Toontrack releases Koloss and Joey Sturgis S2.0 Producer Presets packs & Metalheads MIDI

Toontrack has announced the release of two new presets packs for Superior Drummer 2.0, and Metalheads MIDI, collection of MIDI files from the Metalheads EZX.

At Toontrack, November always means Metal Month. It’s the annual celebration of metal music and a month filled to the brim with new sounds, new tools, new grooves, competitions and fun! Check out the site and join the party!

Toontrack Metal Month

New Metal Month releases

  • S2.0 PRESETS – KOLOSS — This preset for Superior Drummer was modeled after the drum sound on Meshuggah’s “Koloss” album and features samples from the actual recording session. Engineered by the man behind the “Koloss” album mix, Daniel Bergstrand!
  • S2.0 PRESETS – JOEY STURGIS — Having worked with numerous rising stars such as The Devil Wears Prada, Asking Alexandria and Emmure, Joey Sturgis has become the go-to guy for the perfect modern metal mix! Here he shows you how he tweaks Superior Drummer!
  • METALHEADS MIDI — Now up for grabs: the MIDI from the Metalheads EZX! Twelve classic Meshuggah songs, captured flawlessly via MIDI by Tomas Haake himself, organized both as full songs as well as song parts so you can customize, dissect and use his drumming brilliance to create your own grand metal compositions!

The S2.0 Presets packs are available to purchase for 12 EUR / $15 USD each, the Metalheads MIDI is 25 EUR / $29 USD.

More information: Toontrack / Metal Month 2012

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Toontrack releases Metal Guitar Gods, EZmix 2 Metal Bundle & Metal 6 Pack + Win 8 string Ibanez guitar

Toontrack Metal Guitar Gods EZmix Pack

Toontrack has announced the Metal Guitar Gods EZmix Pack, an expansion pack for EZmix 2, focusing solely on amp and cab simulation presets for guitar and bass.

It comes with everything from rhythm, lead and clean sounds to settings for acoustic guitar and bass. All content was custom designed by four of the most iconic and trendsetting guitarists in metal: Fredrik Thordendal (Meshuggah), Mattias IA Eklundh (Freak Kitchen), Misha “Bulb” Mansoor (Periphery) and Devin Townsend (ex-Strapping Young Lad, The Devin Townsend Project).

We call this colossus of a product Metal Guitar Gods simply because these four gentlemen are nothing short of gods. Fredrik for being the father of “Djent” and for forever having changed metal as we know it by introducing eight-string guitars. Devin for continuously pushing the boundaries and the perception of what “metal” is. IA for gathering inspiration from all corners of the world, channeling it through his guitar and ending up with highly personal and inspiring renditions of our time. “Bulb” for riffs that go far and beyond what anyone thought was possible within the confines of a metal track!

We couldn’t be prouder about the fact that their custom sounds and a little bit of their magic is bottled in this pack and available for you! So, plug your instrument straight into your sound card, launch EZmix 2, select your Metal Guitar Gods setting and start forging your next metal masterpiece. It’s really that simple!

The Metal Guitar Gods pack is available to purchase for 39 EUR / $49 USD.

Toontrack has also launched the EZmix 2 Metal Bundle and EZmix Metal 6 Pack.

Sometimes too many options can be scary – here is the widely popular and powerful multi-effect mixing tool EZmix 2 conveniently bundled with six (6) EZmix Packs optimized for the ABCs of metal mixing and mastering! This bundle takes you all the way from plugging your instrument straight into your sound card to a finished, mastered mix, ready to take over the airwaves!

EZmix 2 Metal Bundle

EZmix Metal 6 Pack features

  • Metal Guitar Gods EZmix Pack: Custom designed amp and cab simulation presets from four of the most iconic and trendsetting guitarists in metal: Fredrik Thordendal (Meshuggah), Mattias IA Eklundh (Freak Kitchen), Misha “Bulb” Mansoor (Periphery) and Devin Townsend (ex-Strapping Young Lad, The Devin Townsend Project).
  • Randy Staub EZmix Pack: Randy Staub had mixed groundbreaking works like Metallica’s “Black Album”, Mötley Crüe’s “Dr Feelgood” and honed the sound for artists like Nickelback, Bon Jovi and Alice in Chains. Randy is beyond just an award-winning mix engineer, he’s helped define the sound of a generation.
  • Metal Essentials EZmix Pack: This pack does exactly what it sets out to: cover the essentials in metal mixing! The fact that it was hand-crafted by the creative mind behind the sound of August Burns Red, Trivium, All That Remains and The Black Dahlia Murder says a little bit about how heavy it sounds.
  • Metal EZmix Pack: Having worked with acts like Meshuggah, In Flames and Behemoth, engineer/producer Daniel Bergstrand has reinvented the sound of metal.
  • Dirt EZmix Pack: Designed by the man who helped define the shape of punk to come: Pelle Henrcisson. With 30+ years honing his craft behind the mixing console and world-renowned for his work with legendary heavy-weights like Refused (“The Shape of Punk to Come”), Meshuggah (“None”), Poison the Well and Hell Is For Heroes, Pelle knows a thing or two about mixing.
  • Mastering EZmix Pack: All mixes deserve proper mastering! This pack was designed by Mats “Limpan” Lindfors, senior engineer at Cutting Room, the leading mastering studio in Scandinavia. It aims to cover the most common mastering needs and music genres.

