I've just had a brief play with Toontracks' new EZX, The Classic, and am mightily impressed. It even has a drag articulation which is easy to dial up - despite EZdrummer's lack of a MIDI map.
the samples and some fantastic grooves were laid down by Chris Whitten, who shares the behind-the-scenes making of a VST story in the May issue of digitalDrummer.
Here are some details about the pack from Toontrack:
With The Classic EZX®, Toontrack® Music is merging the best of the past and the present to bring your music to the forefront of today.
The Classic EZX® is a contemporary sounding drum library, bringing together all that is good about modern recording techniques with the sound of a classic Helios recording console, as known to have shaped the production on albums by bands like The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, The Who and many others.
Be it the slamming 70s rock song or the slim and tight contemporary pop that tops the charts of today, the sounds of The Classic EZX® will sit right in any mix.
The Classic EZX® features instruments from three fantastic drum brands: Yamaha, Noble & Cooley and Craviotto.
The Helios has aptly been dubbed the "Musicians Choice" of recording consoles and is still after almost 40 years in existence considered one of the best sounding of all time.
The Classic EZX® was produced by Peter Henderson (Paul McCartney, Rush, Frank Zappa, Jeff Beck, Tina Turner, Ringo Starr) and Chris Whitten (Edie Brickell, The Waterboys, Paul McCartney)
The Unique Mic Setup
Two interfaces and two EZXs in one! The Classic was recorded using two different setups; one contemporary multi microphone and one with only four microphones, a so called "4 mic setup". This setup is what helped shape the unique and organic production on many big albums of the 70s - a sound that is making an evident resurgence in the music at the top of the charts of today.
The Classic EZX® comes with two extensive libraries, played by Peter Fredlander as well as Chris Whitten himself. Peters library is organized as different songs with variations of 4-8 bar building blocks. Each song also features a Jamtrack of the full song from start to finish. In Chriss library, hes laying down his patented groove by revisiting some of the greatest hits of his stunning recording and touring history.