Toontrack Alt-Rock EZX Expansion

Recorded by Steve Albini at Electrical Audio Studios, the newest expansion pack for EZDrummer 2 harnesses the powerful sound of the Alt Rock genre.

Steve Albini barely needs an introduction, he was the man behind many of the seminal Alt Rock recordings of the 90s including Pixies, PJ Harvey and, of course, Nirvana’s In Utero. I might be a little bit biased here, I am a big fan of a lot of Steve Albini’s work. So it’s probably no big surprise that I gravitated towards this EZDrummer expansion with considerable gusto.

Thanks to Albini’s unique approach to mic placement and drum tuning scrutiny those looking for the distinct loud-soft-loud dynamics of alt-rock will get a lot of use from the expansion pack. Included are two full kit and cymbal setups, five additional snares, two kicks and five cymbals and even the 26” and 29” Ludwig timpani drums. Also included is a selection of MIDI drum grooves that were inspired by the genre.

Because the sounds, dynamics and tones used during the 90’s alt-rock wave were so influential, tremors of the genre can be heard across many other albums by artists ever since, meaning that this expansion pack is greater than the sum of its parts and will have a much wider appeal than those looking for the 90s sound.

When I started playing with Alt-Rock I could here bits of my favourite bands and albums coming out, and although this might sound like a bit of a cliche, the sounds coming out of my speakers matched the sound of the drums in my imagination. ‘This is how rock drums should sound’ I thought to myself. There is a lot that I can (and will) use here. The loops that are included are equally as inspirational as the sounds themselves and that is down to Paul Schlacta’s playing and prowess as a brilliant session player.

Alt Rock is the latest addition to the expansion pack family for Toontrack’s EZDrummer and sits alongside other genre packs including Americana, Nashville, Indie Folk, Post Rock, Metal and Seventies Rock.

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