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DrumCore 4 Ultra Review by Sonoma Wire Works

Over the last months and years, a large number of new virtual drum instruments have arrived. The drum packages come typical with a starter option and allow you to upgrade the content through additional purchases. In this market, there is a hidden gem that you may not know: DrumCore 4

DrumCore 4 is drum library featuring contributions from some of the world’s best drummers. The included drum recordings are shared as MIDI and actual records (loop) from the performance.

DrumCore 4 comes in four editions Lite, Prime Link, Prime Flash, and Ultra. Depending on the version you select you to receive more or less content. There is also a store included which is available in all versions. Through the store, you can add drum loop and MIDIs on low costs per drummer.

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The lower end versions of DrumCore 4 could make sense for you if you want that artist recording that anyhow available in the store. When it comes to the content bundled in, I would recommend Prime with and possibly upgrade later to Ultra or the Ultra version to start. Sonoma Wire Works did send a review copy with no strings attached. The review version is Ultra edition of DrumCore 4

Installation

You download and activate the application and plugin. Depending on your version you can then also download all included content. Downloading the Ultra content did take some time as the program pull every single file one by one from the server. The DrumCore 4 plugin supports the download, and you need to run the plugin to download. There is an option to get the included content shipped to you on a USB or SSD drive when you select one of the top 2 tier editions. While Sonoma’s online store supports only U.S. shipping addresses, they can ship almost anywhere. Email sales@sonomawireworks.com for details.

Sound

With the reviewed Ultra version of DrumCore 4 recordings from 18 drummers resulting in 139 multi-velocity sampled kits, 265 Groove Kits, more than 22,000 Loops, and more than 3,000 MIDI files are included. While this sounds like a large amount of content, you do see the value of the additional sounds through the integrated store when diving into specific styles.

The sound of the recorded loops and the quality of the MIDIs provided is exceptional good. When you use the MIDIs, you can select the drums playing. Through this possibility, I could create some great sounding tracks where I use an included midi and played it through a different drum kit. You can drag and drop the MIDI files directly to your DAW. Before dragging the MIDIs, you can also construct grooves in DrumCore and when you are happy to drag them over into your DAW. The possibility to build your grooves by making rhythm arrangements within the DrumCore timeline is one of the many great features of this tool offers.

The included loops can be used in a significant way that you add (or replace) a drummer into your score that would not be available to you for your scoring sessions normally. The included store is adding new styles if needed. A great feature shows only owned tracks to start with what you have and add later anything from the store that you need. This also helps to manage your expense. Items included in the store can be previewed in the browser.

Over 25 famous drummers’ drum audio loops, MIDI loops, and/or drum kits are available as either part of the DC4 edition you purchase or as add-ons in DC4’s store: Jeff Anthony (Sheryl Crow), John Bishop (Bobby McFerrin, Mark Murphy, Ernie Watts), Terry Bozzio (Jeff Beck, Frank Zappa, Missing Persons), Tony Braunagel (Bonnie Raitt, Taj Mahal, Robert Cray), Bill Bruford (Yes, UK, King Crimson, Genesis), Matt Cameron (Sound Garden, Pearl Jam), Luis Conte (Madonna, Shakira, Santana, Phil Collins, Sergio Mendes), Ned Douglas (No Doubt, Katie Perry, Dave Stewart, Simply Red), Sly Dunbar (Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Black Uhuru, Jimmy Cliff), Graham Hawthorne (Beyonce, Kid Rock, David Byrne, Paul Simon), Fabrice Dupont (Jennifer Lopez, Mark Ronson, Queen Latifa, Bon Jovi), Gregg Keplinger (Herb Ellis, Carter Jefferson), Steve Gadd (Paul Simon, Steely Dan, Aretha Franklin, Eric Clapton), Terence Higgins (Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Norah Jones, The Black Crowes), Billy Martin (Medeski, Martin and Wood, Iggy Pop, Maceo Parker), Mitch Mitchell-Style RetroDrums by Billy Martin (Jimi Hendrix Experience), Jonathan “Sugarfoot” Moffett (Michael Jackson, Madonna, Elton John), Stephen Perkins (Jane’s Addiction, Porno for Pyros, Nine Inch Nails), Bernard Purdie (Aretha Franklin, Nina Simone, James Brown, Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, John Lee Hooker, B.B. King, Hall & Oates, Steely Dan), Michael Shrieve (Santana, The Rolling Stones, Steve Winwood), Ben Smith (Heart, Taj Mahal, Peter Frampton), Matt Sorum (Guns N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver, The Cult), DJ Syze-up (UltraNate, Jamiroquai, Jeff Beck), John Tempesta (The Cult, Testament, Exodus, White Zombie, Helmet), Gary Thompson (Paul Allen and The Underthinkers, Vulcan Inc. Session Musician, Q5, TKO), Chuck Treece (McRad, Bad Brains, Scott Storch, Urge Overkill), Alan White (John Lennon, Yes, The Plastic Ono Band), Lonnie Wilson (Brooks and Dunn, Rascal Flatts, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw), Zoro (Lenny Kravitz, Bobby Brown, Sean Lennon)

Through DrumCore’s mixer page you assign basic effects and can retune and modify individual layers.

DrumCore Mixer

A typical DrumCore user who is making the investment into this plugin has additional third-party tools available in the DAW. When it comes to drum specific effects, compressor or EQs, I will use those effects in my DAW. With the update to 4.1 Sonoma Wire Works has added multi-out routing with seven dedicated stereo auxiliary outputs. The full drum mix is still being sent to the primary stereo output, while the sub-mixes are routed to the auxiliary outputs.

User interface & Usability

The UI has been designed to allow you to quickly find your groove based on needed style or selected drummer. MIDI loops and real recordings are grouped. Overall this is a clean and easy to use Interface.

Rating:  Five out of five stars

DrumCore 4 Ultra includes a large number of ready to use and substantially performed drum loops and fills, very usable MIDIs and exceptionally good sounding drum kits.

Overall DrumCore 4 Ultra is a unique tool to add the world’s top drummers in your productions and even edit the performance or change the used drum kit. If you are a mix-engineer, who need to replace a badly performed drum in your track, a songwriter who needs a drummer playing parts of the score or a producer who want to add some exceptional (virtual) member to the group of musicians they are promoting.

With DrumCore you can establish your drum track and different from so many other tools the result is performed in an excellent way and top sound notch.

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