Two long awaited releases from Toontrack have arrived! Both recorded at Capitol Studios in Los Angeles and produced by 23-time Grammy award-winning engineer and mixer Al Schmitt. Decades SDX for Superior Drummer 3 and Big Band EZX for EZDrummer 2 encapsulate all the drum inspiration you'll need from the golden swing and big band era ... start writing!
First up for Superior Drummer 3 we have:
Decades - Al Schmitt SDX from jazz and big band to rock, fusion, pop, funk and AOR – the Decades SDX covers all the styles that can be traced back to Al’s illustrious lifetime achievement.
Key Features - SDX:
- Five (5) kits (Slingerland, Pearl, Yamaha, Ludwig, Leedy)
12 snares, nine (9) kicks as well as a broad collection of hi-hats and cymbals
- Includes several iconic original instruments, like the original snare drum used by Jeff Porcaro on Toto’s “Rosanna” as well as Steve Ferrone’s personal drum kit.
- Brushes and/or mallets available on select kits/instruments
- Drums from the 1920s through the late 1990s
- Recorded with an additional seven room microphones for playback in stereo up to 9.1 systems
...and a perfect partner for EZDrummer 2 is the Big Band EZX with two complete kits from the swing era of the ’30s and ’40s, both handpicked and tailored to provide an authentic slice of what the big band sound was and, indeed, still is.
Key Features - Big Band EZX:
- Two complete kits from the 1930s-1940s era
- Recorded at Capitol Studios by legendary producer/engineer Al Schmitt
- Includes kit configurations recorded with sticks and brushes as well as with snare wires on and off
- Mix-ready presets tailored for a big band-inspired sound
- Includes a selection of big band-inspired MIDI drum grooves
...it don't mean a thing if it 'aint got that swing!
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SDX vs EZX - What's the Difference?
The Big Band EZX comes with two mix-ready drum sets, both derived from the five kits featured in the Decades SDX. The EZX is best described as a slimmed down version of the SDX, both in terms of number of instruments, available articulations, microphones and mixer channel options. The EZX was produced to provide a specific type of mix-ready sound while the SDX, in addition to its large pool of presets, features raw and unprocessed drum tones covering the entire scope of Al Schmitt’s illustrious career.
Looking for an instant big band sound – go for the EZX. Looking for all the options you need to mix, match and design the kits of your wildest dreams – go for the SDX.