Sonic Reality Ocean Way Drums Gold Edition [11 DVD][VST/DXi/RTAS/AU/HYBRID]
Discrete Recording/Mixing Technique
Audiophile gurus, Allen Sides and Steven Miller developed a unique, discrete multi microphone recording and mixing technique. Utilizing up to 13 separate mono and stereo sound sources per instrument (including 3 sets of stereo room mics), this technique captures the sound of each instrument with startling audiophile clarity and enables the end user to independently adjust each drum and cymbal within the kit from tight and dry, all the way to wide and ambient.
All audio was recorded through Studio B's custom, one-of-a-kind console, considered to be the most astonishingly clear board in existence. Very little eq or compression was used, but when it was, highly modified classic gear from Neve®, API®, Ueri®, Fairchild® was utilized.
Natural Room Acoustics
The drums were placed in the rear right corner of historic Studio B, considered by most producers and engineers to be the "sweet spot" with the most low end punch.
Because the wonderful acoustics, each instrument was able to be recorded at the optimal distance and angle and with the microphones that best captured the full frequency and dynamic range of that instrument.
The multiple sets of stereo room mics picked up the room's natural ambience at various distances from the drums. Each separate room source presents its own unique sonic color, and when the various room sources are blended together, they present unlimited tonal options.
Allen Sides and Steven Miller created 6 "mix presets" per drum kit to instantly provide killer sounding, record quality mixes. Presets can be instantly changed either as an entire set, or, individually per instrument within a drum set. There are 6 separate pre sets for both the mono snare drum (57) and the stereo snare drum (C12A).
Beyond the pre sets, adjustments can easily be made and saved to all of the individual sound sources within EACH instrument of EVERY drum kit. This, along with control of pitch, pan, envelope, velocity and balance of the stereo submasters, gives users total control of the mix and provides unlimited possibilities.
Triggering Ocean Way Drums from existing audio is best accomplished in conjunction with Wave Machine Labs' Drumagog. You can transform any drum performance recorded in a less than optimum environment into that "major label" sound. Step by step instructions for both Mac and PC users are included in the manual.
Snare Presets: 57 and C12A
Six close microphones were used to record the snare drum - two C12A´s about eighteen inches above the drum head, two custom 57´s two inches from the head, and two 55P´s five inches under the bottom head.
Since there are numerous ways in which to utilize the six mics, Ocean Way Drums offers two Presets which represent the opposite ends of the sonic spectrum. The "C12A" versions utilize both C12A´s in stereo (panned hard left and right) along with both under snare mics in stereo (also panned hard left and right). The "57" versions utilize one or the other custom 57 in mono without under snare mics. Many of the Pre Sets for both the "C12A" and "57" versions do include some amount of "Thwack," which is a highly compressed mic signal to be added to your dry, uncompressed drums.
Snare On and Snare Off
Snare On and Snare Off versions refer specifically to the sound of the Kick Drum and the Toms. Snare On means that the Kick and Toms include the rattle of the snare drum. Snare Off means that the snares were turned off during the striking of the Kick and Toms.
Multi Channel Output
Ocean Way Drums is a multi output virtual instrument. Every channel in the mixer can be routed to a separate stereo or mono input in your DAW. Even though the default is stereo, you have custom controll over your output configuration and can make simple pre sets for any and all situations.
Loading the Sounds
You can load the sounds of Ocean Way Drums either as individual instruments, or as entire drum kits
Two types of patches are included: Instruments and Multis
|Instruments are individual drums (kick, snare, hat, toms, ride cymbal, crash cymbals.) Multis are entire Drum Kits - a combination of individual drums The Instruments and Multis are broken up into two folders labeled IMAP ( for use with a MIDI keyboard) and V-Drum (for use with drum pads). Withi
n these folders, you have a choice of Snare On" and Snare Off" as well as a choice between the snare 57 and snare C12A presets. |
Custom Drum Kits
Building custom kit multis are a snap. You can make changes to an existing kit or put together a kit from scratch. It´s easy to "mix and match" instruments from one kit with instruments from another. The sheer number of different kicks, snares, toms, hats and cymbals provides many possibilities.
All drum kits and individual instruments come mapped for both MIDI keyboard and drum pads. Ocean Way Drums´ custom programming helps you perform realistic drum tracks - down to even the most subtle nuances of the groove.
|Up to 32 dynamics per hit Left and right stick hits for every drum and cymbal - providing startling realism Dedicated keys for rolls, ghost notes, cymbal swells, alt hits, etc 8 keys for the positions of the snare - from center to edge 4 keys for the kicks 9 different hi hat variations from foot and closed to open 6 alternate hits per tom Efficient key switching for instantly changing pre sets |