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Dark Matter EZX

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A bottomless pool of darkness

Complete and utter life-absorbing darkness, straight from the heart of Denmark.

The Dark Matter EZX features two kits from the Death & Darkness SDX, mix-ready and tailored for metal, hardcore and heavy rock – optimal for any material that calls for drums of the unfriendly kind: ghastly, dark, raw and unpolished.

Recorded in the empty swimming pool drum room in legendary Antfarm Studio by Tue Madsen, this collection of drums has an overall tone unlike any other. The hard, reflective surface of the pool’s tile floor and walls combined with the surrounding room’s brick structure make for an ambience that is bright but still deep and loud yet still menacingly soothing.

Welcome to a collection of drum sounds so real that they burrow deep into the very fabric of reality and permeate the sense of space, mind and self with utter darkness.

Features

  • Two complete kits
  • Tailored for metal, hardcore and heavy rock
  • Recorded at legendary Antfarm Studio by Tue Madsen (Meshuggah, Behemoth, Hatesphere)
  • Features a broad collection of mix-ready presets
  • Includes a collection of drum grooves by Jami Morgan of Code Orange

The Studio - Antfarm

By the sheer look of this regular two-story house in the suburban outskirts of Aarhus, Denmark, you wouldn’t guess that behind its modest facade is a studio where countless metal classics have been immortalized. At the helm was and has always been the biggest mojo of the place – Tue Madsen. Toontrack were lucky to capture his unique room before he just recently moved to a new location.

Here is a small selection of albums tinted by that unmistakable Tue Madsen and Antfarm mojo ever-so-present in the ‘Darkness’ sound library.

  • Heaven Shall Burn “Invictus” (2010)
  • Sick of It All “XXV Nonstop” (2011)
  • The Haunted “Unseen” (2011)

The Pool Story

“The whole pool/studio thing started mostly by accident. I had a much smaller studio back then that I re-arranged so I didn’t have a drum room anymore and therefore nowhere to put my drum kit…and since the pool was empty I just put it there. One day I thought I would set it up for my son to play with and when I hit that bass drum the first time it was the most amazing feeling. It sounded like every Scorpions/Bon Jovi ’80s record played at the same time. Huge stadium sound!

I started to talk about it to a few of my friends and did a short test recording for a local hardcore band, which was, in theory, a horrible idea, but turned out pretty awesome sounding. From there the idea was taking form. My friend Alex from Heaven Shall Burn liked the idea so much that he wanted to record the drums for the band’s next album “Invictus” in it, and the first album was recorded.

The studio wasn’t even in the same building, so we had to open a window and run a multi-cable down the stairs outside through the door to do the recording. It was a mess, but the sound was amazing. In fact. we also did the next album “Veto” there. Since then, many albums were recorded using the pool as a drum room: The Haunted, Moonspell, Sick of It All, HateSphere, Illdisposed, Ektomorf, Mnemic, Cataract, Born from Pain, Velvet Volume, The Boy That Got Away, I’ll Be Damned.

The pool gives you a very hard and aggressive attack, but can also provide a much softer “wishy-washy” sound if you play with the room microphones. It has been a constant inspiration over the years. Due to the measurements of the room, some frequencies get crazy and can be used to get some extreme sounds. I always had a set of Røde NT 1000 mics in the corners behind the drum kit, and if you ever wanted 49 Hz on your drums – that was where to get it.” - Tue Madsen

The Engineer - Tue Madsen


Tue produced his first record in 1997 and hasn’t looked back since. With a production style that is distinctly personal, organic and with a strong pathos for musical vision, he’s helped shape the sound on anything from seminal hardcore classics to modern metal masterpieces. Tue's discography includes:

  • Born from Pain “Sands of Time” (2003)
  • Sick of It All “Death to Tyrants” (2006)
  • Suicide Silence “The Cleasing” (2007)
  • Dark Tranquillity “We Are the Void” (2010)
  • Meshuggah “A Violent Sleep of Reason” (2016)

The Drummer - Michel Svane

Michel Svane is multi-genre drummer with over 20 years experience and an Aarhus local who was handpicked by Tue for this session.

Instrument List

KIT 1 - The White Light

Kick

  • 16×22” Yamaha Recording Custom

Snare

  • 6.5×13” Yamaha Recording Custom Brass

Rack Toms

  • 9×10” Yamaha Recording Custom
  • 10×12” Yamaha Recording Custom

Floor Toms

  • 14×14” Yamaha Recording Custom
  • 16×16” Yamaha Recording Custom

Hi-hat

  • 15” Paiste Signature Traditional Medium Light

Ride

  • 20” Paiste 2002 (Red Label)

Crashes

  • 18” Paiste 2002 (Red Label)
  • 16” Paiste 2002 (Red Label)
  • 20” Paiste 2002 (Red Label)

China

  • 20” Paiste 2002 (Red Label)

Splash

  • 8″ StringSite Windhammered

KIT 2 - The Aarhus Abyss

Kick

  • 18×22” Tama Starclassic Performer EFX

Snare

  • 5.5×14” Tama Swingstar Steel

Rack Toms

  • 8×10” Tama Starclassic Performer EFX
  • 9×12” Tama Starclassic Performer EFX

Floor Toms

  • 16×16” Tama Starclassic Performer EFX
  • 16×18” Tama Starclassic Performer EFX

Hi-hat

  • 14” StringSite Fire Series

Ride

  • 20” StringSite Black Dust Medium Heavy

Crashes

  • 18” Paiste Giant Beat
  • 17” Istanbul Agop Xist
  • 18” StringSite Medium Heavy Ride

China

  • 18” Paiste Signature Thin

Splash

  • 10” StringSite Black Dust

Additional Drums

Kicks

  • 16×22” Ludwig Classic Maple Dampened
  • 14×26” Ludwig Classic Maple
  • 18×22” Pearl Masters Premium Legend

Snares

  • 3.5×14” Yamaha Piccolo Brass
  • 3.5×14” Pearl Free Floating Piccolo Steel
  • 5×14” Ludwig Supraphonic LM400

System Requirements

  • 2.3 GB free disk space, 2 GB RAM (4 GB recommended).
  • A working EZdrummer 2.1.8 or Superior Drummer 3.1.4 (or above) installed.

Please Note: This EZX requires Toontrack EZdrummer 2.1.8 or Superior Drummer 3.1.4 or above to work.

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