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
Time+Space has announced that the Toontrack EZkeys Upright Piano is 70% off for 1 week only.
It´s Black Friday week and Toontrack are kicking off the mega deals with a massive 70% off EZkeys Upright Piano!
This carefully sampled Östlind & Almquist piano, which dates back to the late 1800s, delivers a characteristic, rich and warm tone unlike any other instrument of its kind. It was sampled in painstaking detail at a world-class studio using the best in modern and vintage recording equipment.
Performed by a session pianist and played in full song section blocks (intro, verse, chorus etc), the revolutionary EZkeys engine means you can simply drag and drop your selections to the timeline to build the foundation to a professionally played piano track.
What´s more, EZkeys’ revolutionary smart transpose functionality, makes writing songs easier than ever. When you drop a MIDI file on the timeline, EZkeys will analyze and separate all chords. The smart transpose wheel will allow you to change or alter single chords as well as transpose full songs on the fly while still keeping the rhythm and feel of the MIDI intact.
The EZkeys Upright Piano is available at a 70% discount until December 2nd, 2013, priced at £32.95 / €38.95 EUR (regular £111 GBP / €139 EUR).
More information: Time+Space
Toontrack has launched a collection of new Metal Foundry Presets by Ulrich Wild.
Toontrack is proud to present another highly versatile collection of unique kit presets for the massive Superior Drummer metal expansion library, The Metal Foundry.
In this collection, engineer/producer Ulrich Wild (Pantera, White Zombie, Otep) took his go-to library The Metal Foundry and layered it with his personal collection of samples. The end result presents five completely new custom kit presets – hybrids of already amazing drums, enforced and transformed by Wild’s 20-plus years of experience engineering major label records.
The presets pack costs $15 USD / 12 EUR.
More information: Toontrack / Metal Foundry Presets – Ulrich Wild
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
Toontrack has announced the release of the Andy Sneap EZmix Pack, a collection of presets designed by influential Metal producer Andy Sneap.
It focuses primarily on guitar and bass tones but also includes a selection of settings for lead vocals, background vocals and drums. Over the last couple of decades, Andy’s mixes have seen him rise to international fame, lent him work on albums by some of the biggest names in modern metal and overall, his skills have had an instrumental role in shaping the sound of metal as we know it in the new millennium. Andy’s discography reads like a who’s who in recent metal history and includes the likes of DevilDriver, Saxon, Testament, Exodus, Accept and Killswitch Engage, to name a few.
The included guitar and bass tones were emulated and EQ-matched against the source material from some of the most noted productions in his extensive catalogue. The end result presents a jaw-dropping similarity and gives you a multitude of options for bass guitar as well as clean, rhythm and lead guitar. Add to that Andy’s custom settings for various lead vocals, background vocals and drums and you’ll have a set of extremely powerful audio shaping tools that will add a new dimension to your songs.
No amps, no cabs, no hassle. Just you, your song and a great mix. By yourself – and Andy Sneap.
The EZmix pack is available to purchase for $49 USD.
More information: Toontrack / Andy Sneap EZmix Pack
, Groove 3
, Rob Papen
, The Unfinished
Posted in news
on Nov 11, 2013
Time+Space has announced Festive Deals, a collection of limited time promotions from some of its partners.
Time+Space are kick starting the festive spirit with a range of bundles, deals and discounts across many top brands including Spectrasonics, Toontrack, Rob Papen, Synthogy, iZotope, Garritan and more.
Whatever style of music you make, there’s a deal to suit you – from free iLoks and gift vouchers to discounted bundles and books.
Festive Deals at Time+Space
- Buy Spectrasonics Omnisphere and you’ll get The Unfinished Horizon Bundle and Groove 3 tutorial worth £74.95 for free!
- Get to grips with synthesis with the Rob Papen Blue and Secrets of Subtractive Synthesis Bundle – only £89!
- Save 20% off all Garritan Instruments including the Ultimate Collection
- EZkeys Grand Piano plus MIDI pack of your choice and Groove 3 tutorial all for just £111.00
More information: Time+Space / Festive Deals
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
Related: Daniel Bergstrand
, Dirk Verbeuren
, Jason Suecof
, Mark Lewis
, samples and sound libraries
Posted in news
on Nov 05, 2013
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