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Kicks & Snares EZX

MIX & MATCH MAGIC.

A massive collection of drums that zooms in on the two centerpieces in any mix: kicks and snares.

Regardless of genre or style, arguably any engineer would agree: the kick and the snare are irrevocably the two biggest focal points of not only the rhythm section but also the entire mix. The Kicks & Snares EZX zooms in on delivering exactly that: kicks and snares. An overwhelming amount of them, we might add – in total 74 multi-sampled and never-before-released instruments recorded in eight different top studios in Australia and the UK. Factoring in the wide range of alternative tunings and recorded configurations, you’ll have around 130 unique kick and snare voices at your disposal. What differentiates this EZX even more from earlier ones is that each kick and snare position has four extra channels featuring individually processed versions: ‘Sub,’ ‘Skin Lo,’ ‘Skin Hi’ and ‘Club/Stick.’ This will enable you to infinitely tweak and find your personal blends for each instrument.

In addition, the Kicks & Snares EZX comes with close to 100 unique kit presets covering anything from traditional/organic mixes to those involving elaborate sound design. Also, one set of toms, two crashes, one ride and one set of hi-hats are included for easy kit construction.

Combined, this all makes this EZX a veritable monster of sound for broad use in anything from custom kit creation and sound replacement to acoustic/organic, modern pop, hip-hop, ambient and electronic. EZdrummer 2 owner? Welcome to a mind-blowing toolbox of mix-ready kits and instruments. Superior Drummer 3 user? Revel in a near infinite palette of options that opens up for limitless sound design.

FEATURE SPOTLIGHT

31 multi-sampled, individual kick drum instruments
43 multi-sampled, individual snare drum instruments
A wide range of alternative tunings and configurations, in total around 130 kick and snare voices
Never-before-released material recorded in eight different top studios in Australia and the UK
Sampled by three different drummers for maximum variation (Chris Whitten, Adam Falkner and Simon Ayton)
Acoustic drum recordings produced by Peter Henderson
Also includes three toms, two crashes, one ride and one set of hi-hats for easy kit construction
Close to 100 unique mix-ready kit presets covering anything from traditional/organic mixes to those involving elaborate sound design
The perfect palette of raw material for sound design, custom kit creation and sound replacement
Tailored for a broad use in anything from acoustic/organic to modern pop, hip-hop, ambient and electronic
Includes a selection of backbeat-oriented MIDI grooves performed by Darby Todd
 

THE KICKS.

Big, small, tight, open, different materials, sizes, makes and models – this collection of kicks has anything you can imagine
and more.

AIR

24” Yamaha Recording Custom
24” Yamaha Recording Custom (alt. voice)
24” Yamaha Recording Custom (no padding)
22” Pork Pie
22” Pork Pie (w/ DW extension)
22” DW Collectors
22” Ludwig 1967
22” Ludwig 1967 (low tuned)
22” Ludwig 1967 (low tuned, alt. voice)
24” DW Collectors
24” DW Collectors (alt. voice)
20” Sonor Delite
20” Sonor Delite (alt. voice)
20” Sonor Delite (no front head)
26” Ludwig 1970s
24” Ludwig 1970s (damped)
Giant Multi Kick
22” Premier 1970s

 

BUSBY

22” Noble & Cooley Horizon
22” Noble & Cooley Horizon (tile room)
22” Noble & Cooley Horizon (toweled)
22” Noble & Cooley Horizon (silo)
26” Premier 1970s
22” Sonor Phonic

 

FISH FACTORY

22” Ludwig 1967
22” Ludwig 1967 (no front head)
20” Gretsch Round Badge
22” Gretsch Drop G Badge (no front head)
22” Yamaha Recording Custom
22” Ludwig Vistalite (wood beater)
22” Ludwig Vistalite (felt beater)

 

GROVE LIVE

24” Camco Oaklawn (felt beater)
24” Camco Oaklawn (plastic beater, no front head)
22” Noble & Cooley (felt beater)
22” Noble & Cooley (w/ Premier 26” resonance head)
26” Premier 1970s (plastic beater)
18” Gretsch 1960s Round Badge (felt beater)
18” Gretsch 1960s Round Badge (alt. voice)

 

GROVE DRY

22” Noble & Cooley
22” Noble & Cooley (alt. pitch 1)
22” Noble & Cooley (alt. pitch 2)
22” Noble & Cooley (alt. pitch 3)
22” Noble & Cooley (alt. pitch 4)
22” Noble & Cooley (alt. pitch 5)

