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Toontrack releases Classic Amps EZmix Pack

Toontrack Classic Amps EZmix Pack

Toontrack has announced the release of the Classic Amps EZmix Pack, an expansion pack for the EZmix 2 multi-effect mix tool.

The Classic Amps EZmix Pack presents 50 complete signal chain presets including amps, stomp boxes, speakers and various effects. The speakers were modeled using custom impulse responses, capturing the essence of several premium vintage cabinets and combos. The settings express a wide variety and cover anything from clean and muffled rhythm sounds to rich and saturated leads.

“We wanted to model the most influential amps of the past 50 years and put together a collection of tones that could work for any kind of guitar oriented music. We ended up with settings spanning anything from blues to British Invasion, punk, grunge and pop”, says Toontrack sound designer Ulf Edlund.

This collection is a testament and homage to the amps that managed to survive and seep through several decades of musical progression. The inspiration to your next riff is just a mouse-click away. Make sure it sounds great – add some of that warm tube sizzle, subtle speaker rattle or warm fuzz to it!

Some say the tone is in your fingers. We beg to differ.

The pack is available for purchase for $49 USD / 39 EUR.

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Toontrack releases Jazz Ballads EZkeys MIDI

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Toontrack Jazz Ballads EZkeys MIDI

Toontrack has announced the release of Jazz Ballads EZkeys MIDI, a new MIDI pack for the EZkeys Line.

Jazz Ballads EZkeys MIDI comes with a wide selection of playing styles for all the creative facets of jazz ballads through the ages.

From the traditional melodic sophistication of the “Jazz Age” in the early 1900s to the cool and saturated harmonics of the post-war times, leading up to the free spirit of avant-garde and all the way to the many faces of more modern-day jazz.

This collection of piano MIDI truly is a creative tool and a comprehensive introduction to the awe-inspiring tonalities of the genre. See it as a toehold for you to stand on before you throw yourself into the unending well of inspiration to make your very own rendition of what a jazz ballad is – to you.

Jazz Ballads EZkeys MIDI features

  • An extensive collection of chord progressions and playing styles for jazz ballads.
  • Performed by Thiago Pinheiro.
  • Covering straight and/or swing in 3/4, 4/4, 5/4 & 6/8.

The MIDI pack is available to purchase for 25 EUR / $29 USD.

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Toontrack intros EZdrummer 2

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Toontrack EZdrummer 2

Toontrack has announced EZdrummer 2, the second generation of the world’s most successful drum production software.

“This is not just an update or a new digit added to the logo, it’s a completely new program, overhauled down to the tiniest detail”, said Peter Knutsson, Toontrack’s CEO. “The release of EZdrummer 2 will not only be a milestone in the history of our company, it will be the day we add a new meaning to what the music industry commonly refers to as a ‘drum sampler’.”

EZdrummer 2 introduces a host of revolutionary songwriting features, the market’s most intuitive user interface, a completely remodeled audio engine, a new mixer with easy-to-use effect chains, two all-new mas- sive sound libraries as well as a selection of percussion. “The whole design approach behind EZdrummer 2 was to erase any technical barrier standing between song- writer and creativity,” said Erik Phersson, Toontrack’s head of development. “Looking back, it’s amazing how many extremely powerful features we managed to incorporate and still retain the overall ease of use. EZdrummer 2 is truly a marvel of how interaction design, smart functionality and cutting-edge sounds can work in perfect symbiosis.”

Toontrack also reported that coinciding with the release of EZdrummer 2, the entire line of sound library expan- sions (EZXs) will be modernized with completely new effect chains and graphics optimized for EZdrummer 2. With the 20 currently available titles spanning anything from jazz to extreme metal, the EZdrummer user base has access to by far the most extensive and versatile catalogue of drum sounds on the market.

“We are extremely proud to not only introduce a breakthrough in drum production software, but at the same time renew the whole EZdrummer Line. This is without a doubt the most massive launch we have ever undertaken”, said Peter Knutsson, Toontrack’s CEO.

EZdrummer 2 will be available May 6th, 2014, for a list price of $179 USD / 139 EUR. Upgrade from EZdrummer will be $99 USD / 79 EUR.

From March 13 2014 through May 6 2014, anyone who purchases EZdrummer will automatically be eligible for a free upgrade to EZdrummer 2 (digital delivery only, available for download on release day from each regis- tered user’s personal Toontrack account).

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Toontrack launches EZX extravaganza – Up to 50% off

Toontrack has launched a limited time sale on its EXZ expansion libraries for EZdrummer.

Toontrack EZX Sale

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 updates Beatstation to v1.0.4 & EZmix to v2.0.9

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Toontrack Beatstation

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.

Beatstation 1.0.4

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.

Toontrack EZmix 2

EZmix 2.0.9

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 releases Ambient EZmix Pack

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Toontrack Ambient EZmix Pack

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.

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Toontrack releases Ballads 2 EZkeys MIDI

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Toontrack Ballads 2 EZkeys MIDI

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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