Sonoma Wire Works DrumCore 3 Reviews4.8/5.0 based on 7 customer reviews
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from Santa Barbara, CA
May 1, 2013Music Background:
Singer/Songwriter, Recording Engineer
Drumcore is the easiest drum software for a guitar player to useI've tried all of the other major drum programs, and they seem to be made for drummers. If I knew how to play the drums, I wouldn't need software! I was totally drum illiterate when I started.
Now I can quickly put together a midi drum track for a new song, adjust the speed, and send each drum mic to a separate aux track so that I can mix them as if I got tracks from a studio.
It is simple to use. Listen to samples, pick the ones you like and drag them to your instrument track. You really can't mess it up. When you're done you have a track blocked out in perfect time and are ready to add your other tracks. It is very fast and the variety of drum styles and drummers is wonderful. I am not affiliated with the maker of this software, it really is this easy to use.
from Arlington TX
July 6, 2012Music Background:
A Must-Have Tool For ComposersDrumcore 3 has breathed new life into my production music. It comes with a wide variety of grooves by studio pros and the drum sounds are off-the-charts amazing. But what really sets this software apart from other loop software is that you can drag the midi data of any groove right to your DAW timeline and edit to your heart's content. It's like being able to micro manage a top-call studio drummer except it doesn't cost you $250/hr.
July 12, 2011
Well balanced drumming solutionI own DC3(DrumCore3), BFD2, S2.0, AD and RMX. and I believe DC3 is the best solution in terms of sound reality, usability, system overload, groove variation, and music genre coverage. Although It has less flexibility about sound editing than BFD2 and S2.0, we can easily find the most preferable sound in the a lot of drummer packs, and let us forget about it's handicap.
from Durham, NC
July 3, 2011Music Background:
Bassist, Recording Engineer
DrumcoreDrumcore is the best for having drums for writing. You get instant groove and feel for writing riffs and songs and it only takes a minute or two to get going. It also has midi grooves that you can throw new sounds on but everything works great with it. Very Happy..
from Indianapolis, IN
February 8, 2012Music Background:
DRUMCORE is what you are looking forI'm a songwriter and was looking for a great selection of loops to drop in ProTools. Drumcore 3 does this and a whole lot more. The professional drummer ad on packs take it to another level. Tons of beats, fills, Intro's and endings. Their site warns of issues running on 64 bit but I've had no trouble. I had an issue downloading an add on pack, and their customer service was top notch.
from Syracuse NY (USA)
July 20, 2011Music Background:
Worth every pennyI own DrumCore 3.0. As a guitarist and a songwriter I'd been looking for a drum tool that wouldn't get in the way of creating music.. What I really like about Drumcore 3 is that it allows you to build drum tracks quickly and still sound great. I use ProTools LE 7.1 on an older Dell desktop (XP) and simply drag and drop the drum sections into a stereo track. I like the way drum loops are grouped into main, variations, fills, etc. as this also speeds the capture of the initial track - for me it's about getting a workable track ASAP so that I can get the whole song roughed out. My favorite feature is the ability to shift the tempo of the audio loops and they still sound great as long as you stay within the recommended tempo ranges (which are surprisingly broad). I can't say enough about DrumCore3 and I've recommended it to all of! my non-drummer friends. I was a little concerned about the price before purchasing but now that I've had about 6 months to work with it I think that it's well worth every penny.
from Vancouver, BC Canada
July 4, 2011Music Background:
DrumCore is essential for realismFor anyone who creates songs in a studio where it is not possible (or convenient) to set up and mic a real drum kit, DrumCore is the perfect solution for you. This product gives you tonnes of grooves to work with in a format which allows you to easily edit the grooves in your project to further customize them to your needs.
There is a lot of additional content included, but you can also buy expansion packs specific to this product and you can also load ALL of your REX and WAV loops from any other collections you may have. This allows DrumCore to become your main hub for storing and auditioning all of your drum loops, marking your favorites and adding keywords to help you find a style when you need it. It will play loops at any tempo you choose, allowing you to practise while playing them as well.
Easy drag and drop into your DAW when you went to start constructing your song.
I have so many virtual drum libraries (and some really good ones) which allow you to play drum kits via MIDI control. Sometimes the resulting tracks sound fairly realistic, but often they don't cut it and need something more. That's why I usually reach for DrumCore first. There is something magical about a real kit that has been recorded playing a groove in a room with the different kit pieces bleeding into the different mics and creating a cohesive sound. That's what you get when you use this DrumCore material.
You get the same groove performed at different tempos for more authenticity at whatever tempo you are working at, plus you get variations, fills, and often some broken down elements like the hi-hat track by itself so that you can break down sections of your song, or add other elements from elsewhere.
I often find myself mixing and matching elements from different DrummerPacks, which can result in some terrific sounding stuff. And you could also use some DrumCore content and overlay it with virtual drums too. There are MIDI kits for each of the drummers in the DrumCore collection, allowing you to do just that, but of course you are not limited by those kits. You can mix and match anything that sounds good to your ears to create really amazing rhythm tracks with ease.
Also gotta love the "Gabrielize" function which allows DrumCore to randomize the content of a loop for some really nice variations.
The only significant area where this product could use some improvement is when it comes to importing and editing third party content. Since you will want to have the content named and organized usefully you will need to do some manual naming and set some of the parameters when importing third party loops. This can be a little tedious when you have a lot of content which you want to divide into intelligently named sections. Hopefully this will be improved in future versions of the product so that the process is more intuitive and easy to manage.
I strongly recommend this product. In the absence of a real drummer, this is the drum track maker you need in your studio. It has made a huge difference to the realism of my songs, and it will continue to get use on all my new stuff for years to come.
Plug-in Virtual Drum Software with Audio and MIDI Loops, Drum Kits, Searchable Interface, LiveDrummer Technology, and Urban GT and Tempesta II Expansion Packs - Mac/PC - RTAS, AU, VST