Toontrack launches Basic Jazz MIDI pack

Toontrack has announced the release of Basic Jazz MIDI, a collection of basic, traditional jazz and swing drum MIDI variations.

Toontrack Basic Jazz MIDI

Basic Jazz MIDI comes with eight and 16 bar variations of fundamental swing comping patterns in 3/4 and 4/4 time, all categorized by increasing intensity and complexity. It was performed by Norman Garschke, a traditionally trained drummer with a masters degree in jazz performance from the Conservatories of Hilversum and Amsterdam.

”To me, jazz drums is about composing in real-time, about staying in the moment and letting yourself go. I think the best term to describe it is ’instant composition’. The idea behind this collection was to capture just that – variations of rhythmical comping ideas and melodies a jazz drummer would play to accompany a band”, he says.

With tempos varying from 90 to 200 BPM, you’ll have all the drums you need for anything from medium walking ballads, slow medium standards to medium uptempo arrangements. Start assembling your song of controlled, sophisticated drum improvisation with that inimitable nuance, touch and feel of a session player.

Basic Jazz MIDI features

  • Approx. 500 individually played drum comping variations.
  • Performed by Norman Garschke.
  • 3/4 and 4/4 swing patterns in 8 & 16 bar sections.
  • Ride cymbal variations, snare drum/bass drum comping ideas and tom variations.
  • 4/4 walking-time and ”playing in two”.

The MIDI pack is available for purchase for 25 EUR. The pack works with EZdrummer, EZdrummer 2, Superior Drummer 2 (optimized for 1 kick, 1 snare, 2 toms, 2 floor toms, 2 crash cymbals, 1 china, 1 ride cymbal).

More information: Toontrack / Basic Jazz MIDI


Toontrack launches Songwriting EZkeys MIDI 6 Pack

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Toontrack Songwriting EZkeys MIDI 6 Pack

Toontrack has released the Songwriting EZkeys MIDI 6 Pack, a collection of six individual titles from the widely popular line of MIDI in the EZkeys Line.

The Songwriting EZkeys MIDI 6 Pack provides you with professionally played piano parts, all performed in full song structure blocks and in a variety of intensities.

It covers anything from traditional country to the dwindling harmonic landscapes of jazz ballads, the distinctive tonalities of R&B and the everyday pop and rock.

This coupled with the powerful framework of EZkeys gives you not only instant song ideas, it lends you a creative canvas, ready for you add your own expression to.

EZkeys MIDI 6 Pack features

  • Ballads EZkeys MIDI
  • Ballads 2 EZkeys MIDI
  • Country EZkeys MIDI
  • Jazz Ballads EZkeys MIDI
  • Pop/Rock EZkeys MIDI
  • R&B EZkeys MIDI

The bundle is available for purchase for

More information: Toontrack / Songwriting EZkeys MIDI 6 Pack


Samplephonics releases Javier Barrios: Latin Jazz Guitar

Samplephonics has launched Javier Barrios: Latin Jazz Guitar, a collection of South American and African jazz guitar grooves by Javier Barrios.

Javier Barrios: Latin Jazz Guitar

Inside you will find 240 of the smoothest and most refined latin jazz guitar loops, ready to infuse your tracks refined melody ideas and the silkiest of solos.

Divided between electric, acoustic and nylon stringed guitars and covering smooth Jazz, Bossanova, Samba and freestyle Jazz, this divine sample pack has to go down as one of our personal favourites.

With every beautiful nuance expertly captured in Javier’s boutique analogue studio, the passion, skill and emotion on offer here is clear for all to hear.

The sample pack is available for purchase for £34.70 GBP.

More information: Samplephonics / Latin Jazz Guitar


Ample Sound releases Ample Bass J plugin

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Ample Sound has launched Ample Bass J, a new electric bass instrument plug-in modeled on a Jazz Bass guitar, hand-crafted by renowned Fender Master Builder, John English (1950-2007).

Ample Sound Ample Bass J (ABJ)

It sounds wide and deep. It is imbued with both modern taste and Fender’s traditional characteristics. Ample Sound used their techniques on every possible procedure: recording, editing, programming etc., trying only to deliver every detail of the original sound and vibration of this master built bass to the users.

ABJ has a 3.71 GB sample library which is naturally recorded on every single fret. No destructive editing and dynamic processing are applied (which leaves more room for users’ modification).

Ample Bass features 14 bass articulations: Sustain, Palm Mute, Natural Harmonic, Hammer On & Pull Off, Legato Slide, Slide in & out, Pop, Slap, Tap, Accentuated, Staccato and Dead Note. The Legato articulations can be used to achieve legato notes of any duration, pitch and polyphony.

Ample Bass J features

  • Redesigned Tab Player for bass tab. All articulations and notations are supported by the tab player. Realistic Tab playback can be achieved through fine parameter adjustments and humanizations.
  • Auto Buzz System. Buzz noises can make bass performance more expressive and realistic. Ample Bass buzz system enables users to arbitrarily control of start position, duration and amplitude of a buzz. Alternatively, Ample Bass could also randomize the whole buzz sound process.
  • Groovy Single-Note Bassline. Repetitive one-note basslines are a common technique in bass performance, particularly in the rock genre. Ample Bass contains a unique method of delivering one-note bass lines, One-note loops have been recorded for every fret with a groovy, tasty feel and lossless quality as the tempo is changed. No more bland and robotic ‘machine gun effect’.
  • Slap & Sustain in one MIDI Track. Using keyswitches, users can switch between Sustain (normal group) and Slap and Pop on the fly. Ample Bass also provides a “combined keyswitches” feature, which allows users to play both Slap and Pop articulations on specific strings. For example, you could assign the Slap articulation to the G and D strings, and the Pop articulation to the A and E strings.
  • Alternate Tuning. Ample Bass supports alternate tunings to the lowest note of a 5-string bass.
  • Carefully designed left hand techniques and sample groups.
  • Legato with variable duration, pitch and polyphony.

Ample Bass J for Windows and Mac (VST/AU/RTAS/AAX) is available for purchase for the introductory price of $95 USD until December 12th, 2014 (regular $119 USD).

More information: Ample Sound / Ample Bass J


Analogue Drums releases Pizazz – Jazz Brushes Kit

Analogue Drums has launched Pizazz, a drum sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Analogue Drums Pizazz

Pizazz is a vintage jazz kit played with brushes. Based around a toneful ’70s Rogers kit with a selection of classy cymbals and a versatile Rogers Dynasonic snare, Pizazz provides the classic brush backdrop for jazz and other genres. The mix of the kit can be taken from crisp and articulate to smooth and spacious with a few fader adjustments.

Several snare articulations, two separate pairs of toms (high and medium tension), two kick drums both sampled open and dampened, two pairs of hihats, and two rides give you a heap of options for selecting the tones that work best for your track. Check the kit details below.

The kit was sampled at The Manor through a selection of fine vintage and modern recording pieces, finished with outboard compressors.

Pizzaz Jazz Brushes features

  • Kontakt instrument files with multi-out and stereo versions.
  • Trigger TCI/PRS presets for kick/snare/toms with separated mic layers.
  • 4176 sample .wav files in unencrypted 24bit, 44.1khz format.
  • Reference manual (PDF).
  • 2.1GB Zip file (3.15GB unzipped).

The library is available for purchase for $29 USD.

More information: Analogue Drums / Pizazz


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