Toontrack has launched Metal Beats MIDI, a new pack featuring a collection of drum grooves and fills performed by renowned metal drummer Dirk Verbeuren of Soilwork.
After the three volumes in the Library of the Extreme series and a few thousand variations of the most outrageous metal drumming there is, Dirk winds down a tad. In this pack, he delivers a comprehensive collection of straight forward, modern metal drumming – all the way from ultra-slow doom and crushing mid tempo to galloping double-bass work. Essentially, everything you might need in between the blast beats, carpet rolls or skank beats you got from the Library of the Extreme suite.
This collection of drum beats and fills is the perfect match for any traditional or modern metal songwriter looking for world-class, sharp and inventive drumming straight from one of the world’s most well-rounded and dynamic e-drummers.
Metal Beats MIDI features
- MIDI drum beats and fills for traditional and modern metal.
- Performed by Dirk Verbeuren (Soilwork).
- All material organized in straight or swing songs and broken down by leading instrument (closed hats, open hats, etc.).
- Each song has a dedicated section for fills.
- Tempos ranging from 56 BPM to 240 BPM.
The MIDI pack costs $29 USD / 25 EUR.
More information: Toontrack / Metal Beats MIDI
Sonic Zest has announced Moroccan Drums, a virtual instrument library for Native Instruments Kontakt.
Moroccan drums are hypnotic to listen to and hypnotic to play. An assortment of drums, mostly sourced from Morocco a few from other African countries, were sampled in depth to capture the beauty of these instruments.
These drums are made from clay, skin, wood and hair – so completely organic. This Kontakt instrument captures the textured and earthy tones of these North African drums perfectly.
Multiple sounds were recorded from each drum, with variations of palm-muted and open being captured, and pitch bends for the skin drums also being recorded.
Moroccan Drums features
- Kontakt instrument sampling an assortment of Moroccan drums.
- 4x round robin.
- Instantly playable.
- 25 MB download (72 MB when expanded).
- Full Kontakt required.
The library is available to purchase for the introductory price of $16 USD.
More information: Sonic Zest / Moroccan Drums
Roqstar has announced Blues Guitar Grooves Vol 1, a sample library by Vanilla Groove Studios.
Add some grit and soul to your tracks with “Blues Guitar Loops Vol 1”. This pack features 47 rough and ready blues guitar loops arranged in 7 construction kits (including wet and dry mixes), ranging from 63 to 109 BPM. Loop packs include rhythm and lead loops in a range of styles, including funk, jazz, and traditional blues.
Wet and Dry mixes of all loops are included in this pack, giving you the option of dropping ready-made loops into your tracks, or adding your own effects and giving each loop your own patented tweaking. Wet loops are ripened with slight reverb and echo effects, giving each loops warmth and subtlety but without damaging tone.
The sample pack is available to purchase for $22.05 USD.
More information: Roqstar / Blues Guitar Grooves Vol 1
No Dough Samples has launched Deep Percussion, a new NDS Components series sample pack.
NDS Components – Deep Percussion covers a selection of the sounds that make up the backbone of any good song, from Claps & Snares to work with your Bass drum, to some of the most full bodied and warm percussion sounds around. Chocked full of novel sounding Bongos, toms, and rims, from almost natural to more hybrid sounding percussion. This pack gives you a solid selection on which to build your groove.
These have been produced to our usual high standards, sourcing the sounds from the analogue domain and working them through high end outboard gear before editing them to perfection so they sit ready in your productions.
There are two tonal variations of each sample, offering you a choice where it matters most. Capturing that 3D sound you get from the best hardware was top on our list when putting this together because that translates straight into better mixes. We spent a lot of time fine tuning this collection, you will find a lot of sounds you recognize but with a shape, air and depth about their sound you rarely hear in samples.
Deep Percussion features
- 262 samples (24bit/96kHz).
- Includes Snares, Claps, Percussion.
- 2 Tonal Variations – Original & RVX.
The sample pack is available to purchase from Sounds To Sample and Beatport, priced at £8.99 GBP.
More information: No Dough Samples / Deep Percussion
Beta Monkey Music has launched Rock Ballads, a new Drum Werks drum loops series sample pack.
Intense rock ballads, spacious acoustic rock, maybe even a little hairband metal ballads (minus the four-second gunshot in a warehouse snare type sound), it’s all possible with the rock ballad drum loops offered on Drum Werks XXVI.
With a versatile collection of grooves ranging from 40 bpm to 100 bpm, Drum Werks XXVI: Rock Ballads will lay the foundation of your most sensitive and emotional compositions for today’s working songwriters and producers. If you’re inspired by The Eagles, Pink Floyd, Kansas, Aerosmith, Allman Brothers, Eric Clapton or any other artist who has lived on the “softer” side of rock, then these loops will serve you and your music well.
And, for even greater songwriting flexibility, we’ve included a complete matching multi-velocity drum and cymbal sample set of all the drums used to record the drum tracks. Not just a handful of samples, we’re talking an extensive and complete set of samples, enough to develop your own drum virtual instrument and your own sequenced parts. This gives the loop collection unlimited flexibility and potential.
Rock Ballads features
- 334 (715 GB 24-bit WAV and Apple Loops; 477 MB 16-bit WAV) original, license-free drum loops, samples in 16-bit, 24-bit WAV, APPLE LOOPS formats.
- 193 (186 MB 24-bit WAV; 123 MB 16-bit WAV) multi-velocity drum and cymbal samples.
- DVD Format – ALL ACIDized WAV, APPLE, and REX2 (if available) formats included for download and/or for hard copy DVD purchases.
Rock Ballads is available to purchase for $39.99 USD.
More information: Beta Monkey / Rock Ballads