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Matt Chamberlain Drums From Loop Loft With Exclusive Pro Tools Sessions £32 - 33% Discount 

This is a brand new release from Loop Loft and Pro Tools Sesssions included in this bundle are exclusive to Pro Tools Expert.

As one of the most in-demand session drummers of the past 20 years, Matt Chamberlain’s extensive list of recording credits is a veritable who’s who of the music industry including Peter Gabriel, The Wallflowers, Fiona Apple, Kanye West, David Bowie and Elton John (just to name a few).  With the release of Matt Chamberlain Drums, songwriters producers and engineers around the world now have unprecedented access to the unmistakable “vibe” of the drummer behind countless hit songs.

Recorded at Chamberlain’s personal studio inside of the famed Sound City complex in Van Nuys, California, The Matt Chamberlain Pro Tools Drum Sessions captures an incredible range of beats, sounds and styles.  Nine complete Pro Tools sessions each give you dozens of rhythmic and sonic options ranging from organic brush grooves, to driving rock, to vintage soul, to dynamic and experimental cinematic textures.  

Included in the collection are over 380 beats, fills and breaks, all recorded in pristine 24 bit, 96 kHz audio.  In addition, the Pro Tools Sessions give you access to 15 channels of separate audio tracks, allowing you to mix every element of Matt’s drum kit, including kick, snare, toms, overheads and a variety of room mics.  The download also includes loops in REX2, AIFF, WAV, Stylus RMX and MIDI, allowing you to utilize the beats in any DAW or loop plug-in.

Matt Chamberlain Drums Specs: 

  • File Size: 7.6 GB for 96 kHz Multitracks (Pro Tools)
  • File Size: 667 MB for 48 kHz Stereo Loops
  • 387 Grooves, Fills & Breaks
  • 9 Pro Tools Sessions
  • 73 Samples (Three Drum Kits)
  • Sessions include (Audio & MIDI):
  • 72bpm Cinematic Mallets
  • 84bpm Swunken Pocket
  • 92bpm Folky Brushes
  • 100bpm Rawk Roll
  • 107bpm Funky Trixons
  • 110bpm Abstract Linear
  • 115bpm Tom Tom Attack
  • 122bpm Dance Muzak
  • 180bpm Three Four
  • Instant Download
  • 100% Royalty Free
  • 24 Bit 48 KHZ Stereo Loops
  • 24 Bit 96 KHZ Multitracks (Pro Tools)
  • WAV, REX2, Stylus RMX and AIFF (Apple Loops) Formats

Drumdrops Have A Special Offer On Their New Yamaha Hybrid Kontakt 5 Pack

Drumdrops have released the Yamaha Hybrid Kit Kontakt 5 pack at a very special introductory price.

  • The first 250 customers can get the Pack for free.
  • The next 250 customers will be charged £2.00.
  • The next 500 customers will be charged £5.00.
  • After that the pack will be only £10.00 for all other users.

The Yamaha Hybrid Kit was built to be given away in a Computer Music Magazine Recording Special magazine, however customers loved it so much that Drumdrops have built it into a Kontakt pack.

The original kit is owned by producer Ben Hillier (Depeche Mode, Nadine Shah, Graham Coxon) and can be found in Miloco’s Pool Studio in London. It has been used by loads of artists in the studio and is a current favourite of producer Stephen Street. The kit works well at different tuning pitches, but its big size and its Ludwig 402 snare makes it suitable for deeper rock orientated tracks or ballads or even pop tracks. Combined with the Drumdrops Kontakt interface you can change the sound of the kit to suit almost any drum track.

The kit comprises a large 24” bass drum, a wonderfully deep 18” floor tom and a 14” rack tom. The snare is a Ludwig 402 14” x 6.5”. The cymbals used were Zildjian Dark 13” Hi-Hats, a Zildjian Constantinople 22” Medium Ride and two Zildjian Crashes - an 18” Constantinople Medium Light Crash and a huge 20” Zildjian Oriental Crash Of Doom.

