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New tools for 2box

Lustark Software, the maker of SDSE, has released new tools for the 2box system.

DrumIt Manager is a bundle of two programs: DKit Manager and DSound Tune.

The first is an answer to the difficulties associated with managing kits in 2box’s own software. It allows users to inspect, edit and save the contents of a Kit or Kit Bank in .dkit format, open an existing Kit Bank or start from scratch with 100 empty kits and rearrange kits using drag-n-drop.

The second tool adds to 2box drum tuning capability beyond the basic functionality in the DrumIt Five Editor.

At present, the Manager is only available for PCs, but the developer is working on a Mac version.

Meanwhile, the SDSE tool, which converts VST samples to 2box formats, continues to evolve and now supports all major drum VSTs.

Simmons goes sub-$500

Simmons has added a new five-piece, the SD500, to its e-drum line-up.

The SD500 kit features a 9” dual-zone snare pad, three 8” tom pads, and kick drum with integrated pedal. Cymbal pads include a 10” hi-hat with pedal, a 12” ride, and a 10” chokable crash.

The kit is housed on a rugged, steel rack, with robust custom T-fittings, detachable stick rest, and skid-resistant rubber feet.
At the heart of the SD500 kit is the all-new SD500 drum module, which features a sleek new look with a 16-character backlit LCD screen and 64 voice polyphony. The SD500 comes loaded with 64MB of custom Simmons sounds, including more than 350 different sounds across 50 drum kits, and a 60-song internal memory.   

The kit retails for $499.

Toontrack releases the Reggae EZX

Toontrack has released the first sound library expansion for EZdrummer 2, the Reggae EZX.

The Reggae EZX takes the traditional sound and recording techniques of reggae drums and tweaks them for the new EZdrummer 2 engine.

It was recorded at Rub-a-Dub Studios in Stockholm, Sweden and comes with a unique collection of instruments including two full, single-headed custom drum kits, a generous selection of snares, percussion and traditional Binghi and clay hand drums. Everything was recorded using vintage gear and microphones, the custom miking techniques of the genre and through a 1970s Soundcraft Series II console.

Toontrack has released a companion MIDI pack focusing entirely on the many and unmistakable styles of roots and reggae drums - Reggae Beats MIDI.

AD2 gets expansion

XLNaudio has released a new ADpak for Addicitive Drums.

Fairfax Vol. 2 is a follow-up to the pack launched with AD2, and was recorded at the legendary Los Angeles studio formerly known as Sound City.

Fairfax Vol. 2 features an older, late-60s Gretsch "Round Badge" kit with a rounder and fuller tone.

The mellower more "vintage" tone of this kit is a perfect complement to the brighter, more aggressive sounds in Vol. 1.

The Gretsch kit is matched with two great vintage Ludwig snares and a selection of custom handmade cymbals. It includes 30 professionally designed presets that deliver a round, warm, punchy sound. These versatile tones fit well in many kinds of music - especially pop, rock, folk and indie.

There is a launch special discount of 33% off.

Verbeuren offers lessons

Toontrack artist Dirk Verbeuren, digitalDrummer’s featured drummer in May 2103, has released a series of training videos.
In the Dirk Blasts Premium Drum Lessons, he shares all of the knowledge he’s acquired in his 20 years as a professional.

The lessons are available online - by subscription  - with a one-year subscriptions available.

Dirk’s Premium Lessons cover a wide range of topics from hand and foot technique, building speed, bettering your independence, reading and writing rhythm, all the way to business advice and working with electronic drums. He also shares his favourite exercises and warm-up routines with you, and explains how he approaches live and studio session work.