Toontrack SDX: New York Studios Vol 1

All the legendary drum sounds from this original SD2 core sound library ready to take on in the mighty Superior Drummer 3

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The New York Studios Vol.1 SDX is the first volume in Toontrack’s project of capturing the three most famous drum rooms in the New York area – studios that changed the face of the music industry and that bear witness to some of the most groundbreaking recordings in modern pop and rock history.

Avatar Studios, in which this library was captured, has won several industry awards and is known for having one of the finest acoustic environments in the world for drums. Since its inception in the 1970s, it’s hosted bands and artists like Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Journey, Kings of Leon and The Clash.

The sounds were recorded by engineer duo Neil Dorfsman and Pat Thrall together with drummer Nir Z. Between them, they have won several awards and over the past three decades worked with a wide range of top artists such as Meatloaf, Celine Dion, Nick Lachey, Sting, Bruce Springsteen, Dire Straits, Beyoncé, Björk, Kiss, Joss Stone, Genesis, John Mayer and Chris Cornell.

"The room is tailor-made for drum recording. It’s large, it’s ambient, it’s punchy, it sounds fantastic. We really captured all of the things this room has to offer.” comments Grammy Award-winning engineer Neil Dorfsman.

In total, you get approximately 20 GB of raw, unprocessed drum sounds captured in meticulous detail in one of the most acknowledged drum rooms in modern music history.

These classic drum tones have over the years seeped through to almost every facet of the music industry. In fact, you likely hear them on a regular basis in TV features, movies and top productions, regardless of where in the world you are. This goes to show that properly captured quality drum tones never get old, worn or dated.

Combined with the powerful sound shaping tools of Superior Drummer 3, this collection of drums offers some genuinely raw and unadulterated creative power. Welcome to New York and the Avatar Studios.

Key Features:

  • Approx. 20 GB of meticulously sampled drums
  • Samples available with drum sticks, rods, brushes and felt mallets
  • Recorded at the renowned Avatar Studios in New York City by Pat Thrall, Neil Dorfsman and Nir Z
  • Extensive MIDI library included
  • New graphics and presets optimised for Superior Drummer 3


(DS = Drumsticks, HR = Rods , BR = Brushes, FM = Felt mallets, NS = Sticks with no snares, ALL = All tools)

KICK DRUMS 14×24″ GMS (Felt and plastic beater)
14×24″ GMS Double Headed, Coated (Felt beater)
18×22″ GMS (Felt and plastic beater)
SNARE DRUMS 13″ GMS Piccolo (DS)
4.5×14″ Rogers Wood (DS)
5×10″ GMS (DS)
6.5×14″ GMS Maple/Ash (DS)
6.5×14″ GMS Nir-Z Custom (ALL)
6.5×14″ Ludwig Black Beauty (ALL)
6.5×14″ Slingerland 70’s (DS)
HATS 13″ Sabian HHX Evolution (DS, BR)
14″ Sabian HHX Manhattan Jazz (DS, BR, HR)
16″ Sabian Crash Handhammered (DS)
RACK TOMS 10×12″ GMS Clear Heads (DS)
10×12″ GMS Coated Heads (ALL)
14×14″ GMS Clear Heads (DS)
14×14″ GMS Coated Heads (ALL)
9×10″ GMS Coated Heads (ALL)
FLOOR TOMS 16×16″ GMS Clear Heads (DS)
16×16″ GMS Coated Heads (ALL)
16×18″ GMS Clear Heads (DS)
16×18″ GMS Coated Heads (ALL)
RIDE CYMBALS 21″ Sabian HHX Dry Ride (DS)
21″ Sabian Handhammered Vintage Ride (DS, BR, HR)
22″ Sabian AA Dry Ride (DS)
22″ Sabian Handhammered Raw Dry Ride (DS)
CRASH CYMBALS 13″ Sabian Jack DeJonette Encore Crash (DS, BR)
16″ Sabian HHX Evolution Crash (DS, BR)
16″ Sabian HHX Evolution Ozone Crash (DS, BR)
16″ Sabian HHX Extreme Crash (DS, FM)
17″ Sabian HHX Evolution Crash (DS, BR)
17″ Sabian HHX Evolution Effeks Crash (DS, FM)
18″ Sabian AA Thin Crash (ALL)
18″ Sabian HHX Evolution Crash (ALL)
18″ Sabian HHX Evolution Ozone Crash (DS, FM)
18″ Sabian HHXtreme Crash (ALL)
18″ Sabian Handhammered Fierce Crash (ALL)
18″ Sabian Jack DeJonette Encore Crash – (DS, BR)
19″ Sabian AA Medium Thin Crash (ALL)
19″ Sabian HHXtreme Crash (ALL)
21″ Sabian AAXplosion Crash (DS, FM)
SPOCKS 13″ Sabian AA El Sabor Salsa Splash/20″ Sabian AAX Chinese (DS)
14″ Sabian AAX Mini Chinese/17″ HHX Evolution Effeks Crash (DS)
16″ Sabian HHX Evolution O-Zone Crash/18″ Sabian HHX Chinese (DS)
16″ Sabian HHXtreme Crash/18″ Evolution O-Zone Crash (DS)
20″ Sabian Handhammered Dark Chinese/16″ Sabian HHX Evolution Crash (DS)
CHINESE CYMBALS 14″ Sabian AAX Mini Chinese (DS)
18″ Sabian HHX Chinese (DS)
20″ Sabian AAX Chinese (DS)
20″ Sabian Handhammered Dark Chinese (DS)
SPLASH CYMBALS 13″ Sabian AA Salsa El Sabor Splash (DS, FM)


Kick: EV 868 / Neumann U47 FET -> Pulteq MEQ-5 -> GML EQ 8200
Kick Comp: Kick Bus -> EQP Pulteq -> GML EQ 8200 -> Neve 32264 Comp
Kick PZM: PZM -> Pulteq MEQ-5
Kick Sub: Yamaha NS10 Sub
Snare Top: Shure SM56
Snare Bottom: Shure SM57
Snare Comp: SnareTop -> Pulteq -> Neve 32264 Comp
Snare Rim: Countrymen 101 taped to the rim
SD Sansamp: SnareTop -> Sansamp
Tom 1: Top Sennheiser 421 / Bottom Sennheiser 421 -> Bottom to Drawmer Gate -> Both bussed to Pulteq EQP
Tom 2: Top Sennheiser 421 / Bottom Sennheiser 421 -> Bottom to Drawmer Gate -> Both bussed to Pulteq EQP
Tom 3: Top Sennheiser 421 / Bottom Sennheiser 421 -> Bottom to Drawmer Gate -> Both bussed to Pulteq EQP
Hats: AKG451
OH: Schoeps CMC5U -> Pulteq EQP
Near AMB: KM54 -> SSL Comp
Mid AMB: Coles -> Distressor
Far AMB: Neumann U87 -> LA-3A
Brauner Mono: Trowbridge preamp -> Trowbridge Comp
Mono SM7: Shure SM7 -> Neve 32264 Comp
Bullet: Bullet -> Mesa Boogie Amp -> SM53
Phone: Phone Mic
EMT140: EMT140 Plate Reverb

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Please note: this SDX requires Superior Drummer (v2 or 3) to work. The user interface graphics show this SDX installed in Superior Drummer 3.