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Toontrack releases Andy Sneap EZmix Pack

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Toontrack Andy Sneap EZmix Pack

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

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Time+Space launch Festive Deals from a host of top brands

Time+Space Festive Deals

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

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Time+Space launch Throw The Horns & Win contest

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Time+Space Throw the Horns & Win

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

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Toontrack releases Metal! EZX

Toontrack Metal! EZX

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

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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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Toontrack releases EZkeys Electric Grand

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Toontrack has launched EZkeys Electric Grand, a new virtual electric piano instrument for Windows and Mac.

EZkeys Electric Grand
The EZkeys Electric Grand features a Yamaha CP-80 recorded by SampleTekk.

Another landmark piano release is here – the Electric Grand. This EZkeys comes with a carefully sampled Yamaha CP-80 – a groundbreaking instrument that was introduced on the market in the late 1970s as a compact, electric option to the regular grand piano.

Since then, it’s become a modern classic, immortalized in chart-topping songs by a wide range of artists spanning across the genres. Even today, some 30 years after its inception and since long out of production, the analog, electric and amplified hybrid sound of the CP-80 keeps playing a key role in modern music.

With the included broad genre mixer presets, the classic, crisp sound will expand beyond the conventions and make this instrument a must in every versatile songwriter’s palette of audio tools.

EZkeys Electric Grand features

  • A carefully sampled Yamaha CP-80 electric grand piano.
  • Recorded at Studio 9, Sveriges Radio, Sweden through a Music Man amp and a custom-built speaker cabinet using Avalon U5, Dimension D, SELA T25, Coles 4038, Telefunken U47 and Neumann SM69 microphones.
  • All sounds are designed to be mix-ready. Just pick a preset and the sound will sit right in your mix!
  • Uncompromising dynamic response for great playability.

The EZkeys Electric Grand is available to purchase for $179 USD. Users of other EZkeys products can get new Electric Grand for $89 USD.

More information: Toontrack / EZkeys Electric Grand

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Toontrack’s annual Metal Month to kick off in November

Toontrack has announced that its annual Metal Month will be launched again this November.

It will include eight new metal related product releases and kick off on November 1 with an all-new campaign site as well as an exclusive online stream of a Soilwork show.

Toontrack Metal Month Soilwork
The show is co-presented by the local music store Musikanten and will stream live on Toontrack’s Metal Month site, directly from a venue near the Toontrack corporate offices in Umeå, Sweden.

“To kick off one of the most exciting months of the year with an exclusive live stream from a band with close ties to our brand is amazing. It’s not only a celebration of all the hard work leading up to eight new product titles, it’s our way of inviting Toontrack users from around the world to join in online for a great start to a jam-packed month”, commented Peter Knutsson, Toontrack’s CEO.

“All of us in Soilwork are very proud to inaugurate this year’s Metal Month. I’ve been a proud user and supporter of Toontrack for many years now. Their amazing software has completely revolutionized the way I create and record music, and this goes for the band as well. EZdrummer, Superior Drummer and the like have become household names for metal musicians and producers worldwide, and we’re very proud to fly the Toontrack flag”, said Dirk Verbeuren, Soilwork’s drummer.

None of the eight products slated for release in November have yet been officially announced. Each week of the month, one or more products will be revealed online.

“This is our fourth consecutive edition of Metal Month. Each year leading up to November, we work as hard as we possibly can to outdo ourselves. For this year’s selection of products, we have travelled from our native north of Sweden to the southern tip of the US, across the continent to Canada, via England, Norway, Stockholm and back to bring our users the most inspiring set of metal tools and sounds we could come up with”, commented Mattias Eklund, Toontrack’s head of Sound Design.

“This year we present new titles that span almost all our product lines. We’ll introduce collaborations with new producers as well as the return of a few of the most popular engineers behind earlier products. There will be new drum sounds, guitar tones and mix tools that I am confident will cater to a broad segment in the metal music community”, said Peter Knutsson.

The Metal Month site will also host a jukebox based on selections of original music composed by the Toontrack user base.

“We always strive to highlight the talent of our customers. To put their efforts in a well-lit area of our market place is something we are very proud of. Making music is what our software tools are all about, and there are no better ambassadors for what we do than our own users. There is an incredible amount of undiscovered music out there”, said Peter Knutsson.

Toontrack is also presenting Periphery’s current North American tour and will be offering exclusive on the road reports in its social media channels, directly from the band. Finally, Metal Month will culminate in the announcing of the winner of the Metal Guitar God 2013 lead guitar contest, launched already earlier this month.

The Soilwork stream will go live on November 1 at approximately 23:00 CET at the Toontrack website. Tickets for the exclusive Soilwork show can be found here.

More information: Toontrack

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