Toonrack releases Metal Machine SDX for Superior Drummer 2

Toontrack Metal Machine SDX

Toontrack has announced the release of Metal Machine SDX, a Superior Drummer 2 sound library featuring the original recording that was used as the foundation for the Metal Machine EZX, arguably the most popular set of metal drum sounds on the market.

What makes it different from the EZX version is that the SDX sounds are raw and without post-processing, meaning the source material recorded directly at the studio. It comes with fundamentally the same collection of instruments but includes a wider variety of mic selections as well as a custom bank of kit presets.

The sessions were conducted at Studio B of Los Angeles’ Henson Recording Studios. Formerly known as the A&M Studios, these landmark facilities have housed the who’s-who of the recording industry of the past few decades. Heavy acts like Metallica, Soundgarden, Kiss, Pearl Jam and many others have all mixed or recorded groundbreaking works here.

At the helm recording, a man that needs no introduction to the world of metal; Andy Sneap. Having produced and mixed defining albums by some of modern metal’s most priced acts like Testament, Megadeth, Accept and Killswitch Engage, Sneap has had an instrumental role in shaping the sound of metal as we know it in the new millennium.

This library comprises three full kits as well as a wide assortment of cymbals and snares drums, which were all recorded using the utmost in recording equipment. With its concrete-lined walls, the room at Studio B produces a hard but still deep and precise tone, making it a perfect sonic environment for big, reverberant rock and metal drums. This room really brings out the very essence and raw nature of these instruments.

Toontrack Metal Machine MIDI

This is more than a collection of drums for just rock and metal. With the powerful tools of Superior Drummer 2, it’s a clean canvas of the finest of raw material, ready for you to harness, shape and mold into something truly unique.

The Metal Machinery SDX also comes with a MIDI groove library performed by Nick Barker (ex-Cradle of Filth, ex-Dimmu Borgir). This is also available as a separate release (Metal Machinery MIDI).

Metal Machinery SDX features

  • Three kits (2 x Tama Starclassic Bubinga, Ludwig Stainless Steel) as well as a large selection of snare drums and cymbals.
  • Produced and engineered by Andy Sneap.
  • Recorded at Henson Recording Studios in Los Angeles, USA.
  • Six (6) kit presets including custom samples, designed and mixed by Andy Sneap.
  • Included MIDI played by Nick Barker (ex-Cradle of Filth, ex-Dimmu Borgir).

The Metal Machine SDX is now available for purchase for 159EUR. The Metal Machine MIDI pack is 25 EUR.

More information: Toontrack / Metal Machine SDX

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Toontrack releases Andy Sneap EZmix Pack

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Toontrack Andy Sneap EZmix Pack

Toontrack has announced the release of the Andy Sneap EZmix Pack, a collection of presets designed by influential Metal producer Andy Sneap.

It focuses primarily on guitar and bass tones but also includes a selection of settings for lead vocals, background vocals and drums. Over the last couple of decades, Andy’s mixes have seen him rise to international fame, lent him work on albums by some of the biggest names in modern metal and overall, his skills have had an instrumental role in shaping the sound of metal as we know it in the new millennium. Andy’s discography reads like a who’s who in recent metal history and includes the likes of DevilDriver, Saxon, Testament, Exodus, Accept and Killswitch Engage, to name a few.

The included guitar and bass tones were emulated and EQ-matched against the source material from some of the most noted productions in his extensive catalogue. The end result presents a jaw-dropping similarity and gives you a multitude of options for bass guitar as well as clean, rhythm and lead guitar. Add to that Andy’s custom settings for various lead vocals, background vocals and drums and you’ll have a set of extremely powerful audio shaping tools that will add a new dimension to your songs.

No amps, no cabs, no hassle. Just you, your song and a great mix. By yourself – and Andy Sneap.

The EZmix pack is available to purchase for $49 USD.

More information: Toontrack / Andy Sneap EZmix Pack

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Toontrack launches Metal Month with Metal Machine EZX and MIDI

Toontrack Metal Machine EZX

Toontrack has announced the release of the Metal Machine EZX and Metal Machine MIDI, the first two products in the Toontrack Metal Month.

Testament, Megadeth, Arch Enemy, Exodus, Killswitch Engage and Devildriver all call the same man to lay the final hand on their albums: Britain’s Andy Sneap. This highly in-demand producer/engineer has worked on numerous Grammy® Award-nominated albums, is known worldwide for having produced some of the heaviest releases this last decade and has had an instrumental role in shaping the sound of metal music as we know it in the new millennium. Now Toontrack is proud to present the first ever drum sample library to bear his unmistakable seal; Metal Machine EZX®.

Recorded by powerhouse drummer John Tempesta (White Zombie, Testament, Helmet) in Los Angeles’ Henson Recording Studios, formerly known as the A&M Studios, the Metal Machine EZX® lacks none of the metal traits you’d expect: the thunderous bass-drums, the ferocious in-your-face snares and the toms that will cut through your mixes with a crystal clear tone to die for.

Metal Machine EZX features

  • Three kits (2 x Tama Starclassic Bubinga, Ludwig Stainless Steel) as well as a large selection of snare drums and cymbals.
  • Produced and engineered by one of the most successful and in-demand metal producers of the decade: Andy Sneap.
  • Recorded at Henson Recording Studios in Los Angeles, USA.
  • Mixed at Andy Sneap’s own Backstage Studios, Derbyshire, UK.
  • Included MIDI played by John Tempesta.
Toontrack Metal Machine MIDI

Also available is Metal Machine MIDI.

Derived from the Metal Machine EZX, this massive MIDI pack takes a headfirst plunge into the archives of drummer John Tempesta’s impressive recording career. Played with killing vigor, it goes to show that John skillfully masters the trashier styles from his roots (Testament, Exodus) through to the more straight forward portion of his catalogue (White Zombie, Helmet), leading up to his more recent and more rock based endeavors (The Cult).

This all makes for a very diverse and highly useful collection of MIDI grooves and fills.

Metal Machine EZX is available to purchase for 69 EUR / $89 USD. The MIDI pack is 25 EUR / $29 USD.

More information: Toontrack / Metal Machine EZX / Metal Machine MIDI

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Toontrack releases Metal Foundry Presets – Andy Sneap

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Toontrack Metal Foundry Presets - Andy Sneap

Toontrack has released Metal Foundry Presets – Andy Sneap, a collection of presets for Superior Drummer 2.0 and Metal Foundry SDX.

Andy Sneap is a world-renowned musician, engineer & producer – the “go to” guy for making great sounding metal records.

Andy has partnered with Toontrack to create a suite of Metal Foundry Presets for you, to help bring you one step closer to your ultimate metal sound. This package takes your mixes to the next level!

Just fire up your DAW of choice & insert Superior Drummer 2.0 as a virtual instrument. Load the Metal Foundry SDX and select the preset that sounds best for what you are doing. Mix your masterpiece. It couldn’t get any easier.

Metal Foundry Presets – Andy Sneap is available to purchase as a download for 7 EUR.

More information: Toontrack / Metal Foundry Presets – Andy Sneap

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