MSXII Sound Design releases Snares & Hats Combo Kit

MSXII Sound Design has released Snares & Hats, a new combo kit sample library.

MSXII Sound Design Snares & Hats

This kit represents everything you love in quality production; dirty hats and crunchy snares. Make no qualms about it, this kit will partner well with your current MSXII library.

Multiple loop ideas have been included to spark immediate inspiration and ideas. We’ve used some of the most dirty hats we can find (16″ Vintage Zildjian Hats) to get a great sound.

Recorded through studio grade preamps and processed carefully, The Snares and Hats Combo Kit will sit nicely in both your mix and arsenal.

Snares & Hats features

  • 60 drum loops of live snares + hi-hats in 16bit .wav format.
  • Vintage saturation/coloring via products by API.
  • Hi Hats used include: Zildjian 12″ Special Recording Hats, Zildjian 16″ Vintage Hats (40/50s), Dream 14″ Re-FX Jingle .
  • Snare Drums used include: Pork Pie Percussion 6×14 Clear Acrylic Pig Lite, Pork Pie Percussion 7×13 Brass Patina, Pork, Pie Percussion 5×13 Maple, Pork Pie Percussion 6×10 Maple Soprano, Ludwig 5×14 Acrolite Black Galaxy, Noble & Cooley 4.75×14 Aluminum Alloy Classic, Pearl 3×13 Brass Piccolo, Pearl 8×14 Vinnie Paul Signature (Maple), Tama 5.5×14 Starclassic Birch, Custom SoCal 5.5×14 Maple (Built by Matt Slack).
  • Additional chopped one-shot hits provided as bonus.

The pack is available from the Drum Broker for $24.99 USD.

More information: Drum Broker / Snares & Hats Combo Kit

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FXpansion intros Zildjian Digital Vault Vol.2 & BFD Imperial Drums

FXpansion Zildjian Digital Vault Vol 2

FXpansion has announced Zildjian Digital Vault Vol.2 and BFD Imperial Drums, two new expansion packs for the BFD virtual drum instrument for Windows and Mac.

FXpansion Zildjian Digital Vault Vol.2 is an exciting collection of orchestral and field cymbal sounds for BFD3, BFD Eco and BFD2. It features a wide variety of Zildjian cymbal recordings as well as a selection of percussive instruments recorded in the same session.

Zildjian Digital Vault Vol.2 includes Classic, K Symphonic and K Constantinople crash and percussion cymbals alongside effect cymbals, gongs, finger-cymbals, crotales, tam tams, temple blocks and more. Playing styles vary from regular sticks and mallets to marching band articulations and clashed, bowed, scraped and water-dipped techniques that provide a huge range of creative sounds.

Chocolate Audio BFD Imperial Drums

BFD Imperial Drums is an expansion pack for BFD3, BFD Eco and BFD2 featuring a wide range of drums and cymbals, recorded and produced by Chocolate Audio.

BFD Imperial Drums is designed to offer a variety of sounds and mixing control within BFD3 and BFD2. The medium-sized recording room allows naturally warm ambience as well as direct mic signals with superb isolation for maximum flexibility. Many included instruments provide alternative ambient and direct mic sets for an expanded tonal palette. Finally, 13 stick and beater types including hot-rods, webs, rutes and jazz brushes were used to play the instruments.

Zildjian Digital Vault Vol.2 costs $149 USD/109 EUR/£95 GBP, BFD Imperial Drums is $125 USD/95 EUR/£85 GBP. Prices inc. VAT where applicable.

Both libraries are 50% off until January 31st, 2014, as part of FXpansion’s January Expansion Sale.

More information: FXpansion

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Drumdrops releases Rogers Big R Dub Kit

Drumdrops Rogers Big R Dub Kit

Drumdrops has introduced the Rogers Big R Dub Kit, the ultimate dub kit sample library.

This kit has been used to record Drumdrops in Dub Volume 3 and Drumdrops in Ska as well as many other commercial releases.

The kit is comprised of a 24″ x 14″ Bass Drum, a Ludwig Black Magic 14″ x 6.5″ Snare Drum, a Ludwig Acrolite 14″ x 5″ Snare Drum, a huge 18″ x 16″ Floor Tom, and two Rack Toms, a 14″ x 10″ and a 13″ x 8″. The cymbals used were 15″ Zildjian A Sweet Hi-Hats and a 17″ A Custom Crash. Percussion for this kit includes a 14″ Timbale drum and a set of Bongos. Also included is some Electronic Percussion using a Boss PC-2 Percussion Synthesizer and a Tama Techstar TS-204.

