Toontracks EZdrummer 2

Toontrack has released EZdrummer 2, introducing several groundbreaking features for quick and easy songwriting. In EZdrummer 2, you can go from initial rhythmic idea to finished, mixed and customized drum track without ever leaving the program. This promises to be the best sounding, most intuitive and creatively gratifying software environment for drum production on the market – a perfect marriage of sound, form and function.

EZdrummer 2 introduces several features when working with MIDI drum grooves. Tap or record your rhythm to find a matching groove, search by filters or browse the traditional way in the conveniently laid out MIDI browser. Go from initial rhythmic idea to full track! Drag and drop drum parts to build your own track directly in the program – or let EZdrummer 2 do it for you! If you drop a groove in the Song Creator, it will list all files with a similar feel and style. It will also let you lay out a complete track using included or user created song templates.

For the first time ever in a drum software setting, you can now “communicate” with your drummer. Use the Power Hand to instantaneously change the leading instrument or the Amount or Velocity knobs to control the complexity and velocity in your selected groove – while it’s playing!

Done with your track? EZdrummer 2 has a wide selection of ready- made, user controllable effect chain presets to ensure that the final mix sounds exactly right for your song.

Feature Spotlight

  • Tap to find your groove
  • Add percussion on the fly
  • Customize any groove in real-time
  • Write an entire drum track without leaving the program
  • Two sound libraries with five (5) kits in total
  • Powerful audio engine

The drums for EZdrummer 2 were recorded at one of the most meticulously built recording facilities in the world; Mark Knopfler’s British Grove Studios in London, England. Combining some of the most sought-after and rare vintage consoles, outboard effects and microphones with the best of the best in state of the art recording technology, the studio serves as a perfect combination of how old and new can come together in perfect harmony.

Chuck Ainlay at British Grove Studios

The sounds were recorded by a true industry great; the multi award-winning Chuck Ainlay. Having engineered in excess of 200 albums, worked with some of the world’s biggest recording artists of all time and been involved in numerous gold or multi-platinum releases, his track record speaks for itself. Some of the most notable collaborations in Chuck’s impressive career include Willie Nelson, Dixie Chicks, Dire Straits and Travis Tritt. To name a few.

On the Mac, EZdrummer 2 requires OS X 10.6 or higher, an Intel-based Mac, 2 GB of RAM and 4 GB of free hard disk space. An AU, VST, AAX or RTAS host application and professional sound card are recommended. Stand-alone version included.

EZdrummer 2 is available now via direct download from Toontrack for $179. Upgrades from previous full or lite versions start at $99.

www.toontrack.com/product/ezdrummer-2