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Toontrack Music updates EZdrummer to v1.2

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Toontrack EZdrummer

Toontrack Music has released version 1.2 of EZdrummer, a virtual drum instrument for PC and Mac.

This update is recommended for all EZdrummer users. It adds essential support for the latest generation of EZX-s.

Changes in EZdrummer v1.2

New features

  • New Drumkit presets pull down menu including user preset saving facility.
  • New Mixer channel LEDs indicates the presence of signal pre-fader.
  • Drag and drop install of Toontrack MIDI packs supported.
  • Various adjustments to support the upcoming Electronic EZX.
  • Knob circular modes are now always relative.
  • EZX library version info is now available from the Help menu.

Fixed in 1.2.0

  • Changing drums while the sounds are loading improved.
  • The Groove browser now skips headers when browsing with the Up/Down arrows.
  • Fixed a memory leak related to MIDI file loading.
  • Some preferences handling changes on Mac to better support multi-users workstations.
  • If sounds cannot be found, the default location is probed (PC).
  • Improvements to transmuting.

EZdrummer is available to purchase for PC and Mac (VST/AU/RTAS) for $179 USD / 119 EUR / £109 GBP.

More information: Toontrack Music / EZdrummer

Time+Space announces Toontrack EZX offer

Toontrack Electronic EZX

Time+Space has announced a special offer on the forthcoming Toontrack Electronic EZX.

Over the past decade, the team at Toontrack Music has generated over 1,000,000 sound files from recordings of hundreds of the finest drums and cymbals. Until now, it’s been 100% acoustic…

Due for release later this month, the eagerly awaited Electronic EZX delivers a distinctive collection of classic, circuit bent and resampled electronic drum sounds.

Pristine classics, otherworldly one of a kind bends, and gritty essentials make this the hottest collection of electronic drums imaginable.

The Electronic EZX is simply a must-have for EZdrummer and Superior Drummer 2.0 users and anyone who orders it between 1st – 30th November 2009 can claim any other EZX expansion pack completely free!

Simply purchase Electronic EZX as normal either through Time+Space or a participating dealer and then send proof of purchase with the rebate form (downloadable from to Time+Space and they’ll send the free EZX direct to you at no extra charge.

The free EZX can be any of the following titles:

  • EZX – Claustrophobic
  • EZX – Drumkit From Hell
  • EZX – Latin Percussion
  • EZX – Nashville
  • EZX – Twisted Kit
  • EZX – Vintage Rock
  • EZX – Funkmasters
  • EZX – Jazz

More information: Time+Space

Time+Space announces 30% off on EZdrummer upgrade

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Toontrack EZdrummer upgrade

Time+Space has announced a 30% discount on EZdrummer upgrades for EZdrummer Lite users.

EZdrummer has become the first choice of drum sampler for thousands of musicians of every level – from computer music-making novices at home to top class record producers based in the world’s best studios.

EZdrummer Lite is bundled free with various hardware packages including products from Korg, Presonus and ESI. If you’ve been using your free copy of EZdrummer Lite and have yet to upgrade to the full version of EZdrummer, now’s the time to do it…

Until 31st October, you can purchase the EZdrummer Upgrade for just £49 – that’s a 30% saving off the normal RRP of £65!

The full version of EZdrummer adds the following features and functions to your product:

  • 8.000+ drag and drop MIDI patterns with prelistening, quick browsing and dragndrop functionality included.
  • Full sound-set with multiple instrument selections on every position.
  • Reading of EZdrummer expansion packs, EZXs.
  • Full multi-track routing from the internal mixer.
  • Ability to add user MIDI files into the drum pattern browser with drag and drop functionality.

This special upgrade offer is only available until 31st October, 2009.

More information: Time+Space / EZdrummer

Time+Space announces £1,000 Toontrack competition

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Time+Space Toontrack competition

Time+Space has announced a £1,000 Toontrack competition.

