DrumCore 4 Guide

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DrumCore 4 Quick Start Guide

  • Check that your system is compatible with DrumCore 4.
  • DC4 Lite or Prime Link: Download the installer and your serial number.
    DC4 Prime Flash or Ultra: Find the Installer on your drive and find your serial number on the registration card.
  • Install the plugin.
  • Create an instrument track in your DAW and load DrumCore.
  • Enter your serial number and other info on the registration page
  • You will receive an email with your iLok activation code.Don’t activate anonymously if you want to manage your license. See iLok FAQ below.
  • Press the Activate button and the paste the code in the iLok window
  • DC4 Lite or Prime Link: A portion of your content is installed on your computer. Download the rest of your content in DC4's SETTINGS panel.
    DC4 Prime Flash or Ultra: Your content is accessible on your drive.
  • See Chapter 2 in the DC4 User Guide PDF for how to use DC4 in your specific DAW.

Helpful Resources:

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 and Migration Guide (Mac/Win) (3 MB PDF) - v4.3 Updated 8/29/17

DrumCore 4 User Guide (Mac/Win) (18 MB PDF) - v 4.3 Updated 9/4/17

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 and 3 (AU Mac/VST3 Win)
    • Ableton® Live® 9 (AU) (Mac)
    • MOTU® Digital Performer™ 8 and 9 (AU) (Mac)
    • Cakewalk® Sonar® X3 (VST3) (Win)
    • Cockos REAPER 5 (AU Mac/VST3 Win)
    • Acoustica Mixcraft 8 (VST3 Win)
    • Tracktion 7 (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), macOS Sierra (10.12)
    • 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, Windows 10 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 minimum 1280x800 resolution (right click anywhere to set the zoom factor between 50%-100% for smaller screens)
    • 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 120 GB Solid State drive

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

DrumCore 4 Frequently Asked Questions

    What is DrumCore 4?
  1. What are the differences between DC4 editions (Lite, Prime Link, Prime Flash, and Ultra)?
  2. How is DrumCore different from BFD, Battery, Stylus RMX and other similar products?
  3. Will DrumCore 4 work in my 64-bit DAW?
  4. What is the quality of DrumCore content?
  5. How were the audio loops recorded, how are they displayed, and how many audio loops are included in DrumCore 4?
  6. What are GrooveSets and Drum Kits?
  7. May I hear previews and music created using DrumCore?

  8. How Do I Upgrade or Update DrumCore?
  9. Can content from KitCore 2, KitCore Deluxe, DrumCore 2.5, DrumCore 3 or DrumCore 3 Deluxe be migrated to DrumCore 4?
    What content will not be migrated?
  10. What about migrating content from DrumCore 2.5 or 3 to DrumCore 4 Lite?

  11. How Do I Install DrumCore 4?
  12. Do I have to install DrumCore 4 on my computer, or can I move DC4 and DC4 content to an external drive?
  13. Is an iLok account or dongle required for DrumCore 4?
  14. How many authorizations am I allowed with DrumCore 4?
  15. What are eye and cloud icons? How does downloading content work?
  16. Why are there different numbers of MIDI loops than audio loops?
  17. Why isn't DrumCore 4 appearing on my computer or in my DAW's list of plug-ins?

  18. How do I Use DrumCore 4?
  19. How do I find the right groove for my song in DrumCore 4?
  20. Can I use my MIDI controller to trigger DrumCore sounds?
  21. Can I change the levels for each individual drum?
  22. Can I change the sounds for each individual drum?
  23. Why can't I make changes to the audio loops like I can in the MIDI kits?
  24. Why are some of the audio loops red?
  25. 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?
  26. Where is the DrumCore 4 Store for purchasing add-on content for DrumCore 4?

  27. What are Sonoma's Policies?
  28. Are these drum recordings royalty-free? Can I use this in music I plan to release publicly?
  29. How do I give credit to the drummer from DrumCore 4 in song credits?
  30. What is Sonoma Wire Works' return policy?


    WHAT IS DRUMCORE 4?

    DrumCore 4 is an AAX/VST3/AU plug-in instrument with 24-bit audio drum loops, MIDI drum loops, multi-velocity sampled drum kits, groove browser, song timeline, mixer, effects and more. DC4 includes royalty-free recordings of celebrity drummers in many styles. DC4 easily integrates with most 64-bit recording software.


  1. What are the differences between DC4 editions (Lite, Prime Link, Prime Flash, and Ultra)?

    DrumCore 4 is available in three editions that contain the same plug-in. The differences are how it is delivered to you (download, USB Flash drive, or Solid State drive) and how much content (GrooveSets and Drum Kits) is included by famous drummers who have played with the bands listed below. All editions can be expanded with content by more than 25 drummers in DrumCore 4’s built-in store.

