DrumCore 4 Guide

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DrumCore 4 Guide


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Quick Start

Simple instructions to get you up and running.

User Guides

Installation and User Guides for Mac and Windows.


Frequently Asked Questions

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DrumCore 4 Quick Start Guide

Read the user guide PDFs included in your DC4 install documents (and linked to below) to learn how to install DrumCore 4, quickly launch it in your DAW (Pro Tools, Logic, GarageBand, Cubase, Studio One, Abelton Live and Digital Performer), and find overviews of DrumCore's Loop Browser, Timeline, Kits, Effects, Settings and Store.

DrumCore 4 Installation and User Guides

DrumCore 4 PDF User Guides are available in your DC4 install documents, and will be updated here as more information is added.

DrumCore 4 Installation Guide (Mac/Win) (3 MB PDF) - Updated 06.10.2016 for DC4 v4.0.8.50

DrumCore 4 User Guide (Mac/Win) (18 MB PDF) - Updated 06.10.2016 for DC4 v4.0.8.50

DrumCore 4 System Requirements

  • Compatible DAWs (64-bit only)*
    • Avid® Pro Tools® 11 and 12 (AAX) (Mac/Win)
    • Apple® Logic Pro® 9 and X (AU) (Mac)
    • Apple® GarageBand® 10 (AU) (Mac)
    • Steinberg® Cubase® 5 and 6 (Win), 7, 8 and 8.5** (Mac/Win) (VST3)
    • PreSonus® Studio One® 2 (VST3), (3 TBD) (VST3/AU) (Mac/Win)
    • Ableton® Live® 9 (AU) (Mac)
    • MOTU® Digital Performer™ 8 and 9 (AU) (Mac)
    • Cakewalk® Sonar® X3 (VST3) (Win)
    • Cockos REAPER 5 (VST3/AU) (Mac/Win)
    • Others TBD (Status of Other DAWs)
  • Mac®
    • Mac OS X 10.8.5 (Mountain Lion), 10.9 (Mavericks), 10.10 (Yosemite), 10.11 (El Capitan)**
    • Intel® Core™ Duo processor (Intel Core 2 Duo or Core i3 or better recommended)
    • 2 GB RAM (4 GB or more recommended)
  • Windows®
    • Windows 7 x64 SP1, Windows 8 x64***
    • Intel Core Duo or AMD Athlon™ X2 processor (Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Athlon X4 or better recommended)
    • 2 GB RAM (4 GB or more recommended)
  • Both Mac and Windows Systems
    • Internet connection for activation and downloading content
    • Monitor with 1280x768 resolution
    • Minimum 200 MB free hard-drive space to install plug-in
    • Content space requirements are as follows:
      • DrumCore 4 Lite - Minimum 5 GB free hard drive space (10 GB for installation)
      • DrumCore Prime Link - Minimum 25 GB free hard drive space (50 GB for installation)
      • DrumCore Prime Flash - Minimum 25 GB free hard drive space (50 GB for installation) - or access content from the included USB Flash drive
      • DrumCore Ultra - Minimum 60 GB free hard drive space - or access content from the included Solid State drive

*Compatibility is subject to change. You must have Administrator Access on your computer to install DrumCore 4.

**Many users report success using DrumCore 4 with Mac OS 10.11 (El Capitan) using these DAWs (Logic Pro X, GarageBand 10, Pro Tools 12.3 and 12.4, Cubase 8.0.3 through 8.5, and Ableton Live 9.2.2 through 9.6), but further testing is needed before we can recommend it. If your DAW is not listed in this paragraph, please consult your manufacturer’s documentation for more information regarding compatibility before upgrading to El Capitan.

***Many users report success using DrumCore 4 with Win 10. Sonoma has no reason to believe DC4 will not work with Win 10, but further internal testing is needed before we can recommend it.

Contact support@sonomawireworks.com with questions.

