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Toontrack intros EZdrummer 2

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Toontrack EZdrummer 2

Toontrack has announced EZdrummer 2, the second generation of the world’s most successful drum production software.

“This is not just an update or a new digit added to the logo, it’s a completely new program, overhauled down to the tiniest detail”, said Peter Knutsson, Toontrack’s CEO. “The release of EZdrummer 2 will not only be a milestone in the history of our company, it will be the day we add a new meaning to what the music industry commonly refers to as a ‘drum sampler’.”

EZdrummer 2 introduces a host of revolutionary songwriting features, the market’s most intuitive user interface, a completely remodeled audio engine, a new mixer with easy-to-use effect chains, two all-new mas- sive sound libraries as well as a selection of percussion. “The whole design approach behind EZdrummer 2 was to erase any technical barrier standing between song- writer and creativity,” said Erik Phersson, Toontrack’s head of development. “Looking back, it’s amazing how many extremely powerful features we managed to incorporate and still retain the overall ease of use. EZdrummer 2 is truly a marvel of how interaction design, smart functionality and cutting-edge sounds can work in perfect symbiosis.”

Toontrack also reported that coinciding with the release of EZdrummer 2, the entire line of sound library expan- sions (EZXs) will be modernized with completely new effect chains and graphics optimized for EZdrummer 2. With the 20 currently available titles spanning anything from jazz to extreme metal, the EZdrummer user base has access to by far the most extensive and versatile catalogue of drum sounds on the market.

“We are extremely proud to not only introduce a breakthrough in drum production software, but at the same time renew the whole EZdrummer Line. This is without a doubt the most massive launch we have ever undertaken”, said Peter Knutsson, Toontrack’s CEO.

EZdrummer 2 will be available May 6th, 2014, for a list price of $179 USD / 139 EUR. Upgrade from EZdrummer will be $99 USD / 79 EUR.

From March 13 2014 through May 6 2014, anyone who purchases EZdrummer will automatically be eligible for a free upgrade to EZdrummer 2 (digital delivery only, available for download on release day from each regis- tered user’s personal Toontrack account).

More information: Toontrack / EZdrummer

Toontrack launches EZX extravaganza – Up to 50% off

Toontrack has launched a limited time sale on its EXZ expansion libraries for EZdrummer.

Toontrack EZX Sale

All through March and April, EZdrummer expansions (EZXs) are 40–50% off.

Visit the Toontrack webshop or your local dealer to get your hands on some of the finest drums ever recorded.

The sale ends on April 28, 2014 (Toontrack webshop) / April 30, 2014 (retail). The campaign excludes the Metal! EZX.

More information: Toontrack

Toontrack launches Metal Month 2013 new bundles & savings

Toontrack Drum Fundamentals Metal & Rock

Time+Space has announce that Toontrack has kicked off Metal Month 2013 with new bundles and big savings.

It’s back! November, AKA Metal Month, screams in to action with no less than eight new fiercely fantastic rock and metal titles slated for release over the next four weeks.

To kick things off, Time+Space have launched some incredible bundles and special offers to give your Metal and Rock projects a boost of inspiration…

Toontrack Metal Month

  • 50% off Metal EZXs and SDX — Throughout November, you can purchase the following back-catalogue Metal titles for 50% less: Drumkit From Hell EZX, Metalheads EZX, Metal Machine EZX, Rock Solid EZX, The Metal Foundry SDX.
  • NEW! Drum Fundamentals bundles — These bundles include all the tools you need to start forging your next masterpiece! With one bundle designed for Rock and the other for Metal, each collection includes EZdrummer plus 2 EZX expansion packs and three MIDI Packs geared towards each genre.
    During November, each bundle only costs £145.00 / €189.00 – saving 40% compared to individual purchases.

Drum Fundamentals Rock and Drum Fundamentals Metal are both available now from Time+Space.

More information: Time+Space

Toontrack releases Rock! EZX expansion for EZdrummer

Toontrack Rock! EZX

Toontrack has launched the Rock! EZX, a collection of 8 custom drum kits for the EZdrummer and Superior Drums virtual drum instruments.

Take Neil Dorfsman, a Grammy Award-winning engineer with four decades worth of experience and credits on some of the best selling rock records ever made, give him full access to drums recorded in the most renowned studios in the world and the freedom to blend, mix and match samples collected during his entire recording career, all in order to design the ultimate collection of rock drums. The end result you get is a jaw-dropping selection of completely unique kits unlike anything you have ever heard – hybrids of mixed and custom made drum sets, tailored for any kind of rock.

The Rock! EZX comes with eight custom drum kits based on selections from the near infinite Toontrack sound vaults, featuring rare and vintage drums recorded over the past decade in renowned studios like New York’s Allaire Studios, Blackbird Studios in Nashville and 2 Khz Studios in London. All sounds were handpicked and re-mixed through various outboard chains as well as layered with engineer Neil Dorfsman’s (Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Dire Straits) personal collection of samples.

The Rock! EZX gives you four decades of engineering experience boiled down to eight tailor-made kits spanning the whole range of rock – from ambient to dry, vintage to modern.

The EZX library costs $89 USD / 69 EUR.

More information: Toontrack / Rock! EZX

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

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

Toontrack releases The Blues EZX + MIDI pack

Toontrack The Blues EZX

Toontrack has announced the release of The Blues EZX, a sample library featuring 2 drum kits and grooves, sampled and played by Hans Lindbäck.

You can’t fool a blues lover. You know that it’s all about the craft, about the touch, the feel and the heart. We know you can spot a fake from a mile away. That’s why we’re proud to bring you the real deal – the custom, the calfskinned, the road-worn: The Blues EZX.

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. It was recorded in an empty Swedish theater and later mixed in a high-end studio through vintage and modern outboard gear. The end result is a cross-pollination between new and old; warm and characteristic sounds that cover the whole range, from old school to modern, from dry to ambient. This is the sound of then, now and time to come.

The Blues EZX features

  • Two complete kits (1970s Gretsch & 1940s Levin).
  • Sabian/Paiste/Zildjian A & K cymbals.
  • Calfskin drumheads on Levin kit.
  • Suitcase & two vintage calfskinned Grover tambourines.
  • Included custom MIDI library.

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

Toontrack The Blues EZX MIDI

Toontrack has also introduced the Blues EZX MIDI, a large selection of drums suited for any type of blues or rock song.

This MIDI pack comes from The Blues EZX and features a large selection of drums suited for any type of blues or rock song. It was played by longtime blues drummer Hans Lindbäck, a phenomenal musician with decades worth of experience behind the blues kit and on the road.

The Blues EZX MIDI costs 25 EUR / $29 USD.

More information: Toontrack

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