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Toontrack SDX: Decades By Al Schmitt EDUCATION (Serial Download)
  • Toontrack SDX: Decades By Al Schmitt EDUCATION (Serial Download)
  • Toontrack SDX: Decades By Al Schmitt EDUCATION (Serial Download)
  • Toontrack SDX: Decades By Al Schmitt EDUCATION (Serial Download)
  • Toontrack SDX: Decades By Al Schmitt EDUCATION (Serial Download)
  • Toontrack SDX: Decades By Al Schmitt EDUCATION (Serial Download)
  • Toontrack SDX: Decades By Al Schmitt EDUCATION (Serial Download)
  • Toontrack SDX: Decades By Al Schmitt EDUCATION (Serial Download)

Toontrack SDX: Decades By Al Schmitt EDUCATION (Serial Download)

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  • Produced by 23-time Grammy Award-winning engineer/mixer Al Schmitt
  • Drums from the 1920s through the late 1990s
  • 5 Unique Kits
  • Covers Jazz, Big Band, Pop, Rock & More!
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Al Schmitt is a recording engineer and producer. At 88 years old, with a career spanning 7 decades, Schmitt has won 23 Grammy Awards and recorded/produced over 150 gold and platinum albums. 

Decades SDX follows his long career by presenting some of the best-sounding drum kits from different eras, from the 20's to the 90's, recorded by Al at Capitol Studios in California.


The Drums


The rise of jazz and swing in the early 20th century wasn’t only a milestone for music on a whole, it was also epoch-making in terms of drums. This is the era when we went from an often random collection of percussive instruments to standardizing what we still refer to as a classic ‘drum kit’ setup. These original drums from the 1930s and 1940s were selected as a homage to the very beginning of Al’s career and his work with the pioneering artists that defined the genre. Problem getting the drums to cut through the horn section in your mix? This kit’s got you covered.




This genuine 1930s kit combines two legendary drum brands and serves as our tribute to Al’s work with immortal crooners like Frank Sinatra and many others. The original calfskins on all instruments produce that uniquely warm and time-accurate tone. Great for any jazz context – ideal for big band arrangements.



Al’s more recent work with award-winning vocal and small ensemble jazz artists like Diana Krall, Natalie Cole and others is represented by this kit. If there is a “studio standard” for drums, this is it. These drums have an almost eerie way of combining balance, nuance and detail.



There probably are no better suited drums than these to pay tribute to Al’s work on seminal albums by the likes of Al Jarreau, George Benson, Steely Dan and the Yellowjackets. Looking for that unmistakable 1970s dry, deep, round and in-your-face type of tone? This is it – complete with some of Al’s signature dampening, often a “must” during this very era.



The same set but recorded with thin towels covering all drums. The result? A tight, snappy and muffled tone with loads of transient punch while still maintaining that heartwarmingly thick resonance. This excessively muffled way of deadening the tone was used a lot during the 1970s. Listen to Al Jarreau and Steely Dan (to name a few) and you’ll hear it.



This unique prototype set was picked as a reference to Al’s work with some of the biggest AOR and melodic rock acts of the 1980s. Looking for the “million dollar” drum tone? This is it – punchy yet silky smooth.


Key Features

  • Produced by 23-time Grammy Award-winning engineer/mixer Al Schmitt
  • Recorded at Capitol Studios in Los Angeles, CA
  • Five (5) kits (Slingerland, Pearl, Yamaha, Ludwig, Leedy)
  • 12 snares, nine (9) kicks as well as a broad collection of hi-hats and cymbals
  • Includes several iconic original instruments, like the original snare drum used by Jeff Porcaro on Toto’s “Rosanna” as well as Steve Ferrone’s personal drum kit.
  • Brushes and/or mallets available on select kits/instruments
  • Drums from the 1920s through the late 1990s
  • Recorded with an additional seven room microphones for playback in stereo up to 9.1 systems 

Toontrack Superior Drummer 3 is required to use this expansion

64-bit Windows 7 or newer

8 GB RAM (16 GB RAM or more recommended)

Mac OS X 10.6 or higher 64-bit Intel-based Mac with 8 GB RAM (16 GB RAM or more recommended).

Toontrack SDX: Decades By Al Schmitt EDUCATION (Serial Download)

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