EZdrummer 2 takes drum production to a whole new level. It was designed to erase any technical barrier between you and your creativity and introduces 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 is without a doubt the best sounding, most intuitive and creatively gratifying software environment for drum production on the market – a perfect marriage of sound, form and function.
Welcome to a new era of drum production for songwriters. Meet your new drummer!
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.
Watch Rikk go through all of the amazing features of EZdrummer 2.
Got and idea for your next song? Mike shows you EZdrummer in a songwriting situation.
In February 2014, we invited the music industry press for a private demonstration of EZdrummer 2 and all its new features. On location, where the sound libraries were recorded, at the British Grove Studios in London, England.
If you own the previous version of EZdrummer, you are eligible for an EZdrummer 2 Upgrade. This is not simply an upgrade or a digit added to the logo – it’s a completely new program introducing all-new sounds and a host of groundbreaking features.
What’s new? Everything.
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|Drum libraries||2 (incl. the Cocktail EZX)||2|
|Drum kits||2 (incl. the Cocktail EZX)||5|
|Multi-out stereo channels||8||16|
|Edit Play Style||No||Yes|
|Individual velocity control||No||Yes|
|Tap 2 Find||No||Yes|
|Search by tags||No||Yes|
|Preview MIDI in original tempo||No||Yes|
|Mix & match EZX sounds||No||Yes|
|Pitch control for single instruments||No||Yes|
|Instrument properties audio preview||No||Yes|
|Volume controls for single instruments||No||Yes|
|Effect chain presets||0||29|
The five (5) complete kits and additional instrument choices included in EZdrummer 2
are divided over two separate sound libraries – one Modern setup and one Vintage setup.
EZdrummer 2 has a completely new mixer and collection of effect chain presets, both for the modern and the vintage setup. The effect engine is based around the numerous quality effects in Toontrack’s widely acclaimed EZmix 2. Each setting includes a back-end of various effect chains including the likes of compressors, reverbs, delays and EQs. With settings covering anything from classic rock to disco and modern metal, you can instantly call up a starting point for your song and, if you so choose, continue to customize it into something completely new with each setting’s unique set of parameters.
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.
The main recording room at the British Grove Studios is large, ambient and perfectly crafted for drum production. The high ceiling, the dense walls and carefully designed diffusers produce a natural and sonically balanced reverb that allow the drums to be loud and present in your mix without ever taking over.
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.
Deep functionality shouldn’t be intimidating, rather inviting and inspiring. That’s why a massive amount of work went into making sure EZdrummer 2 got the most intuitive user interface yet for any software of its kind.
EZdrummer 2 comes loaded with a modern setup, a vintage setup
and a percussion library featuring the most traditional pieces for classic songwriting.
The modern library includes drum selections from DW, Gretsch, Yamaha, Ludwig, Sonor, Tama and Brady, all recorded through Neve 88R and EMI TG12345 consoles as well as various chains of vintage and modern outboard.
DW Collector’s Maple Yamaha 9000 Gretsch USA Custom
Sabian HHX Groove Hats 14” Paiste Giant Beat 14”
Sabian Vault Artisan 20” Paiste 2002 20”
Sabian HHX Evolution 16” Pos1
Sabian AAX Xplosion Fast Crash 17” Pos2 Sabian HHX Evolution Ozone Crash 20” Pos3 Sabian HHX Xtreme Crash 17” Pos5
Paiste Twenty Thin Crash 16” Pos1 Paiste Giant Beat 17” Pos2
Paiste Full Crash 19” Pos3
Sabian HHX Xtreme Crash 18” Pos5
DW Collector Maple 10×8,12×9,13×10,16×16,18×16 (DW Clear Coated Heads)
10×8,12×8,13×9,14×11,15×13 (Emperor Coated) Gretsch
12×9,14×14,16×16 (Coated Emperors)
Ludwig 400 14×5 Chrome on Aluminium (Remo Coated Control Sound)
Ludwig 400 14×5 Chrome on Aluminium (Damped) Sonor 14×6.5 Cast Bronze (Remo Emperor X)
Sonor 14×6.5 Cast Bronze (Damped)
Pearl Vinnie Paul Signature14x8 Maple (Evans HD) Brady 14×6.5 Jarrah block snare (Remo Coated Control Sound) Open
Brady 14×6.5 Jarrah block snare (Remo Coated Control Sound) Damped
Brady 14×6.5 Jarrah block snare (Remo Coated Control Sound) UpsideDown
Tama Artist Carbonfibre 14×6.5 (Semi Damped)
Tama Artist Carbonfibre 14×6.5 (Damped) (Ambassador Coated)
DW 13×6 Edge (Ambassador Genero Coated)
Gretsch US Custom Chrome over Brass 14×6 (Coated Ambassador) (Undamped)
DW Collector Maple 22×18 (Plastic & Felt) Remo Powerstroke 3 heads KD01
DW Collector Maple 22×18 Open (Felt) KD02
DW Collector Maple 24×16 (Felt & Plastic Beater) (Remo Powersonic heads) KD03
Yamaha 9000 22×16 (Evans EQ3) Plastic & Felt KD04 Gretsch 26×16 US Custom (Power Stroke 3 Coated) (Plastic & Felt) KD05
The vintage library is based around two classic Ludwig kits and recorded through an extremely rare REDD.51 console. In fact, the example in British Grove Studios’ possession is the only known available in the world.
