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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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Ueberschall releases Thrash Metal

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Ueberschall has announced Thrash Metal, a new Elastik Soundbank featuring 10 construction kits.

Ueberschall Thrash Metal

Hard, fast and precise riffs, thunderous double bass drums at extreme speed and a droning bass, lightning fast but accurate like a clockwork. Combining the energy of hardcore and punk with heavy metal‘s complex rhythms and almost artfully celebrated guitar riffs; thrash metal is the root of most current extreme metal-subgenres. This is unaltered aggressive metal sound with no unnecessary attachments.
To create this library, Ueberschall has opted for the typical band lineup with drums, bass and two guitars. All elements have been recorded live, using real valve driven amplifiers, an analogue console and a subsequent transition into the digital domain through high-end-converters. No admission for amp simulations here!

Thrash Metal contains ten construction kits with a tempo range between 150 and 186 BPM. Each kit is divided into up to seven subfolders, including intro, A-, B- and C-parts, break and outro. Use the complete mix to prelisten to the construction kits‘ ideas. Like in all Ueberschall products, all instruments of all parts are also prepared as single tracks, enabling you to select your favorites and create your personal mix.

The drums have been specially taken care of. Besides a professional mix down, there are single tracks of bass drum, snare top and bottom, snare trigger-signal (for drum replacement and doubling), hi-hat, cymbals, toms, overheads and room microphones. In addition, the library offers tracks of the bass guitar and at least two guitars.

Whenever real hard hitting tracks are demanded, Ueberschall‘s Thrash Metal is your solution. Music productions, target group specific advertisements, movie trailers, games or just for headbanging – this is the library to produce thrash metal in your studio.

The soundbank is available to purchase for 49 EUR.

More information: Ueberschall / Thrash Metal

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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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Time+Space intros Toontrack Metal Month EZX Bundle + EZmix Bundles

Time+Space has announced the release of three exclusive bundles, kicking off Toontrack’s Metal Month 2012.

Toontrack Metal Month Bunldes at Time+Space

Toontrack Metal Month is back and it promises to be bigger, bolder and more powerful than ever before!

This annual event, now in its third year, celebrates the only musical art form to successfully combine technical proficiency, mythology, angst, lightning bolts, screaming, power, and leather spiked belts!

Rock and Metal musicians who own Toontrack’s industry standard EZdrummer, Superior Drummer 2.2 or EZMix 2 software tools are in for a treat as Toontrack are set to unleash no less than 7 amazing metal production tools this November.

As part of the celebrations Toontrack have put together some exclusive bundles that offer fantastic value for money and there will be more bundles announced over the next few weeks as the new titles become available.

So, don your leather spiked belt, get that beard growing and make sure you’ve got a neck brace to hand – it’s going to be a head banging monster month of metal!

Metal Month 2012 Bundles

  • Metal Month EZX Bundle: Metalheads, Metal Machine and DFH EZX. £78.95 GBP.
  • EZmix 2 and Preset Packs Bundle: EZmix 2 + 6 preset packs. £159 GBP.
  • EZmix 2 Presets Bundle: 6 EZmix preset packs. £94.95 GBP.

These bundles are available through November 2012.

More information: Time+Space

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Toontrack announces return of Metal Month

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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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Soundiron releases Rust 1 v2.0 Update + Win a Pulse Surface Controller

Soundiron Rust 1

Soundiron has announced the release of version 2 of its Rust 1 sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

We’re thrilled to release the long-awaited 2.0 update to the original Rust 1 metallic percussion library. This first volume focuses on a variety of small odds and ends like racks, paint cans, soda cans, magnetic balls, galvanized nipples, brass beams, a bowed saw, along with bigger sounds found in mine shafts, steel tunnels, towering stairways and more.

With 1.74 GB and 2724 samples, this classic collection delivers big value. We’ve also added tons of deep control features, an awesome new UI and added bonus content. We’ve refined key mapping and zone placement, velocity layering, humanization, tuning and more.

This update is free to existing Rust 1 owners. And for everyone else, you can grab Rust 1 now for only $49. Hurry, the price goes to $59 after October 5th, 2012.

Soundiron has also launched an official Rust 1 demo contest in celebration of the update, in collaboration with Pulse Controller.


Pulse Surface Controller System.

It’s open to all existing and new owners of Rust 1. Just send us a song you’ve created using sounds from Rust 1 as lead instruments. Upload your mp3 here.