DrumCore 4 Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What are the differences between DrumCore 4 Lite, DrumCore 4 Prime Link, DrumCore 4 Prime Flash, and DrumCore 4 Ultra?
    DrumCore 4 is an AAX/VST3/AU plug-in instrument with 24-bit audio loops, MIDI loops, multi-velocity sampled drum kits, groove browser, song timeline, mixer, effects and more. Royalty free recordings of celebrity drummers in many styles. Easily integrates with most 64-bit recording software. Each edition below includes the same features, but with varying amounts of content. Additional MIDI and Audio content is available for preview and purchase via the integrated online store.Gone are the days of having to install multiple DVDs and CD-ROMs.

    DrumCore 4 Lite ($49): 4 GB of content, including 24 GrooveSets (1,400 audio loops and 800 MIDI loops) by 13 drummers, and 11 multi-velocity sampled kits. Same kits as its predecessor, KitCore. The plug-in is available as a download. Content is either downloaded from the DrumCore 4 Browser for new customers, or migrated from KitCore for upgrade customers.*

    DrumCore 4 Prime Link ($249): 20 GB of content, including 160 GrooveSets (11,000 audio loops and 2,000 MIDI loops) by 17 drummers, and 100 multi-velocity sampled kits. Same content as its predecessor, DrumCore 3. The plug-in is available as a download. Content is either downloaded from the DrumCore 4 Browser for new customers, or migrated from KitCore or DrumCore 2.5/3 for upgrade customers.*

    DrumCore 4 Prime Flash ($249): Same great content and features as DrumCore 4 Prime Link on a USB 3.0 flash drive. The plug-in and content are available on the drive, providing faster installation for new and upgrade customers.*

    DrumCore 4 Ultra ($639): 45 GB of content, including 265 GrooveSets (21,000 audio loops and 3,000 MIDI loops) by 17 drummers, and 139 multi-velocity sampled kits. Includes the same plug-in and content as DrumCore 4 Prime plus additional GrooveSets from 9 celebrity drummers who have played with these artists: Alan White (Yes and John Lennon), John Tempesta (The Cult, Testament, Exodus, White Zombie, Helmet), Lonnie Wilson (Brooks and Dunn, Rascal Flatts, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw), Luis Conte (Madonna and Clapton), Matt Cameron (Soundgarden and Pearl Jam), Matt Sorum (Guns N Roses and Velvet Revolver), Sly Dunbar (Bob Marley), Terry Bozzio (Zappa, UK and Missing Persons), and Zoro (Lenny Kravitz, Bobby Brown, Sean Lennon). Delivered on a silent and fast USB 3.0 Solid State Drive for a great bundle price. Same content as its predecessor, DrumCore 3 Deluxe. While DrumCore 4 Ultra is the largest bundle of DrumCore 4 content you can buy on a drive, more is available in the DrumCore 4 store. The plug-in and content are available on the drive, providing faster installation for new and upgrade customers.*

    *Additional GrooveSets and drum kits by even more drummers are available for preview and purchase in the integrated DrumCore 4 online store.

    Whichever edition and delivery method you choose, DrumCore 4 now provides more ways of getting the content you need quicker and easier than ever before.

    DrumCore 4 Upgrade Options. Feature comparison chart for DrumCore 4 Lite, Prime and Ultra.

  2. How is DrumCore different from BFD, Battery, Stylus RMX and other similar products?

    Great Content/Celebrity Drummers - DrumCore content is inventive, surprising and invites you to try musical ideas you wouldn't normally try. Not unlike playing with a great drummer, the DrumCore content library is a lot like accessing the brain of a great player and getting a feel for how they approach a beat. You probably wouldn't have programmed it the way they played it, since we don't all think the same way. Additionally, the roster of celebrity drummers included in DrumCore and DrumCore add-on content features some of the best players on the scene today. Having incredible live performances by the world's best drummers in a simple, easy to use interface makes DrumCore the most flexible drum plug-in on the market.

    Easy - DrumCore is refreshingly straightforward, without a steep learning curve, and since no heavy processing is required, you won't peg your computer while creating your rhythm tracks. Songwriters and music for film/television composers (DrumCore's core user base) don't have much time to read manuals and learn everything from the ground up--for that reason, DrumCore is made for users who appreciate simplicity and having great grooves at their fingertips.

