What is Toontrack solo?
Toontrack solo is a stand alone application designed to host Toontrack samplers such as dfh Superior and EZdrummer. It is particularly suited for musicians wanting to jam along with a friend (real ones if you are a drummer or a virtual one if you are a guitarist), or to perform live (for your own pleasure or in front of an audience).
In its current incarnation a performer can optimize response from his preferred controller with the use of factory presets, and route any of the samplers output to a hardware mixer for total sonic control.
Toontrack solo boosts full support for ASIO and CoreAudio/CoreMIDI devices and provides support for up to 16 physical Audio outputs that can be routed to a conventional mixer for processing. For the less technically savvy among readers this means that it is optimized for real-time operation with minimal latency and provide the full flexibility of sound shaping in your outboard gear.
Multiple instances can of course be controlled from conventional keyboard controllers (with full support for modwheel control of hihat action) as well as a range of specialists devices such as the majority of E-drums and drumpads available on the market. Virtual drummers can be layered or assigned to specific channels for precise triggering, at your discretion.
• Stand alone operation of Toontrack samplers
• Optimized for real-time, low latency operation
• Full ASIO/Core Audio/Core MIDI support
• Routable mixer with support for up to 16 physical OUT
• Each instance can be assigned a discrete MIDI channel
• Support for specialist MIDI controllers
Toontrack solo - product details
On Toontrack solo and it´s place in the Toontrack product line
Toontrack has always been associated with flexibility in the studio and great tools for the live musicians.
Unfortunately, the reality of transposing one´s drum sound to a mobile setup is often synonymous with being at the mercy of a sequencer not specifically designed for the mission critical environment of the stage/rehearsal room.
Between the sequencer´s own claims over the host computer resources, prone to jeopardize the experience, and the bloat of controls irrelevant to the performer getting in the way, it is tempting to just take the kit out of the garage and stick to the old fashioned way. Not that there is anything wrong with the old fashioned way... or so little (it helps to have a short memory or understanding neighbours).
Anyway, when, in the course of 2005-06, we unleashed our groundbreaking non-streaming proprietary TPC algorithm first in dfh Superior and subsequently in EZdrummer it became clear that this technology opened many horizons for the serious musician wanting to take their drum sound on the road with them.
But there was the problem of the host application, intrusive and sometimes inefficient. Of course there are already some streamlined applications out there that do a decent job at saving your computers resources for what it is really useful: low latency real-time playing. But at Toontrack we don´t think that decent is good enough for our customers and, as important, we know that synergistic development is a better approach than a generic one.
We therefore decided to take the matter into our own hands and provide the most essential functionality in a highly optimized package, making the emphasis on real-time performance, knowing EXACTLY what our dfh engine is capable of and what controls can be beneficial to the performer.
Toontrack solo was therefore born from this desire to create a tool for the performing musician and you now have at your disposal a preview of our very own stand alone host. Preview not because it does not deliver what it aims to do but because this is only the beginning of great things to come for E-drummers around the world. And you can hold us to that promise!
Toontrack Development Team:
Concept development: Fredrik Ärletun, Daniel Dermes, Mattias Eklund, Nils Eriksson, Henrik Kjellberg, Christoffer Lindmark, Rogue Marechal, Erik Phersson, John Rammelt, Andreas Sundgren, Olof Westman.
Programming: Christoffer Lindmark
Andreas Sundgren (name and specification)
Erik Phersson (project management)
Rogue Marechal (configuration manager)
Fredrik Ärletun (graphic artist)
Daniel Dermes (webprogramming)
Manual written by: Rogue Marechal.
Betatesters (to whom our undying gratitude goes):
Kevin Afflack, Tony Artimisi, Damian Blunt, Philippe Decuyper, Chaim
Goldman, Scott Griggs, Svein Hyttebakk, Kenny Lee, Emmanuel Lorant,
Murray McDowall, Dave Modisette, Marcel Ritsema.
All Toontrack customers around the world for their custom and support.