What do you get if you take one of the world’s most noted and sought-after metal and rock producers to his choice studio, bring a handpicked selection of drums, round up the best gear and outboard money can buy and hit ‘record’? You get drums, tailored and tweaked for their proper context. Period. Welcome to the Toontrack Hard Rock EZX by Bob Rock.
The Hard Rock EZX was recorded at The Warehouse in Vancouver, BC, and comes with two kits, fundamentally different in their individual tones. The custom Gretsch, with its brittle and direct attack, is ideal for use in more modern productions while the classic three-ply Ludwig, with its complex, dark and warm timbre, is the perfect choice in mixes of a more vintage and ambient nature. In addition, the EZX includes a broad selection of extra kicks, snares and cymbals, allowing you to mix, match and design your own hybrid kits as you go.
To top it off, the Hard Rock EZX features a collection of mix-ready presets encompassing a wide tonal range and mix of styles. Three of the presets were personally engineered and mixed by Bob Rock himself using his own custom samples to layer, saturate and augment the already awesome power in the raw drum tones.
Want the drums on your next track to come straight from the creative mind behind the sound of Metallica, Mötley Crüe, Aerosmith and many, many more? Here you go.
- Two individual kits (Gretsch, Ludwig)
- Recorded by Bob Rock at The Warehouse in Vancouver, BC
- Features a custom mix preset by Bob Rock for each kit
- Five (5) kicks, four (4) snares, seven (7) toms, two (2) hi-hats and eight (8) cymbals in total
- A basic selection of custom MIDI drum grooves included
While Metallica’s groundbreaking “Black Album” may be one of the more commonly known works in his discography, Bob Rock’s engineering and producing credits stretch all the way back to the late ’70s and include some of the best selling acts in rock history: Survivor, Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, Mötley Crüe, Bryan Adams and many, many more.
In all of his productions, a common denominator is phenomenally engineered and mixed drums. In fact, his work with Metallica and Mötley Crüe may very well have set a new standard as to how we mix drums to sit in a production. Needless to say, his influence on the sound of hard rock and metal as we know it is monumental.
Completed in 1886 and originally meant to serve as a supply warehouse, the two-story brick structure on the southeast corner of Powell and Columbia in downtown Vancouver, BC, once known as the Oppenheimer Building today hosts one of the world’s best and most advanced recording studios. The main hall, with its hard brick walls and dense wooden floors, is a marvel of acoustic engineering and the perfect ambience for recording loud, reverberant but still controlled and subtly detailed drums.
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