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Platinum Samples releases Henry Hirsch Manic Love Drum Sample Library for BFD

Henry Hirsch Manic Love Drum Sample

Platinum Samples has launched the Henry Hirsch Manic Love Drum Sample Library, a new BFD expansion inspired by the drum sounds of two classic rock songs: Jimi Hendrix’s “Manic Depression” and Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love”.

Henry Hirsch is widely credited with being the impetus behind the vintage gear movement in the recording industry that continues today. He began his career in Berlin in the late 70′s as a studio musician and was Lenny Kravitz’s engineer and musical partner for 25 years. In addition to recording Lenny’s hits (It Ain’t Over, Are You Gonna Go My Way, Again, American Woman, Let Love Rule, Always On The Run, Lady, I’ll Be Waiting, …) Henry has also recorded four number one albums in Japan, Vanessa Paradis’ number one album in France and Madonna’s number one single “Justify My Love”. Henry’s credits also include Michael Jackson, Joan Osborne and Mick Jagger.

In 2008 Henry purchased a 19th century church in the Hudson Valley in upstate New York and turned it into his new Waterfront Studios outfitted with his vintage Helios console and Ampex MM1000 tape recorder which were both used to record this sample library.

The samples are formatted for BFD3 and BFD2 and are available at 44.1kHz/24-bit resolution with as many as 187 velocity levels and include Bell, Bow and Edge articulations on all cymbals, as well as rim shots and rim clicks on the toms. The samples include both Room and Plate samples (in BFD Eco only the Plate will be available).

This library includes two full kits with: 1 Kick, 1 Snare, 3 Toms, 1 Hihat, 2 Crash & 1 Ride Cymbals.

The expansion pack is available for purchase for the introductory price of $89.99 USD (regular $99.99 USD). Requires BFD3, BFD2 or BFD Eco.

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Platinum Drums releases Real Latin & Real Reggae

Platinum Samples Real Reggae

Platinum Drums has announced the release of the Real Latin and Real Reggae MIDI Groove libraries.

Real Latin is a comprehensive collection of Latin Music oriented MIDI drum grooves featuring over one thousand authentic grooves and fills. Feel is everything and all of these MIDI grooves are live recordings with minimal editing to preserve the groove. The MIDI grooves included in Real Latin include Tango, Bolero, Samba, Mozambique, Calypso, Bossa Nova, Cha Cha, Merengue, Mambo and more styles of Latin grooves.

Performed live on an electronic drumkit, Real Reggae are raw reggae performances ready for your reggae, dub or ska tracks formatted as both Songs & Grooves. Included are Timbale, Woodblock & Cowbell one-shot samples as WAV files as well as a stereo 16 velocity BFD2 Timbale instrument.

The Latin and Reggae libraries are available to purchase at $35 USD each.

A 15% discount is available When purchasing more than one of the Real series Groove Libraries at the same time. This offer is expires December 31st, 2012.

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FXpansion launches BFD Eco & Rock Legends Sale + 30% off expansions

FXpansion has announced that a bundle of BFD Eco & Rock Legends is available for $49 USD for a limited time.

FXpansion BFD Eco & Rock Legends
Save $109.99 USD on a bundle of BDF Eco and Platinum Samples Rock Legends QuickPack.

FXpansion has teamed up with Platinum Samples to offer you a unique deal! Purchase BFD Eco for $49 to receive Rock Legends QuickPack for free!

Platinum Samples Rock Legends features a Gretsch kit with kick, snare, 4 toms, 3 cymbals and a hihat. It’s played with metal-tip sticks and provides a killer drum sound out of the box!

BFD Eco is available to purchase for $49 USD/39 EUR/£32 GBP inc VAT until August 31st, 2012. A Rock Legends QuickPack license is automatically added to your FXpansion user account upon registering BFD Eco before 31 August 2012.

FXpansion 30% off expansions

FXpansion has also announced a summer sale for its expansions.

Expand your BFD2, BFD Eco, DCAM: Synth Squad, or Geist installation by taking advantage of our amazing 30% off Summer Sale on all expansions (both boxed and download-only) available from the FXpansion online shop

This offer is valid until July 31st, 2012.

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Platinum Samples releases Brooks Wackerman MIDI Groove Library

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Platinum Samples Brooks Wackerman MIDI Groove Library

Platinum Samples has released the Brooks Wackerman MIDI Groove Library, a collection of MIDI drum grooves by Bad Religion drummer Brooks Wackerman.

Born into a family of drummers, Brooks Wackerman was predestined to become the drumming powerhouse he is today. Tutored by his father Chuck Wackerman in the Los Alamitos High School jazz band and in middle school he learned to play at a very young age. The youngest brother of drummers Chad (Frank Zappa) and John, Brooks began studying drumming at age 7 with Chuck Flores and Murray Spivak.

The Brooks Wackerman MIDI Library was recorded over a two-day session on a Yamaha DTX900 electronic drum set.

Brooks Wackerman MIDI Groove Library features

  • Highlights: Played by Brooks Wackerman (Bad Religion, Tenacious D, Korn), formatted for BFD2®, EZdrummer®, Superior Drummer®, Addictive Drums®, Cakewalk® Session Drummer™ & *General MIDI Standard MIDI Files (all included).
  • Grooves: Over 1,770 MIDI files (over 6,120 bars of unquantized grooves), includes Intro Fills, played in 4/4, 5/4 and 7/8 in tempos ranging from 95 to 295 BPM Songs.
  • Songs: Includes 11 songs performed by Brooks Wackerman (over 250 MIDI files (over 1,300 bars of unquantized grooves, played in 4/4 in straight and swing feels in tempos ranging from 121 to 215 BPM).

