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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

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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

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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

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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

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Toontrack releases Basic Rock MIDI

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Toontrack Basic Rock MIDI

Toontrack has launched Basic Rock MIDI, new MIDI pack for EZdrummer and Superior Drummer 2.0.

No frills, no fillers, just down to earth rock drums. Yes, this pack comes with exactly the types of grooves and fills that you can never get enough of and that you always seem to come up short on – the tight, trustworthy staple drums that shouldn’t be missing in any rock songwriter’s toolset.

“I have always been into drums that don’t get in the way of the song but rather build from the ground up. I think this pack will be extremely useful for a large group of songwriters looking for solid drum tracks”, says drummer Martin Kristoffersson.

Basic Rock MIDI features

  • Drum MIDI suitable for any type of modern rock.
  • Halftime / midtempo / uptempo in 4/4 and 6/8 straight and/or swing feel.
  • Categorized in different songs.
  • Intro / verse / pre-chorus / chorus / bridge / fill sections.
  • Works with EZdrummer®, Superior Drummer® 2.0 (optimized for 1 kick, 1 snare, 2 toms, 1 floor-tom, 2 crash cymbals, 1 ride cymbal).

The MIDI pack is available to purchase for 25 EUR / $29 USD.

More information: Toontrack / Basic Rock MIDI

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Toontrack launch up to 50% off Winter promos

Time+Space has announced that throughout December, Toontrack are offering multiple discounts across their range of drum software including 40% off Superior Drummer, 30% off EZdrummer and 50% off the crossgrade from EZdrummer to Superior and 50% off SDX Expansion packs.

Toontrack up to 50% off at Time+Space

Toontrack’s multi-award winning 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 six SDX Expansion packs which add additional kits to the Superior library giving more options and possibilities when using the software.

If you’re new to virtual drums, EZdrummer is a great choice – simple, affordable and compact, this plugin will give you excellent results in just a few clicks.

Maybe you’ve already got 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!

Toontrack Winter promos

  • 40% off Toontrack Superior Drummer 2.2.
  • 50% off the Toontrack Superior Drummer Crossgrade from EZdrummer.
  • 30% off EZdrummer.
  • 50% off SDX expansion packs for Superior Drummer including Custom & Vintage SDX, Lost New York Studios SDX, Music City SDX, Metal Foundry SDX, Roots – Brushes, Rods and Mallets SDX, Roots – Sticks SDX (offer excludes The Roots SDX Bundle).

More information: Toontrack at Time+Space

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Time+Space intros Toontrack Metal Month EZX Bundle + EZmix Bundles

Time+Space has announced the release of three exclusive bundles, kicking off Toontrack’s Metal Month 2012.

Toontrack Metal Month Bunldes at Time+Space

Toontrack Metal Month is back and it promises to be bigger, bolder and more powerful than ever before!

This annual event, now in its third year, celebrates the only musical art form to successfully combine technical proficiency, mythology, angst, lightning bolts, screaming, power, and leather spiked belts!

Rock and Metal musicians who own Toontrack’s industry standard EZdrummer, Superior Drummer 2.2 or EZMix 2 software tools are in for a treat as Toontrack are set to unleash no less than 7 amazing metal production tools this November.

As part of the celebrations Toontrack have put together some exclusive bundles that offer fantastic value for money and there will be more bundles announced over the next few weeks as the new titles become available.

So, don your leather spiked belt, get that beard growing and make sure you’ve got a neck brace to hand – it’s going to be a head banging monster month of metal!

Metal Month 2012 Bundles

  • Metal Month EZX Bundle: Metalheads, Metal Machine and DFH EZX. £78.95 GBP.
  • EZmix 2 and Preset Packs Bundle: EZmix 2 + 6 preset packs. £159 GBP.
  • EZmix 2 Presets Bundle: 6 EZmix preset packs. £94.95 GBP.

These bundles are available through November 2012.

More information: Time+Space

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