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NAMM 2019Toontrack celebrates 20-year anniversary with new product announcements - EZbass, Orchestral Percussion SDX, and more

Toontrack is celebrating their 20th anniversary of making software and sounds. During the event Toontrack showcased some of the products to be released during and a first-hand look at EZbass.

"We've had an amazing 20-year journey so far and it's with great expectation and excitement that we look on to the future, " says Peter Knutsson, Toontrack's Managing Director. "With all our planned content releases and with EZbass on the horizon, I'm confident that 2019 will be a great year for us as a company and, most importantly, for all Toontrack users from around the world."

EZbass is designed to go above and beyond a traditional "bass sample library by focusing on pristine sound but also on fundamental features for effortlessly letting you add bass to your songs. For those familiar with Toontrack's products, EZbass is probably best described as the bass equivalent of EZdrummer 2.

"A bass software instrument that adapts the same intuitive flexibility as EZdrummer 2 is something the market is missing and that our customers repeatedly have asked for, " says Erik Phersson, Toontrack Head of Software Development. "In 2019, we're proud to bring to market something that goes above and beyond a traditional sampled instrument. EZbass is a bass player as much as it is an immaculate sound library. It's been a joy to develop this new instrument and we can't wait to finally make it available to our user base later in the year."

Feature Spotlight:

  • New bass software instrument.
  • Combining the use of MIDI and smart songwriting features.
  • Building on the framework of Toontrack's widely successful EZ Line products, such as EZdrummer 2.
  • A sample engine optimized for use with bass samples, offering a new level of nuance and detail.
  • Presets for a wide range of styles, based on amp and cab simulation as well as on the same complex network of effects used in all EZ Line products.

Tentative release: Q4 2019.

Orchestral Percussion SDX
Captured in the same room, with the same scrutiny for detail and the same 11.1 microphone positioning philosophy as the Superior Drummer 3 core library, the Orchestral Percussion SDX is designed to be the perfect complement to the Superior line of sounds.

"The reception of Superior Drummer 3 exceeded every expectation we had dared dream of," says Mattias Eklund, Toontrack co-founder and Head of Sound Design. "After having continued to build on the product line with the release of The Rock Foundry SDX by Bob Rock, we're truly excited to now introduce something beyond traditional drums. Even more importantly, a collection of sounds recorded with the same forward-thinking and immersive sound technology as the Superior Drummer 3 core library. I can't think of a more perfect continuation to the Superior Drummer 3 saga."

Feature Spotlight:

  • More than 100 individual instruments.
  • Recorded at the same studio as the Superior Drummer 3 core sound library.
  • A complete immersive experience.
  • Playback in stereo up to 11-channel surround systems.
  • Sampled with extreme attention to detail and articulation.
  • Optional tools available for selected instruments.
  • Included MIDI for single instrument patterns as well as ensemble variations.
  • Presets with corresponding MIDI examples.

Tentative release: Q2 2019.

Decades SDX by Al Schmitt
After close to nine decades on earth and nearing seven behind a studio console, 160 gold and platinum albums, 23 Grammy Awards and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Al Schmitt now adds a drum sample library to his list of credits (which already happens to include the likes of Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, Sam Cooke and Miles Davis, to name a few).

"The amount of bucket list moments and legendary elements incorporated in this product are mind-blowing," says Norman Garschke, Toontrack Territory Manager and sampling drummer on several projects over the years. "Recording at Capitol Studios, undoubtedly one of the world's most classic rooms, is one. Securing the truly stunning collection of drums and cymbals that we got is another. And of course, having Al Schmitt, with his now almost seven decades' worth of experience working at the absolute apex of this industry, produce, engineer and oversee the entire project is a dream come true."

Feature Spotlight:

  • Produced by 23-time Grammy Award-winning engineer/mixer Al Schmitt.
  • Recorded at Capitol Studios in Los Angeles, CA.
  • Five (5) kits (Slingerland, Pearl, Yamaha, Ludwig, Leedy).
  • 12 snares, nine (9) kicks as well as a broad collection of hi-hats and cymbals.
  • Includes several iconic original instruments, like the original snare drum used by Jeff Porcaro on Toto's "Rosanna" as well as Steve Ferrone's personal drum kit.
  • Brushes and/or mallets available on select kits/instruments.
  • Drums from the 1920s through the late 1990s.
  • Recorded with an additional seven room microphones for playback in stereo up to 9.1 systems.

Tentative release: Q4 2019.

More detailed information about each title will be made available continually on www.toontrack.com

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