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Sontronics launches Summer Promotion – Free STC-10 with STC-3X PACK

Sontronics Summer Promotion

British microphone brand Sontronics has teamed up with a handful of specialist Sontronics dealers in the UK to offer a fantastic summer promotion with the chance to get two pro-studio-quality condenser mics for the price of one.

Anyone buying a Sontronics STC-3X PACK, comprising the best-selling three-pattern, large-diaphragm STC-3X mic plus accessories, from a participating store will automatically receive a FREE Sontronics STC-10 pencil condenser mic, worth £95 (UK RRP) totally FREE!

This means that for just £239 you’ll get a fully rounded recording package, ideal for singer/songwriters, home set-ups, professional studios or voiceover artists, that includes the following:

  • Sontronics STC-3X three-pattern (omni, cardioid, figure-of-eight), large-diaphragm condenser mic with three-stage filter and three-stage pad controls, available in silver or black. It’s ideal for recording vocals, spoken word, acoustic guitar, piano, drums, podcasting, overhead and more!
  • FREE recording accessories as part of the STC-3X PACK: spider-style shockmount, double-layer nylon-mesh popshield, 5-metre XLR cable and handy zip-up mic pouch
  • FREE Sontronics STC-10 pencil-style cardioid condenser mic with two-stage filer and two-stage pad controls, mic mount and foam windshield, perfect for direct-miking acoustic guitar, solo woodwind or strings, drums, percussion, video and film work
  • FREE downloads of Toontrack’s award-winning EZMix 2 Lite and Ezdrummer Lite software
  • FREE Lifetime Warranty for both STC-3X and STC-10 mics

As Sontronics founder and mic designer, Trevor Coley, admits, this is a amazing giveaway that shouldn’t be missed: “Both the STC-3X PACK and the STC-10 are brilliantly versatile mics, and our users constantly tell us how they give results that compare with those of mics that cost many times more, and now you can get both for the price of the STC-3X PACK. Our Sontronics brand wouldn’t be here without the people who buy, use and love our mics, so this is our chance to give something back to all of you… for free!”

The sale ends September 30th, 2013. Current participating stockists include: Absolute Music, GuitarGuitar, Rubadub, Production Room and Westend Production.

More information: Sontronics

creativeLIVE unlocks music industry secrets with new audio channel

creativeLIVE

creativeLIVE has announced the addition of an audio channel to its online broadcast network.

Instead of scouring YouTube for homemade tutorials, you can now learn music production and business directly from leading DJs, producers, and managers. creativeLIVE, a live education platform, today announced the addition of an audio channel to their online broadcast network. creativeLIVE’s free workshops — on topics ranging from DAWs to networking — teach musicians the technical skills and industry knowledge needed to make a living in the music business. The audio program will launch with classes taught by Incubus manager Steve Rennie, metal guitarist/producer Eyal Levi and EDM DJ Big Chocolate.

Founded in 2010, creativeLIVE is transforming online learning by providing free, live access inside previously-closed doors. Venturing into music makes sense for a company whose CEO, Mika Salmi, is responsible for discovering and signing Nine Inch Nails. Of the audio channel launch, Salmi said, “Music is close to my heart and we have been chomping at the bit to launch an audio channel on creativeLIVE. Just like in photography and other channels, we will be bringing world class experts to teach real actionable skills. I personally can’t wait to update my DJ skills!”

Creativity is the new literacy — and creativeLIVE is where musicians, artists, and entrepreneurs find the skills they need to make their dreams of living the creative life a reality.

Upcoming creativeLIVE audio courses

  • Music Business 101: Networking with Steve Rennie
    The driving force behind Incubus’ blockbuster success, Steve Rennie, AKA RENMAN, will reveal how he went from booking shows in Hollywood to managing platinum-selling bands. Spoiler alert: Networking isn’t just for business bros. (Sept. 12)
  • Eyal Levi: Digital Drums with EZDrummer
    Billboard top 200 staple Eyal Levi (Whitechapel, August Burns Red, Devildriver, and Job for a Cowboy) will teach a one-day course on how to digitally create real-sounding drums in EZDrummer. (Sept. 25)
  • Big Chocolate: Producing EDM with Ableton Live
    DJ/producer Big Chocolate (Cameron Argon) started making music in his bedroom at the age of 16, and is now an internationally-renowned performer coming off his second Warped Tour. Big Chocolate will demonstrate how he gets his song ideas out of his head and into finished tracks using Ableton Live. (Sept. 30)

The free live workshops will be available to creativeLIVE members (registration is free).

More information: creativeLIVE / Audio channel

MusicRadar & Time+Space offer free Toontrack EZdrummer Lite

Toontrack EZdrummer Lite

MusicRadar has announced that a free copy of the Toontrack EZdrummer Lite software is available from Time+Space, in celebration of the Drum Expo 2013 online drum show.

