EZdrummer 2 wins Music Software of the Year award

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Toontrack has announced that its EZdrummer 2 drum production tool has won the Computer Music Music Software of the Year award in the MIA Music Awards 2014.

Toontrack EZdrummer 2 Music Software of the Year

It was nominated together with several other major brands by an esteemed panel of judges and ultimately chosen to win through public voting. The award ceremony was held by the Music Industries Association (MIA) in partnership with NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) and took place at The Park Plaza Riverbank, London earlier in the week. This is the latest of many awards that EZdrummer 2 has received since its release only six months ago.

”When we launched EZdrummer 2, we said that we were changing the game. It may have seemed bold to some, but the praise of our customers, the industry and the unparalleled success of the program keeps confirming that it was rather an understatement. We simply couldn’t be more proud on a day like this”, commented Peter Knutsson, Toontrack’s CEO, after the announcement.

”This is a testament of all the work that went into making EZdrummer 2 the most easy-to-use yet powerful drum production tool on the market”, said Erik Phersson, Toontrack’s head of development. ”It’s a truly great honor to be recognized by the industry, singled out from among our peers and most importantly, have our end-users confirm once again that EZdrummer 2 remains the undisputed number one tool for intuitive drum production.”

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Time+Space launches Metal Makeover Competition

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Time+Space has launched a Metal Makeover Competition, a chance to win Toontrack’s Superior Drummer, EZdrummer 2, and all metal related EZX packs.

Metal Makeover Competition

Toontrack Metal Month 2014 celebrates the only musical art form to successfully combine technical proficiency, mythology, angst, lightning bolts, screaming, power, and leather spiked belts!

Eight new fiercely fantastic rock and metal Toontrack products are slated for release throughout the month, including EZX Made of Metal from the father of the modern metal sound, Colin Richardson which is available to buy now.

To help you look the part as well as sound it, Toontrack have released Metal Morph an app available for iPhone which gives you a Metal Makeover. Metal Morph is completely free so download now and take part in our Metal Makeover competition!

The competition closes on November 30th, 2014.

More information: Time+Space / Metal Makeover Competition

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Platinum Samples releases Platinum Grooves Volume 1

Platinum Grooves Volume 1

Platinum Samples has released Platinum Grooves Volume 1, a multi-format library featuring over 2,170 MIDI grooves.

Featuring the MIDI Grooves included with our Classic Drums, Evil Drums and Glamoflauge QuickPack sample libraries, Platinum Grooves Volume 1 includes grooves played by Pat Wilson (Weezer), Rob Ahler (50 Foot Wave) and Matt Shapiro (Warner Drive) in varying styles from classic rock and punk to fusion.

This multi-format collection includes grooves formatted for BFD3®, BFD2®, BFD Eco®, EZDrummer®, Superior Drummer®, Addictive Drums®, Cakewalk® Session Drummer™, Steven Slate Drums 4 as well as General MIDI Standard MIDI Files which can be used with any GM compatible drum software or hardware — this includes drum machines and synthesizers which have drum sounds.

The library is available for purchase for $35 USD.

More information: Platinum Samples / Platinum Grooves Volume 1

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Toontrack launches Made of Metal EZX

Toontrack has released Made of Metal EZX, a new expansion library by Colin Richardson for the EZdrummer 2 instrument.

Toontrack Made of Metal EZX

Few producers are cited as pioneers, for having helped shape the sound of a genre or generation of bands. With landmark releases by the likes of Slipknot, Machine Head, Carcass and many others, British Colin Richardson is undoubtedly one of them. Add to that world-class drummer Jason Bowld (Axewound, Pitchshifter), arguably one of the most meticulously crafted studio facilities in the world as well as a handpicked collection of top-shelf drums and you have the key components in the Made of Metal EZX.

The Made of Metal EZX was recorded at Belgium’s Galaxy Studios, a recording facility crafted with unparalleled detail. Their wood-lined, hall-like main room, in which four complete kits were captured, bring out the very essence of the instruments. The deep, reverberant presence of the toms, the crisp textures of the cymbals and the piercing attack of the snares and kicks.

Put all this in the powerful framework of EZdrummer 2 and you have the most raging, ear-numbing and dynamic collection of drums for any metal or hard rock production.

Made of Metal EZX features

  • Produced and mixed by Colin Richardson, engineered by Carl Bown.
  • Drums sampled by Jason Bowld.
  • Four (4) full kits (DW, Mapex, Tama, Truth).
  • One extra snare, kick and tom option.
  • Large assortment of cymbals.
  • Five (5) mix-ready kit presets.
  • Includes a selection of MIDI drum grooves.

The Made of Metal EZX is available for purchase for 69 EUR.

More information: Toontrack / Made of Metal EZX

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Toontrack updates EZdrummer to v2.0.2

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Toontrack has released version 2.0.2 of EZdrummer 2, the virtual drum instrument for Windows and Mac.

Toontrack EZdrummer 2

EZdrummer 2 takes drum production to a whole new level. It was designed to erase any technical barrier between you and your creativity and introduces several groundbreaking features for quick and easy songwriting. In EZdrummer 2, you can go from initial rhythmic idea to finished, mixed and customized drum track without ever leaving the program.

Changes in EZdrummer v2.0.2

  • New articulations preview which also details MIDI note numbers available in the drum properties panel.
  • Humanize alternatives are available from the ‘Menu’ in the top right corner of the interface.
  • A user selectable, ‘number of outputs’ dialog popup in Sonar which enables compatibility with legacy EZdrummer 1 projects.
  • Tap2find now syncs with the host.
  • The context menu is now available on percussion pads in Edit Play Style.
  • Multiple selection on percussion pads in Edit Play Style is now achievable.
  • e-drum transformations are only applied to incoming MIDI.
  • Improved e-drum transforms for Yamaha and Alesis modules.
  • Many other improvements.
  • EZdrummer 1 user kit presets are now available as intended.
  • When loading EZdrummer 1 projects, percussion channels are now featured correctly.
  • MIDI out no longer stops when closing the interface.
  • Fixed lag when adjusting the velocity and amount controls on long MIDI files.
  • Fixed an occasional crash when clicking favourites.
  • Metronome volume correctly affects Tap 2 Find metronome volume.
  • Quantize now works on percussion pads.
  • Fixes of percussion when cut to special time signature.
  • Many other bug fixes.

EZdrummer 2.0.2 is now available to download. This version is required for EZX expansion packs released from this point forward (Q3 2014).

More information: Toontrack / EZdrummer 2

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