Toontrack releases Hi-Energy Grooves MIDI pack

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Toontrack Hi-Energy Grooves

Toontrack has announced the release of Hi-Energy Grooves, a collection of drum MIDI beats and fills performed by Jason Bowld (Axewound, Pitchshifter).

This title, which concludes the company’s annual Metal Month release activities, underlines the fact that metal isn’t all about blast beats and rampant tempos – it’s about the groove as well.

With a history in bands such as Pitchshifter, Bullet For My Valentine and Axewound, Jason has cemented a position as one of metal’s most solid and dynamic drummers. This goes to show in this versatile collection of grooves and fills. It takes you from basic, sturdy 4/4 beats and inventive double-bass patterns to finally combust in intricate 6/8 and 9/8 grooves – all infused by Jason’s highly energetic signature style and feel.

In essence, great, solid mid to uptempo grooves for any modern metal song in need of an ironclad foundation.

The MIDI pack is available for purchase for 25 EUR.

More information: Toontrack / Hi-Energy Grooves


Toontrack launches Colin Richardson EZmix Pack

Toontrack Colin Richardson EZmix Pack

Toontrack has announced the release of the Colin Richardson EZmix Pack, the third product for the company’s annual Metal Month.

This collection of mix tools for EZmix 2 was designed by Richardson himself and based on the sounds and techniques he’s learned to master over the past few decades producing the likes of Slipknot, Machine and many others. ”I wanted to create a toolbox based on overcoming the usual hurdles in a mix”, he comments.

Get his raw, pummeling rhythm guitar tones. The soaring leads, ambient clean settings and special effects. The thick, in-your-face bass amp simulations and an array of tools for drums, vocals and keyboards. This EZmix Pack covers the ins and outs of metal mixing and has all the tools to take your next metal song from rough demo to finished, mixed track ready to hit the airwaves.

Colin Richardson EZmix Pack features

  • 50 custom settings produced by Colin Richardson, engineered by Carl Bown.
  • Guitar amp simulation and effect settings.
  • Bass amp simulation settings.
  • Settings for vocals, drums and keyboards.

The Colin Richardson EZmix Pack is available for purchase for 39 EUR.

More information: Toontrack / Colin Richardson EZmix Pack


FXpansion releases BFD Oblivion expansion

FXpansion has launched BFD Oblivion, an expansion pack for BFD3, BFD Eco and BFD2 designed to provide ready-to-use heavy rock and metal drum sounds.

FXpansion BFD Oblivion

Inspired by genres like post-metal, sludge and prog-metal, BFD Oblivion’s sounds have the punch to slice through the densest walls of guitars.

Included are mix-treated versions of a Mapex Orion kit, Mapex brass snare, Brady jarrah snare and a selection of cymbals from Bosphorus, Zildjian and Paiste. Crafted by an in-house team obsessed with metal, BFD Oblivion is processed heavily so you don’t have to – just add your hardest guitars and basses to create an authentic foundation for all kinds of rock and metal music.

BFD Oblivion features

  • Heavy rock & metal expansion for BFD3, BFD Eco and BFD2.
  • Mix-processed drums, ready to drop into your productions.
  • Mapex Orion drumkit: 22″ kick with 10″, 12″, and 14″ toms.
  • Mapex Brass Master snare and Brady jarrah wood snare.
  • Cymbals and hihat from Bosphorus, Zildjian and Paiste.
  • Kick with felt and plastic beaters.

BFD Oblivion is available for purchase for $99 USD/79 EUR/£69 GBP inc VAT.

More information: FXpansion / BFD Oblivion


Toontrack’s annual Metal Month to kick off tomorrow + EZmix 2 Rock & Metal Guitar Bundle


Toontrack has announced that the fifth edition of its annual Metal Month will be launched on October 31st.

The month will include seven new metal related product releases, starting today with two new bundle titles for EZmix 2. This year also sees Toontrack as the main presenter of the Devin Townsend Project/Animals as Leaders North American co-headlining tour, culminating in a free live stream of the November 26 Chicago show on Toontrack’s website.

”Metal Month is by far one of the most exciting and successful months of the year for us as a company”, said Peter Knutsson, Toontrack’s CEO. ”It’s a testament of our deep-rooted ties to the metal community and a celebration of the very foundation on which the company was built. We’re beyond excited about what we have in store, and to top it off with a free live stream from bands all relying heavily on our products in their creative processes is the perfect way to crown what we believe will be our biggest year yet”.

None of the seven products slated for release in November have yet been officially announced. Each week of the month, one or more products will be revealed online.

”Every year leading up to November, we work as hard as we possibly can to outdo ourselves and bring our users the most inspiring set of tools and sounds we possibly can come up with”, said Mattias Eklund, Toontrack’s co-founder and head of Sound Design. ”This year we present new titles that span almost all our product lines. We’ll introduce collaborations with new producers, new drummers and new guitarists, all contributing to amazing products for EZdrummer 2, Superior Drummer 2, EZmix 2 and our line of drum MIDI”.

In addition, several metal related Toontrack titles are on generous discounts all through November.

Toontrack has also launched the EZmix 2 Rock & Metal Guitar Bundle, comprising the powerful multi-effect mix tool EZmix 2 with six individual expansion titles, all centered around rock and metal guitar.

EZmix 2 Rock & Metal Bundle

We couldn’t wait – here’s a guitar-soaked prelude to Metal Month: EZmix 2 Rock & Metal Guitar Bundle.

From the twang of the ’60s to the metal chug of today. With nearly 300 unique tones or settings, this is the ultimate resource for rock and metal guitar.

EZmix 2 Rock & Metal Guitar Bundle features

  • Includes EZmix 2 and six (6) individual EZmix Packs.
  • Suited for producing rock and metal oriented music.
  • Close to 300 individually crafted settings for guitar or bass.
  • Tones for rhythm, lead, clean and more.

The bundle is on sale for 149 EUR (regular 249 EUR).

More information: Toontrack


HISS and a ROAR releases Heavy Metal Impacts

HISS and a ROAR has launched Heavy Metal Impacts, a sound fx library featuring 1,900+ high resolution Metal SFX.

Hiss and a Roar Heavy Metal Impacts

We’ve spent the last few months recording metal impacts using props ranging in size from massive empty grain silos & a five ton concrete block through to truck decks, metal rubbish skip bins, an industrial digger scoop & a collection of resonant props.

Captured multi channel using Sennhesier MKH8040 ORTF stereo, MKH8050 and AKG D112 microphones, this library is our heftiest yet, delivering 32GB of 24bit 192khz audio (16GB download) and a huge creative resource for practical & creative sound design.

The library is available for the introductory price of $119 USD until November 1st, 2014 (regular $179 USD).

More information: HISS and a ROAR / Heavy Metal Impacts


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