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BREAKING NEWS

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.



Korg launches CLIPHIT

Instrument maker Korg has launched the CLIPHIT, a mini- module with sensor clip technology.

The CLIPHIT is an electronic drum kit composed of three clips with internal sensors, as well as a foot switch. The clips can be attached to almost any surface that can be struck. The volume changes as you vary the force of your strike, and can also be adjusted independently for each clip and pedal. There's a 3-inch speaker with 2W output and a bass-reflex design, as well as outputs for headphones or an external speaker system

Eleven different sound combinations are provided, including snare, hi-hat, toms, cymbals and bass drums. If you add an optional pedal switch, you'll be able to simultaneously play a total of five different sounds, three with the clips and two with the pedal, expanding your drum performance to hi-hat open/close or double bass. EFX programmed sounds such as conga, tambourine, hand-claps, and even dog barks are just some of the wide variety of sounds included in the CLIPHIT.

Four AA batteries allow up to six hours of operation, while an AUX input allows users to connect an MP3 player and jam along.



Roland adds to entry-level

Roland has introduced a new compact drum kit, the TD-1K V-Drums.

The TD-1K features a module loaded with 15 drum kits and four pads - a snare and three toms, crash and ride cymbals, and a hi-hat with an accompanying control pedal. The kick pedal has an all-in-one design like the TD-10.

The TD-1 sound module is simple to operate, with large buttons and an LCD display.

Stereo output jacks are provided for connecting to an external sound system for monitoring, and headphones can be plugged in for practicing without disturbing family members and neighbors.

The TD-1K will be available in October with a street price of $499.