As Toontrack fans eagerly await the release of the Custom & Vintage SDX – the third expansion pack for Toontrack’s award winning drum sampler Superior Drummer 2.0 due for release this month, not forgetting the forthcoming Electronic EZX expansion pack for EZdrummer due in November, Time+Space are giving you the opportunity to win a whole stack of Toontrack products worth over £1,000!

The top prize includes

  • Superior Drummer 2.0
  • SDX The Lost New York Studios
  • SDX The Metal Foundry
  • SDX Custom & Vintage
  • PLUS all nine EZX expansion packs including the new Electronic EZX as soon as it’s released!

Tho runners up will be getting a copy of Superior Drummer 2.0, worth £215 each.

To enter, all you need to do is send Time+Space the answer to a very simple question: Which Toontrack product did Dirk Verbeuren demonstrate at this year’s London International Music Show?

More information: Time+Space / Toontrack competition

Toontrack announces Electronic EZX

Toontrack Electronic EZX

Toontrack has announced the Electronic EZX, a modern collection of classic, circuit bent and resampled electronic drum sounds for EZdrummer and Superior Drummer 2.0.

Designed by Brad Bowden and Richard Devine, this EZX® includes 33 meticulously crafted kits with 100+ additional sounds of the most requested electronic kick and snare drums. It also features our ever-popular use of parallel FX processing in the mixer window for unlimited variation and sonic depth.

Whatever your style, we got your drum sounds. House, Techno, Progressive, Pop, Hip-Hop, Rap, Electro, Grime, Jungle, DnB, RnB, Dub-Step, Trip-Hop, Acid, Disco, Crunk, Industrial, Experimental, Noise-core, Hard-core, Minimal, Glitch, Gabba, Ambient, Trance. If you’ve heard it, we got it. If you think it’s not possible, now you can.

This is Old School, Modern and Future all rolled into one.

The Electronic EZX will be available in November 2009.

More information: Toontrack / Electronic EZX

Time+Space announces ‘Buy 1 Toontrack EZX get 1 free’

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Toontrack EZX

Time+Space has announced a Buy 1 Toontrack EZX get 1 free promotion.

Any customer who buys an EZX expansion pack can claim another EZX absolutely free until 31st August 2009!

Expand the music-making possibilities of EZdrummer or Superior Drummer 2.0 with Toontrack’s terrific range of expansion packs covering a variety of genres from Jazz and Funk to Heavy Metal, Country, Latin Percussion and more!

Simply purchase an EZX as normal either through Time+Space or a participating dealer and then send proof of purchase with the special rebate form to Time+Space (downloadable from They´ll then send your chosen free second EZX title to you direct with no extra charge.

The offer applies to all eight EZX expansion packs: Jazz, Funkmasters, Claustrophobic, Drumkit From Hell, Latin Percussion, Nashville, Twisted Kit, and Vintage Rock (RRP: £55 GBP each).

More information: Time+Space

Toontrack Music updates EZplayer Pro to v1.0.4

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Toontrack Music EZplayer Pro

Toontrack Music has released version 1.0.4 of EZplayer Pro, a software tool that lets you organize and preview all the MIDI on your hard drive with the sampler of your choice.

EZplayer pro is a multi track MIDI organizer, arranger and format conversion tool between mapping formats that allows you to gather all your MIDI clips in one browser. You can use EZplayer pro to preview those MIDI clips and drag and drop them directly into your host. The multi track arranger in EZplayer pro also makes it possible to arrange MIDI clips into fused sequences to either be saved back into the EZplayer pro browser for later use or be dragged into your usual sequencer as part of a composition.

Changes in EZplayer Pro v1.0.4

  • New wrappers for Steven Slate Drums and generic IMAP formats.
  • SDX kit pieces available for Superior content.
  • Contextual filtering for kit piece selection.
  • Internal logging of missing wrappers for QA purposes.
  • Channel is no longer offset by 1 in the Browser.
  • Graphical issues on PPC affecting clips in Arranger.
  • Uninstalling/re-installing should resolve MIDI path issue arising from relocating EZdrummer.
  • Clicking in the timeline while looping and playing should no longer crash EZplayer.
  • Empty MIDI files (or files emptied by wrapper action) no longer crash the program.
  • Further sync to host improvements in Apple Logic.
  • Missing input wrapper for RDK is now included.
  • Drumcore wrappers are no longer placeholders but do more than looking nice.
  • Minor other fixes in various wrappers.