    Organic Sounding - Because the DrumCore library contains real recordings of real drummers, the sounds are organic in feel, and stand out among other drum products. The way the drummers are recorded is more about their musical genre and style, rather than trying to make the playing and recording process fit into our audio engine requirements (isolation, etc.).

    Varied Genres and Sonic Versatility - From blues and reggae to hip-hop and bebop, DrumCore content covers a lot of ground. There's also a whole library of add-on GrooveSets and Kits you can purchase in the embedded store, expand the reach of your content library even more. Available genres include: Acoustic, Afro, Alternative, Big Band, Blues, Country, Disco, Drum & Bass, Folk, Funk, Hip Hop, Jazz, Latin, Metal, New Orleans, Pop, Progressive,Punk, R & B, Reggae, Rock, Shuffle, Ska, Soul, Swing, Urban, Waltz, World

    DrumCore Plays Well With Others - The DrumCore 4 plug-in comes in 3 formats: VST3, AAX, and AU making it compatible with most modern DAW programs, and each Kit is both MIDI-mapped, and customizable, making it easy to use with the external controller of your choice.

    Bang-for-the-Buck - Price-wise DrumCore is an incredible deal. With DrumCore 4 Prime you get thousands of grooves by top celebrity drummers and their multi-sampled drum sounds across a multitude of styles for what other products are charging for a few acoustic kits and MIDI beats. DrumCore audio loops also come in a set format, rather than being split across multiple formats as is common with most other loop libraries.

  3. Will DrumCore 4 work in my 64-bit DAW?

    Yes! DrumCore 4 is designed to work in 64-bit DAWs, like ProTools 11 and 12, Logic Pro X, and Ableton Live 9. See compatibility list above.

  4. What is the quality of DrumCore content?

    All of DrumCore 4's audio content is recorded at either 48k/24-bit, or down-sampled from 96k or 192k. All analog-to-digital and digital processing was performed with extra care. Distributed sync and the best converters available were used. The content was recorded in professionally designed private recording studios using a mixture of the latest state-of-the-art digital and analog equipment in addition to a large quantity of vintage equipment. A partial list of equipment used on many of the sessions includes:

    1. SSL 9000 consoles
    2. Pro Tools HD
    3. Vintage and new mic preamps by Focusrite, API, Neve, and Millenia
    4. Compressors made by Empirical Labs, Urei, Teletronix, Manley, DBX and Fairchild
    5. EQ by Pultec (EQP1A) and others
    6. Numerous vintage Neumann microphones (including the M50, U47 FET and tube), Coles ribbon microphones, and the AKG C24

  5. What is a GrooveSet?

    A DrumCore 4 GrooveSet is a series of rhythmic loops (audio loops and/or MIDI loops) that have a cohesive feel to them. DrumCore 4 allows you to browse through the GrooveSets that you own in your content library, or preview and purchase new sets via the DrumCore store. The number of audio and/or MIDI loops varies for each GrooveSet. Drum Kits are sold separately.

  6. Can I use my MIDI controller to trigger DrumCore sounds?

    Yes. DrumCore's kits are all mapped to the General MIDI Level 1 Percussion Key Map, but individual instrument MIDI note assignments can be changed in the Kit Editor, allowing you to create custom maps that work with your specific controller.

  7. Why can't I make changes to the audio loops like I can in the MIDI kits?

    The audio loops are stereo mixed files which cannot be separated into independent drum sounds.

  8. Why are some of the audio loops red?

    With tempo-stretchable audio loops, there is always a limit past which a loop will begin to sound unnatural. If the tempo of your project is beyond the natural range (both too fast and too slow) for a particular loop, the text beneath it will turn red, to let you know that playback might not sound right. For this reason, many of the audio loops in DrumCore were recorded at multiple tempos so that the audio can be stretched across a great range while still sounding perfectly natural, and audio loops that are closest to your project tempo will always deliver the most natural sound. Of course, there are always happy accidents, so when in doubt, let your ears guide you!