The Brooks Wackerman MIDI Groove Library is available to purchase for $60 USD. The Grooves library is sold separately for $40 USD; the Songs Library for $35 USD.

More information: Platinum Samples / Brooks Wackerman MIDI Groove Library


Platinum Samples releases Military Cadence MIDI Groove Library

Platinum Samples Military Cadence

Platinum Samples has released Military Cadence, a collection of MIDI cadence grooves played by John Emrich.

Military Cadence is a collection of grooves in 2/4, 4/4, and 6/8 time signatures. This collection also includes common Rolls and Rudiments. Rudiments are the foundation of the drumming vocabulary. Every serious drum instructor has received a set of hand written rudiments from their teachers and continue to pass them along to new students. We have included these sheets as well.

Military Cadence features

  • Played live and recorded by John Emrich, a retired Chief Musician with the US Navy Band in Washington, DC.
  • Includes 56 cadence grooves, 39 snare rolls and 22 additional rudiments.
  • Played in 2/4, 4/4 and 6/8.
  • Includes 285 MIDI files of unquantized grooves.
  • Formatted for BFD2®, EZdrummer®, Superior Drummer®, Addictive Drums®, Cakewalk® Session Drummer™ & General MIDI Standard MIDI Files (all included).

Military Cadence is available to purchase for $19.99 USD.

More information: Platinum Samples / Military Cadence


Cakewalk announces SONAR Session Drummer 3 Kits from Andy Johns and Neil Peart

Cakewalk has announced the availability of Andy Johns Kit 1 by Platinum Samples and Neil Peart Drums Vol 1 by Sonic Reality, two new expansion libraries for SONAR Session Drummer 3.

Andy Johns Kit 1 for Session Drummer 3

The Andy Johns Kit 1 for Session Drummer 3 was recorded by legendary engineer Andy Johns who invented the modern rock drum sound.

Andy’s credits include Led Zeppelin II, III, IV & Physical Graffiti, The Rolling Stones Exile On Main Street and Sticky Fingers, Van Halen For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge, Blind Faith, Eric Clapton and more. The albums Andy has engineered and produced have sold over 150 million copies.

Andy Johns Kit 1 features

  • Recorded by legendary recording engineer Andy Johns (Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, Van Halen).
  • High resolution Drum kit for Session Drummer 3 with up to 12 velocity levels and 6 round robin variations.
  • Includes 120 grooves from Platinum Samples’ Steve Ferrone (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers) and Bobby Jarzombek (Halford) MIDI Groove Libraries.
Neil Peart Drums Vol 1 for Session Drummer 3

Neil Peart Drums Vol 1 for Session Drummer 3 by Sonic Reality features samples of the authentic Drum Workshop® Signature “Snakes and Arrows” kit of drum legend Neil Peart from the band Rush.

Recorded by producer Nick Raskulinecz (Rush, Foo Fighters, Alice In Chains) this powerful stereo kit offers the ultimate high fidelity rock sound with incredible realism. Coming from the acclaimed Drum Masters 2 and Studio ProFile series, Sonic Reality has crafted this legendary kit in Session Drummer 3 format so SONAR 8.5 and SONAR X1 users can enjoy one of the finest sampled kits in the world.

This custom DW kit was made to spec for Neil Peart, complete with a unique 23″ kick drum, wide array of toms, cymbals and a rocking snare recorded through vintage Neve® channels using vintage tube and ribbon microphones by engineer/producer Nick Raskulinecz. This powerfully expressive drum kit packs in the punch and delivers dynamic acoustic drums like nothing else.

The Andy Johns Kit 1 is available to purchase for $39.95 USD, Neil Peart Drums Vol 1 for Session Drummer 3 is $99.95 USD.

More information: Cakewalk / Session Drummer 3 Expansions


Cymbal Masters release Virtually Erskine – Peter Erskine Drum Sample & Groove Libraries

Virtually Erskine

Cymbal Master has announced the release of Virtually Erskine – Peter Erskine Drum Sample Library, an expansion for BFD2 and BFD Eco featuring two of Peter’s personal drum kits.

The Virtually Erskine Sound Library features Peter playing two of his kits recorded and produced in high definition by John Emrich.

This collection features Peter Erskine playing every articulation. All recordings were done in Peter’s private studio and represent the same pristine sound featured on many of his most recent releases.

Virtually Erskine Drum Sample Library features

  • Played by Peter Erskine (Weather Report, Steely Dan, Steps Ahead, Diana Krall, Jaco Pastorius).
  • Formatted for FXpansion BFD2 and BFD Eco.
  • Includes 2 of Peter Erskine’s complete drum kits: a DW Jazz Series kit and DW Collectors VLT kit (for fusion, rock & pop) recorded in his own personal studio to capture his signature “sound”.
  • The Jazz kit is played with both sticks and brushes.
  • Every drum hit, sample & articulation played by Peter Erskine himself.

Cymbal Masters has also released the Virtually Erskine MIDI Grooves Library, featuring over 400 MIDI grooves of Peter playing 12 unique styles in 3/4 and 4/4, including Jazz, Swing, Rock, Funk and Afro-Cuban styles. The files are formatted for BFD2, BFD Eco as well as General MIDI which can be used with any GM compatible drum software or hardware.

The Peter Erskine Sample Library for BFD is available to purchase from Platinum Samples for $80 USD. The MIDI Grooves Library is $40 USD.

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