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Studio Drummer by Native Instruments – Review

By Jason Cullimore / November 09, 2011


Studio Drummer (US$169.00) is a sampled drum library published by Native Instruments. It is one of the first sampled instruments designed to be loaded exclusively into Kontakt 5 or the free Kontakt 5 Player. Those who have Kontakt 4 or earlier will not be able to load Studio Drummer unless they upgrade Kontakt to version 5. Continue reading

Ableton Live 8 – Review

by Cari Live

The software I use and highly recommend is Ableton Live 8 Suite. It is a complete software studio. It includes Ableton Live, 11 instruments and a huge sound library. It gives you all of the features in Live 8 plus sound and a library with beautiful sounds and useful resources. Continue reading

Drum VIs And Drum Loops

I thought I would start this thread on what folks are using for their drum tracks. This conversation sprouted on a unrelated thread so I will move those comments to here.

Back in the day (early 1980s) there were a series of vinyl albums out called “Drum Drops” from Ed Greene, a great studio drummer here in L.A. These albums were designed for songwriters who couldn’t afford to hire a drummer. I had just opened my studio and so to attract clients I would copy a selected groove to 2 track tape and then edit the tape to fit the song. I would then transfer the 2 track to my multi-track and we would overdub to the 2 track drum mix. Then came the Oberheim system (pre-midi) and the DMX drum machine, DSX sequencer and OB-8. I really loved programming the DMX as I’m a frustrated drummer but fast forward to today and I would never go back to that. Today’s loops, both midi and sampled, are just so much more “real” and satisfying!