The kit was recorded and mixed by UK producer, musician and engineer Mike ‘Prince Fatty’ Pelanconi. The drummer used was reggae specialist Horseman. His hard-hitting beats have backed the likes of Wailing Souls, Sugar Minot, Max Romeo, Barrington Levy, John Holt, Big Youth, Gregory Isaacs and many more.

The recording and mixing took place in Miloco’s The Ironworks in Brighton, UK. At the centre of the Control Room can be found a rare vintage 1970s BBC console. The outboard racks are full of great gear including a Lang PEQ-2 EQ, a Langevin EQ258A EQ, and plenty of dub reverbs. All of the drums were recorded without compression. Mike chose not to record any room microphones for this kit as he wanted a tight, dry Reggae sound.

The kit is available to purchase as a Kontakt Pack (£45 GBP), Multi-Velocity Pack (£15 GBP) and Single Hits Pack (£7.50 GBP).

More information: Drumdrops / Rogers Big R Dub Kit

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Drumdrops releases 70s New Wave Drops

Drumdrops 70s New Wave Drops

Drumdrops has introduced 70s New Wave Drops, a drum multi-tracks, stems and loops album featuring 13 drum tracks by drummer Pete Thomas who played and recorded on nearly all of Elvis Costello’s albums.

Producer/engineer Roger Bechirian came in to record, mix and produce the drum tracks on ’70s New Wave Drops’. Roger was responsible for recording and mixing many of Elvis Costello’s albums, as well as other New Wave records by the likes of Nick Lowe, Squeeze and The Undertones making him an obvious choice for the production of ‘70s New Wave Drops’.

The selection of tracks range in tempo from 80 BPM to 167 BPM and the grooves are full of driving snares and tom fills. For fans of Elvis Costello they will recognise a number of the tracks – ‘I Don’t Want to Go To Chelsea’, ‘Oliver’s Army’, ‘Radio Radio’, ‘Pump It Up’ are just some of the featured grooves.

The kit used was a Hybrid Gretsch kit and a more modern DW Collector Series provided by London based Drumhire (www.drumhire.com). We used the DW kick drum with Gretsch toms and Zildjian A Cymbals. Two snares were used: Pete Thomas’ Ludwig 400 snare (which is the very same snare Pete used on the original tracks); and a 1970’s Ludwig Black Beauty snare.

The album was recorded in Miloco’s The Square recording studio, London using an SSL G Series console with Telefunken and Calrec mic pre’s. The kit was mic’d up with 12 microphones including Coles Ribbons, Neumann U47 Fets and AKG C28 valve mics. All of the tracks were recorded on to a 16 track Analogue 2” machine. The Square has recently been used by bands and artists such as Hurts, The Vaccines, The Kooks, Paulo Nutini and Plan B.

Mixing took place in Miloco’s The Engine Room, which is based around an SSL G Series console and a collection of outboard including EAR valve EQs, Manley Vari-Mu Compressors and Calrec PQ1161 EQs, all of which featured prominently in the album mixes.

Drumdrops offers the ’70s New Wave Drops’ as drum multi-tracks, mixes & drum stems and drum loops. All of the multi-tracks come with session templates for Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase, Ableton Live, Reaper and Studio One. An OMF file is also provided should you need to export the 24 bit 44.1 WAVs into any other DAW. A beat tempo map is included to help users sync up the drum machines.

The stem and mix packs come with the full mix of drums, as well as separate drum stems of each individual drum component. The stems are designed for those who want the ready-mixed versions of the drums so that you can build your track quickly.

The drum loops packs contain around 8 different 4-bar loops taken from each track and are provided as mixes of the individual drum parts, as well as the full mix. Available formatted as WAVs, Apple Loops and Rex2 files, they can be dropped into any software, sampler or drum machine.

70s New Wave Drops is available to purchase for $46.50 USD (Loops Pack) / $54.25 USD (Stems and Mix Files) / $77.50 USD (Multitrack Session). Individual album tracks are also sold separately.

More information: Drumdrops / 70s New Wave Drops

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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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