In partnership with Sabian, FXpansion has announced the release of BFD Sabian Digital Vault, a diverse cymbal collection of classic, prototype and custom cymbals from SABIAN for BFD3, BFD Eco and BFD2.
The collection features a huge variety of meticulously sampled ride, crash, splash, china and effect cymbals, along with innovative percussion instruments and 4 hyper-detailed hi-hats. Other highlights include many unique stacked cymbal setups along with classic HHX and AAX models. In addition, select instruments are presented in mallet and brush versions. All recordings were engineered by sampling guru John Emrich, with an emphasis on inspiring users to create new and exciting cymbal parts.
BFD Sabian Digital Vault is ideal for all styles of music and comes loaded with kit presets using factory drums in BFD3, BFD Eco and BFD2.
BFD Sabian Digital Vault features
Expansion pack for BFD3, BFD Eco and BFD2.
41 instruments in total.
Rides, crashes, splashes, chinas and hats.
Percussion, effect and stacked cymbals.
Select mallet and brush versions.
Kit presets with factory drums.
BFD Sabian Digital Vault is available for purchase for $125 USD/95 EUR/£85 GBp inc VAT where applicable.
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.
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 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.
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.
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