DrumCore 4 News:
Beta Testing Begins,
Pre-Order Offers End 9/15, and
A Short History of the Development Process
DrumCore 4 Beta Testing Begins
DrumCore 4 is an AAX/VST3/AU plug-in instrument with royalty-free 24-bit audio loops, MIDI loops, and multi velocity sampled drum kits.
Internal beta testing is going well. The DrumCore 4 Beta will be mailed to the 1st Wave of public beta testers the first week of September (subject to change). Catch a wave...
1st Wave - Mac Only: DrumCore 4 Prime Flash and DrumCore 4 Ultra AAX/VST3/AU Plug-in Beta for 64-bit hosts
2nd Wave - Mac Only: DrumCore 4 Prime Link AAX/VST3/AU Plug-in Beta for 64-bit hosts
3rd Wave - Windows: DrumCore 4 Prime Link, DrumCore 4 Prime Flash, and DrumCore 4 Ultra AAX/VST3/AU Plug-in Beta for 64-bit hosts
4th Wave - Mac and Windows: DrumCore 4 Lite AAX/VST3/AU Plug-in Beta for 64-bit hosts
To apply to the beta program, pre-order DrumCore 4 (Lite, Prime or Ultra) or any DrumCore 4 upgrade. Sonoma will email all pre-order customers with an application to the beta program.
DrumCore 4 Pre-Order Offers End September 15, 2014
Pre-order DrumCore 4 Lite, DrumCore 4 Prime and DrumCore 4 Ultra (or a DrumCore 4 Upgrade) by September 15, 2014 to receive special pre-order pricing and bonus content. Hurry, these offers end soon!
As thanks for your patience for the DrumCore 4 launch, Sonoma is offering every pre-order customer a second free gift. Pre-order customers can use the same unique coupon they receive for bonus drum content a second time!
DrumCore 4 Pre-order and Upgrade Offers through Sept. 15th
Pre-order DrumCore 4 Lite, or upgrade to DrumCore 4 Lite from KitCore or KitCore Deluxe, and get two $30 coupons good toward these DrummerPacks and KitPacks.
- Pre-order DrumCore 4 Prime (Link or Flash) ($199 - $229), or any DrumCore 4 Prime Upgrade, and get two $69 coupons good toward these KitPacks and DrummerPacks.
- Pre-order DrumCore 4 Ultra, or any DrumCore 4 Ultra upgrade, and get two $99 coupons good toward these KitPacks and DrummerPacks.
- Order DrumCore 3 (for at least $199) or DrumCore 3 Deluxe from Sonoma or an authorized dealer, and get the DrumCore 4 Prime Link Upgrade for free ($99 value). Plus get two coupons for $69 toward these KitPacks and DrummerPacks. DrumCore 3 works with 32-bit hosts only. Restrictions apply.
Offers good only for those who order DrumCore 4 (Lite, Prime or Ultra) or a DrumCore 4 Upgrade by September 15, 2014. Pre-order customers will be emailed a coupon code for bonus content within one week of purchase. One coupon use per transaction. If you have all the DrummerPacks on those lists, contact support for options.
Behind the Screens Look at DrumCore 4
DrumCore 4 is finally about to be released, and it's been an incredible journey getting to this point. Take a look at our in-depth new forum post that talks about:
- DrumCore's history
- Our goals for the program
- Challenges we faced
- What lies ahead
The post is a neat behind the scenes look at what goes into software development, and includes some pictures of concepts, wireframes, and finished art.
RiffRumble 24: Beer Song Contest Winners!
Congratulations to musicmayn for winning first prize in Sonoma's RiffRumble 24 beer song contest with his entry, "Hey Brother, Pour Me a Beer." Fellow RiffLink Junkies pooterpatty and mickeymix collaborated with him. Read what musicmayn had to say about his win. Thanks to Nick Perri, American Rock n' Roll guitar player (Silvertide, Shinedown, and more), for selecting this as his favorite song out of the top five Contestants' Choice songs. First prize is $1000 in Sonoma gear, Bucket of Micro Brews, Corkcicle Chillsner Beer Chiller and more.
Thanks to the 50 musicians worldwide who participated in RiffRumble 24 by recording their best "beer" songs with RiffWorks (Mac/Win) or FourTrack (iPhone) on their own, or with up to 4 friends worldwide using RiffLink online song collaboration. Listen to all RiffRumble 24 song entries. Want to participate in the next one? Subscribe to the Sonoma NewsWire for announcements about upcoming contests.
FourTrack and GuitarTone Updated With New Features and Improved iOS 7 Compatibility
FourTrack 7 adds a variety of user requested features and improvements including:
- Updated compatibility with iOS 7
- Dropbox Sync: Upload and store your mixes and projects to your Dropbox account, then share your music by emailing download links to friends.
- AudioCopy 2: Copy and paste audio between other AudioCopy 2 enabled apps
- Playback in background
- GuitarJack Model 2 Control Panel updates
- Updated SongTool Graphics
GuitarTone 2.7.1 adds some essential updates including:
- Updated compatibility with iOS 7
- GuitarJack Model 2 Control Panel Updates
Get more Amp and Effects packs in GuitarTone and they'll be activated in FourTrack and StudioTrack automatically.