Those kind folk over at UK distributor Time+Space have stepped forward with a free download of Toontrack’s EZdrummer® Lite plug-in worth £19.95.

EZdrummer® Lite is a stripped down version of the multi-microphone drum-sampler that offers a taste of EZdrummer’s multi-miked virtual drum kit. It comes with a selection of MIDI programmed drum beats for you to play your songs over and it’s the perfect way to quickly add drum parts to your compositions – you can even program your own!

EZdrummer® Lite will work within all the main DAWs such as Cubase, Pro Tools, Logic and Fruity Loops.

More information: MusicRadar

Toontrack launches Superior Summer Savings for June and July

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Toontrack Superior Summer Savings

Time+Space has announced that throughout June and July, Toontrack is offering multiple discounts across its range of drum software, including 40% off Superior Drummer, 50% off the crossgrade from EZdrummer to Superior and 50% off SDX Expansion packs.

Toontrack’s Superior Drummer virtual drum package is the industry standard used by a wide variety of leading producers all over the world. Its innovative set of features make it an essential tool for anybody wanting to create the most realistic drum performances possible using a computer.

Also available for Superior Drummer are seven SDX Expansion packs which add additional kits to the Superior library giving you more options and possibilities when using the software.

Currently using EZdrummer? Why not take advantage of these deals and crossgrade to Superior Drummer for even more control over your drumtracks? And if you own any EZX expansion packs – no worries, these will work with Superior too!

Superior Summer Savings features

  • 40% off Toontrack Superior Drummer 2.2
  • 50% off the Toontrack Superior Drummer Crossgrade from EZdrummer
  • 50% off SDX expansion packs for Superior Drummer including: Custom & Vintage SDX, New York Studios 2 SDX, Music City SDX, Metal Foundry SDX, Roots – Brushes, Rods and Mallets SDX, Roots – Sticks SDX, New York Studios 3 SDX (offer excludes The Roots SDX Bundle).

More information: Time+Space

Toontrack releases Indie Folk EZX & Indie Folk MIDI

Toontrack Indie Folk EZX

Toontrack has announced the release of the Indie Folk EZX EZdrummer expansion library, focusing on capturing the organic, warm, intimate and ambient sound characteristic of the indie folk genre.

The EZX, aptly titled the Indie Folk EZX, was recorded at the Avast! Recording Co. in Seattle, home to bands such as Fleet Foxes, The Shins and Band Of Horses. It comes with three complete vintage kits: a 1960s Gretsch Round Badge sampled with both sticks and mallets, a Ludwig from the 1950s as well as a Slingerland Rolling Bomber kit dating back to the 1940s. Also included are two tambourines, a hi-hat mounted tambourine jingle, an extra kick and snare as well as a 28″ floor tom.

Indie Folk EZX features

  • Three (3) complete kits.
  • Two EZXs in one! Each kit is available in two variations: a standard multi-mic mix and a classic four-mic mix.
  • Custom drums from the 1940s to the 1960s.
  • Default kit sampled with both drumsticks and mallets.
  • Recorded at Avast! Recording Co. in Seattle, WA.
  • Included MIDI performed by sampling drummer Stephen Belans.

The EZX is available to purchase for $89 USD / 69 EUR.

Toontrack has also launched the Indie Folk MIDI, a collection of grooves and fills.

Toontrack Indie Folk MIDI

With the Indie Folk MIDI pack, Stephen Belans delivers a wide and useful range of grooves and fills for songwriters that are looking to expand their horizon, go outside their comfort zone or rethink what role the drums can play in a composition.

“Sometimes just a simple heartbeat/backbeat feel is all that’s needed. Other times, the drums find their place at far ends of the spectrum. Some grooves stick to a smooth ebb and flow with a natural evolution of intensities while other ones use more dramatic transitions that don’t rely on traditional rock defaults”, says Stephen.

The Indie Folk MIDI pack cost $29 USD / 25 EUR.

More information: Toontrack

Get free Toontrack EZdrummer Lite & EZmix 2 Lite at Time+Space

Toontrack EZdrummer Lite & EZmix 2 Lite

Time+Space has announced that Toontrack’s EZdrummer Lite and EZmix 2 Lite are available to download for free for a limited time.

This Wednesday sees the return of Toontrack’s annual Songwriter’s Month celebrations and the Swedish developers are kicking things off early by offering you FREE software!

From now until 31st May, you can download EZdrummer Lite and/or EZmix 2 Lite absolutely free and get a taste for how these acclaimed plugins can make a difference to your music productions.

The Lite plugins are stripped down versions of the full software and, once you’ve tried them out, if you want to get your hands on the full version, you can upgrade for a great value price!

