Toontrack has launched a limited time sale on its EXZ expansion libraries for EZdrummer.
All through March and April, EZdrummer expansions (EZXs) are 40–50% off.
Visit the Toontrack webshop or your local dealer to get your hands on some of the finest drums ever recorded.
The sale ends on April 28, 2014 (Toontrack webshop) / April 30, 2014 (retail). The campaign excludes the Metal! EZX.
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Toontrack has released version 1.0.4 of its Beatstation sample-based software instrument, and version 2.0.9 of EZmix, the mixing tool for Windows and Mac.
This update is recommended for all users but particularly for those running the latest operating systems released by Microsoft and Apple. It is required for Pro Tools 11 compatibility.
Changes in Beatstation v1.0.4
- AAX support for Pro Tools 10.3.5 or above.
- Fixed: When “Drag MIDI as Audio” was enabled, dragging MIDI could lead to a crash if the sample rate was higher than 44.1 kHz.
- Fixed: Beatstation could freeze when the Swing knob was rotated.
- Fixed: In standalone mode, when using external displays on Mac OS 10.9, the window could sometimes get stuck in the top part of the screen.
- Fixed: Non-functional sound libraries should no longer be listed as available.
Beatstation is available to purchase for 99 EUR / $129 USD.
This update is recommended for all users but particularly for those running the latest operating systems released by Microsoft and Apple.
Note that version 2.0.9 is required for the support of EZmix packs released from this point forward (2014).
The following is a summary of changes that occurred in the last 6 months spawning several releases.
Changes in EZmix v2.0.9
- Optimized CPU usage for presets that use an Octaver effect.
- Fixed: In Audio Setup in the standalone on Mac, some audio device names were truncated.
- Fixed: When using Save As in the 64-bit standalone host on Mac OS 10.7 or newer, there were sometimes double dialogs asking if an existing file should be overwritten.
- Fixed: The file name pattern is now correctly displayed as “*.ezmp” in the Save As dialog in the standalone (previous versions had it as “*ezmp”).
- Fixed: Loading EZmix in GarageBand X should now use the same location for user preferences and favorites as when it was loaded in other hosts.
- Fixed: Small adjustments to the way effects are displayed to the user in tooltips.
- [v2.0.8] Fixed: The level could be totally silent or distorted with certain presets on Mac PPC when using some effects introduced in version 2.0.7.
- [v2.0.7] Fixed: The AAX should no longer crash on Windows if ProTools has used more than 2GB and a second instance is added to the project.
- [v2.0.7] Fixed: In standalone mode, when using external displays on Mac OS 10.9, the window could sometimes get stuck in the top part of the screen
- [v2.0.6] Fixed: Changing “Report Latency to Host” now does a fade-out and a fade-in for a better experience.
- [v2.0.6] Fixed: “Pan” should no longer be listed more than once in some shape control descriptions or tooltips.
- [v2.0.6] Fixed: Text that should have been bold was not bold on Windows, for example the browser headers.
- [v2.0.6] Fixed: In the Create Account dialog, the country text field has been replaced by a dropdown menu.
- [v2.0.6] Fixed: Small adjustments to the way effects are displayed to the user in tooltips.
EZmix 2 is available to purchase for 139 EUR / $179 USD.
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Toontrack has announced the release of the Ambient EZmix Pack, an expansion for the EZmix 2 multi-effect mix tool for Windows and Mac.
The Ambient EZmix Pack features a collection of settings specifically aimed at creating large, reverberant soundscapes. A creative toolbox, perfect for use in atmospheric compositions spanning anything from motion picture scores to modern pop and a wide array of other musical contexts.
It comes complete with ready-made amp/cab simulation settings for guitar and bass, including deep textures of bit crushed reverbs, bouncing delays and tremolos. Also, in addition to its settings tailored for vocals and drums, the Ambient EZmix Pack comes with a selection of signal chains designed to work on any melodic instrument – be it piano, organ, flute or guitar. But of course – any setting can be applied on whatever audio source you may have. A richly saturated guitar preset might just be the perfect fit for your piano. Or a daunting, backward vocal effect may very well be exactly what you wanted for your bass drum. It’s just a matter of picking, choosing and being creative.
Sweeping pads, flanged reverbs, slow, dwindling echoes – this truly is an inspiring set of tools that will add an instant new layer of creativity to any colorful, emotive or artistic expression.
The pack is available to purchase for $49 USD / 39 EUR.
More information: Toontrack / Ambient EZmix Pack
Toontrack has announced the release of Ballads 2 EZkeys MIDI, a collection of MIDI files for the EZkeys virtual piano instruments.
