Toontrack EZX: Classic Rock

Classic rock drum gold – the big, obnoxious and loud kind.

The Toontrack Classic Rock EZX for EZdrummer 2 and Superior Drummer 3 comes with two kits as well as several additional instruments and extras derived from the Legacy of Rock SDX, an expansion for Superior Drummer 3 recorded by legendary producer/ engineer Eddie Kramer at the AIR Studios in London, UK.

Heavily inspired by Eddie Kramer’s work primarily with Led Zeppelin, all aspects of this EZX were designed to provide the ultimate source for instant classic rock gold – the choice of drum kits, the presets and the MIDI. This EZX simply bursts loud, reverberant rock from the onset and out!

‘The Amber Kit,’ which represents a reproduction of the acrylic kit that John Bonham used during the now- historic “The Song Remains the Same” recordings in 1976, has a truly unique, open-sounding and blaring tone. To contrast, ‘The Sparkle Kit,’ also a homage to a setup frequently used by Bonham in several classic sessions, presents a more traditional tonal palette while still offering that mandatory, deafening rock sound. In other words, two perfect kits for classic rock – engineered to perfection by the man who helped shape its very essence.

Even though rock may shift, change and take on new paths, one thing is perfectly certain: the drums remain the same – big, obnoxious and loud. If you’re looking to produce grooves that don’t make any excuses, you’re in luck. Welcome to the sound of rumbling thunder and an EZX literally chock- full of rock.

Classic Rock EZX key features:

  • Two complete drum kits, tailored for a big, reverberant classic rock sound

  • Recorded by Eddie Kramer at the AIR Studios in London, UK

  • Inspired by Eddie’s work with classic rock bands and drummers of the ’60s and ’70s, particularly Led Zeppelin and John Bonham

  • Includes extras such as timpani, a gong and several kit pieces

  • Includes drums sampled with sticks, mallets and snare wires off

  • A broad selection of presets for an instant mix-ready sound

  • A collection of drum MIDI grooves and fills also inspired by Eddie’s illustrious classic rock discography.

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The Drums

Toontrack Legacy of Rock SDX The Amber Kit

The Amber Kit 

Brand: Ludwig | Model: Vistalite | Badge: Blue & Olive Era: 1970s | Shell construction: Acrylic | Shell Finish: Amber | Tool(s) recorded: Vic Firth 5B Hickory American Classic drumsticks (snare wires off and on), Thomann Medium Soft Marimba mallets (snare wires off).

This kit represents a reproduction of the live setup that Led Zeppelin’s John Bonham used during the classic “The Song Remains the Same” recordings at Madison Square Garden in 1976. The drums, cymbals, timpani and gong were all sourced to be as close to the original setup as possible.

During the recording, a considerable amount of time was spent referencing the original video recording. As a consequence, we recorded configurations with snare wires off, mallets and hands to get all the different sounds that Bonham used during the performance.

Toontrack Legacy of Rock SDX The Sparkle Kit

The Sparkle Kit 

Brand: Ludwig | Model: Classic | Badge: Blue & Olive Era: 1970s | Shell construction: Three-ply maple | Shell Finish: Silver Sparkle | Tool(s) recorded: Vic Firth 5B Hickory American Classic drumsticks (snare wires on).

This serves as Toontrack's tribute to Eddie’s studio work with Led Zeppelin in the late ’60s and early ’70s. Both in composition and sound,
this kit is very similar to the setup that was used on Led Zeppelin II, “Houses of the Holy,” “Physical Graffiti,” and “Coda.” Simply a mind-blowingly big kit that still has that intimate and tight proximity.

Eddie Kramer recording Legacy of Rock SDX

The brushstrokes of Eddie Kramer's ability to paint with sound has made rock history a glaring palette of colour. Not only did he help shape the iconic sound of Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Kiss and many more in the sixties and seventies – his ear, touch and craftsmanship has had an immense impact on music to this day. We dare to say that arguably no one in his field has left a more distinct footprint on their path through rock history than he has.

Reading his list of credits from top to bottom sums his collaborations up to more than 750 albums covering all genres, all facets of rock and a myriad of the names anyone would file under ‘icons’ without thinking twice. In addition to his deep-rooted passion for audio production, Eddie is also a published author and photographer. In fact, Eddie’s candid portraits of the rock luminaries he’s worked with over the years have been exhibited in some of the world’s most prestigious galleries and museums and have become of interest for collectors internationally.

