TOONTRACK INDIE FOLK EZX review
For you who did not know it the annual TOONTRACK metal month is upon us..
Now the EZdrummer expansion or EZX we are looking at today is not a METAL EZX but hey
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.
INDIE FOLK EZX
The Indie Folk EZX was recorded at the Avast! Recording Co. in Seattle, home to bands such as Fleet Foxes, The Shins and Band Of Horses. It comes with three complete vintage kits: a 1960s Gretsch Round Badge sampled with both sticks and mallets, a Ludwig from the 1950s as well as a Slingerland Rolling Bomber kit dating back to the 1940s. Also included are two tambourines, a hi-hat mounted tambourine jingle, an extra kick and snare as well as a 28″ floor tom. Source
The INDIE FOLK EZX comes with 3 complete KIT´s, here follows the product specifications.
KIT 1 – 1961 Gretsch Round Badge
Kick: 14 x 22″. Head: Powerstroke 3, Ambassador Bass
Snare: 5 x 14″. Head: Vintage A Coated, Ambassador Clear
Racktom: 9 x 12″. Head: Ambassador Coated, Ambassador Clear
Floortom: 16 x 16″. Head: Ambassador Coated, Ambassador Clear
Recorded with both sticks and mallets
KIT 2 – 1940s Slingerland Rolling Bomber with calfskin heads
Kick: 14 x 28″
Snare: 6.5 x 14″
Rack: 9 x 13″
Floor: 12 x 14″
KIT 3 – 1950s Ludwig
Kick: 14 x 20″. Head: Powerstroke 3 Bass, Aquarian
Snare: 5.5 x 14″. Head: Coated Ambassador, Ambassador snare
Racktom: 9 x 13″. Head: Coated Ambassador x 2
Floortom: 16 x 16″. Head: Coated Ambassador x 2
1960s Zildjian A 19″
Zildjian K Constantinople 18″ (sticks and mallets)
1960s Zildjian A 16″
1960s Zildjian A 14″ (sticks and mallets)
1960s Zildjian A 22″
Zildjian K Light 24″ (sticks and mallets)
Zildjian New Beat 15″ with mounted tambourine jingle
Zildjian K Light 16″ (sticks and mallets)
Kick: 22″ Gretsch Round Badge 1958 without front head. Head: Coated Powerstroke 3
Snare: 7 x 14″ Slingerland Artist. Head: Coated Powerstroke 3, Evans 300 Hazy
Tom: Ludwig 28″ Floor Tom. Head: Ludwig original
Tambourine KS Source
The GUI of EZdrummer is nothing new, we get a classic white KIT placed in a cool old rehersal studio Toontrack always find a image to fit the sound!!
The Indie folk EZX comes in two different configurations, a full MIC setup ( See images above) and a 4 MIC setup (Images below).
Working with INDIE FOLK EZX
The KIT´s in The INDIE FOLK EZX keeps the EZ Drummer legacy and a loaded KIT only uses roughly 250MB ram and the CPU meter in PreSonus Studio One only shows a 02% usage that’s just insane when hearing the results of EZdrummer.
The sound of the INDIE FOLK EZX is spot on, it has a classic roundness with a warm roomy feeling that makes this EZX not only suitable for Indie rock but classic rock and ballads as well.
Routing each Channel to its own output is Just a click away and here is something I LOVE with EZdrummer! Depending on the amount of channels EZdrummer will tell the DAW how many outputs is available so you don’t have 30 outputs but only 5 is actually used by EZdrummer, thisa small built in flexibility / Organizer that just makes things EZ.
Here is a small tune I put together in PreSonus Studio one and then rendered with each of the included Gretsch, Slingerland and Ludwig KIT´s.
I enjoy trying out new Expansion for EZdrummer as I know I am in for a treat, For some reason I never stop being amazed by how realistic and full the sound is at so low resources.
The whole idea with EZdrummer is that is should be EZ and the tweaking we can do is Volume and panning in the built in mixer and in addition to that we can tell EZ Drummer wither we want the snare bottom MIC to allow bleed from other drums and if we want the Overhead MIC´S on or off… and THAT’S it..
TOONTRACK has once again delivered a great expansion for the impressive EZ Drummer and if you are in to rock / Indie rock… there is no doubt you will love having the INDIE FOLK EZX arround.
I would like to thank Toontrack for letting me do this review!
And to my readers…. THANK YOU!!!!