If you have ever tried to program rock or metal drums, you will know how challenging it can be to not only dial in a decent sound, but to also achieve a natural feel. That is why we were super stoked to hear that Toontrack, the creators behind the inspirational software EZDrummer and Midi library packs, has declared November: Metal Month 2017.

To top off the month, on Nov 21, they will be releasing it’s headlining product for this year’s edition: The Rock Foundry SDX, an expansion for Superior Drummer 3 engineered by none other than Bob Rock.

The Rock Foundry SDX features a staggering 65 GB of raw, unprocessed drum sounds recorded by engineer/producer of our time: Bob Rock, most notably known for his work on Metallica’s “Black Album” as well as some of the best selling acts in rock history: Survivor, Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, Mötley Crüe, Bryan Adams.

According to Toontrack:

“The Rock Foundry SDX was recorded at Bob Rock’s choice studio The Warehouse in Vancouver, BC, and designed to give you the most flexible selection of drums, ambiences and options possible. It’s configured as two individual SDXs, one ‘Main’ and one ‘Mono.’ The ‘Main’ features six kits captured with a traditional multiple microphone technology whereas the ‘Mono’ configuration was recorded using a minimal setup. In addition to the seven individual kits, a large selection of extra snares, kicks and cymbals are provided, making The Rock Foundry SDX an incredibly broad palette of raw material to use to craft drum mixes within the powerful framework of Superior Drummer 3.”

This month also features the launch of two more shock and awe Midi packs including:

Death Metal Midi

Death Metal Midi features drum grooves and fills inspired by extreme death metal music, performed by Dave McGraw from Cattle Decapitation.

  • Approx. 400 individually played files
  • 4/4 in straight and/or swing feel
  • Tempos ranging from 88 BPM to 260 BPM

Thrash Metal Midi

Thrash Metal Midi
Drum grooves and fills inspired by thrash metal music performed by professional drummer.

  • Approx. 460 individually played files
  • 4/4 in straight and/or swing feel
  • Tempos ranging from 120 BPM to 240 BPM

Metal Month 2017 Inspiration

These new products are some of the best sounding drum and midi library packs I have ever heard and I will definitely be adding them to my holiday wish list. For some inspiration, check out Toontracks Metal Month 2017 Soundcloud playlist, created by Toontrack customers. (btbw, in our opinion, “Signals – 03 – Reckoning” is brutal!)


Check out Metal Month now and listen for yourselves!