded the beautiful sounds of a birch Pearl recording kit and made sure to complement the 1000+ loops with a matching set of multi-velocity drum samples from the kit used in recording the loops. ”

Natural Grooves’ tempo-based and song-style organization makes assembling drum tracks easy with groove loop patterns as well as fills, intros, endings, and more. All loops from the Berkeley Sessions will blend seamlessly as they were recorded in a single session (same room, same kit, same mix) and kick off your next project with rock-solid energy and attitude. Straight 4/4 rock feels, swinging pop rock shuffles, tom-based grooves, and snare grooves – truly a loop collection that will kick start your creativity with a rich rhythmic palette of essential patterns.

Included in many groove folders are half-time feels, shuffled/swung feels, tom grooves and more.

Berkeley Sessions features

  • More than 1100 loops and 125 multi-velocity drum/cymbal samples.
  • 1+ GB available as 24 Bit WAV or AIFF/APPLE LOOPS format.
  • Tempos from 60-180BPM.
  • 125 multi-velocity drum/cymbal samples.
  • Perfect for alt rock, power pop, punk, and indie rock tracks.
  • Tempo-grouped and song style organization.
  • Includes main grooves, groove variations, fills, breakdowns, and more.

The Berkeley Sessions complete set is available for $24.99 USD for a limited time.

More information: Natural Grooves

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Wave Alchemy releases Deep Tech and Progressive – Drums Only version

Wave Alchemy Deep Tech and Progressive - Drums Only

Wave Alchemy has released Deep Tech and Progressive – Drums Only, a sample pack featuring the drum sounds from the previously released Deep Tech and Progressive sample library.

Due to popular demand we are now offering a “Drums Only” version of our expertly crafted Deep Tech & Progressive sample library. This pack gives you just the single hit drum samples and sound effects from the original library (NO LOOPS INCLUDED)

This sample pack contains 662 freshly engineered single hit drum samples and sound effects, all of which have been produced to the same high standard as our award-winning Drum Tools 01 library and as always have been built from the ground up using a great selection of analogue circuitry. These sounds would be ideal as a Drum Tools 01 add-on!

Deep Tech and Progressive – Drums Only features

  • 662 24-bit, 100% royalty-free wav samples.
  • 600 beautifully crafted electronic drum hits derived from the creative layering and processing of drum machines, synthesizers and organic field recordings. Some of the tools used include: Pearl Syncussion SY-1, TR-808 & 909, Jomox M-Brane, FR-XS, Purple Audio Action, A-Designs EM-PEQ, Spectra Sonics 610, EL Distressor & Fatso…
  • 30 drum kits including sampler patches for Battery, Kontakt, Reason NNXT, Halion, EXS24 and SFZ.
  • 62 sound effects samples combining finely designed up-risers, down-sweeps, tension builders and transition FX along with esoteric and obscure drones, impacts and soundscapes.

Deep Tech and Progressive – Drums Only is available to purchase as a download for £18.95 GBP.

More information: Wave Alchemy / Deep Tech and Progressive – Drums Only

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The Lower Rhythm Culture Kit & Swagger Kit, drum sample packs

The Lower Rhythm Culture Kit & Swagger Kit

The Lower Rhythm has released the Culture Kit and the Swagger Kit, two sample packs featuring drums.

The Culture Kit features 138 samples taken directly from the kit of Brian Stabile, drummer of the prominent Orlando two-piece group Yogurt Smoothness. Featuring classic mic choices (beta52a on kick, md421′s on toms), this is a brash but natural kit stained deeply with the feeling of the performance.

The Swagger Kit is composed of 66 samples from the Pearl Custom X-treme drum kit played by Arkie Jay (drummer of Orlando’s Alias Punch). With an AKG 414 / Shure Beta 52a combo on a large 32″ kick, SM57′s on snare and an AT4041 pair on overheads, the swagger kit is rock solid and quirky — all you’d expect from a small, but tight rock drum set.

Culture Kit & Swagger Kit features

  • 24bit/44.1kHz WAV.
  • Both Dry and Dirty (processed) sets of samples for more choices when building a kit.
  • Recorded and mastered with professional equipment at Urthwurk Labs in Orlando, FL.
  • Easy to learn, proprietary file naming syntax system that includes all important info. about a sample in its file name.

The Culture Kit is available to purchase for $19.99 USD, the Swagger Kit is $16.99 USD.