Note: GuitarTone 2.7.1 fixes some crashing on iPhones and improves in-app purchasing.
A StudioTrack update is coming soon.
GuitarJack Stage Chosen as "Best of Show" Winner at Macworld/iWorld 2014
GuitarJack Stage, the forthcoming multi-platform pedal controller and audio interface from Sonoma Wire Works, was one of 11 products chosen as "Best of Show" at the Macworld/iWorld 2014 convention.
A video highlight reel of Macworld "Best of Show" winners is available online. An article featuring GuitarJack Stage and preview videos can be found here.
GuitarJack Stage will be available Spring of 2014 and is compatible with Mac/PC/iOS. Learn more about GuitarJack stage here.
Sonoma's Official Macworld 2014 Show Wrap Up
DrumCore 4 Preview Videos
Sonic State captured this preview video of DrumCore 4 at Musikmesse. Sonic State says, "DrumCore 4 uses real recordings of drummers to build a library of component audio building blocks of grooves and fills which can be seamlessly joined together to form your drum track.
Based on audio, there's a limit of how far you can timestretch audio blocks recorded at one tempo, to fit within a target track at a different tempo, but the software handily highlights which selections might not quite work within your composition, so you can be sure of crafting a track which fits together perfectly.
In addition, the audio segments can be presented as MIDI information too, so you can swap out sounds easily."
Sweetwater previewed DrumCore 4 and had this to say, "For many years, DrumCore has been one of the staple drum virtual instruments music producers and professional composers have turned to consistently. Loaded with 20GB of exciting content including over 100 fully sampled drum kits and countless stellar performances by world-class drummers such as Alan White, Terry Bozzio, Sly Dunbar, and many others, DrumCore 4 offers greater versatility than ever before."
Audio Interface and Pedal Control for All of Your Devices
GuitarJack Stage is an audio input/output accessory for Mac, PC and select mobile devices. It offers 24-bit AD/DA converters, 1/4" jacks for all connections, and physical knobs for input level control. Four foot control switches allow you to change presets, adjust tempo, and start and stop recording with your feet, all while playing guitar. Five amp control knobs give you instant access to amp settings without having to be on the amp control screen. More details coming soon. Subscribe to Sonoma News for product announcements.
GuitarJack Stage won Best in Show at Macworld 2014. Watch the interview here.
Audiofanzine captured this GuitarJack Stage video at Musikmesse 2014.
Sonic State captured this GuitarJack Stage preview video at Musikmesse and says, "You might be aware of the high quality yet teeny tiny Sonoma Wire Works GuitarJack audio IO devices for iOS/usb devices ... well, it looks like there's something in the water out Sonoma way, as their latest offering has bulked up somewhat. The new GuitarJack Stage is designed for the rigours of on-stage use, so it's gonna get a bit of foot-booting. Looks like it can handle it though. It's a pedal controller and audio interface, compatible with Mac, Windows and iOS - device powered, but if you do plug it in, it'll charge your iPhone/iPad."
Sweetwater captured this GuitarJack Stage preview video at NAMM and says, "If the original GuitarJack iOS interfaces were any indication, then it’s clear that Sonoma Wire Works is passionate about capturing great-sounding guitar tone. Now they are about to release four new audio interfaces that take the same concept one step farther. While the GuitarJack Stage and GuitarJack Mini are focused on mobile guitar processing and recording, the StudioJack and StudioJack Mini models let you take studio-quality recording capability on the road."
GuitarJack 2 USB Review
"As a guitar input/output interface using an iOS device as the "brains" (e.g. for guitar effects processing), or simply for guitar recording, the GuitarJack 2 USB has the same killer audio quality and tone as the original [GuitarJack Model 2]; if you’re serious about getting great sound from your guitar to your iOS device or laptop and hearing it back out again, these interfaces have few peers[...]it can be used with iOS devices, Windows PCs, and Macs equally handily, and it’s sturdy and sounds dynamite. As a portable recording/listening solution for any and all audio computer devices out there, it’s hard to beat." - Mike Metlay Recording Magazine
GuitarJack 2 USB Works on iPhone 5
As of iOS 7 GuitarJack 2 USB has added compatibility with iPhone 5, iPhone 5S and iPhone 5c! It continues to work with Mac OS, Windows and iPad.
GuitarJack 2 USB is Compatible with:
- Mac OS 10.6, 10.7 and 10.8
- Windows XP, Windows 7* and Windows 8
- iPad 4, iPad mini (and iPhone 5, 5c and 5S as of iOS 7) using Apple's Lightning to USB Camera Adapter (not included)
- iPad 3, iPad 2 and iPad using Apple's iPad Camera Connection Kit (not included)
- Android devices to be determined.
GuitarJack Model 2 is Compatible with New iOS Devices using Apple's Lightning to 30-pin Adapter
Sonoma's GuitarJack Model 2 high quality iOS audio interface works great with iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5S, iPod touch (5th gen.), iPad mini and iPad with Retina display while using Apple's Lightning to 30-pin Adapter cable with and without a CableJive dockXtender cable. Recording with FourTrack through GuitarJack's 1/4 inch and 1/8 inch inputs separately and simultaneously was tested along with GuitarJack's other features, and all is working well. Because the lightning adapter is purely digital, GuitarJack's sound quality remains incredibly dynamic and clear.