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Sonoma Wire Works DrumCore 4 Ultra

Virtual Drum Instrument
Published March 2017
By Tom Flint

Sonoma Wire Works DrumCore 4 Ultra

DrumCore users have been waiting a very long time for a new version, but version 4 is finally here — and available for both Mac and PC.

When DrumCore first appeared in the pages of SOS, way back in February 2005, it was a loop-auditioning interface that enabled musicians and producers with hard drives full of audio and MIDI loops to organise their collections of files. At that stage it was a Mac OS X-only product that couldn’t be used as a plug-in, but it did include a very desirable drum library featuring contributions from some of the world’s best drummers.

Version 2, reviewed in December 2006, introduced tempo-sync via Rewire, more MIDI and audio loops played by world-famous musicians, and support for REX2 and Acidized files, but although both PC and Mac versions were available at that point, the software still didn’t integrate as a plug-in. When its developers, Submersible Music, finally produced a plug-in, it was a version of their KitCore virtual instrument, which had been developed to provide a simple and cost-effective way for people to make use of the drummer MIDI libraries. It was the first of Submersible’s drum-related products I had the opportunity to review and I found it very easy to use.

Soon after KitCore’s arrival, DrumCore 3 was unveiled, and this time it worked as both a stand-alone product and a VST/ RTAS/ AU plug-in. While the stand-alone component closely resembled previous...

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Published March 2017