 

KONK

26” Antique Marching Bass Drum
26” Antique Marching Bass Drum (alt. voice)
26” Antique Marching Bass Drum (no snares)
24” DW Collectors
24” DW Collectors (alt. pitch)
24” DW Collectors (no snares)
24” DW Collectors (no snares, alt. voice)

 

NSW

22” Premier XPK
22” Premier XPK (alt. pitch 1)
22” Premier XPK (alt. pitch 2)
22” Premier XPK (alt. pitch 3)

 

301

22” Noble & Cooley Horizon
24” Pansini Acrylic
22” Brady Jarrah Ply
22” Tama Superstar
24” Camco Oaklawn
22” Sleishman Maple

 

THE SNARES.

Ringy, snappy, muffled, high and low in all the sizes, makes and models you can imagine – and then some.

 

AIR

6.5×14” Ludwig LM402 Supraphonic 1976
6.5×14” Ludwig LM402 Supraphonic 1976 (alt. version)
6.5×14” Ludwig LM402 Supraphonic 1976 (alt. voice 1)
6.5×14” Ludwig LM402 Supraphonic 1976 (alt. voice 2)
5.5×14” DW Craviotto
6.5×14” Ludwig Black Beauty 1976
5.5×14” WFL 1940s (w/ gut snares)
6.5×14” Ludwig Mahogany 1959
8×12” Premier Olympic Tom (w/ ball bearings)
6.5×14” Pearl Steve Ferrone Signature
6.5×14” Pearl Steve Ferrone Signature (alt. voice)
Giant Snare
Giant Snare (alt. voice)
8×10” Pearl Maple Popcorn
5×14” Noble & Cooley Solid Shell Maple
5.5×13” Pearl Sensitone Steel (damped)
5.5×13” Pearl Sensitone Steel (w/ cymbal)
5.5×13” Pearl Sensitone Steel (w/ cymbal, alt. voice)
8×15” Leedy Elite Professional NOB 1920s
6.5×14” Ludwig Black Beauty 1976 (snares off)
6.5×14” Ludwig Black Beauty 1976 (snares off, alt. voice)

 

BUSBY

6.5×14” Craviotto Dark Cherry Solid Shell
5.5×14” Ludwig Black Beauty
5×14” Ludwig Black Beauty 1920s
5.5×14” Craviotto Solid Shell (tile room)
5.5×14” Craviotto Solid Shell (silo)

 

FISH FACTORY

6.5×14” Pearl Steve Ferrone Signature
8×15” Leedy Elite Professional NOB 1920s
5×14” Gretsch USA Custom (snares off)
5×14” Gretsch USA Custom (snares off, alt. voice)
5×14” Ludwig Acrolite

 

GROVE LIVE

4×14” Ludwig Pioneer
5×14” Brady Jarrah Ply
6.5×14” Craviotto Dark Cherry
6.5×14” Craviotto Dark Cherry (alt. voice)
6.5×14 Ludwig Black Beauty 1970s
5×14” Ludwig Black Beauty 1920s
5.5×14 Craviotto Timeless Timber

 

GROVE DRY

5×14” Noble & Cooley Star Wood Hoops
5×14” Noble & Cooley Star Wood Hoops (alt. voice 1)
5×14” Noble & Cooley Star Wood Hoops (alt. voice 2)
6.5×14” Ludwig Black Beauty 1970s (damped)
6.5×14” Ludwig Black Beauty 1970s (damped, alt. voice)
6.5×14” Premier Artist Birch (toweled)
6.5×14” Premier Artist Birch (toweled, alt. voice)
5×14” Drouyn and Drouyn Dandy
5×14” Drouyn and Drouyn Dandy (alt. voice)
3×13” Ludwig Jazz Combo
3×13” Ludwig Jazz Combo (alt. voice)
6.5×14” Ludwig Black Beauty (low tuned)
6.5×14” Ludwig Black Beauty (low tuned, alt. voice)
6.5×14” Premier Artist Birch
6.5×14” Premier Artist Birch (alt. voice)

 

NSW

5×14” Ludwig Bronze Supraphonic
5×14” Ludwig Bronze Supraphonic (alt. voice)
7×14” Slingerland Radio King
7×14” Slingerland Radio King (alt. voice)
5×14” Le Soprano
6×14” Camco Oaklawn

 

301

6.5×14” Brady Jarrah Ply
6.5×14” Brady Jarrah Ply (alt. voice)
5.5×14” Craviotto Timeless Timber
5.5×14” Craviotto Timeless Timber (alt. voice 1)
5.5×14” Craviotto Timeless Timber (alt. voice 2)
5.5×14” Sleishman Pro Series Brass
5.5×14” Sleishman Pro Series Brass (alt. voice)
10×14” Pansini Custom
5×14” Drouyn and Drouyn Dandy
5×14” Drouyn and Drouyn Dandy (alt. voice)
5×10” Pansini Copper 

 

HATS, CYMBALS & TOMS.

