Loops de la Crème releases Cymbal Rolls sample pack

Loops de la Crème has released Cymbal Rolls, a cymbal instrument library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Loops de la Crème Cymbal Rolls

Increase the dynamic and emotional impact of your tracks with these responsive, intuitive and fully customisable instruments.

Press a key, use the modulation wheel, release the key: It’s never been easier to infuse your music with epic, organic, gorgeous sounding swells!

Cymbal Rolls features

  • 10 hand-picked premium cymbals.
  • 278 samples (WAV, 24bit, 48kHz).
  • Up to 34 dynamic layers for maximum realism.
  • 10 single cymbal roll instruments.
  • 1 dynamic set with all cymbals.
  • 12 sound design instruments (Kontakt multis).
  • 20 Impulse Responses (reverb).
  • 1.57 GB total size, uncompressed.

The pack is available for purchase for the introductory price of 21 EUR until November 30th, 2014 (regular 42 EUR).

More information: Loops de la Crème / Cymbal Rolls

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Analogue Drums intros Bombastix – Kontakt Edition

Analogue Drums Bombastix

Analogue Drums has released Bombastix , a virtual drum instrument library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Bombastix is a sampling of a “holy grail” classic 1976 Ludwig in serious rock dimensions, including a gargantuan 26″ kick. The kit has been tracked with 3 distinct snare variations, and two sets of cymbals – hand picked classic Paistes, and modern Sabian AAXs – to give you plenty of options for fitting the kit to your track.

Bombastix will fit the bill for modern and classic rock tracks, or anywhere punchy hard hitting is required. It has been mixed for polished but natural tone – good-to-go as-is, or you can easily take the mix further.

The kit was sampled at The Lab studio in Auckland, New Zealand, in a mid-sized tracking room, though a Neve desk, with the usual assortment of high end hand-picked mics, and processed with select outboard pieces.

The library is available to purchase for $29 USD.

More information: Analogue Drums / Bombastix – Kontakt Edition

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Toontrack releases The Blues EZX + MIDI pack

Toontrack The Blues EZX

Toontrack has announced the release of The Blues EZX, a sample library featuring 2 drum kits and grooves, sampled and played by Hans Lindbäck.

You can’t fool a blues lover. You know that it’s all about the craft, about the touch, the feel and the heart. We know you can spot a fake from a mile away. That’s why we’re proud to bring you the real deal – the custom, the calfskinned, the road-worn: The Blues EZX.

The Blues EZX comes with two complete kits; a 1970s Gretsch and a calfskinned Swedish Levin set from the 1940s. On top of that, it features contemporary Paiste and Sabian crashes, vintage Zildjan A and K series cymbals as well as extras such as a suitcase and a set of calfskinned tambourines. All instruments were handpicked and in many cases road-worn by the sampling drummer himself, a blues musician with more than half a decade worth of experience behind the kit playing the blues. It was recorded in an empty Swedish theater and later mixed in a high-end studio through vintage and modern outboard gear. The end result is a cross-pollination between new and old; warm and characteristic sounds that cover the whole range, from old school to modern, from dry to ambient. This is the sound of then, now and time to come.

The Blues EZX features

  • Two complete kits (1970s Gretsch & 1940s Levin).
  • Sabian/Paiste/Zildjian A & K cymbals.
  • Calfskin drumheads on Levin kit.
  • Suitcase & two vintage calfskinned Grover tambourines.
  • Included custom MIDI library.

The Blues EZX is available to purchase for 69 EUR / $89 USD.

Toontrack The Blues EZX MIDI

Toontrack has also introduced the Blues EZX MIDI, a large selection of drums suited for any type of blues or rock song.

This MIDI pack comes from The Blues EZX and features a large selection of drums suited for any type of blues or rock song. It was played by longtime blues drummer Hans Lindbäck, a phenomenal musician with decades worth of experience behind the blues kit and on the road.

The Blues EZX MIDI costs 25 EUR / $29 USD.

More information: Toontrack

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Review: Toontrack The Blues EZX

Toontrack The Blues EZX

Toontrack’s latest expansion for EZdrummer and Superior Drummer 2.0 is The Blues EZX, a sound library featuring two drum kits and MIDI grooves played by seasoned drummer Hans Lindbäck.

The Blues EZX comes with two complete kits; A 1970s Gretsch And A Calfskinned Swedish Levin set from the 1940s.

