EZX Expansion Kit
In October of 1985 Tom Waits released the album Rain Dogs. The album was an instant classic and marked a new sound for him. A rough, dirty neo-blues style with awkward rhythms and hard edges.
Part of the band that contributed to that sound was drummer and percussionist Michael Blair. His highly personal instrument set-up which included a mix of regular drums and odd bits and pieces like trashcans, bedroom furniture and rusty bicycle frames fit perfectly with the sound that Waits was looking for. The combination of Michael's timing, expression, and junkyard sounds created a rich and useful range of musical textures to accent Waits' intricate storytelling.
Michael Blair also played and toured with Waits on Franks Wild Years, the follow up to Rain Dogs, and later became an integral part of the recordings for Elvis Costello’s Spike (1989) and Lou Reed's Magic and Loss (1992). Spike became Costello’s most commercially successful and sonically adventurous album to date. Michael also has added his trash-can consciousness to records by the respected producer Hal Willner, in "tribute" albums celebrating the work of composer Kurt Weill, poet Allen Ginsberg, Walt Disney, Charles Mingus and in collaboration with avant-theatre director Robert Wilson.
Toontrack EZXpansion-Claustrophobic is a very open collection of drum samples. Why is this expansion pack for the EZdrummer sampler called Claustrophobic? Mainly because it was recorded in a small room. But don't be fooled. Using a variety of drumheads, room, and microphone configurations, Swedish metal skinsmith Per Mikaelsson (HEEL) has banged out the kind of beats that would fuse well with today's cutting edge R&B, hip-hop, and pop music. Sampled through a high-quality outboard with distortion, reverb, compression, and attack fields in the internal mixer it also allows you to access mixer presets by STS 9, Richard Devine, DJ Amplive, sub-ID and Count Bass D. You can even save your own mixer presets with EZdrummer 1.1 installed.
EZX Expansion Kit
- 1.2 GB of drum samples recorded in a very small room using Sontronics microphones and Evans drumheads
- Sampled through a high-end outboard with distortion, reverb, compression, and attack effects
- Mixer presets by STS 9, Richard Devine, DJ Amplive, sub-ID and Count Bass D Drums
- System Requirements
- 1.2GB free disc space
- 512MB RAM
- DVD drive
- EZdrummer 1.1 installed