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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.

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Toontrack releases Ballads EZkeys MIDI

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Toontrack Ballads EZkeys MIDI

Toontrack has announced Ballads EZkeys MIDI, a collection of MIDI files for ballad music.

Toontrack is proud to present another essential songwriting toolkit for EZkeys – Ballads EZkeys MIDI.

This pack takes a broad approach to the term of ballads and covers anything from classic 70s-style progressions to the bombastic power ballads of the 80s leading up to the modern soul, pop and country songs that top the charts of today.

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

More information: Toontrack / Ballads EZkeys MIDI

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Time+Space announces Toontrack EZmix Bundle Offers

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Toontrack EZmix Bundle Offers

Time+Space has announced EZmix Bundle Offers, available through October.

Whether you’ve had your eye on EZmix 2 and have yet to take the plunge, or you’re an existing user wanting to expand your palette of mixing presets, these two October deals from Toontrack offer exceptional value for money!

EZmix Bundle Offers features

  • For new users – 25% off EZmix 2 Bundle
    Includes the award winning EZmix 2 software plus 6 EZmix preset packs of your choice from a selection of 22! With an extra 25% off in October, this bundle saves over £170 compared to individual purchases of the included products.
    October Offer RRP: £119.00 / €149.00
  • For existing EZmix 2 users – 25% off EZmix 6 Pack Bundle
    With this special bundle deal you can expand your EZmix preset collection specifically to suit your own style of music as it includes six serial numbers for use with any of the 22 currently available EZmix 2 Preset Packs. With the extra 25% off you save over £104 compared to individual purchases.
    October Offer RRP: £74.95 / €88.95

The promotion ends October 31st, 2013.

More information: Time+Space

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Toontrack launches Metal Guitar God 2013 contest

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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

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Toontrack releases Rock! EZX expansion for EZdrummer

Toontrack Rock! EZX

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

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Toonntrack releases Latin EZkeys MIDI

Toontrack Latin EZkeys MIDI

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

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Time+Space launches limited time Toontrack deals

Time+Space Toontrack Deals

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

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