Toontrack Announces EZdrummer 2 Update

Toontrack has introduced the second generation of its drum production software; EZdrummer 2.

“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”, says Toontrack CEO Peter Knutsson.

EZdrummer 2 introduces a variety of new songwriting features, a new user interface, a remodeled audio engine, a new mixer with easy-to-use effect chains, two new sound libraries, as well as a selection of percussion.

Coinciding with the release of EZdrummer 2, the entire line of sound library expansions (EZXs) will be updated with new effect chains and graphics optimized for EZdrummer 2.  Continue reading

Toontrack Intros EZmix Mixing Tool

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Toontrack Music has introduced EZmix, an entry-level mixing tool for Windows and Mac.

Here’s what they have to say about it:

EZmix is a simple (EZ), yet powerful, mixing tool that gives you access to a huge array of mix presets for the whole gamut of mixing needs. Whether you need to mix drums, vocals, guitars, bass or keyboards this is your tool.

Simply connect EZmix to a channel strip in your sequencer like you would any plug-in, pick a preset for the instrument or sound on that strip. Done. For demo purposes or in full on production EZmix will cut your studio time, speed up and enhance your creative process from the initial hook to the final track.

EZmix is available now (VST/AU/RTAS) for 49 EUR or $69.

Toontrack Beatstation Sneak Preview

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Toontrack Beatstation is a virtual instrument Mac & Windows, described as “a new generation tonal and percussive open surface virtual instrument for Windows and Mac.”

Features:

  • Beatstation lets you design sound sets by dragging and dropping Wav, REX, MP3 and Toontrack library sounds onto the pads of Beatstation from the Beatstation browser.
  • Beatstation records samples.
  • Beatstation browses and plays back audio and MIDI with all components in the browser drag and droppable into a host application.
  • Beatstation lets you customize your playing surface to fit your needs by designing and changing skins as well customizing the order of the playing surface.

Toontrack Intros Drumtracker Drum Replacement App

Toontrack has introduced Drumtracker, a stand-alone, multi-track audio to MIDI converter designed to let you replace drum sounds. It’s available for Windows and Mac for $149 USD / €99 EUR.

Features:

The built-in filters in Drumtracker allow you to detect the most common instruments and specify the velocity threshold for each section of your song. In addition, you may save your own filter presets.

Drumtracker lets you select which part or parts of a drum audio track to convert, down to each single hit. You can change the velocity, delete, add or move trigger points to your requirements, giving you manual control of tracking and converting audio to MIDI, to supplement automatic detection.

Audition the triggered parts using Drumtracker built-in sample library, then, when you are happy with the result, convert the MIDI rendered by Drumtracker to the mapping system of your favorite drum sampler.

Toontrack Music Releases EZdrummer 1.1.0

Toontrack has released EZdrummer 1.1, which introduces new functionalities as well as providing essential bug fixes for all users and compatibility for the recently announced EZX-s. It is required for the Nashville EZX but is otherwise highly recommended for all users. EZdrummer 1.1 is available for both Intel Mac and PC in VST, AU and RTAS.

Toontrack asks all users to log into their Toontrack account and access the ‘Software update’ page to download. Revised documentation is included in the download. Continue reading

Toontrack Introduces Refill Collection

Toontrack Refill CollectionToontrack has introduced Percussion and Cocktail, the first title in its Refill collection.

The collection will be a series of soundbanks in the Refill format and Toontrack plans to release at least two titles a year.

The first one out will be Percussion and Cocktail containing the Percussion and Cocktail kit sounds from Superior.

Toontrack describes the Refill Collection as “amongst the best products of it´s kind on the market.”

NAMM

Toontracks will be at the NAMM 2005 Winter Show at the East-West booth. They will be showcasing dfh SUPERIOR and its upcoming follow-up “Superior Custom and Vintage”.

Custom and Vintage is recorded at the 2K studio in London with drummer Chris Whitten (Paul Mccartney, Edie Brickell, Dire Straits) and Grammy winning producer Peter Henderson (Paul Mccartney, Rush, Supertramp).

Percussionist extraordinaire Mr Roy Wooten, aka Futureman will be on hand to help show off the Toontracks line.