The kit was recorded by resident Drumdrops engineer Ben Thackeray and mixed by grammy winning mix engineer Matt Lawrence. The drummer was Adam Falkner, a busy UK session drummer and musical director, whose recent highlights have included touring and recording with Dido, Babyshambles, Amy Macdonald, and One Eskimo.

If you want this Kontakt 5 kit then don’t delay, get over to the Drumdrop site and get it today, it won’t be long before the introductory offer will have finished.

6 Plug-ins That Can Transform Your Drum Mixes... And Other Stuff Too

There are plenty of plug-ins out there to grab, here are 6 that I reach for to transform drum mixes… and of course you can use them on other stuff too. As ever let us know your favourites, we love to try them out.

Fabfilter Pro G

There are a lot of noise gate plug-ins on the market, there’s even some free ones Avid ship one with Pro Tools, but if you want a noise gate that can really get in and clean up a live drum kit then this is the one. It has great presets to get you close to where you need to be and then all the tweaks you need to make sure you nail it. More here

McDSP Filterbank F202

Any mixer worth their salt will reach for filters to clean up the mix. Again there’s a lot of free stuff but nothing comes close to the McDSP F202 which has steep high and low pass filtering up to 24db with resonant Q control which is where the magic happens. It means you can carve out a load of top and bottom end but still retain loads of character - it’s almost voodoo. More here

Sonnox Oxford Transmod

You can a take lot of time working with a compressor to get the threshold, ratio, attack and release set just right, or you can just plug-in the Sonnox Oxford Transmod and get instant thwack on the snare or click on the kick. Alternatively you can use the Transmod to pull a sound back and add extra ambience. The overdrive also helps to add a nice kind of tube warmth to what sometimes start off as pretty sterile sounds. More here

UAD Pultec EQP-1A

A lovingly crafted version of the Pultec EQ. This is often strapped across my drum buss to add the magic Pultec bottom end created by boosting and attenuating. It works great on kick and bass for extra balls, I also use it to take some of the harsh top end off overheads and cymbals. More here

Slate VBC

A law should be passed to have this installed on every drum buss. The Slate VBC features three excellent buss compressor models of classic comps with the Slate twist. I created my own preset called Drum Krush which uses two of the three units. The ability to use a HPF on the comps as well as mix them in with the original is icing on the cake of my number one buss compressor plug-in. More here

Exponential Audio PhoenixVerb

Warning, don’t download the demo of PheonixVerb if you are broke, listen for 5 minutes and you’ll buy it. If you want authentic rooms, chambers or plates then this is the baby, it has the smoothest tails out there and the CPU hit is almost zero. Great for bedding an entire kit together or for great snare and tom reverbs. More here

How To Add Drums To Existing Tracks And Keep Them In Phase

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In this video tutorial Russ shows how you can add additional drums sounds to existing ones in Pro Tools and get them in phase. This is essential when adding other sounds to existing drums.

He uses two cool features in Pro Tools to get the same results in seconds.

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Toontrack EZdrummer 2 Ships - Review To Follow


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Toontrack have begun to ship EZdrummer 2, their much hyped update to EZdrummer.

We’ve had a preview copy for several weeks and we have to say it is one hell of an update, EZdrummer was always considered to be something of a started plug-in, EZdrummer 2 firmly changes that thinking and offers features not even found on top end drum VIs.

A full review of EZdrummer 2 will follow soon.

EZdrummer 2 Features

  • Tap to find your groove
  • Add percussion on the fly
  • Customize any groove in real-time
  • Write an entire drum track without leaving the program
  • Two sound libraries with five (5) kits in total
  • Powerful audio engine

EZdrummer Prices 

  • Full price €139
  • Upgrade €79 

EZdrummer v EXdrummer 2

Drum libraries 2 (incl. the Cocktail EZX) 2
Drum kits 2 (incl. the Cocktail EZX) 5
Snare drums 3 9
Bass drums 3 7
Ride cymbals 2 3
Crash cymbals 8 10
Hi-hats 2 3
Percussion 1 10
Multi-out stereo channels 8 16
MIDI library Yes Yes
Edit Play Style No Yes
Power Hand No Yes
Amount control No Yes
Individual velocity control No Yes
Song Track No Yes
Song templates No Yes
Tap 2 Find No Yes
Search by tags No Yes
Record MIDI No Yes
MIDI out No Yes
Export audio/MIDI No Yes
Preview MIDI in original tempo No Yes
Mix & match EZX sounds No Yes
Pitch control for single instruments No Yes
Instrument properties audio preview No Yes
Volume controls for single instruments No Yes
Effect chain presets 0 29