The EZmix 2 Metal Bundle costs 249 EUR / $299 USD, the Metal 6 Pack is 129 EUR / $169 USD.

A purchase will also give you a chance to win an electric guitar.

Buy and register Toontrack Music’s latest EZmix Expansion, Metal Guitar Gods and/or EZmix 2 before the end of November 2012 and you will automatically be entered into the drawing to win an 8 string Ibanez Guitar!

More information: Toontrack

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Toontrack announces return of Metal Month

Toontrack

Toontrack has announced that its Metal Month will be returning this November, with seven new products and exclusive live shows by Meshuggah and Periphery.

The month is primarily geared towards customers into hard rock and metal. Earlier editions of the campaign have seen several critically acclaimed product releases and been met by massive support from the Toontrack user base.

– Our connection to metal can be traced all the way back to the start in 1999 when we released Drumkit From Hell. It was a huge hit that set a new benchmark for the drum sampling industry. To devote an entire month solely to metal is our way of honoring and highlighting the genre on which our company built its foundation, said Mattias Eklund, Toontrack’s co-founder and Head of Sound Design.

– Even if we today have a product catalogue and credibility that crosses over all genres, our brand is still very much associated to metal, continued Peter Knutsson, Toontrack’s CEO. Metal musicians are generally very well-aware and picky when it comes to sound and production, so having a strong following in this market segment is something we are proud of and want to keep nourishing.

The Metal Month campaign site is set for launch on November 1 and the first product release slated for November 6. Already on October 26, however, Toontrack will host a kick off party at the intimate live music venue Scharinska near the company’s headquarters in Umeå, Sweden. Swedish polyrhythmic and ”Djent” inventors Meshuggah will perform alongside American up and coming metal act Periphery, both of which are booked to perform one-off shows exclusively at this event.

– To have two of the most talked about names in today’s extreme metal scene share the stage at a small venue in the north of Sweden for two unique shows feels really special, said Peter Knutsson, Toontrack’s CEO. To add to it, the fact that our sounds can be heard on both bands’ albums and that our product catalogue feature individual members of each band just makes it even better.

None of the seven products slated for release during November are yet official. Each week of the month will reveal one or more new products.

– I can honestly say that this year we have a few of the most unique releases ever, said Mattias Eklund, Toontrack’s co-founder and Head of Sound Design. Without disclosing too much, there will be sounds designed by one of the world’s most sought-after mix engineers as well as without a doubt the most exciting mix tool of the year for metal guitar and bass.

More information: Toontrack

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Steinberg releases Cubase 6.5 and Cubase Artist 6.5

Steinberg has announced the release of Cubase 6.5, a significant update to its award-winning music production system.

Steinberg Cubase 6.5

With new VST synthesizers, effects and enhancements that boost productivity and extend the already formidable feature set of Cubase 6, version 6.5 incorporates everything and more to assist musicians, composers and producers in realizing their creative visions within a professional setting.

The mid-priced Cubase Artist version includes the core technologies and tools that make Cubase indispensable for music production. The updates to Cubase 6.5 and Cubase Artist 6.5 include the same new features and capabilities.

“Version 6.5 nicely complements the features of Cubase and Cubase Artist with new synthesizers, fresh effects and production tool improvements our fellow Cubase users will immediately fall in love with,” said Helge Vogt, marketing lead at Steinberg. “Also on board are the long-awaited ReWire 64-bit support, SoundCloud connectivity and FLAC integration. More than that, we’ve added to the VST Amp Rack, with new effects pedals and artist signature presets that’ll give guitarists the fat tone that their guitars deserve,” Vogt added.

