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Toontrack SDX New York Studios vol 1

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New York Studios SDX vol 1

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New York Studios SDX vol 1

The drum sounds that set an industry standard.

This SDX expansion includes the full core sound library from the now discontinued Superior Drummer 2, a drum recording that has truly become an industry staple.

The New York Studios Vol.1 SDX is the first volume in Toontrack’s project of capturing the three most famous drum rooms in the New York area – studios that changed the face of the music industry and that bear witness to some of the most groundbreaking recordings in modern pop and rock history. Avatar Studios, in which this library was captured, has won several industry awards and is known for having one of the finest acoustic environments in the world for drums. Since its inception in the 1970s, it’s hosted bands and artists like Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Journey, Kings of Leon and The Clash.

“The classic Superior Drummer 2 core library, now as an SDX for Superior Drummer 3.”
The sounds were recorded by engineer duo Neil Dorfsman and Pat Thrall together with drummer Nir Z. Between them, they have won several awards and over the past three decades worked with a wide range of top artists such as Meatloaf, Celine Dion, Nick Lachey, Sting, Bruce Springsteen, Dire Straits, Beyoncé, Björk, Kiss, Joss Stone, Genesis, John Mayer and Chris Cornell. “The room is tailor-made for drum recording. It’s large, it’s ambient, it’s punchy, it sounds fantastic. We really captured all of the things this room has to offer,” comments Grammy Award-winning engineer Neil Dorfsman.

In total, you get approximately 20 GB of raw, unprocessed drum sounds captured in meticulous detail in one of the most acknowledged drum rooms in modern music history. These classic drum tones have over the years seeped through to almost every facet of the music industry. In fact, you likely hear them on a regular basis in TV features, movies and top productions, regardless of where in the world you are. This goes to show that properly captured quality drum tones never get old, worn or dated. Combined with the powerful sound shaping tools of Superior Drummer 3, this collection of drums offers some genuinely raw and unadulterated creative power. Welcome to New York and the Avatar Studios.

Approx. 20 GB of meticulously sampled drums
Samples available with drum sticks, rods, brushes and felt mallets
Recorded at the renowned Avatar Studios in New York City by Pat Thrall, Neil Dorfsman and Nir Z
Extensive MIDI library included
Graphics and presets optimized for Superior Drummer 3


Kick: EV 868 / Neumann U47 FET -> Pulteq MEQ-5 -> GML EQ 8200
Kick Comp: Kick Bus -> EQP Pulteq -> GML EQ 8200 -> Neve 32264 Comp
Kick PZM: PZM -> Pulteq MEQ-5
Kick Sub: Yamaha NS10 Sub
Snare Top: Shure SM56
Snare Bottom: Shure SM57
Snare Comp: SnareTop -> Pulteq -> Neve 32264 Comp
Snare Rim: Countrymen 101 taped to the rim
SD Sansamp: SnareTop -> Sansamp
Tom 1: Top Sennheiser 421 / Bottom Sennheiser 421 -> Bottom to Drawmer Gate -> Both bussed to Pulteq EQP
Tom 2: Top Sennheiser 421 / Bottom Sennheiser 421 -> Bottom to Drawmer Gate -> Both bussed to Pulteq EQP
Tom 3: Top Sennheiser 421 / Bottom Sennheiser 421 -> Bottom to Drawmer Gate -> Both bussed to Pulteq EQP
Hats: AKG451
OH: Schoeps CMC5U -> Pulteq EQP
Near AMB: KM54 -> SSL Comp
Mid AMB: Coles -> Distressor
Far AMB: Neumann U87 -> LA-3A
Brauner Mono: Trowbridge preamp -> Trowbridge Comp
Mono SM7: Shure SM7 -> Neve 32264 Comp
Bullet: Bullet -> Mesa Boogie Amp -> SM53
Phone: Phone Mic

EMT140 Plate Reverb


(DS = Drumsticks, HR = Rods , BR = Brushes, FM = Felt mallets, NS = Sticks with no snares, ALL = All tools)


14×24″ GMS (Felt and plastic beater)
14×24″ GMS Double Headed, Coated (Felt beater)
18×22″ GMS (Felt and plastic beater)


13″ GMS Piccolo (DS)
4.5×14″ Rogers Wood (DS)
5×10″ GMS (DS)
6.5×14″ GMS Maple/Ash (DS)
6.5×14″ GMS Nir-Z Custom (ALL)
6.5×14″ Ludwig Black Beauty (ALL)
6.5×14″ Slingerland 70’s (DS)


13″ Sabian HHX Evolution (DS, BR)
14″ Sabian HHX Manhattan Jazz (DS, BR, HR)
16″ Sabian Crash Handhammered (DS)


10×12″ GMS Clear Heads (DS)
10×12″ GMS Coated Heads (ALL)
14×14″ GMS Clear Heads (DS)
14×14″ GMS Coated Heads (ALL)
9×10″ GMS Coated Heads (ALL)


16×16″ GMS Clear Heads (DS)
16×16″ GMS Coated Heads (ALL)
16×18″ GMS Clear Heads (DS)
16×18″ GMS Coated Heads (ALL)


21″ Sabian HHX Dry Ride (DS)
21″ Sabian Handhammered Vintage Ride (DS, BR, HR)
22″ Sabian AA Dry Ride (DS)
22″ Sabian Handhammered Raw Dry Ride (DS)


13″ Sabian Jack DeJonette Encore Crash (DS, BR)
16″ Sabian HHX Evolution Crash (DS, BR)
16″ Sabian HHX Evolution Ozone Crash (DS, BR)
16″ Sabian HHX Extreme Crash (DS, FM)
17″ Sabian HHX Evolution Crash (DS, BR)
17″ Sabian HHX Evolution Effeks Crash (DS, FM)
18″ Sabian AA Thin Crash (ALL)
18″ Sabian HHX Evolution Crash (ALL)
18″ Sabian HHX Evolution Ozone Crash (DS, FM)
18″ Sabian HHXtreme Crash (ALL)
18″ Sabian Handhammered Fierce Crash (ALL)
18″ Sabian Jack DeJonette Encore Crash – (DS, BR)
19″ Sabian AA Medium Thin Crash (ALL)
19″ Sabian HHXtreme Crash (ALL)
21″ Sabian AAXplosion Crash (DS, FM)


13″ Sabian AA El Sabor Salsa Splash/20″ Sabian AAX Chinese (DS)
14″ Sabian AAX Mini Chinese/17″ HHX Evolution Effeks Crash (DS)
16″ Sabian HHX Evolution O-Zone Crash/18″ Sabian HHX Chinese (DS)
16″ Sabian HHXtreme Crash/18″ Evolution O-Zone Crash (DS)
20″ Sabian Handhammered Dark Chinese/16″ Sabian HHX Evolution Crash (DS)


14″ Sabian AAX Mini Chinese (DS)
18″ Sabian HHX Chinese (DS)
20″ Sabian AAX Chinese (DS)
20″ Sabian Handhammered Dark Chinese (DS)


13″ Sabian AA Salsa El Sabor Splash (DS, FM)

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