May 6

Toontrack EZdrummer Classic EZX Expansion

Following on from my EZdrummer review. I have just added the Classic EZX Expansion. This expansion provides a new kit and new grooves. It was very easy to load and works in exactly the same way as the main product. The Classic EZX released in March 2011 blends the sound of the classic Helios console and vintage drum kits like Yamaha Recording Custom and Noble & Cooley Horizon. It is compatible with both EZdrummer and Toontrack’s Superior drummer.

Now at my fingertips, I can get the drum sounds from those classic giant bands of the 70s like Led Zeppelin, The Who and The Rolling Stones. Toontrack state that “Be it the slamming 70’s rock song or the slim and tight contemporary pop that tops the charts of today, the sounds of The Classic EZX will sit right in any mix”.

The Classic EZX was produced by Peter Henderson and Chris Whitten who have both worked (amongst many others) with Paul McCartney so I think I am looking at something very special here. As I load the plug-in into my DAW, I can now see two entries in the drop-down of the Expansions -The Classic and The Classic 4 mic.

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May 6

EZ DRUMMER – TOONTRACK’S DRUM KIT VIRTUAL INSTRUMENT

Toontrack, whilst being amongst some of the leaders of drum software (like BFD from FXpansion and Stylus RMX from Spectrasonics), were one of the first to provide realistic multisampled acoustic drum-kit sample libraries with their aptly named Drumkit from Hell and DFH Superior. DFH Superior was amazingly large with over 35 GB of drum and percussion sounds. Some however, found that the interface was too complicated and so Toontrack developed something much simpler in the form of EZ Drummer. I love messing around with Drum Sounds, so I thought I would test the user-friendliness of this software from loading to laying down a track in my DAW.

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