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MEET JAMI MORGAN.

Name: Jami Morgan
Location: Pittsburg, PA
Links: http://codeorangetoth.com/

When did you realize you had a passion for music?
As soon as music came into contact with my life, I just knew. I joined a band and had never felt the power or confidence that music and particularly punk rock and hardcore gave me before.

How come you ended up behind the drums?
It was kind of random. We had to pick an instrument at elementary school and I chose snare drum. They gave me a drum pad and I started learning drum set from there.

Starting out, who were some of your heroes and who shaped you as a drummer?
My jazz instructor from high school, Roger Humphries, and the church drummers and jazz drummers I went to high school with had more to do with influencing my style than probably anyone else. They taught me dynamics and proper technique that I am still applying to this day and are some of the most talented drummers I’ve ever seen.

Seeing as you’re a drummer, what’s your take on software such as Superior Drummer 3 and how do you use it in your or your band’s creative processes?
I think it is amazing. We haven’t implemented it yet but we plan on using it a lot to build future material especially now that this pack has so many free-range beats and so much groove. I think with how flexible everything is – it can be an unbelievable song writing tool.

As far as this MIDI pack, what did you try to cover and what do you hope the end-user takes away from it?
I just wanted to play more groove oriented heavy stuff that’s less on the technical side and more apt for writing exciting and free-range heavy music. I wanted the pack to have more of what I’m looking for, which is stuff that’s good for songwriting and vibe. I want the pack to represent what our band represents which is boundaryless expression with a hard edge.

Code Orange has quickly risen to become a house hold name, crossing over genre boundaries and gaining fans from both the metal, hardcore and punk scenes. How would you describe your style and was your mix of influences deliberate or just a product of everyone involved?
I would describe it as a mix of all the things we love mixed into our own twisted vision of what we want heavy music to be. It is the product of a pure vision of uncompromised, calculated fury.

Who’s been some of your most influential bands?
Man, it’s hard to narrow it down to that. Many artists inspire us of all genres. Film and visual art inspires us. At this point, our goal is to be tunnel vision-focused on building our own world. Growing up, punk and hardcore shaped us and we’ve been building off of that ever since.

What’s the worst thing that ever happened to you on stage or in the studio?
I have fallen down hard on stage (yes while sitting). I have broken everything there is to break and I have fully forgotten parts. The trifecta of pain.

If you had to remove one piece of your drum kit permanently, what would go?
I would say one of my cymbals. I can always live without one.

What would be some advice you would give to a drummer looking to make it in music.
Don’t worry about “making it”. That is for those who never will. Do your thing. Work hard as hell. Who cares what happens. Present your vision and be uncompromising.

CHECK OUT JAMI’S MIDI PACK HERE.
Doom/Core MIDI

LEE MAJOR.

Meet Lee Major, acclaimed hip-hop producer.

MEET NOISIA.

Meet Noisia, EDM superstars and Superior Drummer 2 users.

GET SOME RAW MIX MATERIAL.

Sometimes, mixing someone else’s material is the best way to get new ideas. Download this unmixed session by engineer Forrester Savell and the band Labelle – and start mixing!

JAM WITH ANDY.

Check out Andy’s video here, then download the backing track and solo over it yourself!

OLA ENGLUND.

Meet Ola Englund, longtime Toontrack collaborator and Metal Guitar God by trade.

JACK THAMMARAT.

We asked super-guitarist Jack Thammarat for a gear rundown – and some more!

A SUPERIOR GUITARIST.

Meet Superior Drummer 2 artist John Petrucci of Dream Theatre.

A SONG IN NO TIME.

This quick video shows how you add piano and a bass line to your already recorded guitar track using EZkeys.

SUPERIOR DRUMMER 2 GOES ELECTRONIC.

Want to learn more about using Superior Drummer 2 for producing electronic beats? Check the first episode of Seamless’ upcoming series of videos!

AMBIENT GUITARS.

Our very own Mattias Eklund demonstrates some of the guitar tones that come with the Ambient EZmix Pack!

RECORDING GUITARS WITH LEO.

Check out how Leo from Frog Leap Studios goes about recording guitars using EZmix 2.

EZKEYS CUSTOMER JUKEBOX.

Some songs where EZkeys was used as a foundation – written by you, our customers!

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