More information: The Lower Rhythm / TLR Samples

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Sonic Reality releases 10 DrummerTracks Titles

Sonic Reality DrummerTracks: Funk Soul

Sonic Reality has announced the release of 10 new DrummerTracks titles, a collection of sample libraries for guitarists, bassists, keyboardists, songwriters and other musicians who want to play along with professional “album quality” drum and percussion backing tracks.

Designed for songwriting inspiration, practice, play-along performance and fun, DrummerTracks™ offer the same high-quality drum sounds that Sonic Reality is known for in a simple easy-format that anyone can use.

New DrummerTracks Titles

  • LZ Grooves — For drums in the style of Led Zeppelin and John Bonham, LZ Grooves is the way to go. Complete drum tracks are recreated using the same type of vintage microphones and recording equipment as well as a Ludwig® “Bonham Signature” kit.
  • 60′s Rock Grooves — DrummerTracks in the style of rock bands of the 60′s such as The Beatles, The Who, Rolling Stones, and Jimi Hendrix. 10 groovy backing tracks that lock to tempo are recorded with the same vintage studio equipment used to make classic records. Pro Wave Edition includes 4 additional Bonus Live Tracks all together making 14 drum tracks.
  • 70′s Rock Grooves — 70′s Rock Grooves has diverse drum sounds in the styles of Queen, Pink Floyd, The Who, Rolling Stones, and Led Zeppelin. Pro Wave Edition: 4 additional Bonus Live Tracks are included with additional human feel.
  • B Grooves — B Grooves are DrummerTracks in the style of The Beatles. Complete drum backing tracks are recreated using the same type of recording equipment and Ludwig® Black Oyster Pearl “Downbeat” kit that Ringo used in the 60s! Pro Wave Edition: 4 additional Bonus Live Tracks are included with additional “loose” human feel.
  • Big Band — For authentic drums in the classic Big Band stylings of the Duke Ellington, Count Basie, and Glenn Miller bands, Big Band Groove really swings. Played by legendary jazz drummer Danny Gottlieb, Big Band Grooves delivers genuine inspiration at a range of tempos and intensities. Pro Wave Edition: 2 additional Bonus Live Tracks are included with additional human feel.
  • Pop Country — Straight from the heart of Nashville, Pop Country DrummerTracks delivers the feel and sound of today’s hot country hits! Recorded in world class studios with top-of-the-line gear, these Pop Country Grooves were played by top Nashville session musicians and include percussion.
  • Motown — For drums in the style of classic Motown recordings such as The Supremes and Marvin Gaye, look no further than Motown Grooves DrummerTracks. Recorded in world class studios with authentic vintage studio equipment, Motown Grooves delivers timeless inspiration for songwriters and musicians alike. Pro Wave Edition: 2 additional Bonus Live Tracks are included with additional human feel.
  • Progressive Rock — For drums in the style of Progressive Rock icons such as Genesis, Yes, King Crimson, and Gentle Giant, Progressive Rock DrummerTracks delivers authenticity and inspiration. Played by Nick D Virgilio (Genesis, Spock’s Beard, Tears For Fears), these pristinely performed drum tracks provide song-length drum parts in a range of tempos and time signatures. Pro Wave Edition: 5 additional Bonus Live Tracks are included with additional human feel.
  • Funk Soul — For classic drum parts in the style of 60s and 70s funk and soul, go no further than Funk Soul DrummerTracks! Drum parts in the style of artists such as the Temptations, Otis Redding, James Brown, and other Staxx Recording artists give songwriters and musicians inspiration to create, write, practice, and record! Pro Wave Edition: 2 additional Bonus Live Tracks are included with additional human feel.
  • SD Grooves — For drums in the style of Steely Dan, SD Grooves delivers. Performed by Ed Greene (Donald Fagen, Steely Dan), this wide variety of classic Jazz/Rock backing drum tracks are an inspiration for songwriting or jamming.

Sonic Reality is releasing two different versions of DrummerTracks titles: Pro Wave and Standard MP3 Editions.

