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Drumdrops adds Gretsch 1960s

Drumdrops has released its Kontakt version of the Gretsch 1960s Round Badge Soul Kit with a special offer.

The first 10 packs will be free, the next 50 will be £30, the next 50 £40 and then it will go back to the retail price of £45.

The Gretsch 1960s Round Badge Kits are legendary kits and Drumdrops recorded this kit to capture the sound of the late 60s and early 70s that came out of Royal Studios in Memphis, home to legendary producer and founder of Hi Records, Willie Mitchell.

Unlike the one microphone, large open room drum sounds coming out of Motown and Stax in at the time, Mitchell preferred a small dry room, often using three or four microphones on the drum kit. To capture the same sound Drumdrops used the suited dry live room at Miloco's The Square in London.

The concept behind the mic positioning is unique to this release. They used five mics, each placed in carefully selected positions around the kit, so each mic captures the drum kit as a whole, meaning you can use any one mic as your drum sound, or you can blend any or all of the mics to create your ideal sound (in the Kontakt pack).

The drum kit was produced, mixed and recorded by south London drummer Timmy Rickard who has studied the grooves and sound of this great era. The kit is a classic sounding late 60s kit with wallets placed on the tuned down snares, a tea towel was used on the floor tom and they have recorded the ride with and without a chain.

New entrant to debut at NAMM

All eyes will be on the January NAMM Show in Anaheim when the newest name in electronic music, NFUZD Audio, launches.

NFUZD Audio is a division of KHS America and will be “a new brand of electronic musical instruments and performance tools designed to respond to the creative potential of its users”.

While insiders are tight-lipped about the line-up, they do confirm that launch products will include the NSPIRE Series and are “technically within the category of electronic drums but will utilise an approach that enables drummers to easily adapt the system to best fit their unique needs without the limits imposed by traditional e-drum systems”.

The product lines bring together music-industry experts from Taiwan, the United States, the United Kingdom and Germany.

Big-name e-drummers involved with the project include Russ Miller and John Emrich, both featured in and contributors to digitalDrummer.

FXpansion, creator of BFD, is behind the onboard and external sample libraries for the range.

Bob Terry, another digitalDrummer contributor, has just joined the team to look after NFUZD Audio artist relations, marketing and retail training.

Free content for DTX

Yamaha is offering samples of its flagship acoustic drum set, the PHX series, as downloads for DTX900 and DTX700 module owners.

The samples include four toms (10”, 12”, 14” floor tom and 16” floor tom), 22” bass drum and a 14” Maple snare drum.

To top it off the Zildjian A Custom 20” ride, 14” hi-hat, 16” and 18” crashes complement the drums with a sizzling brilliance.

To access the he free content - enter your DTX drums model - and use promo code: FREEPHXZIL14 here.

Colin Richardson joins EZ2

Toontrack has released the Made of Metal EZX, recorded at Belgium’s Galaxy Studios, a recording facility crafted with unparalleled detail. The pack includes samples from four complete kits (DW, Mapex, Tama, Truth), produced by Colin Richardson, whose work has shaped hits from Slipknot, Machine Head, Carcass and many more.

World-class drummer Jason Bowld (Axewound, Pitchshifter) wielded the sticks for the sample recordings.

The pack comes with five mix-ready kit presets and includes a selection of MIDI drum grooves.