The 24-bit sample library features drums collected and played by Pat Mastelotto, drummer for King Crimson, XTC, Mr. Mister and others. Using up to 6 microphones per drum, Larry and Pat recorded 8,330 stereo 24-bit samples and then conﬁgured them as 115 drum kits using 13 new GigaPulse™ rooms created speciﬁcally for the library. Each of the 115 kits is presented in 12 versions for a total of 1,380 drum kits. Many of the best features of the library are made possible using new technology in GigaStudio 3, such as GigaPulse convolution modeling, instrument stacking, multi-placement room reverb, microphone modeling and iMIDI performance rules. "One of the reasons this library sounds amazing is because of TASCAM’s GigaPulse™ technology," explains Larry Seyer, "and the great sounding drum rooms that we recorded to be part of this library – optimized for stereo, 5.1 and 7.1 surround placements. These samples sound like real drums played in real rooms.
"A unique feature of the drum library is our use of positional ‘zones’, explains Larry. "The snares, toms, and hats are not only sampled using multiple velocities, but are sampled across up to 8 positions on the drumhead. These positional zones are mapped across a full octave on the keyboard for incredibly real sounding drum parts. In other words, as you play from left to right on the piano keyboard, you are triggering the samples that were taken from up to 8 different positions on the drum."
Sounds a bit of a handful ;-)