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Toontrack – ROOTS SDX Review

Wazzup Dawfreaks
Today I will have a look at Toontracks new SDX by the name of ROOTS.


Before we start I want to say that roots comes in two versions, ROOTS Sticks and ROOTS Brushes, Rods & Mallets.
They can be bought separate or as a bundle, For more information on prices please visit.  http://www.toontrack.com/products.asp?

A little about Toontrack,

Toontrack Music was originally started as a production company for composing game and movie soundtracks.
In 1999 producers Fredrik Thordendal of Meshuggah and Mattias Eklund of Toontrack Music decided to design a sample library for their own use.
They called Tomas Haake drummer of Heavy Metal band Meshuggah to record the drum samples. The library was called Drumkit From Hell.

Toontrack really made a revolution back then and what they did With the original DFH changed the way drum samples sounded forever.

Roots SDX
The Roots SDX was recorded in the legendary Blackbird Studio’s, with musician
Roy “Futureman” Wooten as engineer.
Using  external PRE-AMPS such as Shadow Hills Gamma,
Microphones such as NEUMANN U47, RCA 44, ELAM 201 and many more to give us users a great sounding library.

For more details on the ROOTS SDX please visit.


Installing All 10 DVD of both Toots Sticks and ROOTS Brushes, Rods & Mallets take time so prepare with a cup of coffee or a soda and just wait for the installations to complete.
After the installation is completed the normal activation is done and then we are read to go.

First impression
kit layout
The basic kit layout.

I started testing out ROOTS sticks and I could tell from the start that there is some heavy classic equipment behind these library.
The mixer showed that there is more then one routing through the mixer and as always you get full bleed control for the channels inside Superior Drummer 2
The sound is classic but with some tweaking I could get a fresh new sound.
I started testing all the kits and being a rocker I have to say the Gretsch kit is SWEET,
but all in all the sounds are very nice and versatile giving you variety for your music.

Now I have a couple of sound files that you can listen to.
These are all from the Stick library and uses the MIDI files for ROOTS that is available after you register your copy of ROOTS.

Default Kit: http://snd.sc/tmpy6p

Gretsch Kit: http://snd.sc/uStcep

Ludwig Kit: http://snd.sc/uIDcAW

Ludwig damped Kit: http://snd.sc/vLkZS7

Brushes, Rods & Mallets
The Brushes, Rods & Mallets library does in some ways sound even more CLASSIC, and it is by far the best sounding Brushes kits I have heard.
The mixer is does also here give routing through the mixer and as always you get full bleed control for the channels inside Superior Drummer 2
I got that jazz bar funk feeling and I with some cool effects it can make new cool sounds.
The Brushes, Rods & Mallets fits everyone who loves these kind of drums.

Now I have again a couple of sound files that you can listen to.
These are all The Brushes, Rods & Mallets library and uses the MIDI files for ROOTS.

Brushes: http://snd.sc/uGpIua

Mallets: http://snd.sc/rFOLq3

Rods: http://snd.sc/sA8nqu

Toontrack has done it again, Being able to deliver something that does not feel the same as everything else is how Toontrack manages to make the best expansions out there.
ROOTS brings the sound, feeling and the Soul from the great legendary Blackbird Studio’s to your computer.
If you are into Jazz, funk, Blues, classic rock Or modern pop and like to have a old classic drum sound with a heart, Roots is most certain for you.
The only downside I found with ROOTS was that the Toms missed something, I had high tuned Toms and low tuned Toms but I missed at least one that could fit in the middle.
The ROOTS SDX is very versatile so you cant go wrong unless your into metal or hard rock, then I believe that Toontrack The Metal Foundry is the SDX library you.

I will not be doing Pro and cons for Expansion since its ether you like it or you don’t.
If you believe ROOTS is for you go visit your local music store, ask them to demo it live for you.

The verdict


I want to thank Toontrack for letting me review the 2 new ROOTS SDX.

And to my readers.


  1. December 14, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    Good review and will certainly be considering to adding it to my collection many thanks.

  2. Chaz I
    December 19, 2011 at 6:28 am

    I like sticks. Not a very large Library Isn’t as large as the original 2.0 but its good (not small either). Maybe if they had more than one drummer. I wish they had a 6/8 feel.

    • December 19, 2011 at 7:00 am

      i agree to that fully.

  3. March 22, 2012 at 1:52 am

    This is one of the few that I do not have. Is this a must have? Any included midi files, or just stick and mallet hits replace original hits? Thanks!

    • March 22, 2012 at 9:15 am

      A must have is hard to Say. But a great at to the Toontrack library. There is MIDI files for this one.

  4. Essence
    April 5, 2012 at 12:55 am

    Thank you for the review.

    How does it compare to Custom&Vintage SDX? Seems like a similar sound aesthetic. If one already owns C&V, is the Roots Sticks SDX still a worthy addition?

    • April 5, 2012 at 8:26 am

      The have some in common, but i would not say they sound alike but might have a common feel to the sound… But the extra channels makes allot of difference to the sound in specialy in ROOTS.

  5. Vernom
    July 16, 2014 at 8:11 am

    Thank you for this….the drums sound great.

  6. Vernom
    July 16, 2014 at 8:13 am

    Per Essence’s question – the Roots libraries are much larger, and seem to have many more dynamic/velocity layers, and more mics as well, so you can achieve more subtlety and realism. Also the drums themselves have a unique sound, not duplicating any of the sounds in C&V.

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