XLN Audio releases Vintage Dry ADpak and Dry Beats & Songs MIDI Pak

XLN Audio Vintage Dry ADpak

XLN Audio has launched the Vintage Dry ADpak, a new expansion library for the Addictive Drums virtual drum instrument for Windows and Mac.

There is a huge revival of that glorious 70s sound brought to you by chart-topping contemporary artists like Daft Punk, Miike Snow and Justice. With our Vintage Dry ADpak, you too can have those fat, dry, and deliciously authentic drum sounds in your productions!

Vintage Dry. Give Life Back To The Beat.

Vintage Dry ADpak features

  • Authentic 1970’s studio sound.
  • Dry, damped and crisp drums.
  • Vintage Ludwig Silver Sparkle kit.
  • Extra Sonor Phonic Kick and Snare.
  • Over 40 mix ready presets.

The Vintage Dry ADpak is available to purchase for 49.95 EUR.

XLN Audio has also released the Dry Beats & Songs MIDI Pak, a collection of MIDI beats and songs.

The perfect companion to our Vintage Dry ADpak! The Dry Beats & Songs MIDIpak features tons of tight, precise content that sounds great on a fat, dry drum kit. Features Beats, Fills, and Songs (with intro, verse, chorus, bridge parts) with lots of variations, tempos and grooves.

Dry Beats & Songs MIDI Pak features

  • Hundreds of tight, precise grooves.
  • Played by professional drummers.
  • Perfect match for fat, dry drum kits.
  • Over 200 live recorded MIDI files.

The MIDI Pak costs 19.95 EUR.

The Vintage Dry ADpak and Dry Beats & Songs MIDI Pak are also available to purchase in the Vintage Dry Bundle, priced at 59.95 EUR.

More information: XLN Audio

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Analogue Drums releases BlackSmith for Kontakt

Analogue Drums BlackSmith

Analogue Drums has launched BlackSmith, a virtual drum instrument for Native Instruments Kontakt.

BlackSmith is a modern metal workhorse with an aggressive yet toneful sound. This kit will lay an unshakable foundation for any metal track, or any other genre where a tight punchy articulate kit is called for.

BlackSmith gives you several mic layers to blend to your taste, easily taking the sound of the kit from clean and tight to spacious or dirty with the push of a fader. Three swappable snare variations help fit the kit to your track.

The kit we sampled is a top-of-the-line Sonor SQ2 Acrylic set, with three snare options, and classic Zildjian A Custom cymbals. The kit was sampled in Melbourne’s Sing Sing South studio, a medium sized tracking room.

BlackSmith features

  • Multi-sampling: each kit component contains up to 7 velocity layers for expressive detail and dynamics, and 6x round-robin hits for every single zone for realistic performances.
  • Mic layers: 6x individually controllable mic layers: Close mics, Overheads, Room mics, Smash mic, Kick Sub, and Snare-Bottom
  • eKit mode switch to ‘eKit’ mode when using a Roland V-Drum kit, or leave set to ‘Keyboard mode’ for direct MIDI sequencing. The layout is General MIDI (GM) compatible.
  • Output routing: stereo and multi-channel output versions provided.
  • 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 accessing different sounds.
  • Trigger maps: for sound replacement: kick, snare, toms – each with separated mic layers

BlackSmith is available to purchase for $29 USD. Requires Kontakt 4.2+ full retail version.

More information: Analogue Drums / BlackSmith

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Sampleism intros Alive Underground Drums for Kontakt

Alive Underground Drums

Sampleism has announced the release of Alive Underground Drums, a Native Instruments Kontakt sample library by Nicolas Signat and Sampleism.

Alive Underground Drums has been developed by a very small team of people who are passionate about creating the best sounding Kontakt Instruments. It has taken many months of hard work and sleepless nights to complete.

Alive Underground Drums brings 3 high-end drum kits (Gretsch New Classic, Sonor 3007, Ludwig Legacy) with 5 great snares and a host of the finest cymbals on the market, all recorded in a huge underground car park in high definition (88,2 kHz 24 bit stereo).

Placed at about one meter, the microphone offers a result somewhere between a close mic and an overhead position, with a perfect balance between direct sound and reverberated sound. Choose your instruments, shape the sound with ADSR envelopes and effects (EQ and compressor) and mix elements with volume faders. You can also link channels to work easily and faster.