    • 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. Many of the same kits as its predecessor, KitCore. DrumCore 4 Lite is available as a download.*

      Lite includes content by 13 drummers: Alan White (Yes, Lennon), Ben Smith (Heart), Jeff Anthony (Sheryl Crow), John Bishop (Bobby McFerrin), Lonnie Wilson (Brooks & Dunn), Luis Conte (Sergio Mendes), Matt Sorum (Velvet Revolver), Michael Shrieve (Santana), Ned Douglas (Dave Stewart), Sly Dunbar (Bob Marley), Terry Bozzio (Missing Persons), Tony Braunagel (Bonnie Raitt), and Zoro (Lenny Kravitz). DC4 Lite Content List

    • DrumCore 4 Prime ($249): 20 GB of content, including 160 GrooveSets (10,000 audio loops and 2,000 MIDI loops) by 17 drummers, and 100 multi-velocity sampled kits. Prime Link is available as a download, and Prime Flash is delivered on a high quality 32 GB USB 3.0 flash drive for quick installation and easy portability.

      Prime includes all of the DC4 Lite content (with even more content from many of the drummers in Lite), plus content from 4 more drummers: Gregg Keplinger (Herb Ellis, Carter Jefferson), John Tempesta (The Cult, Testament), Matt Cameron (Sound Garden, Pearl Jam), and Stephen Perkins (Jane's Addiction, Porno for Pyros, Nine Inch Nails). DC4 Prime Content List

    • DrumCore 4 Ultra ($639): 50 GB of content, including 265 GrooveSets (21,000 audio loops and 3,000 MIDI loops) by 18 drummers, and 139 multi-velocity sampled kits. Delivered on a silent and fast 120 GB USB 3.0 Solid State Drive with space to add more content from the DrumCore 4 store. The plug-in and content are available on the drive, providing faster installation for new and upgrade customers. The external hard drive makes it easy to install and use DrumCore in different studios.*

      Ultra includes all of the DC4 Lite and Prime drum content (with much more content by many of the drummers in Prime), plus content by an additional drummer: Terence Higgins (Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Norah Jones, The Black Crowes). DC4 Ultra Content List

    *Additional GrooveSets and/or Drum Kits by more drummers are available for preview and purchase in the store that is integrated into the DrumCore 4 plug-in. See the Drummer Bios page for more information. Upgrade customers, see the Content Migration FAQ.

    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.

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


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

    Great Content - DrumCore content is inventive, surprising and invites you to try new musical ideas. Not unlike playing with a great drummer, using DrumCore is 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. Having incredible live performances by the world's best drummers in a simple, easy to use interface makes DrumCore the most flexible drum plugin on the market.

    Easy - DrumCore is refreshingly straightforward, without a steep learning curve. 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 main user base) don't have much time to read manuals. 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, and stand out among other drum products. Each drummer was recorded to fit their musical genre and style.

    Varied Genres and Sonic Versatility - From blues and reggae to hip-hop and metal, DrumCore content covers a lot of ground. There's also a whole library of add-on GrooveSets and Kits in DC4's store, so you can expand the reach of your content library even more.

    DrumCore Plays Well with Others - TDrumCore Plays Well with Others - The DrumCore 4 plugin comes in 3 formats: VST3, AAX, and AU making it compatible with most modern DAWs, 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?

    DrumCore 4 is designed to work with most 64-bit DAWs, like ProTools 11 and 12, Logic Pro X, and more. 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. How were the audio loops recorded, how are they displayed, and how many audio loops are included in DrumCore 4?

    DrumCore includes the best drummers of each genre performing authentic grooves, using their own drums, in top-of-the-line studios. Many of the Grooves in DrumCore were recorded at multiple tempos to capture the nuances of the performances of the artists playing at different tempos. Each of the recordings that were made at a specific tempo is a loop. DrumCore presents a single icon for a multi-tempo Groove, which represents related loops in a GrooveSet. DrumCore shows you only the loops that work best for the tempo of your project, making it easy to find what you need. No need to sift through the entire list of files yourself, DrumCore will help you find what you need quickly! When a Groove icon is selected, DC4 plays the loop that was recorded at the tempo closest to your project tempo. When you click on a Groove icon, the information displayed to the right of the large waveform shows the actual loop tempo and file name.

    There are Content Lists and a chart that list how many GrooveSets and Audio Loops are included each edition of DrumCore 4.

