Long in the works, the interface and feature set of Toontrack Music's next professional sample engine for drums Superior Drummer 2.0, together with the all new sample libraries included in the first release "The New York Studio Legacy series" has been revealed just ahead of the 123rd AES show in New York. The sneak peek includes the unveiling of a number of features, parts of the interface, the recording teams and venues.
Superior Drummer 2.0 has been re-developed for optimized use with e-drums, more effective use of sample layers and much improved loading times. It has also been fitted with an entirely new interface featuring the simple handling and layout of EZdrummer but with in-depth features added, such as an all new internal mixer featuring bussing and leakage control capabilities and built in FX delivered from Liverpool based plug-in maker Sonalksis such as 5-band EQ, High and Low pass filter, Gate, Compression & Transient Designer.
The construction window lets the user mix and match sounds from the previous generation of Superior, EZX:s and the new Superior Drummer 2.0 recordings.
Superior Drummer 2.0, the New York Studio Legacy series were recorded by Pat Thrall, Neil Dorfsman and Nir Z at Hit Factory, NY, Avatar Studios and at Allaire studios.
Superior Drummer 2.0 will include custom MIDI played by Nir Z accessed through EZplayer, and feature stand-alone capacity through Toontrack Solo.
Projected release for Superior Drummer 2.0 – "The New York Studio Legacy Series", is Q1 2008. It will be available as AU, VSTi and RTAS for PC and Mac (Intel and PPC). Price: TBA.