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Roland extends mesh range

Roland has extended its mesh head range, with new sizes specially designed for acoustic shells.

The PowerPly series, nine mesh heads produced by REMO Inc, range from 8” to 22”.

The heads are recommended for use with Roland’s RT-30 Acoustic Drum Triggers.

There are six different sizes for snares and toms (8”, 10”, 12”, 13”, 14” and 16”) and three bass drum sizes (18”, 20”, 22”).

New plugins from XLN

XLN Audio has released two new plugins (available in VST, AU, and AAX formats).

Addictive Trigger is being touted as the world’s first intelligent drum replacer. This product features some very smart new technologies that take the pain out of drum replacement. It also includes some of the best sounds and features of Addictive Drums 2.

DS-10 Drum Shaper is a transient shaper designed specifically for use with drums. The fast, clutter-free interface lets you dial in just the right amount of punch in your drum mixes while three amazing algorithms provide great sounding results. To top things off, our new MOJO tuned-transient processor gives you lots of exciting sound design possibilities.

Post-Rock EZX arrives

Toontrack has added  a new sound library expansion for EZdrummer 2, Post-Rock EZX. Recorded in Iceland’s iconic Sundlaugin Studios, this marks the fifth EZX since the EZdrummer 2 launch in 2014.

Located in Reykjavik, Iceland, the Sundlaugin Studios is probably one of the world’s most remote professional recording facilities. It originally served as a bathhouse in the 1930s but later underwent a major acoustic conversion to Icelandic artist Sigur Rós’ personal high-end studio complex. The empty swimming pool with its perfectly balanced walls produce a bright but still warm and reverberant tone unlike any other room. In here, the best microphones, outboard and gear have captured the likes of Sólstafir, Jon Hopkins and Spiritualized as well as several of Sigur Rós’ own records. In addition to the four complete kits recorded using traditional drum sticks, this library includes felt mallet and brushed options as well as several extra snares, a large variety of cymbals and custom percussion pieces.

New VST for Kontakt

Rattly And Raw has released Martin France Drums, a highly detailed and realistic-sounding drum kit instrument for Native Instruments Kontakt. Martin France Drums is the first product in Rattly And Raw's high-end Signature Range of collaborations with outstanding professional musicians and includes prized vintage and modern drums and cymbals such as a 1920s Slingerland Radio King with gut snares, old A and K Zildjian cymbals from the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s, and a snare built from 700-year-old submerged wood.

The pack has 36 kit pieces and over 32,000 samples.

Martin France began his recording career in 1983 and has subsequently played on over 100 albums. He has accompanied musicians such as Elvis Costello and Dave Gilmour.

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