Being a frequent lecturer at workshops and seminars, he also likes to educate the next generation of audio craftsmen by sharing his lifelong well of experience from his side of the studio glass.

Eddie Kramer AIR Studios

Selected Discography 

Jimi Hendrix “Electric Ladyland” (1968)
The Rolling Stones “Beggars Banquet” (1968)
Led Zeppelin “Led Zeppelin II” (1969)
Joe Cocker “Mad Dogs & Englishmen” (1970)
Jimi Hendrix “Band of Gypsys” (1970)
Led Zeppelin “Led Zeppelin III” (1970)
Led Zeppelin “Houses of the Holy” (1973)
Kiss “Alive” (1975)
Led Zeppelin “Physical Graffiti” (1975)
David Bowie “Young Americans” (1975)
Led Zeppelin “The Song Remains the Same” (1976) Peter Frampton “Frampton Comes Alive!” (1976) Kiss “Love Gun” (1977)
The Rolling Stones “Love You Live” (1977)
Led Zeppelin “Coda” (1982)
Brian May “Another World” (1998)
Santana “Shaman” (2002)
Led Zeppelin “How the West Was Won” (2003)

1960s 

In the early 1960s, the then 19-year old Eddie relocated from his native South Africa to a buzzing London scene. During his London years, he worked at three of the most legendary studios in rock: Pye Studios, Regent Sound and Olympic Studios. In these studios is where he recorded Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Traffic and many more. In 1968, Kramer relocated to New York primarily to work more closely with Jimi Hendrix but also founded many other long-lasting musical relationships, one of them being the start of his five-album stint with Led Zeppelin. Kramer rounded off the 1960s by capturing the original Woodstock festival on tape. The recordings ended up on the three-disc album “Woodstock: Music from the Original Soundtrack and More,” featuring a myriad of now iconic performances.

1970s

Eddie began the seventies by working alongside famous acoustician John Storyk to oversee the creation of Electric Lady Studios, Jimi Hendrix’s state-of-the-art studio on Manhattan, costing a then- staggering one million dollars to build and equip. Through the decade, Eddie continued to engineer, produce or mix seminal records for Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix as well as a string of other artists such as Peter Frampton, David Bowie, Joe Cocker and many more. Perhaps most notably, his lengthy association with Kiss begins with his work on “Alive!,” an album that in many ways defined the early stages of Kiss’ career. It subsequently went multi-platinum and Eddie produced five more of the band’s albums – all of which went platinum.

1980s 

The eighties saw Kramer working with a myriad of artists predominantly in the heavier end of the rock and metal spectrum. Aside from working with Led Zeppelin on “Coda,” his rejuvenation of Anthrax with their “Among the Living” record in 1987 as well as his work with Whitesnake, Icon and Pretty Maids are likely some of the most noteworthy collaborations.

1990s

In the nineties, Kramer continued to work with a broad range of artists as well as several Hendrix-related collaborations. Some of his notable accomplishments include producing and engineering Buddy Guy’s album “Slippin In,“ winner of 1995 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Blues Record as well as a W.C. Handy Blues Foundation award for Album of the Year 1995. He also won a Grammy Award for the audio production on the video for Jimi Hendrix’s live album “Band of Gypsys.” and received
a nomination for “The Wind Cries Mary,” which was Sting’s contribution to the 1996 Jimi Hendrix tribute album featuring a myriad of artists.

2000s - Present Day 

Through the 2000s and to this day, Kramer has continued to work at the very apex of the industry and with a wide variety of artists and projects. In the early 2000s, he engineered the Grammy-winning recording of the Carlos Santana feat. Michelle Branch single “The Game of Love.” In 2003, Eddie received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the AES show in New York City and in 2010 he was nominated for a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. One of the most recent highlights was the Emmy Award he won for his work on the Jimi Hendrix documentary “Hear My Train a Comin’.”

Eddie Kramer AIR Studios

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Tech Specs

Product Type:

Expansion

Product Specs:

System Requirements 
  • 4.5 GB free disk space, 4 GB RAM.
  • A working EZdrummer 2.1.8 or Superior Drummer 3.2.0 (or above) installation.