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Toontrack – Music City USA SDX review

Whazzup Dawfreaks.
Im back with yet another drum review.
This time we will have a look at the Toontrack Music City USA SDX.
Before I go on I would like to thank Toontrack for making this review possible.

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Introduction

Like it, love it or leave it, Nashville Tennessee is Music City USA. With more labels, publishers, writers, producers, musicians and artists per capita than any other city in North America, Nashville knows a thing or two about great music, and more importantly – great sounding music.
With the city’s history & culture so steeped in the art of making and recording music, the team could think of no better place on earth to record a library of drums that would be at home in music ranging from rock to reggae, metal to gospel or punk to polka. Oh yeah… they’re good for country & rock too!

This is how Toontrack introduces the Music City USA SDX,

Music City USA a.k.a Nashville is one of the towns I dream of seeing one day, as a musician I feel that country has always had a special heart in the songs and sound.
Toontrack I wants to deliver the drum part of country to our computers and I have my hopes set high that they have managed to do this.

 

What you get

Kickdrums
• PB Drum Co. 16×22"

• PB Drum Co. 16×22" (Open)

• PB Drum Co. 16×22" (DPA)

• Slingerland Vintage 1968 14×20"

• Slingerland Vintage 1968 14×20" (Open)

Snaredrums
• Ludwig Black Beauty (70s vintage) 5×14"

• Ludwig Black Beauty (70s vintage) 6×14"

• Tama Artstar solid maple 5×14"

• Rogers Powertone (wood, 60s v) 5×14"

• Ludwig Chrome Brass 6×14"

Toms
• Racktom, PB Drum Co. 9×10"

• Racktom, PB Drum Co. 10×12"

• Floortom, PB Drum Co. 12×14"

• Racktom, Slingerland Vintage 1968 8×12"

• Floortom, Slingerland Vintage 1968 14×14"

Hats
• 14 " Sabian AA
Cymbals position 1
• 18" Sabian AA Medium Thin Crash

• 13" Sabian AA El Sabor

Cymbals position 2
• 16" Sabian Vault Series

• 18" Sabian Vault Series

Cymbals position 3
• 18" Sabian AA Medium Thin Crash

• 16" Sabian AA Medium Thin Crash

• 16" Sabian Vault Crash

Ride
• 20" Zildjian 1960

• 20" Sabian HH Med Heavy Ride

China
• 18" Sabian AA Chinese Sizzle
Source for this information
http://www.toontrack.com/products.asp?item=73

Price $139.00

Inside superior drummer
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The GUI of superior drummer is the same no matter what SDX you load, the differences is the amount of drum pieces you can use by default.
The Drum kit layout on Music City USA is a basic drum setup of 1 kick, 1 Snare, 3 Toms, 1
Hi-hat and 4 slots Cymbals, Rides and China.

Sadly Toontrack like many others stick with 3 Toms in the setup, I have said it before and I will say it again… FOUR gives more options.

The Music City USA SDX is based around the two kits PB Drum Co and Slingerland.
As you can tell from the list above there are is a nice list of extras included especially on the snare side.

 

Using The Music City USA SDX
I load the Default kit that is based around the PB Drum Co kit, and start testing things out.
The kick has a somewhat light plastic sound and shines in the higher frequencies, it was not fully my cup of tea no mater what flavor (open, DPA) I used but that is a very personal feeling.
The Black beauty 5×14”  has allot of potential and sounds great even with no tweaks done.
The Toms is spot on, they have a nice full sound that I rely like, and on the harder velocity hits I can nearly hear the tips hit the skin on the drums.
The included Hi-hat also has a bit of the stick tip sound in the closed Hi-hat hit, when going on the more open hits and pedal the Hi-hat rings perfectly.
The crashes, Chinas and Cymbals sounded very nice, and to me the Bell hits was super nice.

As I move on to the Slingerland kit and hit the Kick I now found my self smiling, That is one nice kick if you ask me!  A lot of body, sweet roundness, a bit of beater and great fatness. 
The downside here is the Toms but that again is totally personal, The Slingerland kit sadly is even worse on the Toms count as it only holds two Toms and they sounded  somewhat damped to me.

One thing most modern drum library’s have is a nice Velocity response curve, The Music City USA SDX follows that example perfectly so programing drums that does not feel like a
drum-machine is a breeze.

 

 

Music City USA SDX in action

Here follows my video of the Music City USA SDX, it will show all Basic kits as well as a simply tweaked setup I made to give you a hint on how it sounds with a small set of sound tweaks.

Toontrack Music City USA SDX, Video was recorded and edited in Camtasia Studio 7

 

 

Conclusion
So did Toontrack manage to bring Nashville to my computer, well this is as close to Nashville as I will get in a long time. I am very picky when it comes to how a drum sounds in a mix, and I take a loot of time listening to how a drum sounds and fits in a mix.
The Music City USA SDX has a lot going for it, specially for anyone into Country or Modern Rock. The Music City SDX is perfect for anyone who records music with a more rock based Strat like guitar or uses acoustic guitars allot and I believe this combination will work beautifully. The samples in this SDX follows the Toontrack standard of quality, and the sounds has a huge headrom for personal tweaks. The week spot is not only for this SDX, it’s a thing I have seen allot and really wish I would se changed in the feature… The three Tom setup!
I rely would like a forth Tom around to ad more flavor and strength to the song but all in all The music City USA SDX is a very nice expansion for the Toontrack Superior Drummer 2.
The price of $139.00 is a decent price, so if your into Country or Rock I recommend you to grab your own version of The music City SDX.

 

Pros

  • Great sound
  • Affordable
  • Lots of tweaking headroom

Cons

  • Only 3 Toms

The Verdict

recommended

 

 

 

I would once again like to thank Toontrack for making this review possible.

Thank you for reading.

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  1. Ben
    June 24, 2012 at 1:56 am

    Add more toms with the X drum. Simple.

    • June 24, 2012 at 9:57 am

      Yes it is. But i still wish there where more Toms included with the expansion.

  1. July 25, 2012 at 11:44 pm

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