Following nearly a decade of of Stormdrum 1 and 2, EASTWEST is offering up a new collection of percussion samples in Quantum Leap Stormdrum 3 (SD3). They say that this virtual instrument sets a new standard in percussion sound quality and performance, and it is a must for film, TV, and game development. Here's the details directly from EASTWEST
Stormdrum 3 is produced by Nick Phoenix, the creator of the Stormdrum 1 and 2 epic percussion collections, and this latest instrument is the culmination of all things percussion, musicality and big scores. Phoenix collaborated with Mickey Hart, the Grateful Dead's "rhythm devil" and one of the most iconic drummers in rock history, as well as Greg Ellis, Chalo Eduardo, and Remo from Remo Drumheads. Together, the group captured over 90 gigabytes of all new percussion sounds for SD3.
Recorded in famed EASTWEST Studio A, Phoenix had access to two exquisite private collections of instruments when producing Stormdrum 3: He used the best instruments from Mickey Hart's private collection, and instruments hand-picked by Remo himself from his personal collection. All performances are by Mickey Hart and master percussionists Greg Ellis and Chalo Eduardo. Ellis, who has worked with world class artists such as Beck, is a highly sought-after session musician for film and television, and has left his musical stamp on movies such as The Matrix: Reloaded, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, The Chronicles of Narnia and many more. Eduardo is a preeminent percussionist who has worked with Carlos Santana, Sergio Mendes, Stevie Wonder, Ricky Martin, and many others.
Stormdrum 3 features 5 user-controllable mic positions for each instrument (excluding performances), and includes Tempo Synced Percussion performances directed and performed by Mickey Hart, with Greg Ellis, Chalo Eduardo and Nick Phoenix.
Storm Drum 3 includes:
Stormdrum 3 is the first virtual instrument to include EASTWEST's new PLAY 4 software. In PLAY 4, EASTWEST replaced some third party components; added Avid's new AAX format that will allow Pro Tools 11 users to use EASTWEST's virtual instruments 64-bit, greatly improving performance; added new time-stretch software optimized for loops (with sync to sequencer); added a new mixer page (with sub-channels for mic positions), and other new features.
To top it all off, EASTWEST now offers SSL FX from Solid State Logic, the industry leader in mixing technology; and an upgraded EASTWEST reverb. The new FX section is available as an optional upgrade for all legacy EASTWEST PLAY collections, but will be included FREE for SD3 users. Customers who place a pre-order for SD3, scheduled to ship July 15, will be able to use the FX section for other PLAY collections as an additional bonus. The FX section includes a SSL EQ and Dynamics Channel Strip, Transient Shaper, and SSL's legendary Stereo Bus Compressor; plus an upgraded "true stereo" reverb from EASTWEST, and new features.
Now, with it's combination of the new PLAY 4 software, the best sound processing tools available, and world class percussion instruments, Stormdrum 3 is the most advanced percussion virtual instrument to date and a must-have.
Pricing and Availability:
Available on July 15, 2013 for $395.00 / €295
DC Coupled means eurorack friendly!
Richard Nichols gives us a detailed overview of their new oscillator
Patrick was on hand to run through the latest modules on offer from Doepfer