Steinberg PadShop / Retrologue
New synths in Cubase 6.5: PadShop and Retrologue

The virtual analog Retrologue and the granular Padshop synthesizers are two brand-new VST instruments introduced in this update. Retrologue features two oscillators, each with a maximum of eight widely detunable voices, one sub and one noise oscillator, alongside 300 presets and sounds. Padshop features two individual layers in granular textures that are mixed and processed with a dozen high-quality filters, modulation and delay effects. Each layer consists of two LFOs, two ADSR envelopes and one oscillator together with new control parameters for generating up to eight grain-streams, plus 400 quality onboard presets for immediate inspiration.

New effects in Cubase 6.5 and Cubase Artist 6.5 are the DJ-EQ, a powerful three-band EQ with frequency kill switches, and MorphFilter, a filter effect for blending between two of the many low, high and band-pass filters. The latest highlights in VST Amp Rack are the new Maximizer and Limiter stompbox effects, plus 50 classic and signature presets from bands the likes of Accept, Emperor and Meshuggah.

Remarkable enhancements have found their way into the 6.5 updates: optimizing the lane comping tool introduces the dedicated Comp tool with easy click-and-drag features as well as the Cleanup Lanes function for resolving overlapping events and the Create Tracks From Lanes function that converts lanes into audio tracks. The marriage between hitpoint and AudioWarp results in enhanced quantization capabilities, such as warp quantizing in the Quantize panel, warp markers from hitpoints and perfectly manageable, non-destructive quantization.
More features new to Cubase and Cubase Artist are SoundCloud connectivity with its Upload Manager for easy dissemination of personal songs. Including the lossless FLAC audio compression codec saves up to 60% disk space when recording audio in real time. Third in line is ReWire 64-bit support and user interface localization in simplified Chinese.

“Cubase 6.5 is a great update to our award-winning DAW. Admittedly, we were planning on introducing Retrologue to the feature set, but we’ve listened intensely to our customer demands and have consequently added the recently announced Padshop VST instrument to Cubase 6.5 as well,” said Frank Simmerlein, marketing director at Steinberg. “This really underlines our approach to customer satisfaction.”

Changes in Cubase 6.5

  • New synths on the block: The brand-new Padshop granular synth and the Retrologue virtual analog synth provide more than 700 extraordinary presets.
  • Supersonic sidekicks: Check out the DJ-EQ and MorphFilter effects and VST Amp Rack 1.5 with new stomp boxes and signature presets made by world-class guitarists.
  • One step closer to perfection: New comping and audio quantizing tools give you the results you want in a more intuitive and faster way.
  • Intercommunication 2.0: Export your mixes directly to SoundCloud, save up to 60% disk space while recording with the new FLAC support and connect ReWire client applications to Cubase in a pure 64-bit environment.

Updates to Cubase 6.5 and Cubase Artist 6.5 are now available for 49.99 EUR. Customers who have activated Cubase / Cubase Artist 6 since January 1, 2012, are eligible for a free, downloadable Grace Period update to the latest version. The Cubase 6.5 and Cubase Artist 6.5 full retail versions are available for a suggested retail price of 599 EUR (Cubase 6.5) / 299 EUR (Cubase Artist 6.5). All prices incl. German VAT.

More information: Steinberg / Cubase

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Toontrack releases Metal EZmix Pack, EZ presets by Daniel Bergstrand

Toontrack Metal EZmix Pack

Toontrack has announced the release of the Metal EZmix Pack, a collection of presets for the EZmix plug-in.

When we created our popular EZmix plugin, our purpose was very simple. We wanted to make getting great sound as uncomplicated as possible – that’s it.

So, in keeping with that theme, we have created a new expansion pack for EZmix that is sure to excite the inner metal monster in all of you… This time we went as cold and Nordic with our metal as we could, Meshuggah, In Flames, Nocturnal Rites, Scarve & Soilwork.

What they all have in common is Daniel Bergstrand – Producer, Engineer & Mixer of the metal elite. He has helped all these bands, and many more, to perfect their precious metal vision. Now, he’s going to help you perfect yours!

Introducing the Metal EZmix Pack by Daniel Bergstrand. Tons of quick and EZ presets for Guitar, Bass, Keyboards, Vocals…and yes, DRUMS! If you make metal, this was made for you. Just open the EZ mix plugin inside your favorite DAW, pick the preset you like most and apply! Mixing your metal really did just get that much more EZ.

The Metal EZmix Pack is available to purchase for 25 EUR.

More information: Toontrack / Metal EZmix Pack

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