by chris zane
Sometimes you just need to be bold. Nothing passive or pensive. No nuance or subtlety. Sometimes you just need to make a statement ... like neon colors in a world of pastels. Neon is a Concept library put together by producer and mixer extraordinaire, Chris Zane. As the name suggests, these drums are bright, bold and powerful. They are loud and proud. But let’s be clear, they’re not loud simply for the sake of being loud. Our industry is oversaturated with ‘ringy’ and ‘pingy’ indie rock drums and such. These drums are quite a bit more colorful — which ultimately makes them more serviceable and more beneficial. Abstract expressionist painter, Jackson Pollock once said, “Every good artist paints what he is.” Neon is a direct reflection of its designer, Chris Zane. Albums like ‘Matter’ and ‘When the Night’ by Indie Rock legends, St. Lucia demonstrate Chris’s unique producing and mixing style. Neon is full of drums with beautiful ironies and great stories. For example, some of the drums are old but explosive. Some of them are tight and dead without being meek or quiet. The centerpiece of the library is CZ’s custom Eames kit — handmade by Bay Stater, Joe Mac. And then of course, is all the gear — vintage Neves, Pultecs, API, Chandler, old Neumanns, AKG as well as some amazing UAD plugins. All of this comes together to serve as a tasteful tribute to the live room in NYC where Chris has made every record for over 16 years. And if all of this isn’t enough, Neon features performances by That Sound Icon drummer, Paul Mabury.
Over 1900 total multi-velocity and one-shot samples, 151 kick samples (2 kicks in multiple velocities + 16 one-shot kick samples), 580 snare samples (5 snares in multiple velocities + 16 one-shot snare samples), 17 toms, 1 hat with 5 approaches (foot, half open, side stick, splash, tip), 5 cymbals (2 crashes + 3 rides) with 5 approaches (bell, crash, sizzle, tip, ride), 10 claps, 13 fx
All of the multi-velocity samples come in (up to) 6 mix variations including: Natural, Big, Dry, Overhead, Rooms, AMS
423 individual loops, tempos ranging from 80-130 bpms in a variety of grooves, featuring a variety of instruments
Ableton, Reason, EXS24, Maschine 2, Battery 4, Trigger 2, and Kontakt 5 (full version — presets won't work with the free version).
Volume 1 // Chris Zane’s mixing toolkit — featuring 2 kits, Berlin & New Jersey, both with multiple kick, snare, and tom combos. Chris’s toolkit also features 3 different mic blends — dry, ambient only, and ‘with ambience’ for a blended natural mix. Alongside these mic blends are multiple ambient mic options including Coles, RCA Mono Room, U67 Room, U87 Room, and Overheads — all designed to help you dial in the drums just the way you like them.
Bold. Loud. Proud.
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