Toontrack’s new Area 33 SDX is insane.
The project incorporates the original Drumkit From Hell team – Meshuggah guitarist Fredrik Thordendal and producer/engineer/mixer Daniel Bergstrand (Behemoth, In Flames, Dimmu Borgir) – and was recorded entirely at Thordendal’s personal studio 33 in Stockholm. The Area 33 includes seven contrasting and complementing kits, several of which boast up to eight toms, double bass drums, and 15 cymbal slots. Better yet, each kit incorporates a classic close-mic technique and extra set of microphones on each position for extra fine-tuning.
The Area SDX was performed by drummer Leo Margarit (Pain of Salvation) and is available here for $179.