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BFD releases Sphere

FXpansion has released BFD Sphere, an expansion pack for BFD3, BFD Eco and BFD2 designed to provide hard rock and metal drum sounds.

Produced by Tesseract founder Acle Kahney and Francesco Cameli (Bullet For My Valentine, Queen, Phil Collins, New Model Army and more), BFD Sphere captures the room sound of London's Sphere Studios before its relocation.

Kits by DW and Vibe are featured alongside a Ludwig Black Beauty snare, all of which come in natural and mix-ready processed versions ready to drop into your productions.

BFD Sphere is available now as a download-only product for $70/€55/£49.

iRig Pads Editor released

IK Multimedia has launched iRig Pads Editor for Mac and PC. It’s the companion application for iRig Pads that allows musicians to completely edit and customise IK’s ultra-portable, universal MIDI groove controller to suit all music production styles and live performance workflows.

iRig Pads Editor is available as a free download for all current iRig Pads owners.

iRig Pads is IK Multimedia’s 4x4 MIDI pad groove controller for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac and PC. Its ultra-compact footprint makes it an essential instrument for travelling beat makers and other musicians who want to unlock their creativity and make music while on the go. iRig Pads comes pre-loaded with multiple setups that make it easy to control the popular groove making software programs of today. Now users can customise these setups more and even create totally new configurations in a flash to suit their own unique workflow. With total customisation, iRig Pads Editor gives iRig Pads the power to be the ultimate mobile pad-based groove controller.

Southern Soul for EZ2

Toontrack has released the fourth EZX sound library expansion since the EZdrummer 2 launch in 2014: the Southern Soul EZX.

The Southern Soul EZX sets out to recreate the unmistakable sound of soul. Crisp, dense and saturated drums – all encapsulated in the hallmark ambience of the FAME room. It comes with five complete kits and two set-ups – one using all-mono miking techniques and one full stereo set-up.

It also features leakage mics for vocals, guitar, piano and upright bass set up in their original spots in the room, a signature FAME trait and key to adding that special band presence to the sound.

Included kits are from Ludwig, Gretsch, Pearl and Sakae, with two set-ups (’60s/’70s)

The pack was produced by Glenn Rosenstein (James Taylor, U2, Ziggy Marley), engineered by Jeff Balding (Faith Hill, Brad Paisley, Celine Dion) with sampling performed by Chad Cromwell (Neil Young, Joe Walsh).

Roland releases TD-25

Roland has debuted the TD-25KV and TD-25K V-Drums, two new mid-level kits in the V-Drums line-up. Featuring the all-new TD-25 sound module, these kits offer serious players quality sound and expressive playability that rivals Roland's flagship TD-30 V-Drums. The TD-25KV and TD-25K also include many great extras for productivity and music practice, including quick sound customization, onboard Coach functions, and built-in audio recording capability.

The TD-25KV and TD-25K use Roland's SuperNATURAL technology with Behavior Modeling inherited from the top-of-the-line TD-30. With sounds that respond organically to the player's touch, the TD-25 module provides the dynamic, interactive feel that's essential for reaching the highest levels of musical expression. From rim shots, rolls, flams, and ghost notes on the snare to dramatic crash hits and sustained cymbal swells, every nuance is detailed, accurate, and ultra-smooth.

The TD-25 module supports positional sensing on the snare and includes a streamlined interface that makes it easy to select and adjust sounds. A large center dial allows users to quickly choose kits based on the music style they want to play, and sounds can be edited simply by striking a pad and using the module's knobs to change instruments and adjust tuning, muffling, and levels. Toms can be edited as a group, greatly speeding up the process. Changes to kits are saved automatically, eliminating the need to fuss with extra steps.