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Toontrack Launches Metal Month with New Mark Lewis and Tue Madsen Expansions


On Friday, November 1, Toontrack launched its annual and always much-anticipated campaign Metal Month with three new releases: the Death & Darkness SDX, the Death Metal EZX and the Dark Matter EZX. The two EZXs are based on content from the SDX, a bona fide beast weighing in at an enormous 184 GB and recorded individually in two different studios by Mark Lewis and Tue Madsen.

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In addition, a host of deals and added value offers spanning the company’s product lines were also launched today. Keep up with Metal Month right here, with more new releases on the way throughout November.

About the Death & Darkness SDX
The Death & Darkness SDX merges two world-class studios with two of today’s most in-demand modern metal producers: Mark Lewis (Cannibal Corpse, Whitechapel, Coal Chamber) and Tue Madsen (Meshuggah, Hatesphere). Combined, it gives you a truly diverse and all-encompassing collection of drums designed to cater to any facet of today’s fragmented scene – from the most brutal, blast beat-ridden and breakneck-speed death metal to hard-hitting metalcore, hardcore and all the fusion-inspired hybrids of progressive metal.

The SDX was configured as two separate libraries, one for each studio. The ‘Death’ portion of the SDX was recorded by Mark Lewis at his choice studio, the Sonic Ranch in Tornillo, Texas. The Ranch’s perfectly crafted Vincent van Haaff-designed main room offers second-to-none acoustics – pristine and distinct but still dense and with a warm, resonant and balanced natural reverb. To contrast, the ‘Darkness’ part of the SDX offers a completely different experience – a darker, less polished and more raw-natured tone of drums. It was recorded in the empty swimming pool in Tue’s longtime and much-legendary Antfarm Studio in Aarhus, Denmark. With the reflective surface of the hard tile walls and floor in the pool combined with the surrounding room’s brick structure and high ceiling, the ambience of this unique room heard on countless albums is unlike any other.

Welcome to two studios, two schools of modern engineering and an almost insurmountable amount of drums ready for you to hone, mold and shape to literally anything you can imagine sound-wise. Get ready to produce drum mixes that have the power to pierce and cut through any thick wall of guitars or extremely layered production.

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• Nine (9) complete kits
• A total of 19 bass drums, 19 snare drums, 35 cymbals and more
• Recorded at two different studios: Sonic Ranch, TX, (by Mark Lewis) and Antfarm Studios, Denmark, (by Tue Madsen)
• Sampled with extreme attention to detail and articulation
• Configured as a two SDXs, one for each studio
• Includes custom mix presets engineered by Mark Lewis and Tue Madsen
• ‘Death’ library sampled by legendary drummer Sean Reinert (Death, Cynic)
• Includes MIDI performed by Sean Reinert and Jay Postones (TesseracT)

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