Toontrack SDX: New York Studios Vol 2 EDUCATION

Unique sample recordings from two legendary New York Studios

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The New York Studios Vol.2 SDX was recorded by engineers Neil Dorfsman and Pat Thrall together with drummer Nir Z. It contains unique drums sampled in two of the most heralded drum rooms and notable New York studios ever: the Allaire Studios and The Hit Factory. These two landmark facilities have hosted the who’s who of popular music for decades – anything from David Bowie to Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, The Rolling Stones and Paul Simon. Since the recording of these sound libraries however, both studios have tragically closed their doors to the public and thus, the legacy of their signature sound lives through their respective body of work, but now also vicariously through these very drum recordings.

The New York Studios Vol.2 SDX is divided in two separate libraries, one for each studio. In total, it comes with 13 snare drums, seven sets of toms, seven kicks and a wide assortment of different cymbals – all sampled in extreme detail and showcasing the incredible sonic qualities of these two rooms. The room at Allaire Studios was ambient, reverberant and almost church-like in its construction. The dense wooden walls and ceiling produce a warm and natural reverb that give the drums a clear character without being too loud or taking over. The room at The Hit Factory also had a large, wooden and meticulously crafted room, producing a very rich and characteristic natural reverb.

The New York Studios Vol.2 SDX presents the essence of big drums recorded in big, sonically perfect rooms. Still, with Superior Drummer’s built-in sound shaping tools, you have the power to sculpt the sound you always heard in your head. Ambient, tight, slick, loud, dampened – the canvas is blank. Start creating.


  • Recorded by top engineer/producer/drummer team Neil Dorfsman, Pat Thrall and Nir Z
  • Two now closed down studios in one SDX: Allaire Studios and The Hit Factory
  • 13 snares, 7 sets of toms, 7 kicks, a wide selection of cymbals
  • Included MIDI library played by drummer Nir Z

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


Kick drums

  • 14×24″ GMS SE Blue Sparkle (Felt beater, Plastic beater)
  • 18×22″ GMS SE Blue Sparkle (Felt beater, Plastic beater)

Snare drums

  • 5.5×14″ GMS Blue (DS)
  • 6.5×14″ GMS Maple/Ash Shell (DS)
  • 6.5×14″ GMS Maple/Ash Shell (tuned high) (DS)
  • 6.5×14″ GMS Wood Shell (DS)
  • 6.5×14″ Ludwig Black Beauty (DS)
  • 6.5×14″ Ludwig Brass Shell (DS)
  • 6.5×14″ Trick (DS)


  • 14″ Sabian HHX (DS)
  • 15″ Sabian HHX (DS)


  • 10×12″ GMS Clear Head (DS)
  • 10×12″ GMS Coated Head (DS)
  • 9×10″ GMS Clear Head (DS)
  • 9×10″ GMS Coated Head (DS)


  • 14×14″ GMS Clear Head (DS)
  • 14×14″ GMS Coated Head (DS)
  • 16×16″ GMS Clear Head (DS)
  • 16×16″ GMS Coated Head (DS)

Ride cymbals

  • 20″ Sabian HHX Evolution Ride (DS)
  • 22″ Sg Series Ride (DS)

Crash cymbals

  • 16″ Sabian HHX Evolution O-Zone Crash (DS)
  • 16″ Sabian Manhattan Crash (DS)
  • 17″ Sabian AA Thin Crash (DS)
  • 18″ Sabian AA Medium Thin Crash (DS)
  • 18″ Sabian HHX Evolution FX Crash (DS)
  • 18″ Sabian HHX Evolution O-Zone Crash (DS)
  • 18″ Sabian HHXtreme Crash (DS)
  • 18″/20″ Spock (DS)
  • 19″ Sabian HHXtreme Crash (DS)
  • 21″ AAX Exlposion Crash (DS)


  • Sticks (DS)

The Hit Factory is a trademark registered and owned by Hit Factory Entertainment Inc.


Kick drums

  • 14×20″ Gretsch 50s (Felt beater, Plastic beater)
  • 14×24″ Ludwig (Felt beater)
  • 14×24″ Ludwig Softer Beater (Felt beater)
  • 14×26″ Slingerland (Felt beater, Plastic beater)
  • 16×22″ Ludwig (Felt beater, Plastic beater)
  • 18×22″ Gretsch (Felt beater, Plastic beater)

Snare drums

  • 5.5×14″ Rogers Dynasonic (DS)
  • 5×15″ Ludwig Metal (DS)
  • 6.5×14″ Ludwig Black Beauty 1940s (DS)
  • 6.5×14″ Ludwig Supraphonic (DS)
  • 6.5×14″ Ludwig Supraphonic Low Tuned (DS)
  • 7×14″ Ludwig – Wood Vintage 1930s (DS)


  • 16″ Sabian Extra Thin Crash Top/HH Duo Crash Bottom (DS)


  • 10×12″ Ludwig 1962 (DS)
  • 11×13″ Ludwig 1962 (DS)


  • 14×14″ Ludwig 1962 (DS)
  • 16×16″ Ludwig 1962 (DS)
  • 16×18″ Ludwig 1962 (DS)

Ride cymbals

  • 22″ Sabian Prototype (DS)

Crash cymbals

  • 18″ HHX Xtreme Crash (DS)
  • 18″ Sabian Prototype (DS)
  • 19″ Sabian HHX Xtreme Crash (DS)
  • 20″ Sabian Legacy Ozone Effeks Cymbal (DS)
  • 21″ Sabian AA Xplosion (DS)

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"The sounds are superb, and the bundled MIDI performances top-notch." - Sound on Sound

"...the recording quality is top notch and the sounds are outstanding."Future Music

"If you’ve already got SD2.0, then you’ll be well aware of the outstanding sound quality of its Avatar kit, and the contents of this SDX are in the same league..." - Computer Music

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