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Aerodrums adds presets

Aerodrums has released six new presets for it’s virtual drumming tool to allow drummers and Digital Audio Workstation users to air-drum into their favourite sampler.

The presets provide MIDI mappings that allow the samplers to interpret Aerodrums' output correctly.

“My initial motivation for Aerodrums was to be able to drum given my space and noise constraints, but after playing around with DAWs and samplers since we added MIDI support, my mind boggles with the possibilities.” says Richard Lee, co-inventor of Aerodrums. 

Samplers supported include Steven Slate Drums' SSD4, Toontrack's Superior Drummer 2 and EZdrummer 2, FXpansion's BFD3, Native Instrument's Kontakt (with Studio Drummer), and XLN Audio's Addictive Drums (1 & 2).

“With Aerodrums, you can capture as much musical expression into your DAW and sampler as with a mic'd kit or e-drums, but the great thing is it runs on your computer, so you don't have to worry about hardware interfaces and the latency that comes with them,” according to Yann Morvan, director of the company.

To date, only Aerodrums' built-in samples can take advantage of its unique ability to distinguish between left and right hand.

Aerodrums is reviewed in the August 2014 edition of digitalDrummer.

New kit from Pintech

Pintech Percussion has added a new drum kit to its line-up, the PDK2000. 

The sub-$2,000 Pintech PDK2000 series drum kit boasts a dual-zone 10” snare, 10” CKV10 kick pad and three 8” dual-zone mesh tom pads. The cymbal line-up consists of a 10″ hi-hat,  two 14″ crashes (one dual-zone) and a 16″ dual-zone ride with bell. A Gig HH Controller Pedal is also included.
The kit is powered by an Alesis DM10 module, and comes with a Pintech rack.

“The PDK2000 is a directly result of Pintech getting the drumming community together and listening to their needs,” says Pintech Percussion owner Ryan Guard. “We are very active with our customers and the e-drumming community in general. They tell us what they would like to see, and we do our best selling kit.”

The PDK2000 kit is available now from Pintech dealers.

megaDrum guide for AD2

digitalDrummer contributor and megaDrum enthusiast Anders Grönlund has released a set-up guide for Addictive Drums 2.0.

Grönlund, who was a beta tester for the new VST, has adapted the MIDI map for the megaDrum module specifically for Addictive Drums 2.0.

He also explains how to make the most of the VST’s built-in presets to accommodate the trigger-to-MIDI converter.

The guide provides step-by-step instructions and is being distributed free of charge, via digitalDrummer.

To download the guide, click here.

New BFD pack from Platinum

Platinum Samples, in collaboration with producer Henry Hirsch, has released the Henry Hirsch Manic Love Drum Sample Library for BFD inspired by the drum sounds of two classic rock songs: Jimi Hendrix’s “Manic Depression” and Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love”.

The samples are formatted for BFD3 and BFD2 and are available at 44.1kHz/24 bit resolution with as many as 187 velocity levels and include Bell, Bow and Edge articulations on all cymbals, as well as rim shots and rim clicks on the toms. The samples include both Room and Plate samples.

This library includes two full kits with: 1 Kick, 1 Snare, 3 Toms, 1 Hihat, 2 Crash & 1 Ride Cymbals

Available for immediate download, the Henry Hirsch Manic Love Drum Sample Library for BFD is on sale with an introductory price of $89.99