A killer live room, a customized, top-flight recording console, some of the world's finest microphones, five kits of perfectly tuned, hand-selected drums, and a few well-respected Grammy-Award-winning engineer/producers blended into an easy-to-use Kontakt-based virtual instrument for around $200?
Sonic Reality's Ocean Way Drums DL Edition ($249 list) is a 10 GB drum sample collection of five stereo mix kits with three versions each: dry, medium, and ambient. The brainchild of Ocean Way owner Allen Sides and Steven Miller, this collection is taken directly from the more expensive Multichannel Platinum Gold and Silver editions. DL routes each piece of each kit to its own stereo fader within Kontakt. You can adjust Volume, Pan (they are naturally panned in stereo), Envelope, and Velocity. Along with GM (General MIDI) playback, it includes a proprietary keyboard mapping called IMAP for live performing.
You also can download two additional DL Kits or a single multichannel kit. Users who download the entire program get credited for the bonus kits. You can buy additional kits online at downloadablesoundz.com.
Kontakt lets you load either single drums (Instruments) or full kits (Multis). Each kit includes six preset mixes, ranging from tight/dry to fully ambient.
DL doesn't give the multiple discrete microphones of the larger offerings yet is a powerful tool. The sounds/samples are some of the best I've heard.
This is a highly useable, CPU-light, expressive set of drum sounds, and is a pleasure to use. A lot of value for the money and highly recommended.
Rich Tozzoli is a producer, composer, sound designer, and the software editor for Pro Audio Review. www.richtozzoli.com
Contact: Ocean Way Drums | www.oceanwaydrums.net