The mission was as simple as it was bold; create a fusion between organic, electronic, high-tech and vintage - a sound library that covers classic sounds but carry them into the new decade, a collection a drums that would sit right away in any contemporary pop, dance, house or hip hop mix.
Toontrack ended up with Number 1 Hits, which is not only an EZX expansion for EZdrummer, it´s a bonafide hit-machine in itself. When sound designer Niklas Flyckt played the finished product for us, even we were amazed at how organic, pumping and throbbing it sounded.
"All you have to do is take any of the included grooves, burn it on a disk and you´ll have a club hit", was Toontrack´s Mattias Eklund´s first comment.
No wonder, Niklas has some 30 years´ worth of experience, recorded and mixed artists like Britney Spears, Robyn, Kylie Minogue, Girls Aloud, Rachel Stevens, just to name a few, and obviously knows how to twist the knobs to get that million dollar sound.
To break it down, Number 1 Hits is a one-stop-shop for instant drum production when it comes to contemporary pop, dance, house and hip hop music. It has all the timeless, Linn, TR 909, TR 808, DR 55 sounds heard in pretty much every modern production that tops the charts of today, and on top of that, it comes with a large collection of unique and custom designed acoustic sounds - all of which were run through Niklas Flyckt´s amazing signal chain of SSL, tube vintage compressors and hard-to-find outboard gear.
Don´t waste any time, get started making some Number 1 Hits! With these sounds you are literally halfway there!
Number 1 Hits EZX Includes: Features:
• Produced and mixed by Grammy® award-winner Niklas Flyckt (Britney Spears: "Toxic")
• Instant drum production for contemporary pop, dance, house and hip hop music
• Vintage machines - Modern sound
• Sounds that offer endless combinations
• Includes MIDI with matching kit presets
Linn Drum Machine
Sound Master ST 305
Some additional sounds from Niklas private library
SSL 9000J Console
AD Converter: Digital Audio Denmark ADDA 2402
Culture Vulture Anniversary Model
AKG BX15 Spring Reverb
Engineered & Produced by: Niklas Flyckt
Assistant Engineer: Anders Pantzer
MIDI Library: Rasmus Flyckt & Niklas Flyckt
Recorded at: Dreamhill Studios, Stockholm, Sweden
Graphic Designer: Fredrik Ärletun
Sounds & MIDI editing: Mattias Eklund
"I don’t think you’ll be disappointed with this." - Sound on Sound
"...this pop-tastic effort comes highly recommended." - Computer Music
"Number 1 Hits sounds superb. The kicks, snares, toms and cymbals have both weight and punch." - Music Tech