Toontrack has announced Metal Guitar God 2013, a guitar challenge in which your get a chance to win a brand new Jackson seven-string B7 Deluxe, a Toontrack software package and Jam Track Central voucher.
Download the modified backtrack for “Erised” by Periphery and record video and/or audio of your solo over it. From there you upload the clip to either your YouTube channel or through this app. Share your clip!
The 15 entries with the most votes go through to the judges’ round. Tips: Use the original lead (heard here, starting at approx. 02:06) as a foundation, but do your own thing. Technical, simple, fast, slow – it doesn’t matter. The point is not to copy the original, it’s to stand out. That’s what will get you votes – and ultimately make you Metal Guitar God 2013.
And of course, get you the grand prize at an estimated value of $4,900 (a brand new Jackson seven-string B7 Deluxe plus an all-metal software/sound package from Toontrack). Find complete info as well as second and third runner up prizes here. What are you waiting for?
The contest submission round ends October 20th, 2013.
More information: Toontrack / Metal Guitar God 2013
Toontrack has launched the Rock! EZX, a collection of 8 custom drum kits for the EZdrummer and Superior Drums virtual drum instruments.
Take Neil Dorfsman, a Grammy Award-winning engineer with four decades worth of experience and credits on some of the best selling rock records ever made, give him full access to drums recorded in the most renowned studios in the world and the freedom to blend, mix and match samples collected during his entire recording career, all in order to design the ultimate collection of rock drums. The end result you get is a jaw-dropping selection of completely unique kits unlike anything you have ever heard – hybrids of mixed and custom made drum sets, tailored for any kind of rock.
The Rock! EZX comes with eight custom drum kits based on selections from the near infinite Toontrack sound vaults, featuring rare and vintage drums recorded over the past decade in renowned studios like New York’s Allaire Studios, Blackbird Studios in Nashville and 2 Khz Studios in London. All sounds were handpicked and re-mixed through various outboard chains as well as layered with engineer Neil Dorfsman’s (Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Dire Straits) personal collection of samples.
The Rock! EZX gives you four decades of engineering experience boiled down to eight tailor-made kits spanning the whole range of rock – from ambient to dry, vintage to modern.
The EZX library costs $89 USD / 69 EUR.
More information: Toontrack / Rock! EZX
Toonntrack has released Latin EZkeys MIDI, a new MIDI expansion for the EZkeys piano tool.
“A hot summer in the tropics, white sand, coconut trees swaying in the gentle breeze. It’s almost as if the wind itself calls you to dance”. The words come straight from noted Brazilian latin musician Thiago Pinheiro and perfectly describe his mindset when compiling this library of MIDI for EZkeys. “My focus was to cover some of the most energetic styles from Brazil and Cuba – anything from a sophisticated samba to an unforgettable cha-cha-chá, a traditional Brazilian maracatu or ijexá all the way up to to the power of rumba and merengue”, he says.
From the beaches of Copacabana and the carnivals of Rio to the music clubs of Havana – and now right in front of you, wherever you may be. Classic Latin American piano, all flawlessly performed and broken down into the songwriting-friendly EZkeys format, ready for you to mold and shape into your own songs. Start creating – it’s EZ.
Latin EZkeys MIDI features
- An extensive collection of chord progressions and playing styles for latin inspired music.
- A broad range of styles covering anything from merengue and cha-cha-chá to rumba, tumbao, maracatu, samba, bossa nova and more.
Latin EZkeys MIDI costs 25 EUR / $29 USD.
More information: Toontrack / Latin EZkeys MIDI
, Niklas Flyckt
, samples and sound libraries
Posted in news
on Aug 23, 2013
Time+Space has announced two limited time exclusive deals on Toontrack titles.
First up, if you use EZdrummer or Superior Drummer 2.0, why not treat yourself to a new EZX expansion pack with 70% off the acclaimed Number 1 Hits EZX? Produced by top engineer Niklas Flyckt, this expansion presents a fusion between organic, electronic, high-tech and vintage to deliver the definitive collection of billboard busting drums. Offer RRP: £15.00 / €18.18
Next, if you´ve been considering delving into the world of Superior Drummer 2.0, our second exclusive deal could be just what you´ve been waiting for. Combining Superior Drummer with two New York SDX expansion packs, this collection of titles would normally cost £461 / €577 if bought separately but this weekend you can buy them all for just £199 / €259.50.
The sale ends at August 27th, 2013, 9am (GMT).
More information: Time+Space / Toontrack deals
Toontrack has launched Mastering II EZmix Pack, a new mastering pack for the EZmix 2 software for Windows and Mac.
After the massive success of the Mastering EZmix Pack, Toontrack just released a second collection of settings completely devoted to mastering. Just like the first volume, Mastering II EZmix Pack was designed by Mats “Limpan” Lindfors, senior engineer at the leading mastering studio in Scandinavia, Cutting Room.
Equipped with an expanded selection of back-end effects to work with, he has crafted a comprehensive batch of one-click signal chains to complement the first pack. Mastering II EZmix Pack tackles new obstacles to overcome, new styles, genres and paints an overall broader scope to the EZmix Line and the content geared specifically towards mastering.
Mastering II EZmix Pack features
- Continues where the Mastering EZmix Pack left off.
- 50 custom-made signal chain presets.
- Content for different styles, genres and mastering needs.
- Designed by mastering engineer Mats “Limpan” Lindfors.
The EZmix Pack costs $49 USD / 39 EUR.
More information: Toontrack / Mastering II EZmix Pack