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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.

VST Guide added

digitalDrummer has added a VST Guide to its growing list of compilations.

The 64-page publication includes reviews of all the major VST offerings from the last five years - as well as John Emrich’s popular VST Q&A which addresses common problems with the applications. The VST Guide is available for download at $5 and joins a growing range of compilations aimed to save readers time by presenting all the relevant archive articles in one download.

To access the VST Guide, click here.

New TD-11 kits from PP Drums

Italian producer PP Drums has released a new set of artist kits for the TD-11 module.

Unlike V Expressions’ patches, the PP Drums offerings can be bought as single kits - by request - for $1 each.

The artist kits follow on from the initial 50 Amen kits which feature a range of genres, from rock to pop, blues to jazz and electronic music.

The developer admits that the kits are “not perfect reproductions” of the big name kits, but stresses that sound balanced and ready to be amplified.

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.