Yamaha has partnered with two leading names in audio, Sonic Reality, a sound development company that "samples everything," and Ocean Way Recording, one of the world's top studios, to bring incredible new drum kit sounds to the MOTIF XS line of Yamaha music production workstations. The sounds will be available for download and purchase on Keyfax New Media's motifator.com website.
Ocean Way Drums by Sonic Reality is a top drum software plug-in, winning Keyboard magazine's coveted "Key Buy" award and Electronic Musician's "Editor's Choice" award for best sample-based plug-in of 2008. GrammyÂ®-winning engineer/producers Allen Sides and Steven Miller recorded and mixed the collection in Ocean Way's legendary Studio B in Los Angeles, site of classic recordings by Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole, along with contemporary artists Radiohead, Green Day, Kanye West, and Eric Clapton. The company sampled 19 drum kits in this incredible room with top of the line mics and audiophile recording equipment and the new Ocean Way Drums DL and Silver Editions offer some of the best quality bang for the buck in software drum plug-ins.
Offering considerable value, the new sounds for the DTX drum sets include the Ocean Way Drums XSpand Your World Kit 10m, a free download that is part of the XSpand Your World Motif XS promotion. Top Motif programmer David Polich created this Medium Dry to Ambient Mix collection specifically for Yamaha's Motif XS Workstation.
"I've enjoyed using my Motif XS as both a workstation and a midi controller for Sonic Reality plug-ins such as Ocean Way Drums and Infinite Player," said Dave Kerzner, CEO of Sonic Reality. "While virtual instruments like Ocean Way Drums DL were designed to be played best from a quality keyboard such the Motif XS, we thought it would also be great to offer top quality sounds in native Motif format so it can be loaded right into the keyboard's RAM."
Another free download available as part of the promotion is Sonic Reality's Sonic Reality's Drum Masters XSpand Your World 2 Style Kits, which includes multi-sampled recordings of the following drum sets:
The new Sonic Reality Drum Masters XS British Kit 4-Pack ($79.99), available for purchase from downloadablesoundz.com and motifator.com, includes four unique-sounding, multi-sampled drum sets, including:
Also available is the Sonic Reality Drum Masters XS Classic Kits 4 Pack ($79.99), available at downloadablesoundz.com and motifator.com, which includes four unique-sounding, multi-sampled drum sets, including:
Another promotion, called the Best of Both Worlds â€“ Hardware and Software United, provides all MOTIF users with a special Download Card coupon to buy the Ocean Way Drums DL Edition plug-in or the Drum Masters/Infinite Player plug-in at a special discount from http://www.downloadablesoundz.com. A free trial version of both software plug-ins is available from the user area of sonicreality.com.