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New York Studios Vol. 1 SDX

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A New York Landmark.

The drum sounds that set an industry standard.

This SDX expansion includes the full core sound library from the now discontinued Superior Drummer 2, a drum recording that has truly become an industry staple.

The New York Studios Vol.1 SDX is the first volume in Toontrack’s project of capturing the three most famous drum rooms in the New York area – studios that changed the face of the music industry and that bear witness to some of the most groundbreaking recordings in modern pop and rock history. Avatar Studios, in which this library was captured, has won several industry awards and is known for having one of the finest acoustic environments in the world for drums. Since its inception in the 1970s, it’s hosted bands and artists like Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Journey, Kings of Leon and The Clash.

“The classic Superior Drummer 2 core library, now as an SDX for Superior Drummer 3.”

The sounds were recorded by engineer duo Neil Dorfsman and Pat Thrall together with drummer Nir Z. Between them, they have won several awards and over the past three decades worked with a wide range of top artists such as Meatloaf, Celine Dion, Nick Lachey, Sting, Bruce Springsteen, Dire Straits, Beyoncé, Björk, Kiss, Joss Stone, Genesis, John Mayer and Chris Cornell. “The room is tailor-made for drum recording. It’s large, it’s ambient, it’s punchy, it sounds fantastic. We really captured all of the things this room has to offer,” comments Grammy Award-winning engineer Neil Dorfsman.

In total, you get approximately 20 GB of raw, unprocessed drum sounds captured in meticulous detail in one of the most acknowledged drum rooms in modern music history. These classic drum tones have over the years seeped through to almost every facet of the music industry. In fact, you likely hear them on a regular basis in TV features, movies and top productions, regardless of where in the world you are. This goes to show that properly captured quality drum tones never get old, worn or dated. Combined with the powerful sound shaping tools of Superior Drummer 3, this collection of drums offers some genuinely raw and unadulterated creative power. Welcome to New York and the Avatar Studios.


  • Approx. 20 GB of meticulously sampled drums
  • Samples available with drum sticks, rods, brushes and felt mallets
  • Recorded at the renowned Avatar Studios in New York City by Pat Thrall, Neil Dorfsman and Nir Z
  • Extensive MIDI library included
  • Graphics and presets optimized for Superior Drummer 3

Instrument List

Kick Drums:

  • 14×24″ GMS (Felt and plastic beater)
  • 14×24″ GMS Double Headed, Coated (Felt beater)
  • 18×22″ GMS (Felt and plastic beater)

Snare Drums:

  • 13″ GMS Piccolo (DS)
  • 4.5×14″ Rogers Wood (DS)
  • 5×10″ GMS (DS)
  • 6.5×14″ GMS Maple/Ash (DS)
  • 6.5×14″ GMS Nir-Z Custom (ALL)
  • 6.5×14″ Ludwig Black Beauty (ALL)
  • 6.5×14″ Slingerland 70’s (DS)


  • 13″ Sabian HHX Evolution (DS, BR)
  • 14″ Sabian HHX Manhattan Jazz (DS, BR, HR)
  • 16″ Sabian Crash Handhammered (DS)

Rack Toms:

  • 10×12″ GMS Clear Heads (DS)
  • 10×12″ GMS Coated Heads (ALL)
  • 14×14″ GMS Clear Heads (DS)
  • 14×14″ GMS Coated Heads (ALL)
  • 9×10″ GMS Coated Heads (ALL)

Floor Toms:

  • 16×16″ GMS Clear Heads (DS)
  • 16×16″ GMS Coated Heads (ALL)
  • 16×18″ GMS Clear Heads (DS)
  • 16×18″ GMS Coated Heads (ALL)

Ride Cymbals:

  • 21″ Sabian HHX Dry Ride (DS)
  • 21″ Sabian Handhammered Vintage Ride (DS, BR, HR)
  • 22″ Sabian AA Dry Ride (DS)
  • 22″ Sabian Handhammered Raw Dry Ride (DS)

Crash Cymbals:

  • 13″ Sabian Jack DeJonette Encore Crash (DS, BR)
  • 16″ Sabian HHX Evolution Crash (DS, BR)
  • 16″ Sabian HHX Evolution Ozone Crash (DS, BR)
  • 16″ Sabian HHX Extreme Crash (DS, FM)
  • 17″ Sabian HHX Evolution Crash (DS, BR)
  • 17″ Sabian HHX Evolution Effeks Crash (DS, FM)
  • 18″ Sabian AA Thin Crash (ALL)
  • 18″ Sabian HHX Evolution Crash (ALL)
  • 18″ Sabian HHX Evolution Ozone Crash (DS, FM)
  • 18″ Sabian HHXtreme Crash (ALL)
  • 18″ Sabian Handhammered Fierce Crash (ALL)
  • 18″ Sabian Jack DeJonette Encore Crash – (DS, BR)
  • 19″ Sabian AA Medium Thin Crash (ALL)
  • 19″ Sabian HHXtreme Crash (ALL)
  • 21″ Sabian AAXplosion Crash (DS, FM)


  • 13″ Sabian AA El Sabor Salsa Splash/20″ Sabian AAX Chinese (DS)
  • 14″ Sabian AAX Mini Chinese/17″ HHX Evolution Effeks Crash (DS)
  • 16″ Sabian HHX Evolution O-Zone Crash/18″ Sabian HHX Chinese (DS)
  • 16″ Sabian HHXtreme Crash/18″ Evolution O-Zone Crash (DS)
  • 20″ Sabian Handhammered Dark Chinese/16″ Sabian HHX Evolution Crash (DS)

Chinese Cymbals:

  • 14″ Sabian AAX Mini Chinese (DS)
  • 18″ Sabian HHX Chinese (DS)
  • 20″ Sabian AAX Chinese (DS)
  • 20″ Sabian Handhammered Dark Chinese (DS)

Splash Cymbals:

  • 13″ Sabian AA Salsa El Sabor Splash (DS, FM)


  • Cowbell (DS)

System Requirements

  • 25 GB of free hard disk space and an additional 25 GB for the installation process.
  • 4 GB RAM (8 GB RAM or more recommended)
  • A working Superior Drummer 3.0.3  (or above) installation.

Please Note: This SDX requires Toontrack Superior Drummer 3.0.3 or above to work.

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