Using Reverb To Create Context For A Band

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Following his recent article 5 Ways To Improve Your Guitar Recording That Won’t Cost You A Penny, Russ shows how subtle use of reverb can really help to give instruments context and glue and entire recording together.

In this FREE Pro Tools video tutorial Russ uses the Exponential Audio PhoenixVerb reverb on guitars, keyboards, drums a bass.

Drumatom - Show & Tell Review 

Russ takes a look at Drumatom, a plug-in that claims to be able to clean up live drums with ease and with amazing results?

Does it work? Find out with this extended show and tell review of Drumatom.

Drumbank's Top 5 Drum Virtual Instruments

If you missed Podcast 112 then you would have not heard us talking about this email from community member El Sidius. 

Thanks for inspiring me over the last 2 years in getting more deeply in love with what I already love and that is music production. Without you I would have never finished my degree in audio technology.  

Since then I have found the strength and motivation to set up a new community dedicated to drum programming and virtual drumming software. Drumbank will offer the community everything to know about drum programming, specially authentic realistic drum programming from tutorials, tips and  tricks to software news, events, tailored midi drum packs and in the not so distant future, other exciting ventures which will be announced soon.”
We were thrilled to read this email and want to do everything we can to see El Sidius’ idea flourish as he seems to pay it forward. So we asked him to share his Top 5 Drum Viritual Instruments. Here’s the response.

Drumbank’s Top 5 Drum Virtual Instruments

It’s every bands dream to have a reliable, hardworking and committed drummer who doesn’t turn up late to every rehearsal session usually hungover and stinking of whiskey and cigarettes. While this is a very broad stereotype, in some cases it’s not far from the truth. Add to the fact that hiring one to play for you is even more of a pain in the backside, let alone recording one. “What’s a condenser?…Who’s Glyn John?…Why does his snare sound like a tin cat?”

Fortunately, If you really cant be bothered to find the answers to these questions, help is at hand by means of drum sampling software instruments. Sampling drums is nothing new. In fact if you listen to the song ‘Amen Brother’ by The Winstons and fast forward to about 1:26 you’ll instantly recognise the “famous loop” used on hundreds of early hip hop, drum-and-bass and Jungle music that inspired a youthful generation for decades to come. So what am I actually going on about I hear you ask? Fast forward about twenty years and you will see that it’s all in the software.

At it’s heart, drum samplers are powered by the individual sampled sounds of the drum and cymbal hits mostly at different velocities. It’s these velocities that adds realism to your beats. A real drummer would never hit the same drum at the same force, power and attack more than once. While this is the basis of any drum sampling software instrument, they also offer the songwriter and producer the ability to “go in deep” and shape/contour the sound suitable for your mix. Modern drum samplers offer monolithic mixing options. Anything from controlling the room /ambient microphones to even  mixing in/out the “bleed” and spill on each individual drum, like you would in a real drum recording session.

Naturally, it’s these artefacts that make the overall drums sound more realistic and organic. Add these to your drum programming ability and humanization skills and you’ve got yourself a “real” drummer in your music without any actual human contact. Of course, extensive sample libraries exist that can be used with sampler plug-ins like Kontakt and others sample players but they do not offer an all in one solution like dedicated drum virtual instruments offer. While these features are expected by today’s top producers and professional songwriters, software manufacturers are quite forgiving to most of us bedroom musicians by offering presets and templates for us to quickly load up without losing focus on the actual song we’re writing. The recorded samples in most drum samplers come pretty much pre-mixed and sometimes you don’t even have to do a lot to have yourself a decent sounding drum kit. While these features are a given, CPU power isn’t and most samplers are very RAM hungry, so the way this is overcome is by software manufactures offering RAM saving features that help your computer deal with all the sample stress without having to upgrade to the latest tech. Although most modern DAW’s include a drum sampler built-in, it never feels as satisfying to use as a dedicated third party drum sampler. In this article, we run down five of our favourite Drum VI’s. They are in no particular order as each one is different and suited to a particular user. 

