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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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Analogue Drums Giveaway: Tape Series Two Bundle for Kontakt

Analogue Drums Tape Series Two Bundle

Analogue Drums has been releasing drum sample libraries for some three years now. The product catalog already includes 10+ titles, providing drum sounds suitable for funk, rock, pop, urban and many other genres.

Our process is simple: we take sought-after drumkits, and record them through killer signal chains directly to tape. We then convert the recordings into digital samples through premium converters, and finally map the samples to virtual instrument patches for you to use in your favorite software sampler.

The recently released Tape Series Two Bundle features four drum kits for Native Instruments Kontakt.

  • Kingpin – Vintage Gretsch with Bosphorus cymbals
  • Plastique – Ludwig Vistalite with Paiste 2002 cymbals
  • Monotown – Vintage Rogers Big-R with vintage Zildjian & Paiste cymbals
  • Gorilla – Vintage Gretsch concert-tom with Sabian cymbals

If you are looking for some natural, organic, and ‘real’ sounding drum kits these might be perfect for you. Check the Analogue Drums website for some music and drum solo demos.

Interested? I am pleased to announced that Analogue Drums is offering rekkerd.org readers the chance to win a copy of the Tape Series Two pack!

All you need to do is post a comment below before May 5th, 11.59pm CET, and we will randomly pick a winner shortly after. Note: you will need Kontakt full version version 3 or greater.

Good luck!

Update 7 May, 2012: Congratulations to “Koalaboy”, the winner of this contest!

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Analogue Drums releases Monotown and Gorilla sample libraries + Tape Series Two Bundle

Analogue Drums has announced the release of Monotown and Gorilla, two new drum sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Analogue Drums Monotown

Inspired by the drums of Motown, Stax and sweet R’n’B from yesteryear comes Monotown. It will drive home the beat to old school funk, soul, rhythm and blues. It’ll also fit the bill for current indy and pop where organic production qualities are desired.

Monotown features

  • Multi-sampling: each key contains up to 8 velocity layers for expressive detail and dynamics. Hihats are extensively sampled for convincing realism with 9 articulations (tip, tight, closed, loose, looser, semi-open, open, pedaled, footsplash).
  • Mic layers: 5x individually controllable microphone perspectives: Coles 4038 front-of-kit; Coles 4038 over kit; RCA 44 over kit, RE20 underside, and Neumann U67 room.
  • Round-robin: natural performance is possible thanks to 6 round-robin hits for each dynamic layer on every instrument.
  • Layouts: Keyboard and eKit/V-Drum mapping layouts provided. The keyboard layout is General MIDI (GM) compatible.
  • Output routing: mono and multi-channel output versions provided.
  • Kontakt instrument interface: with volume and mic controls.
  • Instrument swap: instantly change the snare drum and tambourine sounds at the press of a button.
  • Sensitivity control: increase the sensitivity of the kit for more intricate and subtle performances or leave it set to full dynamic range for heavier tracks.
  • Presets: for quickly changing sounds.
  • Trigger maps: for sound replacement.
Analogue Drums Gorilla

Inspired by the likes of Phil Collins and other pioneers of the gated room sound, we present Gorilla – a classic Gretsch rock kit, with an authentic gated room feature that creates a vibe like no other. Complete with concert toms and Sabian cymbals, this kit will lay down a solid and distinctive foundation for any track.

Gorilla features

  • 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).
  • Round-robin: each and every hit has 6 unique round-robin samples to avoid the mechanical machine-gun effect.
  • Mic layers: 4x separately controllable microphone perspectives: close mics, snare bottom, overheads and room mics.
  • Layouts: Keyboard and eKit/V-Drum mapping layouts provided. The keyboard layout is General MIDI (GM) compatible.
  • Output routing: stereo and multi-channel output versions provided.
  • Kontakt instrument interface: with volume, pan, and mic mix controls, instant snare-swapping button.
  • Gated room control: switch room gate to various degrees or leave ungated.
  • 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.
  • Trigger maps: for sound replacement.
Analogue Drums Tape Series Two Bundle

Both Kontakt libraries are available to purchase for $39 USD each.

Analogue Drums has also announced the Tape Series Two Bundle, a collection of all four kits from the Tape Series Two:

  • Kingpin – Vintage Gretsch with Bosphorus cymbals
  • Plastique – Ludwig Vistalite with Paiste 2002 cymbals
  • Monotown – Vintage Rogers Big-R with vintage Zildjian & Paiste cymbals
  • Gorilla – Vintage Gretsch concert-tom with Sabian cymbals

Introductory pricing: $99 for the rest of March. Get in quick before we figure out how much more to charge for it. Further discount for Plastique and Kingpin owners: if you own one the bundle is only $74, if you own both it’s only $49 – for all of March. Discounts applied at checkout.

More information: Analogue Drums

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FXpansion BFD Eco goes 64-bit + new kit in v1.5 update

FXpansion BFD Eco

FXpansion has announced BFD Eco 1.5, an upgrade to software instrument for acoustic drums, based on the award-winning BFD2 engine.

The v1.5 upgrade has native 64-bit support for Windows 7 and OSX, alongside a new kit and bonus kit-pieces from the BFD2 library recorded at London’s Air Studios.

Changes in BFD Eco v1.5

  • Now includes 32-bit and 64-bit versions for Windows 7 and Mac OSX.
  • BFD Eco 1.5 comes with 2 sets of kick/snare/toms, 4 cymbals and a hihat.
    All kit-pieces are taken from the original BFD2 library.

    • Orange County: Kick, Snare, Tom Floor, Tom Hi, Tom Mid
    • Rogers XP8: Kick, Tom Floor, Tom Hi, Tom Mid
    • Sabian: Crash AAX 14, Hihat AAX 14
    • Trick: Snare
    • Zildjian: Crash K Custom 22, Crash Ride K20, Ride Breakbeat 18

The BFD Eco 1.5 upgrade is available to purchase for $20 USD/15 EUR/£13 GBP until 31 March, 2012. New purchases registered after 1 January 2012 are eligible for a free upgrade.

More information: FXpansion / BFD Eco

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