So, whether you´re looking for an easy to use drum sampler or a mixing tool that delivers professional results in just a few clicks, download EZdrummer Lite or EZmix 2 Lite now.

Toontrack EZdrummer Lite / EZmix 2 Lite

  • EZdrummer® Lite is a stripped down version of the multi-microphone drum-sampler EZdrummer® providing access to the majority of the features available in the full product. It is designed for musicians and producers in need of a compact, affordable, easy to handle plug-in without compromising sound quality or control.
  • EZmix 2 Lite is a stripped down version of the widely popular preset powered multi-effect mix tool EZmix 2. Mix/master bass, guitar, drums, vocals, strings and much more with 30 presets plus bass and guitar amp simulation settings.

Throughout Songwriter’s Month, the full versions of EZdrummer and EZmix 2 are up to 40% off to match the EZ Lite Upgrade prices. The offers are available through May 31st, 2013.

More information: Time+Space

Time+Space launches half price Toontrack EZX offer

EZX 50% off at Time+Space

Time+Space has announced a special offer on Toontrack EZX expansion libraries.

Superior Drummer and EZdrummer users can get kitted out for less right now with a huge 50% off a range of fifteen EZX expansion packs.

EZX packs allow users to expand their music making possibilities across a whole spectrum of genres from metal, rock and country right through to funk, jazz, electronic and everything inbetween.

Designed to be used with Toontrack’s award winning drum sampling software – EZdrummer and Superior Drummer 2.0 – all EZXs feature drum and percussion soundbanks as well as additional midi files to offer even more choice and inspiration when building tracks.

EZX libraries are 50% off at Time+Space and participating dealers until April 30th, 2013 (RRP £25.98 GBP / €31.47 EUR). The offer excludes The Blues and Rock Solid EZXs.

More information: Time+Space

Review: Toontrack The Blues EZX

Toontrack The Blues EZX

Toontrack’s latest expansion for EZdrummer and Superior Drummer 2.0 is The Blues EZX, a sound library featuring two drum kits and MIDI grooves played by seasoned drummer Hans Lindbäck.

The Blues EZX comes with two complete kits; A 1970s Gretsch And A Calfskinned Swedish Levin set from the 1940s.

On top of that, it features contemporary Paiste and Sabian crashes, vintage Zildjan A and K series cymbals as well as extras such as a suitcase and a set of calfskinned tambourines. All instruments were handpicked and in many cases road-worn by the sampling drummer himself, a blues musician with more than half a decade worth of experience behind the kit playing the blues.

The Gretsch kit includes a nice versatile 14×20″ kick drum, a deep, fat sounding 5½x14″ Slingerland Radio King snare, and 8×12″ and 14×14″ toms. An alternative preset is available for the Gretsch kit, swapping the kick and snare with a suitcase and a 30′s 6½x14″ Premier Brass snare.

The Levin drum kit includes a deep 14×28″ kick, a 60′s Premier Wood 5½x14″ rich sounding snare, and high and low tuned 9×12″ toms. These drums all have calf skinned heads.

One hihat is included in all kits, a 14″ Zildjian New Beat/Rock Beat combo, another choice for versatility. The cymbals include vintage 60′s Zildjian A and K series rides (19″ & 20″) and crashes (10″, 12″ & 18″), as well as a 16″ Paiste crash and 16″ and 18″ Sabian hand hammered crash cymbals.

Finally, two additional Grover Tambourines round off the setup.

The Blues EZX comes with a library of MIDI grooves, 13 songs in total in shuffle, swing, straight and 12/8 categories. Song include a number of grooves with closed hihats, open hihats, cymbals, breaks, fills, intros and endings. The library spans a large variety of tempos, from 80 to 198 bpm.

Check the video below for a quick impression of the sounds and grooves.


Toontrack’s Blues EZX for EZdrummer and Superior Drummer 2.0.

So what do I think?

Product: Toontrack The Blues EZX
Format: EZdrummer / Superior Drummer 2.0
Price: 69 EUR / $89 USD
Like: Spot on drum sounds and grooves, versatile kits
Don’t like: –
Verdict: 9/10

The Blues EZX drums and cymbals have been sampled with a good variety of articulations and the included kit pieces offer sounds for a range of styles, from jazz to blues to pop/rock. Hans Lindbäck provides a great set of songs with plenty of variations, interesting fills and breaks, and most important, an authentic blues vibe.

Having played guitar in a blues band for a number of years, I really enjoyed The Blues EZX. It feels very natural and I would have loved to have the sounds of these drum kits in our band back then. While to me, blues is all about playing together, this sound library is great for rehearsing, working out ideas, or doing studio work where you would normally get a session drummer.

In short, the Blues EZX is a solid, high quality set of drum kits and grooves that are great for blues music and beyond.

More information: Toontrack / Time+Space