  • The Pro Wave Edition titles have full CD quality WAVE files that can work in any media player, DAW, or recorder/player. They come with the license to create commercially released music using the included DrummerTracks of that title. Pro Wave Edition DrummerTracks titles include 10 drum songs that lock to tempo plus additional bonus “live” tracks with natural drift and loose human feel.
  • The Standard MP3 Edition titles come with 10 high-quality compressed MP3 format drum songs with no additional bonus tracks. Offered at a lower price, they come with a recreational-use license only and do not include the professional commercial use license that comes with the Pro Wave Editions. DrummerTracks Standard MP3 Editions are ideal for use with iPod®, iPhone®, iPad® and any MP3 player. It is as simple to use as pressing the play button on the player and jamming along with your musical instrument anywhere you go.

More information: Sonic Reality / eSoundz

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Platinum Loops releases Metalcore Drum Loops V2

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Platinum Loops Metalcore Drum Loops V2

Platinum Loops has announced the release of Metalcore Drum Loops V2, a collection of death metal drum loops.

We’ve taken death metal drum loops to a whole new level with Metalcore V2. Not only did we upgrade the drum kit but we also nailed some really complex grooves featuring totally insane double kick drum licks and blast beats. We also drew influences from Grindcore, Deathcore and Melodic Death Metal to give you a wide variety of grooves and fills.

We spent a great deal of time tuning the 1963 Ludwig Ocean Pearl drum kit to get super clicky bass drums and toms. This really helps to keep the drums punchy and bright during your mix so that the drums can compete with the guitars and bass.

Metalcore V2 was recorded in our large drum room for sizzling room ambience that really adds a sense of power and intensity to these brutal death metal drum loops. For the demo we recorded some guitars, bass and grunt vox to give you an idea of how well the drum sound works.

Metalcore Drum Loops V2 features

  • 240 Loops & 30 Kit Samples
  • Tempos: 130 to 230 Bpm
  • Total Size: 593 MB (includes WAV, AIF and REX2)

Metalcore Drum Loops V2 is available to purchase for $79.99 USD.

More information: Platinum Loops / Metalcore Drum Loops V2

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Native Instruments releases Abbey Road 60s Drums

Native Instruments Abbey Road 60s Drums

Native Instruments has released Abbey Road 60s Drums, the first of Native Instruments’ collaborations with Abbey Road Studios London.

This KONTAKT Instrument delivers expressive acoustic drums that combine detailed realism with flexible and nuanced control. Containing no emulations or acoustic modeling of any kind, this instrument consists entirely of high-quality samples of two vintage kits – beautifully recorded with period equipment in Abbey Road’s legendary Studio Two. The sound of ABBEY ROAD | 60s DRUMS can be easily molded from within the instrument itself, going from vintage to modern and taking in all points between.

Abbey Road 60s Drums features

  • Two highly sought-after vintage drum kits:
    • The Gretsch round badge White Marine Pearl (Jasper Shell) from the early 60s includes a 24” kick drum, one 13” and one 16” tom.
    • The second kit is a Ludwig Hollywood from 1967 with a 22″ kick, and 12″, 13″ and 16″ toms.
  • Snare drums include a Ludwig chrome Supra-phonic 400 (1966), Ludwig wooden jazz Festival (1966), Ludwig Mahogany (1959) and Slingerland Radio King (1964).
  • A selection of vintage Zildjian cymbals were used from the early and late 60’s, including a rivet cymbal dating from 1963.
  • Recorded using only the absolute best period equipment, including the legendary REDD.17 valve mixing desk from 1958, an EMI TG mixing desk introduced in 1967 as well as a valve Studer J37 4 track 1-inch tape machine from 1964.
  • Executively Produced by Peter Cobbin, Abbey Road’s Director of Engineering, recorded by Mirek Stiles and assisted by John Barrett and Kris Burton. Native Instruments sound designers Paul Maurer and Nicki Marinic were on hand to oversee the sessions. Drumming duties were performed by one of London’s top musicians, Ralph Salmins.
  • Over 29,000 24-bit, 44.1 kHz samples.
  • 6.3 GB library size, using the new Kontakt 4 sample compression.
  • Up to 30 velocity layers for a single articulation.
  • Up to 6 variations of drum hits at the same velocity for added realism.
  • Separate vintage and modern mic samples for direct, overhead mono, overhead stereo, and room mics.
  • Two snare options for each kit.
  • Separate Right and Left hand samples for the most common Snare, Tom, and Hihat articulations.
  • Snare Top/Bottom and Kick In/Out samples.
  • Optional snare bleed samples for many drums.

Abbey Road 60s Drums is available to purchase for 99 EUR. DVD Delivery starts on February 1st.

More information: Native Instruments / Abbey Road 60s Drums

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