On top of that, it features contemporary Paiste and Sabian crashes, vintage Zildjan A and K series cymbals as well as extras such as a suitcase and a set of calfskinned tambourines. All instruments were handpicked and in many cases road-worn by the sampling drummer himself, a blues musician with more than half a decade worth of experience behind the kit playing the blues.

The Gretsch kit includes a nice versatile 14×20″ kick drum, a deep, fat sounding 5½x14″ Slingerland Radio King snare, and 8×12″ and 14×14″ toms. An alternative preset is available for the Gretsch kit, swapping the kick and snare with a suitcase and a 30’s 6½x14″ Premier Brass snare.

The Levin drum kit includes a deep 14×28″ kick, a 60’s Premier Wood 5½x14″ rich sounding snare, and high and low tuned 9×12″ toms. These drums all have calf skinned heads.

One hihat is included in all kits, a 14″ Zildjian New Beat/Rock Beat combo, another choice for versatility. The cymbals include vintage 60’s Zildjian A and K series rides (19″ & 20″) and crashes (10″, 12″ & 18″), as well as a 16″ Paiste crash and 16″ and 18″ Sabian hand hammered crash cymbals.

Finally, two additional Grover Tambourines round off the setup.

The Blues EZX comes with a library of MIDI grooves, 13 songs in total in shuffle, swing, straight and 12/8 categories. Song include a number of grooves with closed hihats, open hihats, cymbals, breaks, fills, intros and endings. The library spans a large variety of tempos, from 80 to 198 bpm.

Check the video below for a quick impression of the sounds and grooves.


Toontrack’s Blues EZX for EZdrummer and Superior Drummer 2.0.

So what do I think?

Product: Toontrack The Blues EZX
Format: EZdrummer / Superior Drummer 2.0
Price: 69 EUR / $89 USD
Like: Spot on drum sounds and grooves, versatile kits
Don’t like: —
Verdict: 9/10

The Blues EZX drums and cymbals have been sampled with a good variety of articulations and the included kit pieces offer sounds for a range of styles, from jazz to blues to pop/rock. Hans Lindbäck provides a great set of songs with plenty of variations, interesting fills and breaks, and most important, an authentic blues vibe.

Having played guitar in a blues band for a number of years, I really enjoyed The Blues EZX. It feels very natural and I would have loved to have the sounds of these drum kits in our band back then. While to me, blues is all about playing together, this sound library is great for rehearsing, working out ideas, or doing studio work where you would normally get a session drummer.

In short, the Blues EZX is a solid, high quality set of drum kits and grooves that are great for blues music and beyond.

More information: Toontrack / Time+Space

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Sampleism releases Alive Cymbals by Nicolas Signat

Nicolas Signat

Sampleism has announced the release of Alive Cymbals, the first in the new series of ‘Alive’ instruments for Kontakt, developed by sound designer and composer Nicolas Signat.

Alive Cymbals has been created from a set of 8 cymbals recorded with Audio Technica mics and Nagra LB recorders and preamps in 88,2kHz 24 bit, edited in the same resolution and then down sampled into 44,1kHz 24 bit with Izotope SRC.

Recorded in a warm room in stereo (close position), the sound is raw, vibrant, accurate, and extremely musical.

Alive Cymbals features

  • 8 high-end cymbals: Wuhan 27″ china, Zildjian 20″ K Custom Dark Ride, Meinl 18″ Byzance Extra Dry China, Paiste 16″ Twenty Crash, Meinl 14″ Byzance Thin Crash, Sabian 10″ Evolution Splash and a pair of Paiste 2002 Cup Chime (5″ and 5.5″), recorded closely with stick, brush, mallet and/or bow with full sustain.
  • Several round robins and velocity layers (3-4 of each, average).
  • Attack & Release controls for all patches
  • Fx reverb for all the basic patches.
  • 12 sound designed instruments with weird pianos, bells, pads, sci-fi fx with modwheel control.
  • Custom GUIs with photos of the cymbals.
  • 44,1kHz 24 bit stereo files, originally recorded in 88,2kHz with Nagra recorder and preamps.
  • 388 files, 1,30GB uncompressed, (982MB zip file)
  • For Kontakt 4 and above with all wav files available separately.

The Alive Cymbals library for Kontakt (full version required) is available for the introductory price of £10.99 GBP.

More information: Sampleism / Alive Cymbals

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