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Toontrack New York Studios Vol.3 SDX

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This is the much anticipated continuation of Toontrack’s New York Studios Legacy series, focusing on capturing the best studios in the New York area. Recorded in the renowned Avatar Studios and featuring several vintage and custom kits, this session is best described as a prequel to the much praised core library in Toontrack’s award-winning Superior Drummer, also recorded in Avatar studios and by the same team, engineer duo Neil Dorfsman and Pat Thrall together with drummer Nir Z.

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

The drums were recorded through a Neve 8068 console and signal chains of modern and vintage studio gear by an engineer/drummer team that has decades worth of experience behind the console and in the tracking room. Between them, they have worked with artists covering the whole gamut of genres, from classic rock (Kiss,MeatloafBruce Springsteen) to soul (Joss StoneJohn Mayer) and modern pop (BeyoncéKaty Perry).



• Recorded in the legendary Avatar Studios in New York City
• 18 GB of raw, unprocessed drum sounds recorded through Neve, Pultec and GML signal chains
• Three (3) full kits (Ludwig, Slingerland, Rogers) and additional snares
• Several setups of different cymbals
• Included MIDI library played by session drummer Nir Z
• Included presets for instant mix-ready sounds





14×20″ Slingerland 1964
16×24″ Ludwig Maple Shell 1979 Powerstation Kit
14×20″ Rogers 1966Snare drums:
5.5×14″ Slingerland 1964 wood
5.5×14″ Burned Edge Zebra Snare
6.5×14″ Ludwig Black Beuty 1982
5.5×14″ GMS Aluminum Nir Z Prototype High Tuned
5.5×14″ GMS Aluminum Nir Z Prototype Low Tuned
5.5×14″ Rogers Kenton 1963


10×12″, 14×14″, 16×16″ Slingerland 1964
11×13″, 16×16″, 16×18″ Ludwig Maple Shell 1979 PowerStation Kit, Remo Ambassador Clear Heads
9×12″, 10×13″, 16×16″ Rogers 1966

Top: 16″ Manhattan HHX Crash
Bottom: 16″ HH Medium Crash

Cymbal setup 1:
POS1: 16″ HHX Evolution Ozone Crash
POS2: 18″ HHX Manhattan Crash
POS3: 17″ AA Thin Crash
POS4: 16″ HHXtreme Crash
POS5: 17″ HHX Legacy Crash
POS6: 20″ HHX Chinese

Cymbal setup 2:
POS1: 14″ Chinese AAX Mini
POS2: 18″ AA Thin Crash
POS3: 18″ HHX Legacy Crash
POS4: 10″ MAXX STAX Splash
POS5: SPOCK 16″ Handhammered HH Duo Crash /
17″ Evolution Effeks Crash
POS6: 17″ HHX Xtreme Crash

Cymbal setup 3:
POS1: 12″ Wuhan Chinese
POS2: 12″ Evolution Splash
POS3: 14″ HHX Evolution Crash
POS4: 10″ HHX Splash
POS5: 18″ Hand hammered HH Thin Crash
POS6: 17″ Evolution HHX Effeks Crash

22″ AA Soundcontrol
22″ Artisan Ride
22″ AA Classic Ride

KickEV 868 / Neumann U47 FET -> Pulteq MEQ-5 -> GML EQ 8200
Kick CompKick Bus -> EQP Pulteq -> GML EQ 8200 -> Neve 32264 Comp
Kick PZMPZM -> Pulteq MEQ-5
Kick SubYamaha NS10 Sub
Snare TopShure SM56
Snare BottomShure SM57
Snare CompSnareTop -> Pulteq -> Neve 32264 Comp
Snare RimCountrymen 101 taped to the rim
SD SansampSnareTop -> Sansamp
Tom1Top Sennheiser 421 / Bottom Sennheiser 421 -> Bottom to Drawmer Gate -> Both bussed to Pulteq EQP
Tom2Top Sennheiser 421 / Bottom Sennheiser 421 -> Bottom to Drawmer Gate -> Both bussed to Pulteq EQP
Tom3Top Sennheiser 421 / Bottom Sennheiser 421 -> Bottom to Drawmer Gate -> Both bussed to Pulteq EQP
OHSchoeps CMC5U -> Pulteq EQP
Near AMBKM54 -> SSL Comp
Mid AMBColes -> Distressor
Far AMBNeumann U87 -> LA-3A
Brauner MonoTrowbridge preamp -> Trowbridge Comp
Mono SM7Shure SM7 -> Neve 32264 Comp
BulletBullet -> Mesa Boogie Amp -> SM53
PhonePhone Mic
EMT140EMT140 Plate Reverb



18 GB of free hard disk space, DVD drive, 2 GB RAM.

A working Superior Drummer 2.3 (or above) installation.

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