We look at the Gospel according to Toontrack.
Toontrack seem to be fond of their month‑long events where all their new releases fall into a particular musical genre. Following on from a recent ‘Metal month’, March 2021 has been a ‘Gospel month’. While some might consider Gospel a niche musical style, lots of other musical genres have either evolved from, or been influenced by, traditional Gospel. It’s therefore easy to understand the rationale behind Toontrack’s latest musical target as those working in Soul, Funk, Fusion, R’n’B, Hip‑Hop, Pop and the lighter shades of Rock could undoubtedly find something of interest within the Gospel‑themed content.
Within the month of Gospel there are MIDI pattern packs for EZdrummer/Superior Drummer, EZbass and EZkeys, providing the user with extensive collections of drum, bass and piano performances that they could use with whatever Toontrack soundsets they currently own. Toontrack’s MIDI groove content is always right on the money, so these will undoubtedly be worth adding to your collection. However, perhaps the month’s higher‑profile releases — and the focus of the current review — are the new Gospel EZX and Gospel EBX, providing users with new drum and bass sounds.
Toontrack’s track record is impressive when it comes to collaborating with some serious expertise to ensure they capture the genuine sounds and performances of a specific genre. For the Gospel EZX drum expansion, the core team...