    Because DrumCore shows you only the loops you need for your project tempo, the number of icons in your DrumCore 4 Browser will appear to be fewer than the number of loops in your DrumCore library folder and in the Content Lists on the website.


  6. What are GrooveSets and Drum Kits?

    A 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 GrooveSets using the store in DrumCore 4. The number of audio and/or MIDI loops varies for each GrooveSet. See more regarding audio loops in the FAQ below. Content Lists of GrooveSets for each edition of DrumCore 4. Additional GrooveSets are $4.99 - $14.99 each.

    Drum Kits are multi-velocity sampled drum kits, including kits by many of the drummers featured on the DrumCore Drummer Bios page. Drum Kits are sold separately from GrooveSets for $4.99 each. List of Drum Kits for each edition of DrumCore 4.

    Each edition of DrumCore 4 includes the same plug-in with various amounts of content:
    DC4 Lite ($49) includes 24 GrooveSets and 11 Kits (35 x $4.99 = $174 content value)
    DC4 Prime ($249) bundles 160 GrooveSets and 100 Kits (260 x $4.99 = $1200 content value)
    DC4 Ultra ($639) bundles 265 GrooveSets and 139 Kits (404 x $4.99 = $2000 content value)
    Numbers are subject to change.


  7. May I hear previews and music created using DrumCore?
    1. Audio Previews of DrumCore 4
    2. DrumCore 4 Demo Video by ILIO (DrumCore 4 drums were used in the audio track)
    3. Listen to songs on SoundCloud that used DrumCore for backing tracks
    4. Theraflu® ExpressMax® Caplets TV Commercial
    5. Montgomery Sunshine (Recorded by Stephen Poff with DrumCore as the backing tracks)
    6. Well-known artists talk about using the sounds of DrumCore
    7. Preview Players are built into the DrumCore 4 Browser and Store (in the plug-in)


  8. HOW DO I UPGRADE OR UPDATE DRUMCORE?

    Upgrade pricing is on the DrumCore 4 upgrade page. Email support@sonomawireworks.com with your serial number (or ask them to look it up for you). Tell them which DC4 upgrade product you'd like, and they'll be happy to help steer you in the right direction.

    Looking to update your DrumCore 4.x version to the newest version number, see the Release Notes in the forum for the current version and update instructions.


  9. Can content from KitCore 2, KitCore Deluxe, DrumCore 2.5, DrumCore 3 or DrumCore 3 Deluxe be migrated to DrumCore 4?
    What content will not be migrated?

    Yes, qualified customers who have purchased an upgrade from KitCore 2 or DrumCore 3 to DrumCore 4 will be provided with a tool to migrate select 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 Migration Tool. This tool will migrate select DrumCore 3, KitCore 2, DrummerPack and KitPack content that you have a license to use, that is installed on your computer, and that is also available in DrumCore 4's embedded store, to DrumCore 4.

    If you do not want to install your previous version of DrumCore or KitCore, you DO NOT have to use the Migration Tool. Instead, you may download the content that is part of the DC4 edition you purchased. If you purchased add-on content for your previous edition of DrumCore or KitCore, simply email support@sonomawireworks.com with proof of purchase, so we can give it to you to download within DC4.

    Content that will NOT be migrated: non-DrummerPack content and non-KitPack content, and the DrummerPacks that Sonoma no longer has license to offer (e.g. Big Fish Audio's Bone Crushing Drums, Brain: One Stroke Done, Brush Artistry, Jazz Drums, and Roots of South America), and the Bun E. Carlos DrummerPack from Sonic Reality.

    Please see the DrumCore4InstallandMigrationGuide.pdf that is installed on your computer (page 10). The DrumCore 4 Installation and Migration Guide is also here. We recommend following those instructions for best results.


  10. 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, and you will be directed to the DrumCore 4 upgrade products that you are qualified to purchase.


  11. HOW DO I INSTALL DRUMCORE 4?

    See the DrumCore 4 Installation Movies and Quick Start above, and see the DC4 Install Guide for the most complete instructions.


  12. Do I have to install DrumCore 4 on my computer, or can I move DC4 and DC4 content to an external drive?

    For DC4 Lite, you'll need to install the 1.5 GB initial install on your computer's hard drive. It is possible, after installing the 1.5 GB, to change the location of the content (not the plug-in) to an external drive, then download the remaining 2.5 GB of DC4 Lite content to an external drive.

    For DC4 Prime Link, you'll need to install the 4.11 GB initial install on your computer's hard drive. It is possible, after installing the 4.11 GB, to change the location of the content (not the plug-in) to an external drive, then download the remaining 15+ GB of DC4 Prime Link content to an external drive.

