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New From Toontrack: Alt-Rock EZX and Alt-Rock Grooves
2/21/2017
Toontrack has announced the release of the Alt-Rock EZX, a drum library expansion for EZdrummer 2 recorded by world-renowned engineer Steve Albini at his own Electrical Audio Studios in Chicago, IL. This marks the thirty-second title in the ever-growing collection of EZX expansions for EZdrummer 2.

About the Alt-Rock EZX
Steve Albini’s imprint on the sound of rock is undeniable. Having worked on seminal albums by the Pixies, PJ Harvey and, perhaps most notably, Nirvana’s milestone record “In Utero,” his sonic DNA is in the fabric of productions that have helped create a new branch in rock history. This collection of drums captures the incomparable sonic fingerprint of not only Steve Albini but also the ambience of his very own studio, which he personally built and designed. Welcome to Electrical Audio in Chicago, IL, and a truly unique collection of drums.

The Alt-Rock EZX presents a crude, genuine and raw palette of drum sounds with an incredible range, perfect for the soft-loud-soft approach that is synonymous with the distinct dynamics of the classic alt-rock sound. Capturing Steve’s unique method of mic placement, attention to detail and drum tuning scrutiny, this EZX gives you two full kits and cymbal setups as well as several additional instruments and percussion pieces, all crafted to perfection.

Even though this EZX takes off in the tremors of the nineties alt-rock scene, it presents a tonal palette with enough color to aid you in painting whatever sonic landscape you wish.

FEATURE SPOTLIGHT
• Recorded by Steve Albini at Electrical Audio
• Two (2) full kits and cymbal setups (Ludwig Club Date & DW Collector’s Series)
• Five (5) additional snares, two (2) kicks and five (5) cymbals
• Five (5) percussion instruments, including 26” and 29” Ludwig timpani drums
• Comes with a selection of MIDI drum grooves inspired by alt-rock music

Toontrack has also announced the release of the Alt-Rock Grooves MIDI pack, a collection of drum grooves and fills inspired by alternative rock from the ‘90s and on. This marks the sixty-third individual title in Toontrack’s ever-growing line of drum MIDI optimized for EZdrummer 2 and Superior Drummer 2.

About the Alt-Rock Grooves MIDI pack
On the surface, a lot of alternative rock grooves can sound seemingly basic. If you start scrutinizing them, however, you’ll realize there is a lot going on. In fact, for a genre where musical prowess often is downplayed in favor of artistic expression, there is much to be attributed to the players. Essentially, keeping it simple is hard – especially when it comes to the drums. “When researching this MIDI pack and digging through a virtually bottomless well of songs of the genre, what I realized was how much the smallest details actually add to the bigger picture. Even though subtle, every ghost note and accent plays a pivotal role in each groove. As a drummer, coming up with ideas for this package was a real eye-opener,” says drummer Paul Szlachta.

The Alt-Rock Grooves MIDI pack presents a comprehensive collection of fundamental beats and fills inspired by some of the most influential artists of the genre: Nirvana, Soundgarden, PJ Harvey, Smashing Pumpkins and many others. The material is based around basic and staple-type grooves but with a clear emphasis on detail, variation and dynamics. While the dramaturgy of dynamics is vital in any kind of music, perhaps it’s most blatantly so in alternative rock. The soft-hard formula of a laid back verse leading into an explosive chorus has proven a winning concept in not many, but numerous groundbreaking tracks. “While recording this collection of grooves, I’ve come to re-evaluate my take on the profound role that the drums play in seemingly simple alt-rock compositions,” says producer Michael Sanfilipp.

If you’re looking for an inspiring take on rock grooves where dynamics, detail and variation are front and center, the Alt-Rock Grooves MIDI pack is your perfect match.

FEATURE SPOTLIGHT
• Drum grooves and fills inspired by alternative rock music
• More than 420 individually played files
• 4/4 and 6/8 in straight feel
• Tempos ranging from 75 to 160 BPM
• Song structure categorization (intro, verse, chorus, bridge, fills, etc.)

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