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Drumdrops goes disco

Drumdrops has released a Vintage Disco VST pack in Kontakt and BFD format.

The packs feature a 70s Rogers Big R Kit which tuned for the perfect disco sound. It comprises a 24"x14" Bass Drum, a Sonor Sonorlite 14”x6.5" and Sonor Maple 14"x7" Snare Drum,  a huge 18"x16" Floor Tom, and two Rack Toms, a 14"x10" and a 13”x8”. The cymbals used were 15" HHX X-Celerator Hi-Hats, a 17" Zildjian K Dark, an 18" Sabian HH extra thin Crash and a 20" Sabian Artisan Ride.

Percussion for this kit includes cowbells, tambourine and cabassa. It also includes some short and long claps from an original Claptrap.

The Kit was recorded at the Ironworks studio in Brighton, UK (Mike Pelanconi's studio).

New Simmons monitors

Simmons has launched its new Simmons DA350 portable monitor system for e-drums.

The Simmons DA350 is a powerful, portable, fully contained system that delivers performance ready Simmons sound for your electronic drum kit. With a full 350 W of Class-D power (1,100 W peak), the DA350's 10" subwoofer lays down a beefy bottom end, while the two 4.75" satellite speakers are perfect for adding sonic imaging and detail to cymbals and snares.

The DA350's integrated stereo mixer gives you three independent input channels, with two-band shelving EQ for total tone control and a subwoofer level control to dial in just the right amount of bottom end. Auxiliary inputs and built-in Bluetooth connectivity give you multiple ways to bring in tracks from any mobile device for practice, performance, or accompaniment.

Weighing in at just 60 lb., the DA350 is designed for easy transport, with speakers that cleverly tuck away into the subwoofer cabinet for effortless portability. The system comes complete with stands and transport bags. With quick setup, easy portability, and great sound, the Simmons DA350 Electronic Drum Monitor System is the monitor system your electronic drum kit deserves, from the first name in electronic drums.

The Simmons DA350 Electronic Drum Monitor System is available now at a street price of $499.99.

Big Rock EZX added

Toontrack has releases the Big Rock Drums EZX, a drum library expansion for EZdrummer 2 featuring all-new drums recorded by engineer Dave Cobb and drummer Michael Miley (Rival Sons). This also marks the first release of Toontrack’s annual Metal Month, which officially launches on November 1.

Recorded at Cobb’s Low Country Sound Studio in Nashville, it presents five essentially different kits that still share one common denominator – they’re the massive, reverberant and roaring type, tailored for big rock songs.

As much as this is an homage to times that passed, it’s at the same time a reminder of the fact that great tones never die – they echo through the ages.

The samples include kits from Mayer Bros., C&C, Gretsch, Ludwig and Camco.

ATV launches second product

ATV corporation has announced the launch of its second e-drum product, the aFrame.

The aFrame enables performers to organically express their musicality just as if they were playing an acoustic instrument—the player controls the subtlety of the performance. ATV’s proprietary “Adaptive Timbre Technology”* responds to the acoustic percussion playing techniques of striking, pressing, and friction. With nuance, the player can produce sounds that have tonal variation and effect controls not possible with existing digital percussion.

The playing surface of the aFrame is made of a hi-tech material with excellent bounce and friction characteristics, yet it has the familiar feel of headed acoustic percussion.

Tones can be created using the onboard acoustic and electronic sounds, and further enhanced with internal high-definition stereo effects. Up to 80 user-defined tones can be saved in the built-in memory.

The aFrame can be held with the hands like a frame drum, placed on a stand, or held with a neck strap. The unique diamond shape of the aFrame aids in the production of varied tones — it all depends on where you strike it.

New Dream Pop EZX

Toontrack has announced the release of the Dream Pop EZX, a drum library expansion for EZdrummer 2 combining acoustic drums and classic machines with creative percussion elements, all honed and shaped with cutting-edge sound design to never-before-heard drum kit hybrids, tailored for modern music-making. Helmed by the creative duo of Addeboy vs. Cliff, the Dream Pop EZX was produced in collaboration with Toontrack’s Mattias Eklund. Addeboy vs. Cliff has collectively produced, written and recorded with acts like Say Lou Lou, Adam Tensta and Roxette. Mattias is the founder of Toontrack and has a long history of audio engineering, mixing and sound design.

The Dream Pop EZX comes with 29 preset kits made up by a total of close to 250 individual percussive sounds. In addition to traditional acoustic drums and classic drum machine sounds, you’ll find completely new hybrids and textured percussive foley sampled from a rich variety of elements. Get creative renditions of stomps, claps, snares and kicks – but also, a set of chromatic pad-like sounds as well as a collection of ever-changing filter loops made in a modular system.

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