With Ballads 2 EZkeys MIDI, Toontrack continues to read between the lines of piano inspired ballad music of the past few decades. From intimate singer/songwriter material to big power ballads of the 80s, epic arena pop and modern-day soul. Ballads 2 EZkeys MIDI simply offers more of the timeless playing styles and chord progressions you can use as your foundation for a near infinite number of songs.
The deep layers of musical influences coupled with EZkeys’ powerful songwriting features will be the stepping stone for many a song you have yet to write. Here is the paint and the canvas – the rest is up to you. Start creating, it’s EZ!
Ballads 2 EZkeys MIDI features
- An extensive collection of chord progressions and playing styles for ballad music.
- Performed by a professional piano player.
- Covering straight and/or swing in 4/4 & 6/8.
The Ballads 2 pack is available to purchase for $29 USD / 25 EUR.
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Toontrack has announced the release of 3 new MIDI packs.
Toontrack is proud to kickstart 2014 by releasing three drum MIDI titles – all singled out from praised Superior Drummer 2.0 expansions.
New MIDI packs at Toontrack
- New York Studios Vol.1 MIDI & New York Studios Vol.2 MIDI
The amazing MIDI collections from the core content in Superior Drummer 2.0 and the second volume in the New York Studios series. Played by in demand session drummer Nir Z (Genesis, Joss Stone, John Mayer).
- The Metal Foundry MIDI
Three top drummers deliver a comprehensive collection of drum grooves and fills for anything from extreme and modern metal to solid, in-the-pocket grooves for basic rock or metal. Played by Dirk Verbeuren, Gene Hoglan and Peter Tisell.
The packs are available to purchase for 25 EUR / $29 USD each.
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Toontrack has announced the release of the Bass Toolbox EZmix Pack, a new expansion for EZmix 2 featuring a wide variety of presets custom-made solely for bass guitar.
You’ll find anything from amp and cab simulation settings to signal chains for amp and DI combos as well as inserts applicable on any type of source bass guitar audio.
“The idea was to compile something that would cater to a broad use, regardless of genre. A collection that covered the whole gamut of fundamental tools you’d need to get your bass right in a mix scenario”, says Toontrack sound designer Ulf Edlund.
A bass guitar in a mix situation is seldom just a plain and simple instrument signal. It often involves a long chain of effects such as compression, EQ, tape simulator and various types of distortion. Most mix engineers would even agree to bass being one of the hardest instruments to have sit well in a production. That’s why Toontrack put together an all-star team of engineers to design this collection of go-to settings for mixing and recording bass guitar: Randy Staub (Metallica, Avril Lavigne), Neil Dorfsman (Bruce Springsteen, Dire Straits), Pelle Henricsson (Refused, Meshuggah) as well as the Toontrack sound design team.
This pack will provide anything from warm and muffled to edgy, modern and distorted tones – all the way from upright and acoustic to vintage, classic and modern. It’s a toolbox for bass guitar. Easy.
The EZmix pack is available to purchase for $49 USD / 39 EUR.
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Toontrack has launched Metal Beats MIDI, a new pack featuring a collection of drum grooves and fills performed by renowned metal drummer Dirk Verbeuren of Soilwork.
After the three volumes in the Library of the Extreme series and a few thousand variations of the most outrageous metal drumming there is, Dirk winds down a tad. In this pack, he delivers a comprehensive collection of straight forward, modern metal drumming – all the way from ultra-slow doom and crushing mid tempo to galloping double-bass work. Essentially, everything you might need in between the blast beats, carpet rolls or skank beats you got from the Library of the Extreme suite.
This collection of drum beats and fills is the perfect match for any traditional or modern metal songwriter looking for world-class, sharp and inventive drumming straight from one of the world’s most well-rounded and dynamic e-drummers.
Metal Beats MIDI features
- MIDI drum beats and fills for traditional and modern metal.
- Performed by Dirk Verbeuren (Soilwork).
- All material organized in straight or swing songs and broken down by leading instrument (closed hats, open hats, etc.).
- Each song has a dedicated section for fills.
- Tempos ranging from 56 BPM to 240 BPM.
The MIDI pack costs $29 USD / 25 EUR.
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Time+Space has its Black Friday Sale, offering discounts on a host of virtual instrument, effect plug-ins and samples deals from top manufacturers.
Toontrack, iZotope, Soundiron, Heavyocity, Impact Soundworks and more all feature amongst the line-up with savings of up to 70%!
- 50% off iZotope Alloy Mixing Tools
- 70% off Toontrack EZkeys Upright Piano
- Up to 30% off Heavyocity’s AEON line
- Over 70% off huge Impact Soundworks Reason Refill Bundle
- iZotope T-Pain Production Page – now only £19
and many more!
The promotions end December 2nd/9th, 2013.
More information: Time+Space / Black Friday Sale