Gen16 by Zildjian makes its debut with the Digital Vault, offering authentic, high-resolution acoustic samples of the company's exclusive master "reference" cymbals, along with rare, limited-edition cymbals never available to the public. Each cymbal has been hand-selected by Zildjian's Master Cymbal tester Paul Francis from the "cymbal vault" at the company's Norwell, Mass., workshop, and recorded by percussion samplist John Emrich.
Powering the Gen16 Digital Vaults is a custom version of FXpansion's BFD Eco, a drum playback/production environment based on the BFD2 technology. The BFD Eco engine allows users to change pitch, mix or add effects to these Zildjian samples to create even more unique sounds.
Also included in the Digital Vault are full libraries of drum and percussion groove tracks from such drummers as Michael White, Dave DiCenso and Peter Michael Escovedo. Each performance is available in various audio and General MIDI formats for maximum flexibility.
Zildjian will be introducing Gen16 via a new website, www.gen-16.com. A public beta campaign is presently underway for select qualified users. To apply, go to gen-16firstlook.com and click Apply Now.