Vintage Setup 2 (60’Ss Ludwig)
Hi Hat – Sabian HHX Manhattan 14inch
Ride – Sabian Bolt Crossover 21inch
Crash (Position 2) – Paiste Giant Beat 18inch Crash (Position 3) – Sabian Artizan Bolt 18inch
Hi Tom – Ludwig 60’s 12×8 (Aquarium Modern Vintage Medium Skins)
Low Tom – Ludwig 60’s 14×14 (Aquarium Modern Vintage Medium Skins)
Ludwig 60’s 20×14 (Power Stroke 3 Clear)
Gretsch Catalina Club 26×16 (Power Stroke 3 Coated Skin)
Ludwig 400 14×5 (Remo Coated Control Sound Skins) Gretsch Crome on Brass 14×6.5 (Coated Ambassador Skin)
Vintage Setup 2 (Ludwig Vistalite)
Ludwig Vistalite 12×8 (Remo Pinstripe) Ludwig Vistalite 16×16 (Remo Emperor)
Ludwig Vistalite 22×14 (Aquarian Super Kick 2 Skin)
The percussion library is grouped in three categories: one shots, shakers and tambourine with selections of cowbell, snaps, claps, maracas and tambourine.
With the intuitive controls in EZdrummer 2, a perfect percussion beat is literally just a mouse-click away. If you activate a percussion pad, it will instantaneously add a fitting pattern to the groove you are currently working on.
To ensure unparalleled realism and dynamics, each instrument was multi-sampled and processed in different tempos, preserving the subtle nuances of the pre-hits essential in making especially shakers and tambourines come to life.
Great sound will get you far, but you can’t base a drum track on sound alone. You need the drummer – the groove, the feel and the human touch. Ensuring that all these pivotal traits were ready at a mouse-click away, all the grooves in the EZdrummer 2 MIDI library were performed on e-drum kits by session drummers before conveniently organized in song structure parts. The material covers a wide range of styles, tempos and feels. With the revolutionary functionality in EZdrummer 2, your songs will never go without a perfect, personalized groove again.
What’s YOUR sound?
The ever-growing selection of sound library expansions for EZdrummer and EZdrummer 2 offer meticulously recorded, mix-ready drums for a wide range of styles. All engineered by top names and recorded in some of the world’s finest acoustic environments. Whether it’s
extreme metal or subtle jazz, organic, electronic, classic, modern or just something as odd as a hubcap, we have it. If not, we’re on our way.
Welcome to possibly the single largest vault of drum sounds known to man. Enter!
A great groove is the heartbeat of your song.
From extreme metal, jazz and americana to blues, pop and rock – the MIDI Line offers pro-played drum MIDI for any songwriting need.
|Host||Supported & Tested||Drag & Drop Support||Multi Channel Routing||MIDI Channel Filtering||Requirements|
|Ableton Live||Version 9 or above.|
|Acid Pro/Studio||Version 7 or above.|
|Cubase/Nuendo||Version 4 or above.|
|Digital Performer||Version 7 or above.|
|Fruity Loops||Version 9 or above.|
|GarageBand||Version 6 or above.|
|Logic Pro/Express||Version 8 or above.|
|Mackie Traktion||Version 3 or above.|
|Mixcraft pro studio||Version 6 or above.|
|PreSonus Studio One Producer or Professional||Version 1.5 or above.|
|ProTools HD/LE/MP||Version 8.0.5 or above.|
|Reaper||Version 3 or above.|
|Samplitude Pro/SE||Version 10 or above.|
|Sonar PE/SE||Version X1 or above.|
|Host||Supported & Tested||Drag & Drop Support||Multi Channel Routing||MIDI Channel Filtering||Requirements|
|Ableton Live Lite||Untested, may work.|
|Adobe Audition||Untested, may work.|
|Cubase LE||Untested, may work.|
|Cubase VST||Untested, may work.|
|CW GT/Pro Audio||No VSTi support.|
|CW Kinetic||No VSTi support.|
|CW Project 5||Untested, may work.|
|Emagic Logic||Untested, may work.|
|Magix Music Studio||Untested, may work.|
|M-Audio Session||No VSTi support.|
|PreSonus Studio One Artist||No VSTi or AU support.|
|Pro Tools SE||No 3rd party plugin support.|
|Reason Full/Adapted||No VSTi support.|
|Steinberg Sequel||No VSTi support.|
|Steinberg V-Stack||Untested, may work.|
4 GB of free hard disk space.
Windows 7 or newer, Pentium 4 or Athlon processor with 2 GB RAM.
Mac OS X 10.6 or higher, Intel-based Mac with 2 GB RAM.
Audio Unit, VST, AAX or RTAS host application and professional sound card recommended. Stand-alone version included.