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IK Multimedia updates SampleTank

IK Multimedia has announced a major update to its SampleTank workstation in the form of version 3.5. The update consists of 11 new sound collections, which are now also available in IK's new SampleTank "Custom Shop". Also introduced - by popular demand - are a spread of new features that make browsing SampleTank 3's thousands of sounds and patterns even faster and easier than ever before.

Released in 2014, SampleTank 3 has become an indispensable tool for professional musicians due to its 33 GB library of bread-and-butter sounds (with over 4,000 instruments from every category), 55 high-quality effects, MIDI patterns, advanced groove tools and a powerfully enhanced sample engine. Now that functionality is being pushed further via the introduction of a range of downloadable sound libraries that will expand and grow alongside SampleTank 3, allowing its world of sounds to be customized to suit the needs of any creative workflow.

The latest update to SampleTank 3 is free for current users of all existing SampleTank 3 versions. SampleTank 3 and SampleTank 3 SE users can purchase the new Beats Series and Elektronika Series sound libraries from the IK online store for $39.99 each or 50 Gear Credits in the IK Custom Shop.

Compact kit from Simmons

Simmons has launched the SD100KIT five-piece compact electronic drum set. Sporting a sharp, new industrial design and a space-conscious footprint, the SD100KIT is ideal  for beginners and students, as well as drummers looking for a practice kit. Compact enough to fit neatly into a bedroom, office, or home studio,  the SD100KIT features drum pads with real drum feel and a sound module with new, professional-quality sounds. 

The kit includes a drum bar with a snare, three tom pads, two cymbals, a hi-hat, and an integrated, super-stable tripod stand.

The sound module delivers 170 drum sounds,10 preset drum kits, and 10 songs, as well as one user kit and a user song. The 1/8-inch TRS stereo line output enables easy connection with any amp or mixer, while the 1/8-inch TRS stereo line input can be used with MP3 players for jamming along. It also offers a USB port for instant connectivity to play and record drums on your computer. The pads connect with the sound module via RS-232 multi-pin port for quick, easy set up and breakdown.

EZdrummer 2 for hip-hop

Toontrack has released the third EZX sound library expansion since the EZdrummer 2 launch in 2014: the Hip-Hop! EZX.

”This is easily one of the most comprehensive products in the history of the product line,” says Mattias Eklund, Toontrack’s head of Sound Design. ”It covers literally hundreds upon hundreds of electronic sounds, essential percussion, timeless acoustic drums and some of the best and most creative kit presets we have ever released. I can’t wait to hear what our users create with it.”

The Hip-Hop! EZX is firmly rooted in authentic, acoustic drums, but mixes, matches and merges them with timeless drum machine sounds, orchestral percussion and other creative elements to form unique hybrid kits. In total, you get 22 mix-ready drum sets and hundreds of percussive pieces – all in an uncompromising fusion of organic and acoustic. Get anything from the clean and polished sound of neo-soul and the mean and electronic Southern trap to the to the dirty, rugged New York boom bap – all in one place. Add to this the powerful framework of EZdrummer 2 and you have the ultimate creative canvas for your next beat.

Drumdrops adds BFD3 option

Sample producer Drumdrops has added its first sample pack for BF.! The Gretch 1960s Round Badge Soul Kit, capturing the classic Al Green/Al Jackson Jr. drum sound, is recorded with five mics and features treatments such as wallets on snares, tea-towels on toms and chains on ride cymbals. It also includes a percussion selection featuring congas, tambourine and shakers.

Gretsch 1960s Round Badge Soul Kit BFD Pack is available from 4pm GMT, 18th February 2015 at - you will need a user account. The first 20 lucky customers get the pack for free, the next 30 for £15 and the next 50 for £25 after which the price returns to the usual price of £35 (international prices may vary).