The Original Multitrack Drum Library
Discrete Drums DVDs are no longer available. Discrete Drums' stereo loops are available in the DrumCore 4 AAX/AU/VST3 plug-in library. Loops from Discrete Drums' EarthBeat, Heavy Mental 2, and Kickin' Country have been added to the DC4 library! Many Discrete Drums sets have also been added to RiffWorks guitar recording software as InstantDrummers. Stay tuned by subscribing to Sonoma's newsletter.
Discrete Drums content comes in a variety of formats:
Discrete Drums Pro Sets
- Discrete Drums Pro Sets contain drum recordings in these formats:
Discrete Drums Stereo Sets
- Discrete Drums Stereo Sets contain drum recordings in these formats:
RiffWorks InstantDrummer Sessions
- Portions of Discrete Drums content are available as RiffWorks InstantDrummer sessions, which are compatible with RiffWorks Standard and RiffWorks T4 recording software. The content of these RiffWorks InstantDrummer sessions cannot be accessed outside of RiffWorks and RiffWorks T4, and are not compatible with other DAWS.
Discrete Drums' Multitrack 24 Bit WAV Pro Sets offer the most flexible mixing possibilities, as all tracks are delivered separately. Mix, process, tune, distort, and mangle these drum and percussion tracks to suit your needs. For use in Pro Tools, Logic Audio, Digital Performer, Cubase, Nuendo, Cakewalk, Sonar, and other digital audio sequencers that import WAV files.
The REX and Apple Loops files are sliced and easily tempo stretchable as long as your host program support the REX and Apple Loop file format. WAV files are harder to tempo stretch, although If the host program lets you do time stretching (which most do), you can also change the tempo of the tracks. Just be sure to select all tracks for stretching/compressing. Different host applications will yield different results, but in most cases, you can achieve a decent range in tempo change before audible artifacts begin to appear. Consult your host application docs for instructions.
4/4 time signature is what you generally get with Discrete Drums products. Some collections in the series contain a few 3/4 and 6/8 time signature tracks, but most of the content is 4/4. Please consult each product description for specifics.
The ProTools sessions included in most Discrete Drums Pro Sets (see product descriptions for specifics) are conveniently laid out like full songs, with markers at song segments labeled things like CHORUS, BRIDGE, BREAKDOWN, etc. All of the tracks (i.e. Snare, Kick, Overheads, etc) are clearly labeled and panned correctly. While a part may be labeled BRIDGE for instance, that segment may be used for any part in your song, these are merely suggestions. Multiple fills, intros, and outros are also included in most ProTools sessions.
While there are several short (2 beat to 2 bar) sections such as intros and fills in each song, most sections are 8 or 16 bars.
The Kickin' Country, Rock Series 1, Rock Series 2, and Earthbeat sessions all contain brushed drum selections. Discrete Drums does not currently have any mallet sounds. Sonoma's DrumCore 4, an AAV/AU/VST3 plug-in for most 64-bit recording software, offers mallet and brushed sounds.
Discrete Drums' Drum Loop products are no longer tested or supported for use with BOSS BR-1180 CD & BR-1600CD, Roland CDX-1, VS-2480, VS-1824, Yamaha AW4416 and Akai DPS 16 as we do not have access to these units for testing. This link may help some of you with a BOSS BR-1180 who have a Discrete Drums product that worked on that unit: Using Rhythms from the Discrete Drums CD with your Boss BR-1180CD (PDF)
While we are not currently seeking new drummers to record, this could change at any moment. If you are interested in licensing content to us, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It really depends on your use. If tempo stretching and ease of use are most important to you, Stereo Sets are the way to go. Stereo mixed files are easy to stretch, sound great because they are pre-mixed, and don't take up much hard drive space. If you want complete control over your mix and are interested in processing each layer of drums differently, you need a Pro Set. The multitrack WAV files in Pro Sets give you complete control over every drum sounds because every drum element is separated on its own discrete track. It also should be noted that only Pro Sets contain one shot samples if you are interested in creating your own beats from scratch with a sampler.
DrumCore Discrete Drums products are discontinued and may not work in the current version of Pro Tools. We are not updating Discrete Drums content in that format any longer. Instead, much of Discrete Drums content is now available in DrumCore 4! DrumCore is a plug-in which requires a plug-in host program/DAW. Discrete Drums content was simply audio in various formats for use in DAWs, samplers, and sequencers. DrumCore contains celebrity drum content that is stereo mixed and entirely tempo-stretchable. DrumCore also boasts a very wide range of genres, meters, and styles including rock, jazz, latin, electronic and more. Discrete Drums content is primarily rock, pop, country, metal, and world focused and contains no electronic percussion. Discrete Drums content came in multitrack format which might have been appealing to users who want specific control over their mix. While the original Discrete Drums format is no longer available, Discrete Drums content for DrumCore 4 is now available!
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