Los Angeles, CA (January 25, 2007)–At Winter NAMM last week, software sound developers Sonic Reality introduced the new Ocean Way Drums sample library. The brainchild of engineer/producer and studio owner Allen Sides, OWD utilized what’s reported as “the world’s most extensive collection of vintage microphones” to record drums in Ocean Way’s legendary Bill Putnam-designed Studio B.
Pictured at NAMM are (L-R): Ocean Way Recording studio owner Allen Sides and Sonic Reality CEO Dave Kerzner. Photo by David GogginSides’ partners in the project are well known engineer/producer and label executive Steven Miller, and Dave Kerzner, CEO of Sonic Reality, the sound development company that claims to have created the first high-end drum kit sample library, “Interactive Drum Kits,” in 1997. The new OWD library utilizes Sonic Reality’s exclusive I-Map, billed as “the highest standard of drum mapping to date.” OWD incorporates legendary studio acoustics and expert engineering with the highly expressive MIDI-controlled I-Map programming in sample formats such as Native Instruments Kontakt 2, all in one collection.
Sides and Miller recorded full drum kits with the finest kick drums, snares, toms, hi hats and cymbals, utilizing a unique multi-microphone recording technique that captures the sound of each instrument with optimum sonic impact and spatial depth. An enormous variety of sounds are instantly available via preset mixes made by these top engineers, giving users not only the raw drum sounds but a range of sounds that are album quality and ready for professional mixes. Additionally, a virtually unlimited sonic palate is available by experimenting with the various stereo sub mixes, control of the pitch, tone and effect processing. Ocean Way Drums are said to deliver high-resolution 24-bit 96K sound with realism and expression in performance.
The sampling sessions of Ocean Way Drums utilized a one-of-a-kind custom console, also designed and built by Bill Putman. According to Sonic Reality, “This console in Ocean Way’s Studio B delivers astonishing clarity with a slew rate exceeding 200 volts per microsecond running on 28 volt rails, and is considered to be the fastest console on the planet.” Studio B has hosted sessions with Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Green Day, Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton and Radiohead, among countless other artists; it features one of the country’s truly famed live rooms and some of the most sought after vintage gear in the world. Also employed in the sampling session were highly customized classic outboard gear by Neve, API, UREI, and Fairchild, along with rare hand-selected vintage tube microphones and special drum kits that have been recorded by top artists on albums at Ocean Way over the years.
Sonic Reality’s I-MAP is a proprietary MIDI note mapping/drum kit layout scheme that facilitates improved live performance of drum kits via MIDI keyboard input. I-MAP places drums in their most flexible and intuitive positions, allowing each of the fingers on both hands independent and coordinated control over the loaded kit. With very little practice, it is possible to lay down complete drum tracks in a single take that have an entirely realistic sound and rhythm.
Additionally, special maps have also been made for control with high-end drum pads such as the Roland V-Drums. Many of the performance articulations from I-Map were designed to be triggered with maximum dynamics and alternate randomization for incredible realism and expression when played from top of the line drum pad controllers. Finally, access to the individual mic channel samples is also available for direct drum replacement in DAWs such as Pro Tools, Nuendo, Logic and more. Ocean Way Drums is a complete solution for creating high quality drum tracks for all styles of music.