While the Kicks & Snares EZX focuses primarily on kicks and snares, it still has a basic set of hats, cymbals and toms in order to enable you to quickly construct a traditional kit setup.

 

Hats
16″ Sabian HH
16″ Sabian HH (alt. voice 1)
16″ Sabian HH (alt. voice 2)
16″ Sabian HH (alt. voice 3)

Ride
22″ Sabian Prototype

Crash cymbals
18″ Sabian HHX X-treme
18″ Sabian Prototype

Toms
10×12″ Slingerland 1960s
14×14″ Slingerland 1960s
16×16″ Slingerland 1960s

 

THE STUDIOS.

The raw content for the Kicks & Snares EZX was recorded over a long period of time in eight different top studios in Australia and the UK.

 

AIR

LONDON, UK

Undoubtedly one of the world’s most classic studios. The impeccable acoustics in this hall-like room are spot on for drums. For this session, the drums were screened off for even more variation.

 

BUSBY

AUSTRALIA

This is drummer Chris Whitten’s own studio. The drums picked for this session were captured in three different settings: a wood-paneled room, a stone room and an old grain silo – all through various vintage microphone pre-amps.

 

FISH FACTORY

LONDON, UK

The room at this classic London still audio is large, reverberant and a perfect fit for loud drums. The control room features an API desk.

 

GROVE LIVE

SOMERSBY, AUSTRALIA

The centerpiece in Studio 1 at The Grove is a 56-channel SSL G Series desk. The room has a very live, loud and rowdy feel to it making it a perfect room for capturing big drum tones.

 

GROVE DRY

SOMERSBY, AUSTRALIA

The second studio at The Grove was the first on the property and originally built by INXS’ bass player Garry Gary Beers. The Studio 2 room is considerably smaller, more dry and much more apt for tight and in-your-face type of tones. The control room features a ‘70s 4032 Harrison desk.

 

KONK

LONDON, UK

This studio was founded by The Kinks and is operated by one of its original members, Ray Davies. The room, which is medium-sized and has wood panelling on the walls and floors of hardwood, sounds amazing for drums. The crown jewel of the control room is an early ‘70s Neve console.

 

NSW

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

In this stellar room, the drums were recorded through a classic East German RFZ console.

 

301

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

Having celebrated its 90th birthday as Australia’s longest running professional recording studio, this place is truly a landmark in the audio industry. Studio 1, in which we captured our instruments, houses a Neve 88R console and a perfectly crafted, spacious live room. We placed the drums in a booth to give you the option of a less ambient, more muffled sound as well.

 

THE MIDI.

The Kicks & Snares EZX comes with a basic collection of backbeat-style grooves that enables you to get a beat going and get the proper feel for the sounds right away. As always, any groove can be infinitely customized using the ‘Edit Play Style’ feature in either EZdrummer 2 or Superior Drummer 3.

 
 

THE PRESETS.

The Kicks & Snares EZX comes with more than 100 unique and individually engineered presets designed to cover a broad scope of sounds and near infinite range of use.

 

What was your idea behind this massive collection of presets?
Mattias Eklund: My goal was to make a collection of presets that covered as much sonic ground as possible. It turned out pretty enormous! From a creative aspect, I think it will appeal to users across all genres and styles and that it will trigger new ideas. At the end of the day, I think that is the most important thing.

 

What was the creative process like? Did you create with an end-sound in mind or did you simply go with the flow for each preset?
Mattias Eklund: When I do these sorts of things, I usually just go with the flow and rely solely on feel and vibe. In terms of effects and processing, we have tons of tools in the backend to work with. I can literally do anything that comes to mind. On a creative level, it’s sometimes a challenge to come up with this much content preset-wise, but I try to always think music when I’m engineering presets. Again, it’s all about sparking ideas and I hope and believe these presets, drums and kits will find their natural way into loads of your songs!

 

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS.

4.7 GB free disk space, 2 GB RAM (4 GB recommended).

A working EZdrummer 2.1.8 or Superior Drummer 3.1.6 (or above) installation.

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