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Toontrack releases Metal Amps EZmix Pack

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Toontrack Metal Amps for EZmix 2

Toontrack has announced the release of Metal Amps EZmix Pack, a new expansion library for the EZmix multi-effect mixing tool for Windows and Mac.

This collection comes with 50 guitar and bass tones based on IRs and modeling of some of the most well known high gain amps and speaker cabinets of the past decades. All presets were custom-made by renowned engineer Jocke Skog and designed to cater to a broad use spanning all the fragmented genres in classic and modern metal.

“After having spent 20 years looking for the perfect guitar tone and recorded IRs for as long as I can remember, I have a pretty good idea where to start, what to avoid and what to look for. I am confident that anyone into thrash, death, black, djent or any type of metal in between will find several tones that sound absolutely right.”

The pack focuses primarily on rhythm guitar and bass tones. Each setting comes with a set of user-adjustable parameters, allowing you to add more or less of its unique characteristics to tweak and customize the preset into your own custom sound.

The EZmix pack is available to purchase for $49 USD / 39 EUR.

More information: Toontrack / Metal Amps EZmix Pack

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Time+Space launch Throw The Horns & Win contest

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Time+Space Throw the Horns & Win

Time+Space have launched Throw The Horns & Win, a chance to win huge Toontrack prize bundles and signed Soilwork swag.

Toontrack Metal Month 2013 is well underway and European distributor Time+Space are cranking up the action to epic proportions with a colossal bundle of prizes.

In addition to over £700 worth of fine Toontrack software, the Grand Prize winner will win exclusive signed Soilwork swag including official t-shirt, The Panic Broadcast album PLUS Dirk Verbeuren’s very own devastated drumsticks.

There are also three runner-up prizes each worth £179 featuring Toontrack’s new Drum Fundamentals: Metal bundle, the new Metal! EZX and an exclusive Metal Month t-shirt.

To enter, all you need to do is submit a photo of yourself ‘throwing the horns’ by the 21st November. Public voting will take place between 22-28th November to determine the four lucky winners.

More information: Time+Space / Throw The Horns & Win

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Toontrack releases Metal! EZX

Toontrack Metal! EZX

Toontrack has launched the first release of November’s annual Metal Month: Metal!, a new EZX expansion library for EZdrummer and Superior Drummer.

What happens when you put a massive, all-new drum recording in the hands of three of the most in demand producers in modern metal, let them bring it to their own studio environments and equip them with an unparalleled set of audio shaping tools? You not only get a collection of nine custom drum kits – you get a rampant battery armed for complete audio destruction. A nine-headed behemoth that leaves nothing but rubble behind. Nothing.

The Metal! EZX is based on a new drum recording engineered by Daniel Bergstrand in Norway’s highly unique Tanken Studio. The raw material was then individually remixed by Mark Lewis, Jason Suecof and Daniel Bergstrand himself into nine drum kits tailor-made for metal. Between them, these three producers have worked with some of modern metal’s most influential acts as well as those pioneering today’s multifaceted scene: Meshuggah, In Flames, Trivium, Whitechapel, DevilDriver, The Black Dahlia Murder, God Forbid and Dimmu Borgir, to name a few. The Metal! EZX also comes with a versatile collection of grooves and fills performed by Soilwork and metal drummer extraordinaire Dirk Verbeuren.

Sometimes the word metal just isn’t enough, it needs an exclamation mark!

Metal! EZX features

  • All-new recording featuring DW Collector X-shell and Ludwig Quadra Plus drums.
  • A total of nine (9) custom kits, remixed and layered with additional as well as personal samples by Mark Lewis, Jason Suecof and Daniel Bergstrand.
  • Included MIDI library performed by Dirk Verbeuren.

The Metal! EZX costs $89 USD / 69 EUR.

More information: Toontrack / Metal! EZX

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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

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Toontrack’s annual Metal Month to kick off in November

Toontrack has announced that its annual Metal Month will be launched again this November.

It will include eight new metal related product releases and kick off on November 1 with an all-new campaign site as well as an exclusive online stream of a Soilwork show.

Toontrack Metal Month Soilwork
The show is co-presented by the local music store Musikanten and will stream live on Toontrack’s Metal Month site, directly from a venue near the Toontrack corporate offices in Umeå, Sweden.

“To kick off one of the most exciting months of the year with an exclusive live stream from a band with close ties to our brand is amazing. It’s not only a celebration of all the hard work leading up to eight new product titles, it’s our way of inviting Toontrack users from around the world to join in online for a great start to a jam-packed month”, commented Peter Knutsson, Toontrack’s CEO.

“All of us in Soilwork are very proud to inaugurate this year’s Metal Month. I’ve been a proud user and supporter of Toontrack for many years now. Their amazing software has completely revolutionized the way I create and record music, and this goes for the band as well. EZdrummer, Superior Drummer and the like have become household names for metal musicians and producers worldwide, and we’re very proud to fly the Toontrack flag”, said Dirk Verbeuren, Soilwork’s drummer.