Alive Underground Drums features

  • 3 high toms (2 zones), 2 medium toms (2 zones), 3 floor toms (2 zones), 4 kicks (1 zone), 5 snares (3×6 zones + 1×5 zones + 1×2 zones ), 2 hit-hats (9 zones), 6 rides (3 zones) and 7 crashes (2 zones).
  • ADSR envelope, 3 bands semi-parametric EQ and compressor.
  • General Midi mapping with extension.
  • 18 patches with prepared kits, sound designed kits and more.
  • More than 2500 samples in 44.1 kHz 24 bit stereo with full sustain and dynamics (2.3 GB on drive, ncw lossless format).

The sample library is available to purchase for the introductory price of £19.99 GBP (RRP £34.99 GBP). Requires full retail version of Kontakt 4.2.3 or above.

More information: Sampleism / Alive Underground Drums

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Sound Magic releases Supreme Drums – Hybrid modeled drum kits

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Sound Magic has announced the release of Supreme Drums, a new virtual drum instrument for Windows.

Sound Magic Supreme Drums

Supreme Drums starts with the familiar drum sounds featured in many great hits such as The Eagles’ Hotel California, Michael Jackson’s Thriller and many more.

We have created a powerful drum set-up with 19 available pieces and over 10 different kits. To ensure the best possible authentic sounds, Sound Magic not only chose the best drum brands available for sampling (such as DW, Ludwig and Sonar) but also utilized the best recording studios in the world to record them.

It took more than two years to arrange for these samples to be created at three of the best known studios of all time: OCEAN WAY RECORDING(The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton and more). THE RECORD PLANT (The Eagles Hotel California, Michael Jackson, Nine Inch Nails and more) THE LEGENDARY ABBEY ROAD STUDIOS (The Beatles and many more) to ensure the highest possible sound quality, we used the best possible gear, including the legendary Neve 88R and SSL 9080J consoles and dCS 905 AD converters.

Supreme Drums features

  • Innovative MCN (Modeling Core Next) Engine modeled drums, 300MB in size with little CPU usage.
  • Samples are coming from the best recording studios in the world.
  • Innovative Plasma Random System provides anti-machine gun effect.
  • HD Velocity Layer supports up to 65,536 Velocity Layers.
  • Performance Key Switch System to make it quicker and easier to switch skill sets and techniques in intensive live playing situations.
  • Multi-microphone positions enable users to mix between different microphone positions and create new sounds that easily fit into a mix.
  • Powerful Mixer and Microphone Leakage setting create a feeling of a real drum recording session.
  • Groove Engine provides patterns for use immediately in you project.
  • Build-in 64 Steps Sequencer.
  • Powerful Add-on System.
  • Built-in professional EQ and Compressor.
  • Faster load times. Smaller hard drive footprint, less memory and less CPU usage.

Supreme Drums for Windows (VST) is available to purchase for 99 EUR / $129 USD.

More information: Sound Magic / Supreme Drums

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Straight Ahead Samples introduces Straight Ahead! Jazz Drums for Kontakt

Straight Ahead! Jazz Drums

Straight Ahead Samples has announced the release of Straight Ahead! Jazz Drums, its flagship sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt, featuring the first sampling of authentic and playable classic jazz loops and samples.

Channeling the essence, sound, and the swing of great jazz drummers like Max Roach, Elvin Jones, Phillie Joe Jones, Billy Higgins, Roy Haynes, Jimmy Cobb and other legends, SA!JD features the amazingly swingin’ skills of young jazz phenom Billy Williams Jr. Straight Ahead! Jazz Drums gives you the tool you’ve been waiting for to create genuinely swingin’ jazz tracks.

One of the main features of SA!JD is that we conceived of a way to separately sample ride/hi-hat loops and authentic snare comping patterns to create truly playable variations in swing grooves. We’ve also included fills and other specialty loops, like kick-feathering, for example, to allow the composer to create truly genuine jazz drums tracks to use in his/her compositions. As well as a fully sampled set of drum hits, that includes such elements as rolls, triplets, snares on/off, side sticks, etc.


Introduction to Straight Ahead! Jazz Drums for Native Instruments Kontakt 5.

Straight Ahead! Jazz Drums features

  • Authentic classic jazz drum sound.
  • Playable ride patterns.
  • Playable snare/tom/kick comping patterns.
  • Authentic swingin’ loops played by young jazz drummer phenom Billy Williams.
  • 4/4, 3/4, 6/8, and latin/straight eighths (in all tempos – synced to your DAW).
  • Fills.
  • Yamaha Maple Custom Absolute Noveau Drums.
  • 12,500 Samples, 24 bit/48k.
  • Compatible with Full Kontakt 5.0.1 or higher.
  • As much as 6 velocity layers and 4 round robins.

The sample library is available to purchase for $179.99 USD. Requires Kontakt 5 full version.

More information: Straight Ahead Samples

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