"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", said Peter Knutsson, Toontrack's CEO. "The release of EZdrummer 2 will not only be a milestone in the history of our company, it will be the day we add a new meaning to what the music industry commonly refers to as a 'drum sampler'."
EZdrummer 2 introduces a host of revolutionary songwriting features, the market's most intuitive user interface, a completely remodeled audio engine, a new mixer with easy-to-use effect chains, two all-new massive sound libraries as well as a selection of percussion.
"The whole design approach behind EZdrummer 2 was to erase any technical barrier standing between songwriter and creativity," said Erik Phersson, Toontrack's head of development
"Looking back, it's amazing how many extremely powerful features we managed to incorporate and still retain the overall ease of use. EZdrummer 2 is truly a marvel of how interaction design, smart functionality and cutting-edge sounds can work in perfect symbiosis."
Toontrack also reported that coinciding with the release of EZdrummer 2, the entire line of sound library expansions (EZXs) will be modernized with completely new effect chains and graphics optimized for EZdrummer 2. With the 20 currently available titles spanning anything from jazz to extreme metal, the EZdrummer user base has access to by far the most extensive and versatile catalogue of drum sounds on the market.
"We are extremely proud to not only introduce a breakthrough in drum production software, but at the same time renew the whole EZdrummer Line. This is without a doubt the most massive launch we have ever undertaken", said Peter Knutsson, Toontrack's CEO.
Official world-wide release date: May 6, 2014. List price: $179, â‚¬139. Upgrade price: $99, â‚¬79.
From March 13, 2014 through May 6, 2014, anyone who purchases EZdrummer will automatically be eligible for a free upgrade to EZdrummer 2 (digital delivery only, available for download on release day from each registered user's personal Toontrack account).
As soon as EZdrummer 2 is available officially, the first version of EZdrummer will no longer be available for sale. As long as supplies last with retailers, customers will be able to register and authorize the program.
EZdrummer was launched in 2006 and quickly established itself as the go-to drum production tool for top-tier producers, songwriters and home users alike. Today, eight years later, it is still by far the undisputed number one selling product in its niche. The ever-growing EZdrummer Line encompasses 20 unique expansion libraries recorded in top studios all over the world, making it the single largest collection of drum sounds on the market.
Toontrack is a developer of software for music production, widely acclaimed for its attention to quality, design and innovation. In 1999, years ahead of the industry, Toontrack began developing the first-ever drum sampler to include sophisticated hi-hat control, multi-layer sampling and microphone bleed. Today, the company is world-leading in sampled drums and has extended its product range to include mix tools, software piano instruments and a wide assortment of expansion content. Some of Toontrack's most known brands include EZdrummer, Superior Drummer 2.0, EZmix 2 and EZkeys.