Plugin Boutique announces Black Friday Sale

Plugin Boutique has announced its Black Friday Sale, offering up to 80% off music software from its partners.

Plugin Boutique Black Friday Sale

We have already kicked off with some Black Friday sales. There will be a huge amount more being added over the next couple of days but if you want to get in early, then here is what we have so far!

The sales currently includes products from FXpansion, Toontrack, Slate Digital, iZotope, Sonnox, Waves, and Minimal System.

More information: Plugin Boutique / Black Friday Sale

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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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EZdrummer 2 wins Music Software of the Year award

Toontrack has announced that its EZdrummer 2 drum production tool has won the Computer Music Music Software of the Year award in the MIA Music Awards 2014.

Toontrack EZdrummer 2 Music Software of the Year

It was nominated together with several other major brands by an esteemed panel of judges and ultimately chosen to win through public voting. The award ceremony was held by the Music Industries Association (MIA) in partnership with NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) and took place at The Park Plaza Riverbank, London earlier in the week. This is the latest of many awards that EZdrummer 2 has received since its release only six months ago.

”When we launched EZdrummer 2, we said that we were changing the game. It may have seemed bold to some, but the praise of our customers, the industry and the unparalleled success of the program keeps confirming that it was rather an understatement. We simply couldn’t be more proud on a day like this”, commented Peter Knutsson, Toontrack’s CEO, after the announcement.

”This is a testament of all the work that went into making EZdrummer 2 the most easy-to-use yet powerful drum production tool on the market”, said Erik Phersson, Toontrack’s head of development. ”It’s a truly great honor to be recognized by the industry, singled out from among our peers and most importantly, have our end-users confirm once again that EZdrummer 2 remains the undisputed number one tool for intuitive drum production.”

More information: Toontrack

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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

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Toontrack releases Metal Guitar Gods 2 for EZmix 2

Toontrack Metal Guitar Gods 2

Toontrack has announced the release of Metal Guitar Gods 2, a new EZmix pack for the EZmix 2 multi-effect mix tool for Windows and Mac.

This expansion for EZmix 2 comes with guitar and bass settings directly modeled and EQ-matched from the personal tones of four of modern metal’s most interesting players: Chris Broderick (Megadeth), Tosin Abasi (Animals As Leaders), Jeff Loomis (ex-Nevermore, Conquering Dystopia) and Ryan Knight (The Black Dahlia Murder). It’s a follow-up to the smash hit first pack in the suite, which was released in 2012 and featured Fredrik Thordendal (Meshuggah), Devin Townsend (Devin Townsend Project), Misha Mansoor (Periphery) and Mattias IA Eklundh (Freak Kitchen).

Metal Guitar Gods 2 EZmix Pack includes 50 custom amp and cab simulated tones, all of which were personally designed by the guitarists themselves. Find the soaring, saturated leads, the pummeling rhythm tones and all the tight semi-clean, ambient and effect soaked tones you’ll need for any spur-of- the-moment creativity.

This collection is a speed-dial to the tones you hear on albums and that the artists use themselves in their own recording and creative processes. Now, you too can sound like a god.

Metal Guitar Gods 2 features

  • Approx. 50 guitar or bass settings based on amp and cab simulation.
  • Modeled and EQ-matched directly from the artists’ personal tones.
  • Rhythm, lead, clean and ambient tones.

The pack is available for purchase for 39 EUR.

More information: Toontrack / Metal Guitar Gods 2

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