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Toontrack – Custom & Vintage SDX Review

 

Whazzup Dawfreaks…
I’m truly sorry that I am not posting as much as some would wish at the moment.
The new apartment is getting more and more to the state it should be and I have a ton of reviews coming your way as soon as possible.
Today we are going to have a look at Another SDX from Toontrack, The Custom & Vintage.
Before I go on I would like to Thank Toontrack for letting me do this review.
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Introduction

The Custom and Vintage SDX is an expansion pack for the award winning Toontrack Music drumsampler Superior Drummer 2.0. It features extensive stick and brush recordings of a unique collection of drums and cymbals.
The SDX gives everyone from top producers down, access to the cream of custom and vintage drums, built by craftsmen from the 1920s right up to the exceptional instrument makers of today, like Johnny Craviotto.
Most of these highly prized instruments (like a 1920s Ludwig Black Beauty, or Craviotto Timeless Timber) can only be found in the collections of top studio drummers or hired from rental facilities in the major music centres of the world
Recorded at 2Khz studio in London using an EMI TG Desk used for many legendary recordings of the early seventies including The Beatles Abbey Road and Pink Floyds Dark Side of the Moon. It is considered one of the best sounding desks ever made.
The Custom and Vintage SDX was played by Chris Whitten. The drummer on classic hits like What I Am by Edie Brickelland The New Bohemians and The Whole Of The Moon by The Waterboys.
Whitten was hailed as a world class drummer playing on Paul McCartneys Flowers In The Dirt album and subsequent record breaking World tour, and Dire Straits 18 month On Every Street tour. Chris has also recorded with such varied artists as Johnny Cash, Julian Cope, World Party and The Pretenders.
The Custom and Vintage SDX was produced by Peter Henderson who started his career at Air Studios where he trained and worked with Beatles recording engineer Geoff Emerick (Sgt. Pepper, Abbey Road etc). as well as with the legendary George Martin.
Henderson produced Supertramp´s 20 million selling Breakfast In America, for which he won a Grammy. He has also worked with Paul McCartney, Rush, Frank Zappa, Jeff Beck, Tina Turner and Ringo Starr.                                                                      Source

What you get
The Custom & Vintage SDX delivers 6 Kicks, 20 Snares, 7 Hats, 20 Toms, 11 Rides, 18 cymbals and 1 Count in Sticks sound. The complete Kits in this SDX are  Noble & Cooley Star Series, Camco Oaklawn, Slingerland Studio King, Ludwig Keystone Drum Set and Gretsch Round Badge Drum Set. The complete installation of the Custom & Vintage will take roughly 12GB Space on your hard drive, but the installer can also slim the package down if you don’t need all the tools included.
Now Toontrack always ads a set of MIDI files and so you also get a nice set of MIDI files that fits the Custom & Vintage concept to use for your music.
For a more info on whats included go to https://www.toontrack.com/products.asp?item=56.

Working with Custom and Vintage

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The GUI in Superior Drummer 2 is no news and there is no difference when loading the Custom & Vintage SDX. The mix layout of Custom and vintage has direct mic channels, Overhead, Ambience , Mono room and Comp room. The Kick has both in and Out channels and the Snare comes with Top and Bottom channels.

When it comes to Working with Custom & Vintage It follows the Superior drummer 2 legacy delivering a huge variety of alternative hits and velocity layers giving the user complete control of the drums without any machinegun effects.
And as with all Superior Drummer  library’s there is a huge headroom for additional tweaking.

 

So how does it sound?
The Custom & Vintage SDX delivers what its supposed to, that classic rock sound we all know from artists like Springsteen, Bryan Adams, Paul McCartney, Rush and Frank Zappa.
This SDX rely is state of the art for anyone looking for a classic drum sound.

To show you how the Custom & Vintage sounds I have created a little sample video showing you each of the five Kits loaded with no Effects. I also include a lite tweaked Sample that I made to show you how it sounds with some tweaking.

 

This video was recorded and edited with Camtasia studio

 

Conclusion
I am impressed, The custom & Vintage is a great expansion for Superior Drummer 2, it has that classic feeling to it that just makes me smile. The Custom & Vintage is a SDX I can recommend with all my heart as it does not only sound awesome, it comes loaded with different kit pieces so you have a huge variety to work with and to top things of…… 4 TOMS!!
If you are looking for a rely sweet expansion to your Superior drummer 2 library, and you are not into hardcore metal I truly recommend you to check the Custom & Vintage SDX out.

 

Pros

  • Great classic sound
  • Huge variety of kit pieces
  • 4 Toms!!!
  • Cons

  • None

 

The Verdict

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“Custom & Vintage is a SDX I can recommend with all my heart as it does not only sound awesome, it comes loaded with different kit pieces so you have a huge variety to work with and to top things of…… 4 TOMS!!”

Thank you for reading and I hope to se you back soon as there is more reviews to come.

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