EZplayer Pro for Windows and Mac is available for purchase for $49 USD/€30 EUR/£25 GBP.

Visit Toontrack Music for more information.

Review: Toontrack Jazz EZX

Toontrack’s EZdrummer is one of the most popular drum instruments around, and for good reason.

The multi-microphone drum sampler is easy to use, yet it has plenty of features for advanced tweaking. The EZdrummer package comes with an extensive MIDI library (8,000+ patterns), a mixer which allows stereo and multitrack routing, and a number of wonderfully captured instruments.

EZdrummer also allows you to use additional drum kits with EZX expansion packs.


Toontrack’s latest offering is the Jazz EZX, featuring drum sounds performed by Roy “Futureman” Wooten, inventor of the Drumitar, and member of Béla Fleck and the Flecktones.

Futureman is a multiple Grammy award winning composer, inventor, and multi-instrumentalist who has been a pioneer in using sampled drums since 1985. He has shared the stage and numerous albums with many Jazz legends.

Roy started playing acoustic drums as a young child with his brothers in Virginia. From that he has come a long way and is now renowned for playing what is called a SynthAxe-Drumitar to trigger drum samples.

Jazz up your EZdrummer

Installation of the Jazz EZX is easy. Just launch the installer from the DVD and sit back for a bit. Registration and authorisation is a piece of cake as well. Note that all the EZX files are automatically copied to the location of your EZdrummer library (which you can set in the custom installation option in the EZdrummer setup).

Once installed the Jazz EZX is available from the dropdown list in the top bar in EZdrummer. Here’s what it looks like.

Toontrack Jazz EZX
Jazz EZX with Roy “Futureman” Wooten on the ride

The drum kits include instruments from Pearl, Ludwig, Leedy, Masterworks, Gretsch, Slingerland, Paiste and Zildjian. The complete list is available here.

Recording of the drums was done at Blackbird Studios in Nashville, USA, using a Neve 8078 console and an abundance of quality microphones (Neumann U47, RCA 44, NS-10, Shure SM57, AKG C12, AEA 88, Royerlab SF12 & R-121). You can watch a video of “the making of” here.

Besides the drum samples, Jazz EZX also comes with almost 1,000 additional MIDI patterns for your EZdrummer MIDI library. Although you might expect the grooves to have been played by Roy, this is not the case. Instead David Haynes (who has performed with Stanley Jordan, Chaka Kahn, Prince, Mary J. Blige, and many others), Morgan Ågren (Frank Zappa) and Per Mikaelsson (Heel) are responsible for playing the MIDI patterns.

Here’s a video of me playing around a bit with the Jazz EZX in Ableton Live 7 (sorry if it looks a bit chaotic, I’m a quick clicker).

Jazz EZX for Toontrack EZdrummer @ Vimeo

The Jazz EZX expansion pack is available for purchase from various distributors for an MSRP of $89 USD / €69 EUR (my copy came from Time+Space where it’s available for £55 GBP inc. VAT, which is only about 57 EUR with the current exchange rates).

So what do I think?

This EZX will obviously appeal to those who are looking for jazz drums. The sound of Jazz EZX is quite, er… jazzy, so no worries there. Jazz EZX delivers top notch drum sounds.
It is however slightly disappointing Toontrack didn’t get Roy to play the MIDI grooves. It’s one thing to capture the drum hits (done to a high standard indeed), but I feel it’s the grooves that would actually represent Roy’s touch, his heart, his philosophy and his unique approach to his craft.
That said, the provided grooves by David, Morgan and Per are great anyway, so thumbs up for those.

I’d say the Jazz EZX is excellent value for money and a great addition to your EZdrummer (or Superior Drummer) drum kit collection.

Visit Toontrack for more information and audio demos.