  9. Why isn't DrumCore 4 appearing in my list of plug-ins?

    Is your DAW on the DrumCore 4 compatible software list? DrumCore 4 is a 64-bit plug-in and requires a 64-bit host application. Make sure your DAW is 64-bit and is compatible with AAX, VST3, or AU plug-in formats.

  10. My DAW is on the list of compatible software but I still don't see it. Where is it?

    If you are on a Mac and your DAW can operate in both 32-bit and 64-bit mode, it may have opened in 32-bit by default. Open your Applications folder and right-click on your DAW's icon. Select “Get Info.” There should be a check box marked “Open in 32-bit mode”. Make sure this is unchecked and try reopening your DAW. If you still do not see DrumCore, you may want to rescan your plug-in directory. Consult manufacturer's info for your DAW for instructions on how to do this.

  11. I'm dragging audio loops onto the instrument track, and they're not copying over, or if they are, I'm not getting any playback. Why?

    Audio loops must be dragged into an audio track in order to be played. Create an audio track in your session and drag your audio loops into that track to hear playback. Instrument tracks will only work with MIDI information, as they are made to trigger the instrument loaded on them. You can drag MIDI loops to your instrument track, or write a MIDI sequence directly in a region in the track.

  12. How many authorizations am I allowed with DrumCore 4?

    An individual who purchases and registers DrumCore 4 may authorize it on up to two of their own computers. If you need to reset one of your two activations, please contact support@sonomawireworks.com. The DrumCore 4 license agreement allows for one end user per license; only one original registered user per serial number may receive support. The license is non-transferable. Please consult the license agreement included in the product for the full details.

  13. Are these drum recordings royalty-free? Can I use this in music I plan to release publicly?

    Yes, owners of a license to DrumCore 4, and the content they are using in DrumCore 4, may use the content royalty free in their compositions. Please consult the license agreement included on the product for the full details.

  14. How do I give credit to the drummer from DrumCore 4 in my song credits?

    You are not obligated to give credit to the drummer. If you opt to give credit to the drummer in your album liner notes, or elsewhere, it must be clear that it was not created by the drummer directly for you. After the name of the artist, you must put Drums by DrumCore®, or whichever third party manufacturer produced the drums. Please consult the license agreement included on the product for the full details or contact support@sonomawireworks.com.

  15. May I hear some songs created using DrumCore?
    1. Montgomery Sunshine
    2. Well-known artists using DrumCore

  16. Can content from KitCore 2, KitCore Deluxe, DrumCore 2.5, DrumCore 3 or DrumCore 3 Deluxe be migrated to DrumCore 4?

    Yes, qualified upgrade customers will be provided with a tool to migrate previously purchased content to DrumCore 4. Those who qualify for, and purchase a DrumCore 4 upgrade will be given access to, and a license to use, the DrumCore 4 Content Migration Tool. This tool will migrate DrumCore 3, KitCore 2, DrummerPack and KitPack content, that you have a license to use, to DrumCore 4.

  17. What about migrating content from DrumCore 2.5 or 3 to DrumCore 4 Lite?

    Registered users of DrumCore 2.5 and DrumCore 3 cannot upgrade to DrumCore 4 Lite. The DrumCore 4 Lite Upgrade is only for KitCore 2 users. The upgrade path from DrumCore 2.5 and DrumCore 3 is only to DrumCore 4 Prime Link Upgrade, DrumCore 4 Prime Flash Upgrade or DrumCore 4 Ultra Upgrade. The only DrumCore 4 Lite users who will receive the content migration tool are registered KitCore users who purchase the DrumCore 4 Lite upgrade. To purchase an upgrade, go to the DrumCore 4 Upgrade Page, follow the instructions, and you will be directed to the DrumCore 4 upgrade products that you are qualified to purchase.

  18. I want to upgrade from one DrumCore 4 product to another. How can I do this?

    You can learn more about upgrade pricing on the DrumCore 4 upgrade page.

  19. What is Sonoma Wire Works' return policy?

    Software and Drum Content are Not Returnable
    Sorry, software and add-on drum content cannot be returned or refunded if purchased from sonomawireworks.com after June 15, 2016, so please email support@sonomawireworks.com if you need advice about compatibility or version. Sonoma Return Policy

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