On October 5th, we’ll select our three favorite song entries as new official Rust 1 demos. The winners will also receive their own awesome Pulse Surface Controller System.

The Pulse Controller is a revolutionary midi drum trigger and software interface that turns literally any surface into a incredibly responsive and natural sounding midi controller. It makes the perfect compliment to Rust 1 or any of our percussive instruments. Check out the video above to see it in action with several of our instruments. It also offers outstanding arpeggiation that work equally well with melodic and percussive instruments. We highly recommend checking it out.

Rust 1 for Kontakt is available to purchase for $49 USD until October 5th, 2012 (regular $59 USD).

More information: Soundiron / Rust 1

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Review: Soundiron Rust 3 for Kontakt

Soundiron Rust 3

Soundiron’s Rust 3 is the latest in its series of found-sound percussion sample libraries for Native Instruments Kontakt.

With this grand 3rd volume, we set out to conquer powerful bass and rich musical tone, recording a massive variety of surfaces, objects, oddities, apparatuses and custom contraptions very up-close in wide stereo to capture even the most subtle of resonances and overtones.

We aimed for a collection that would offer uniquely alternative drum kit concepts, richly complex tuned percussion, dramatic effects and stingers and a huge wealth of sustaining lead, pad and ambient instruments. We reached for crystalline highs and mind-melting lows. We wanted a library that could stand on it’s own, capable of producing limitless musical potential all by itself.

Rust 3 features at a glance:

  • 49 open-format Kontakt instruments (36 K4 presets / 12 K5 presets).
  • 2,238 Samples.
  • 3.63 GB Installed.
  • 24bit / 48kHz stereo PCM wav samples (non-encrypted).
  • Powerful custom performance and FX control interface.
  • Bonus unique FX ambiences and atmospheres.
  • Bonus: 51 custom convolution reverb impulses.

Have a listen to the Rust 3 audio demos below to get an idea of what this is all about.

The patches of Rust 3 are grouped in 4 folders: Ensembles, Sustains, Master, and Effects.

The Ensembles section includes 7 instruments, with original (untuned) and tuned variations, so 14 patches in total. The sounds were recorded from a variety of objects, including large 50 gallon chemical drums, garbage can lids, garden tools, a cattle corral, various pipes and rods, and custom percussion instruments. A number of articulations is available – e.g. hands, sticks, mallets, etc – and the sounds are basically laid out like percussion kits mapped across the keyboard.
The tuned patches take a single tuned articulation from the full range of sounds included in each ensemble, and tunes and maps it across the keyboard. Articulations can be switched in realtime with MIDI CC, which can also be automated.

The three included Sustains patches have a focus on drones and ambient soundscape type sounds. The sounds in these patches can be morphed and polyphonic legato is available from the custom Kontakt interface panel.

The Master section includes a number of patches with combined instruments.

The master patch includes all percussive patches, and a lite version with less round robin samples is also included. The MegaMixer and Tuned Layer Builder patches allow you to construct your own ensembles by using 10 to 12 layers respectively.

The Effects section features 12 patches in both Kontakt 4 and Kontakt 5 format. The Kontakt 5 patches use the improved Time Machine Pro engine for a more realistic time stretching. The patches include sounds effects made by scraping metal objects, using violin bows, and other techniques.

Rust 3 includes a number of custom panels for quick access to parameters to modify the sounds, including the ever lovely “Uberpeggiator” custom arpeggiator, convolution reverbs and more.

For a more detailed overview of what’s included with Rust 3, check out the official walkthrough video below.

So what do I think?

Product: Rust 3 by Soundiron
Format: Kontakt, 24bit/48kHz Wav
Price: $89 USD
Like: Quality sounds, custom Kontakt interface
Don’t like: –
Verdict: 9/10

Rust 3 is a beautiful library, chock full of useful sounds.

By itself, the general vibe of the library tends to be a bit dark/creepy/haunting, which is great for cinematic film and game projects. Individual instruments will also blend in just fine with pretty much any other music genre, though the reason why this library (as well as other Rust libraries) is in Soundiron’s experimental category is obvious. I am not saying you shouldn’t use Rust 3 in your dubstep tunes, but I reckon you’ll get better mileage when you’re into junk percussion and original designed instruments with a metal vibe.

In short, I am well impressed with Rust 3. The sound recordings, instrument design, and Kontakt scripting all contribute to a deliver another top notch library.

More information: Soundiron / Rust 3

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