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Show And Tell Review Of Plug-in Boutique Big Kick

Russ checks out a new plug-in from Plug-in Boutique, Big Kick that offers the chance to create huge kick sounds by mixing samples and synth kick drums to create synth kick parts or enhance existing performances.
Russ takes a look to see if this new plug-in from new developers Plug-in Boutique is enough to get them noticed and even more importantly good enough to add to your music production toolbox.
Find out what he things and listen to the samples in this full show and tell review.

Saturday Freebie - Pro Tools Power Filter Tutorial - Transform Synths And Loops: Video

There’s over 500 vidoes in our members only premium content section, but watch this Pro Tools video tutorial for free - the Saurday Freebie.

About Pro Tools Power Filter Tutorial Transform Synths And Loops

In this free Pro Tools video tutorial Russ shows what can be achieved by using filters on synths and loops to transform tracks.

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Get 200mb Of Free Loops From Loop Loft

Our friends at Loop Loft, makers of some of the coolest loops on the planet, are opening up their Rarities vault and offering 200mb of loops for FREE.

The loops range from Old Skool right through to Retro Dance Machines, rarely do you find a pup in a Loop Loft collection.

You’ll need to give your email address but they promise no spam.

Loop Loft spend their time recording original content using some of the hottest talent on the planet such as Omar Hakim, Simon Phillips and Eric Harland.

To grab your FREE loops then click here

Source: Loop Loft

Xfer Records Update Nerve To 1.1 For AAX Support - Review Soon

The uber clever and super nice Steve Duda at Xfer Records has updated Nerve, a beat box on steroids, to version 1.1 with 64 bit AAX support.

In addition LFOTool and Cthilhu are also AAX. Being a super nice guy he has sent us a copy to review… watch this space.

Another small developer who never sleeps the list of updates are long;


  • 64-bit support (VST/AU/AAX).
  • ProTools AAX32 and AAX64 support (ProTools 10.3.5 or later).
  • Drag-and-drop pattern button (A-L) to export MIDI to host.
  • Drag-and-drop pad to host (source wave file).
  • Drag-and-drop pad + Shift + Control + Alt: render all to a new wave file in host.
  • Drag-and-drop pad + Control + Alt: renders pattern of dragged pad as wave file.
  • 16 stereo outputs.
  • Pre-calculated 4-band parametric EQ per-pad.
  • Pre-calculated plate reverb per-pad.
  • Pattern randomize (‘R’ button).
  • Pattern hybridize (‘H’ button) creates new patterns based on existing loaded patterns.
  • Option to follow Host notes note-length / note-offs choke the sound.
  • Type-able values for all controls (text entry appears with double-click).
  • Mouseover help for all controls (when mouse is hovered for 1 second).
  • “MIDI Note Off Chokes Pads” option now stores gate values to Sequencer.
  • Option Menu: “Gate Only alters Hold time” (to maintain other envelope length.
  • Improved panning law.
  • Command: Explode Loop to All Pads - converts a loop pad to all 16 pads as one-shots, with pop-up to choose between ‘stretched’ render, or raw loop.
  • Command: Generate Pattern from Loop Timing - Creates notes + Late-Graph offsets for a loop file, based on the loop slice points.
  • Command: Convert back to OneShot (so One shots can be stretched-to-tempo with the various settings / loop-stretching algorithms).
  • Alternate OpenSoundControl build + template, for Lemur users.
  • Alternate TouchOSC build + template, for TouchOSC users.
  • Alternate Korg PadKontrol build which automatically detects and connects to the PadKontrol.
  • Screen redraw improvements (hardware accelerated graphics).
  • Support for dragging from Cubase Media Bay, fixes for dragging files from StudioOne browser.
  • MIDI Key names in piano roll support, for hosts which allow it (e.g. Reaper/FL Studio/ StudioOne).
  • Additional MIDI CC controls.
  • Dozens of bug fixes.

