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Roots SDX - Brushes, Rods and Mallets

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The Ultimate Drum Recording

This is the Portion of the Roots SDX that comes with Brushes, Rods and Mallets.

We could mention that we set out to record the best jazz drum library ever made but ended up with something far bigger; drums that transcend the narrow confines of a genre and rather define an era – an age of music spanning from jazz, blues to hip hop and rock.

We could mention Blackbird Studio’s stock of 1,400 Microphones, 35 channels of Pultec EQ, 24 channels of Fairchild compression and hundreds of outboard mic/pre channels including Telefunken, Neve, API, RCA and Chandler. Or how this studio not only is the natural choice for the who’s who of the music industry but that it is known to lend a documented bit of magic to every project to ever enter and exit its doors.

We could even go as far as rant about how drummer and world musician Roy “Futureman” Wooten heard every single hit and swirl recorded as part of a larger whole, as part of a musical sequence rather than as a solitary, monotonous hit and that the result permeates every sample with an intensity and force unheard of. Or we could mention how these sounds incarnate the past, embody the present and at the same time how they will help you shape the sound of tomorrow through Superior Drummer’s endless possibilities.

We could even boldly proclaim that this library of drums is the most comprehensive ever made, recorded through signal chains of outboard and microphones that would leave even the most seasoned veterans in utter awe.

But we think the drum sounds speak for themselves. No introduction needed.

Welcome to the Superior Drummer 2 family: Roots SDX.


  • Recorded by Roy “Futureman” Wooten in Blackbird Studio Nashville, TN
  • Approximately 28 GB of raw, unprocessed sounds
  • A total of 23 separately recorded, tweakable channels available in the mixer
  • Custom MIDI included
  • Large selection of different drums and cymbals (Pearl, Gretsch, Ludwig, Zildjian, Paiste)

Instrument and Gear List

In the Mixer:

  • 16 mono, 7 stereo
  • Decca Tree (3 mono mics)
  • Acoustic live reverb chamber
  • 3 different ambience stereo mic pairs
  • 3 different OH mics
  • 3 different kick drum mics
  • 3 different snare drums mics
  • 1 extra “trash” mic

Recording Gear


  • Neve 8078 – originally placed in Motown Studios (LA), then owned by Donald Fagen. The Neve 8078 was the last of the “80 series” hand-wired analogue mixing consoles designed and manufactured by Neve for high-end recording studios during the 1970s. These consoles are considered by many experts to be the Rolls Royce of desks and are highly sought after. Each console took several months to build using over 2,500 hours of highly skilled labour and top quality components. It would now be uneconomic to manufacture such equipment to this standard.

External Pre-Amps:

  • Shadow Hills Gamma (nickel transformer) – Used on the toms, similar to api,neve style pres, but have variable (nickel, steel), or discrete output tranformers.
  • RCA OP-6 – holy grail tube preamp from the ’30s with 95 db of gain

Neumann U47:

  • Classic tube mic, A pressure gradient-operated mic in which the difference in pressure between two physical points provides the driving force for the diaphragm. Another contributor to the 47’s characteristic sound is it’s proximity effect and that it has an earthshaking boost in the bass region when it’s switched to the cardioid, or unidirectional positions.

RCA 44:

  • Classic ribbon microphone, the natural sound can also be made to sound warm, big, and syrupy (Bing Crosby-like) when placed within two or three feet of the source. Very popular in the 40’s-50’s as a radio broadcast mic.


  • Speaker from a Yamaha NS-10 studio monitor flipped out of phase to produce enhanced lower frequencies of kick drums.

Shure SM57:

  • Industry standard dynamic mic, widely used in studio and in live applications for snare drums, electric guitars etc.


  • Identical acoustics to legendary CK 1, precise, nearly frequency independent cardioid, extremely accurate signal transfer and ruler-flat on-axis frequency response.

AKG C12:

  • The C 12 is a studio condenser microphone of the highest professional quality. The first choice of many studios and engineers for their flagship microphone.
  • Nine different directional characteristics can be selected by means of a remote control unit without any change in frequency response or sensitivity. In addition to three basic characteristics, omni-directional, cardioid and bi-directional, six intermediate patterns (including hypercardioids) are available.

SAX GML (Sheffield Audio Labs):

  • George Massenburg’s personal SAX microphones, built using the best components from 8 AKG C12 microphones.

AEA 88:

  • A newer company that makes close to exact versions of the classic older ribbon mics, this version is used a lot for stereo overheads and piano.

Telefunken 251 Pair:

  • Cool because the serial numbers are so close (almost consecutive) which makes them perfect for a matched stereo pair, Probably one of the most sought after and really rare for their sonic clarity and detail. A pair of these would cost about 40,000 dollars today!

Coles 4038:

  • Originally used as a broadcast microphone by the BBC, has recently become a standard drum room ribbon mic.

ELAM 201:

  • This is a funky old ribbon microphone that you probably will not see anywhere else these days, it is a 1930’s microphone, and really rare. Here is paired with the RCA OP-6 preamp from the ’30’s w/ 95db of gain! So, a true classic sonic color is added to the sound.

Neumann M50:

  • Omni-directional tube mic, popular in classical recordings, and using these with decca tree configuration creates a very natural room sound.

Neumann 582:

  • A very unusual tube microphone, small diaphram, very detailed, used in close to the drummers ears to create the drummers perspective of what he’s hearing.

AKG D19:

  • The classic Beatles mic, dynamic, compresses really, really well, used in a tube hidden in pass through next to the studio room


Cymbal Set:

  • Pos1: 22″ K Zildjian Constantinople Medium
  • Pos2: Bosphorus Ferit Series
  • Pos3: 22″ K Zildjian Constantinople Light
  • Pos4: 22″ Sabian HHX Manhattan Ride


  • 14″ Masterworks Meritamon Series

Bass Drums:

  • 18″ Pearl Reference Series with closed heads
  • 22″ Gretsch USA Custom Series
  • 22″ Ludwig Maple Psychedelic
  • 22″ Damped Ludwig Maple Psychedelic
  • 28″ Camco

Snare Drums:

  • Pearl 50th anniversary Solid Maple Shell
  • (#3 of 100 ever made)


  • 10″ Gretsch USA Custom Series
  • 12″ & 14″ Pearl Reference Series
  • 16″ Slingerland Radio king

System Requirements

Please Note: This SDX requires Toontrack Superior Drummer (v2 or 3) to work.

Any references to any brands on this site/page, including reference to brands and instruments, are provided for description purposes only. For example references to instrument brands are provided to describe the sound of the instrument and/or the instrument used in the sample. Plugin Boutique do not have (nor do they claim) any association with or endorsement by these brands. Any goodwill attached to those brands rest with the brand owner. Plugin Boutique or its Suppliers do not accept any liability in relation to the content of the product or the accuracy of the description. "RHODES" is a registered trademark of Joseph A Brandstetter.

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