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

“This is our fourth consecutive edition of Metal Month. Each year leading up to November, we work as hard as we possibly can to outdo ourselves. For this year’s selection of products, we have travelled from our native north of Sweden to the southern tip of the US, across the continent to Canada, via England, Norway, Stockholm and back to bring our users the most inspiring set of metal tools and sounds we could come up with”, commented Mattias Eklund, Toontrack’s head of Sound Design.

“This year we present new titles that span almost all our product lines. We’ll introduce collaborations with new producers as well as the return of a few of the most popular engineers behind earlier products. There will be new drum sounds, guitar tones and mix tools that I am confident will cater to a broad segment in the metal music community”, said Peter Knutsson.

The Metal Month site will also host a jukebox based on selections of original music composed by the Toontrack user base.

“We always strive to highlight the talent of our customers. To put their efforts in a well-lit area of our market place is something we are very proud of. Making music is what our software tools are all about, and there are no better ambassadors for what we do than our own users. There is an incredible amount of undiscovered music out there”, said Peter Knutsson.

Toontrack is also presenting Periphery’s current North American tour and will be offering exclusive on the road reports in its social media channels, directly from the band. Finally, Metal Month will culminate in the announcing of the winner of the Metal Guitar God 2013 lead guitar contest, launched already earlier this month.

The Soilwork stream will go live on November 1 at approximately 23:00 CET at the Toontrack website. Tickets for the exclusive Soilwork show can be found here.

More information: Toontrack

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Native Instruments releases Kinetic Metal for Kontakt

NI Kinetic Metal

Native Instruments has introduced Kinetic Metal, a new Kontakt virtual instrument for creating ethereal sound beds, shifting textures, and delicate, tonal percussion.

KINETIC METAL combines creatively-sampled, unconventional metal objects with artificial waveforms and is aimed primarily at producers and sound designers seeking atmospheric textures, mallet-like lead sounds, and delicate percussion. Two large, easy-to-use modification wheels allow users to quickly manipulate the sound. An auto-motion feature allows producers to set one or both of these wheels turning on their own, giving them freedom to focus on performance.

KINETIC METAL consists of over 200 individual, multi-layered patches. These were created by sampling a wide range of non-traditional sources such as cauldrons, broken clocks, kettles, and swords. Each patch is made up of a combination of four of these sampled sounds plus four artificial waveforms. The four most distinct ‘personalities’ of each custom patch are set as starting points on KINETIC METAL’s Forge wheel. Turning the Forge wheel continuously, clockwise or counterclockwise, morphs the sound through different combinations of these four ‘personalities’. Furthermore, eight sliders allow manual adjustments to the level of each sample and waveform in the mix, allowing a fine degree of customization of each patch’s overall sound.

KINETIC METAL’s FX wheel provides another level of sound manipulation. It controls a set of custom effects that are mapped to blend together as the wheel is turned. Like the Forge wheel, the FX wheel has four main settings. The combination of these two wheels provides near-limitless possibilities for sonic sculpting. Producers can also design their own combinations by adjusting any of the eight effect knobs linked to the FX wheel – the new setting automatically maps to that position on the FX wheel for instant recall within the session. The Motion button turns KINETIC METAL into a dynamic performance instrument, freeing producers to play chords, melodies or percussion while the textures morph automatically. When Motion is engaged, users have three options, depending on user-definable settings – it automatically turns either the Forge or FX wheel, or both wheels together in sync, providing a sound that evolves over time.

KINETIC METAL was envisioned by renowned sound designer Jeremiah Savage. For over a year, Savage recorded a huge inventory of unconventional samples, then chose the best of them to create the sound palette in KINETIC METAL.

Kinetic Metal for Kontakt 5 and Kontakt 5 Player is available to purchase for $99 USD / 99 EUR.

More information: Native Instruments / Kinetic Metal

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Producer Loops releases Ambient Metal Constructions Vol 4

Producer Loops Ambient Metal Constructions Vol 4

Producer Loops has launched Ambient Metal Constructions Vol 4, a collection of 5 construction kits.

‘Ambient Metal Constructions Vol 4′ marks the return of this epic series of dense, atmospheric and heavy Construction Kit products.

Packed full of huge half-time beats, deep bass lines, lush pads and downtuned guitars, this mammoth pack is ideal for everything from Rock and Dubstep to Downtempo and Chillout.

This newest installment puts a new spin on the popular series, this time placing more emphasis on dense soundscapes and brooding atmospheres, all the while maintaining the gritty edge that gave volumes 1-3 their distinctive sound.

Inside you’ll find crushing rhythm guitars, ethereal lead guitars and a whole host of otherworldly synths perfectly suited to a variety of contemporary styles, as well as soundtracks, trailers and games.

The library costs £39.95 GBP.

More information: Producer Loops / Ambient Metal Constructions 4

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