The updates is free. Nerve 1.1 can be found in the Registered User Forum. A comprehensive list of changes can also be found there. More info and demos here

Using Parallel Compression On A Drum Buss In Pro Tools

In this free video tutorial Russ shows the advantage of using parallel compression on a drum buss. This video is a sample of over 500 paid for videos on Pro Tools Expert, subscribe for just £20 a year for full access.

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Ideas On How To Fix Live Recorded Drums In Pro Tools 

As part of our FREE Pro Tools video tutorials James takes a look back at an older session which was recorded live. He shows you some of his tips and tricks to bring a lifeless drum sound up to date.

Toontrack Rock Warehouse SDX - Show & Tell

Neil takes a look at the recently released Toontrack Superior Drummer 2 expansion pack
“Rock Warehouse”

• Engineered by Randy Staub (Metallica, Nickelback, Mötley Crüe)
• Recorded through a rare Neve AIR console (originally one of the three consoles custom-built by Rupert Neve exclusively for AIR Studios)
• Approx. 20 GB of raw, unprocessed drums
• Three complete kits
• Two extra kicks, three additional snares, three sets of cymbals
• Additional percussion pieces: tambourine and cowbell
• Extensive rock oriented MIDI library performed by Ryan Vikedal (ex-Nickelback) 

Using Waves MondoMod In On Synths, EDM And Dubstep 

Using Waves MondoMod In On Synths, EDM And Dubstep

In our series of FREE Pro Tools video tutorials Russ shows 3 ways to use the Waves MondoMod on synths in EDM and dubstep.

Custom Drum Maps In Structure

In our series of Pro Tools video tutorials Russ shows how to create custom drum maps in Structure so you can simply convert any MIDI parts imported from other drum software.

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Toontrack Release Metal EZX Drum Expansion

As part of their annual November Metal month Toontack have just released the Metal EZX Drum expansion library.
For those who know their Metal this pack has been brought to you by a most awesome alliance of some of the biggest names in the Heavy Metal production business, Daniel Bergstrand, Mark Lewis and Jason Suecof and not forgetting an equally awesome MIDI library featuring the playing of Dirk Verbeuren

Heres what Toontrack have to say about it:

What happens when you put a massive, all-new drum recording in the hands of three of the most in demand producers in modern metal, let them bring it to their own studio environments and equip them with an unparalleled set of audio shaping tools? You not only get a collection of nine custom drum kits – you get a rampant battery armed for complete audio destruction. A nine-headed behemoth that leaves nothing but rubble behind. Nothing.

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Exclusive Loop Loft Hunter Harland Bunker Sessions £49.00

Exclusive Loft Hunter Harland Bunker Sessions And Pro Tools Sessions for just £49.00, sales tax may be applied in some European countries.
Two modern-day legends.  One amazing recording studio.  Thousands of incredibly soulful, funky and “live” grooves recorded by Charlie Hunter and Eric Harland.  The Bunker Sessions Bundle brings together all 3 volumes of this critically acclaimed series with over 13 gigabytes of content with the Deluxe Edition.

With six complete sessions ranging in styles from funk, hip hop, latin, cinematic, jazz and rock, The Bunker Sessions Bundle gives you total control over the grooves with format options including AIFF (Apple Loops), WAV, REX2 and Stylus RMX stereo loops, as well as the option for 13 channels of multitrack stems, allowing you to mix, eq, compress and effect every element of the drum kit, bass and guitar.

Deluxe Edition with Pro Tools Exclusive Session Templates
Exclusivel to Pro Tools Expert you will also get Pro Tools .ptf tempate sessions for all 6 sessions with effects using the stock Avid plug-ins, additional tracks for guitar, keys and vocals, as well as reverb, delay and chorus all ready to go so you can get creative straight from the start.

For video and sound demos click here

Slate Trigger 2 Show And Tell Review 

Russ takes a look and listen to the new Slate Trigger 2. Find out what he thinks in this extended show and tell video.