Toonrack releases Metal Machine SDX for Superior Drummer 2

Toontrack Metal Machine SDX

Toontrack has announced the release of Metal Machine SDX, a Superior Drummer 2 sound library featuring the original recording that was used as the foundation for the Metal Machine EZX, arguably the most popular set of metal drum sounds on the market.

What makes it different from the EZX version is that the SDX sounds are raw and without post-processing, meaning the source material recorded directly at the studio. It comes with fundamentally the same collection of instruments but includes a wider variety of mic selections as well as a custom bank of kit presets.

The sessions were conducted at Studio B of Los Angeles’ Henson Recording Studios. Formerly known as the A&M Studios, these landmark facilities have housed the who’s-who of the recording industry of the past few decades. Heavy acts like Metallica, Soundgarden, Kiss, Pearl Jam and many others have all mixed or recorded groundbreaking works here.

At the helm recording, a man that needs no introduction to the world of metal; Andy Sneap. Having produced and mixed defining albums by some of modern metal’s most priced acts like Testament, Megadeth, Accept and Killswitch Engage, Sneap has had an instrumental role in shaping the sound of metal as we know it in the new millennium.

This library comprises three full kits as well as a wide assortment of cymbals and snares drums, which were all recorded using the utmost in recording equipment. With its concrete-lined walls, the room at Studio B produces a hard but still deep and precise tone, making it a perfect sonic environment for big, reverberant rock and metal drums. This room really brings out the very essence and raw nature of these instruments.

Toontrack Metal Machine MIDI

This is more than a collection of drums for just rock and metal. With the powerful tools of Superior Drummer 2, it’s a clean canvas of the finest of raw material, ready for you to harness, shape and mold into something truly unique.

The Metal Machinery SDX also comes with a MIDI groove library performed by Nick Barker (ex-Cradle of Filth, ex-Dimmu Borgir). This is also available as a separate release (Metal Machinery MIDI).

Metal Machinery SDX features

  • Three kits (2 x Tama Starclassic Bubinga, Ludwig Stainless Steel) as well as a large selection of snare drums and cymbals.
  • Produced and engineered by Andy Sneap.
  • Recorded at Henson Recording Studios in Los Angeles, USA.
  • Six (6) kit presets including custom samples, designed and mixed by Andy Sneap.
  • Included MIDI played by Nick Barker (ex-Cradle of Filth, ex-Dimmu Borgir).

The Metal Machine SDX is now available for purchase for 159EUR. The Metal Machine MIDI pack is 25 EUR.

More information: Toontrack / Metal Machine SDX

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Toontrack launches Superior Summer Sale

Toontrack has announced Superior Summer, a limited time sale on the Superior Drummer virtual drum instrument and SDX expansion libraries.

Toontrack Superior Summer

July is the perfect month to explore the wonderful world of Superior Drummer 2.0. And if you don’t want to lock yourself down in the studio – remember that it runs stand-alone. Get your sun chair out and make some music!

The sale ends July 31st, 2014.

More information: Toontrack

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Toontrack releases The Rock Warehouse SDX

Toontrack The Rock Warehouse SDX

Toontrack has announced the release of The Rock Warehosue SDX, a new Superior Drummer expansion library.

This new sound library expansion was recorded by Randy Staub in Vancouver’s world-famous The Warehouse Studio. With mixing credits on some of the best selling rock albums ever (Metallica’s “Black Album”, Nickelback’s “Silver Side Up”, Avril Lavigne’s “Under My Skin”) and a catalogue that spans close to 300 productions, Randy is undoubtedly one of the most prolific and noted producers of the past decades. Add to that The Warehouse Studio’s breathtaking acoustics, mint condition drums tuned to perfection, the best dynamic, ribbon and condenser mics money can buy, chains of rare vintage outboard – all ultimately saturated by one of the only three existing Neve AIR consoles.

The Rock Warehouse SDX comes with a broad scope of drum selections and presents a total of three full kits, two extra kicks, three additional snares and an extensive collection of cymbals. From the modern edge of the Ayotte Custom kit, the warm and round sound of the Gretsch USA Custom set to the massive strike of the Dunnett Titanium drums, your options span from tight and snappy to big and ambient. Simply put: drums, recorded with utmost craftsmanship in one of the finest facilities in the world.

The Rock Warehouse SDX features

  • Engineered by Randy Staub (Metallica, Nickelback, Mötley Crüe).
  • Recorded through a rare Neve AIR console (originally one of the three consoles custom-built by Rupert Neve exclusively for AIR Studios).
  • Approx. 20 GB of raw, unprocessed drums.
  • Three complete kits.
  • Two extra kicks, three additional snares, three sets of cymbals.
  • Additional percussion pieces: tambourine and cowbell.
  • Extensive rock oriented MIDI library performed by Ryan Vikedal (ex-Nickelback).

The library is available to purchase for 159 EUR / $179 USD.

More information: Toontrack / The Rock Warehosue SDX

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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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Time+Space launches limited time Toontrack deals

Time+Space Toontrack Deals

Time+Space has announced two limited time exclusive deals on Toontrack titles.

First up, if you use EZdrummer or Superior Drummer 2.0, why not treat yourself to a new EZX expansion pack with 70% off the acclaimed Number 1 Hits EZX? Produced by top engineer Niklas Flyckt, this expansion presents a fusion between organic, electronic, high-tech and vintage to deliver the definitive collection of billboard busting drums. Offer RRP: £15.00 / €18.18

Next, if you´ve been considering delving into the world of Superior Drummer 2.0, our second exclusive deal could be just what you´ve been waiting for. Combining Superior Drummer with two New York SDX expansion packs, this collection of titles would normally cost £461 / €577 if bought separately but this weekend you can buy them all for just £199 / €259.50.

The sale ends at August 27th, 2013, 9am (GMT).

More information: Time+Space / Toontrack deals

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