By Sonic Reality
You asked for it. Now it's
Over the years, weve had tons of requests for a straight-ahead drum disc
- kits only, no loops. Well, the producers of this set have obliged with
an aggressively purist approach to recording drums that expands the boundaries
of conventional drum kit discs.
Interactive Drum Kits is part of Sonic Reality's Studio Collection, a
series of multi-sample CD-ROMs dedicated to capturing the purity of the
world's best studio instruments. Here, you get kicks, snares, toms, hats
and cymbals, from the vintage Ludwig®, and Gretch® sets to new
top of the line Pearl®, and Drum Workshop® kits. These are extremely
realistic drums that you can wack from your keyboard or with your drum
But it takes more than just a great drum kit to make a killer CD-ROM.It
takes a seasoned performer to massage the best colors out of the instrument.
That's why the producers enlisted the talents of session players Toss
Panos (Toy Matinee) and Nick D'Virgilio (Tears For Fears, Genesis) to
tune, balance and perform the kits.
One of the unique aspects of this collection is the assortment of interchangeable
snare programs. Incredibly, they feature upwards of 20 to 50 hits per
snare, from center, to edge, to rim! When you load a single snare menu
program, you get all of the hits and nuances laid out for you, including
drops, flams and ghost notes. It's almost impossible not to get a life-like
track out of these drums.
If you're a producer, composer or remixer, this is one of those "sample
staples" that belongs in your collection.