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Toontrack launches Metal Month with Post-Metal EZX for EZdrummer 3 (updated to v3.0.5)

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Toontrack has launched its annual campaign Metal Month. This year's edition, which is the twelfth consecutive one, will feature several new releases and more through the month. The first new title, available as of today, is the Post-Metal EZX – an all-new expansion for EZdrummer 3 (which has been updated to v3.0.5).

In addition to this new EZX, Toontrack has a slew of metal-related releases slated for the month and encourages everyone to stay tuned to newsletters, social media channels and the company's website to stay up-to-date.

Post-Metal EZX (€80):

On the very edge of a rock on the small island of Giske, Norway, facing an infinite panorama of the unforgivingly raging North Sea, under midnight skies painted in the unpredictably swirling arcs of the Northern Lights, sits the Ocean Sound Recording studio – with snowcapped mountains towering like gallant giants frozen in time around it. In these awe-inspiring surroundings, we found the perfect conditions to help illustrate the unfiltered rawness of the post-metal sound.

This EZX for EZdrummer 3 presents a collection of big, earthy and mercilessly vibrant drums, tailored for atmospheric, slow and organic-sounding metal. It includes four unique kits, two further configurations captured with snare wires off, several extra kit pieces and sets of big and dark cymbals. All instruments were sampled by Thomas Hedlund of the band Cult of Luna, one of the absolute forerunners in today's budding post-metal scene.

In a genre where feel, context and fearless exploration of ebb-and-flow-like contrasts play equal parts, uncompromising drum dynamics are key. Welcome to the embodiment of just that: an EZX featuring a palette of kits that span the entire dynamic range, recorded at a studio that virtually balances on the edge of the world and against a backdrop of the most savage display of nature's majesty.

Just like nature once tediously chiseled out this very spot from the face of the earth by thrusting mammoth blocks of ice across its barren crust, this EZX is your modern-day instrument to architect your own musical trails with. It provides the kits, the grooves and the mix-ready sounds for whatever uncharted sonic landscape you may want your next song to venture off into.

Feature Spotlight:

  • Vibrant, big, dark and earthy drums inspired by the post-metal sound.
  • Captured at the Ocean Sound Recording studio in Norway.
  • Four complete drum kits and two additional kit configurations recorded with snare wires off.
  • Sampled by Thomas Hedlund (Cult of Luna).
  • Includes a wide range of presets inspired by the genre.
  • Comes with a collection of MIDI unique to this EZX.

EZdrummer 3.0.5 is now available to download using the Product Manager or from the 'My Products' area in your Toontrack account.

Main Changes:

  • General:
    • Added high-resolution graphics for several menu icons and buttons, etc.
    • Improved readability of the main tab labels and improved color cohesiveness with tab content below selected tab.
  • Grid Editor:
    • A new articulation row called "Choke (Stop Playing) " has been added for each instrument that responds to aftertouch. The poly-aftertouch editors have been removed.
    • Moving the playhead in the song track now scrolls the Grid Editor to show the playhead, unless the Auto-Scroll option is off.
  • E-Drums:
    • The hi-hat splash feature has been improved in order to remove unwanted hi-hat splashes. The hi-hat now has a time window, within which the pedal needs to have been raised after a "Pedal Closed" hit in order to generate a splash.
  • Settings:
    • On Windows, there is now a setting to invert the horizontal scroll direction when shift+wheel is used.

Read the release notes for a complete list of bug fixes.

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