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Toontrack goes ‘70s

Toontrack has released its 29th EXZ pack - the Seventies Rock EZX.

The Seventies Rock EZX is available separately as well as part of the limited-time savings bundle, Classic Studios EZX Value Pack, gathering a total of three EZX titles all recorded at historic locations.

The Seventies Rock EZX was recorded at the Columbia Studio A in Nashville, one of the world’s most famed recording studios.

It includes three fundamentally different kits: a bombastic-sounding, one-of-a-kind replica of Buddy Rich's ’70s-era Slingerland as well as two different renditions of a mid-‘70s Camco – one with standard drum heads and one with towelled.

New pedals from Roland

Roland has launched two new pedals – the KT-9 beaterless kick and the FD-9 hi-hat controller.

The KT-9 appears to be a scaled-back KT-10, but boasting “a marked reduction in operational noise”and smaller footprint than the KD-9.

The FD-9 is an update of the FD-8 controller, but also with a smaller footprint and quieter operation.

Nord Drum 3/3P launched

Nord has updated its drum offering with the launch of the new Nord Drum 3 module and the compact Nord Drum 3P multi-pad unit. Upgrades from the Nord Drum 2 include reverb and delay effects, a simplified sound selection mode and new sound banks for quickly creating custom kits on the fly.

Both units feature a six-channel percussion synthesizer which now gets MIDI connectivity.

The Nord Drum 3P retains its six trigger pads kick input.

The new factory sound bank features 10 categories of preset sounds that can be easily assigned to any of the six pads/channels.

Free update for Studio One

PreSonus has released a free update for Studio One. New version 3.2 adds over 50 professional tools and workflow enhancements, including the innovative new Mix Engine FX, which are designed to fundamentally alter the mix experience in ways that have never before been possible in a DAW. Most of the improvements in Studio One 3.2 came directly from the music production community — in particular from professionals using other DAWs who had integrated Studio One into their workflow and requested some enhancements before switching outright.

The biggest news in version 3.2 is Mix Engine FX, a new plug-in paradigm exclusive to Studio One Professional that can modify or bypass and replace Studio One’s native mix engine. In contrast to conventional plug-ins that must be inserted independently on each channel, with limited or no interoperability, Mix Engine FX can process every channel routed through a bus, both individually at the source and at their summing point. Any bus, including the main stereo bus, can have its own Mix Engine FX assigned, allowing for limitless sonic possibilities.

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