Toontrack has announced the release of a new drum MIDI expansion for its multi-award winning drum software tools EZdrummer 2 and Superior Drummer 3.

The Linear Fusion MIDI pack is the fourth title in Luke Oswald’s fusion-inspired drum MIDI series. In this one, he continues further down the fusion path and hones in completely on grooves and fills based around the linear philosophy.

Linear drumming is the art of performing a pattern where no two voices of the kit play at the same time. To the bare ear, nothing but a coherent and lavishly mesmerizing groove, but to the drummer: a true limb buster and a multitasking exercise deluxe. As such, it requires its fair share of artistry to master – especially when applied in the already profoundly complex cosmos of syncopations, rudiments, paradiddles and subdivisions that serve as the pillars of fusion.

“For the majority of the material, I drew inspiration from my own internal groove pool I’ve developed over the years, but of course drummers such as Dave Weckl, Vinnie Colaiuta, Gavin Harrison, Simon Phillips and, without a doubt, the inimitable king of linear grooves, Carter Beauford, are major influences,” says Luke.

Linear Fusion MIDI features over 400 individually played drum grooves and fills in 4/4, 6/8 and 7/8 in straight and/or swing feel.

The pack is available for $29 USD / 29 EUR from Toontrack and distributor Time+Space.