    For DC4 Prime Flash and Ultra, the content can be stored on the drive. If you run out of room on the flash drive, you can move the content to a larger drive.

    The DC4 plug-in (about 100 MB) and Migration Tool (28 MB), if you need that, must reside on your computer.
    The DC4 content may be moved to an external drive before or after downloading more content within the plug-in. Here's how:

    • In DC4, click the Settings tab. By default, DC4 sets the path to one of these locations, depending on your OS and product version:
      • Ultra and Prime Flash for Mac and Windows: /DC4/DrumCore
      • Prime Link and Lite for Mac: /Library/Application Support/DrumCore
      • Prime Link and Lite for Windows: C:\ProgramData\DrumCore
    • Click the button that says, 'Choose DrumCore Path'. A dialog box will open, allowing you to navigate to your desired content location.
    • Select the desired folder and click, 'Open'.


    For more about how to copy or move the location of your DrumCore 4 content, see the User Manual section 7.2.1.


  13. Is an iLok account or dongle required for DrumCore 4?

    An iLok account is not required, but is recommended in order to activate on two machines and manage licenses independently, without having to contact Sonoma support. If you register DrumCore 4 without using an iLok account, you will need to contact support if you need to change computers or make other license changes.

    An iLok dongle is optional for DrumCore 4. You can activate a DC4 license on your computer, without an iLok dongle. iLok version 1 dongles (blue) are not compatible with DrumCore 4, only version 2 (black or grey) or 3 (silver) dongles may be used. You will be prompted to select whether you want your license to be tied to your computer, or to an iLok dongle. If choosing to use an iLok dongle, you must have an iLok dongle plugged into your computer during installation.

    The DC4 installer will install the iLok License Manager on your computer (appears as PACE License Support in the Windows installer.) The iLok License Manager makes it easy to manage your licenses and move them between computers and iLoks. See FAQ above for authorization info.


  14. 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. The DrumCore 4 license agreement allows for one user per license; only one original registered user per serial number may receive support. The license is not transferable to another individual. Please consult the license agreement included in the product for the full details.

    During DrumCore 4 registration, it is recommended that you sign into your iLok account when asked, so you will be able to manage your DrumCore 4 activations. If you sign into your iLok account when registering, you can activate upto two machines or iLoks with your serial number, and you can manage your activations. If you activate without signing in to an iLok account (anonymously), you will not be able to manage your activations, and you will need to contact support if you wish to activate DrumCore 4 on another computer. Please email support@sonomawireworks.com if you require assistance. Follow the DrumCore 4 Installation Guide.


  15. What are eye and cloud icons? How does downloading work?

    Eye Icon (Unowned/Preview): DC4's Browser will indicate which loops you don't own yet, but can preview, with eye icons. Clicking on any loop with this icon on it will download a preview to your content library. Once it downloads, the icon will turn into a play button. If you wish to purchase a GrooveSet, click the button next to the GrooveSet description in DC4's Browser to go to DC4's Store page for that product.

    Cloud Icon (Owned): DC4's Browser will indicate which loops you own, but have not installed, with cloud icons. When you click a GrooveSet or Drum Kit with a cloud icon, the content starts downloading. DC4's library is so large that several options are available for content access.

    DC4's library is so large that several options are available for you to access content:
    1. Drive: DC4 Lite/Link users may upgrade to a DrumCore Prime Flash or Ultra drive from Sonoma or select worldwide dealers.
    2. Download: Improved in v4.3, DC4 Lite/Link users can go to DC4's SETTINGS tab and "Download All Owned Content" with one click; queue several downloads by clicking each GrooveSet's cloud icon - the SETTINGS tab will show download progress for each file; or upgrade to Flash or Ultra to install from a drive. When you purchase add-on content in DC4's Store the same download options apply. DC4 must remain open while downloading. There are a number of factors that will affect the download speed, like your computer's capabilities, how heavily Sonoma's servers are being accessed, and how much space you have remaining on your drive where your DC4 library is stored (flash drive, external drive, or computer). If that drive becomes full, DC4 can't download more content.
    3. Migrate: DrumCore 2.5, DC3 and KitCore Upgrades: Migrating is faster than downloading. If you don't have your previous version on the same computer as DC4 for migration, you could download your DC4 edition content, or you could upgrade to Flash or Ultra to install from a drive. Email support@sonomawireworks.com with proof of purchase for any add-on content you may have purchased for your previous version, so we can give it to you to download within DC4.


  16. Why are there different numbers of MIDI loops than audio loops?

    The MIDI loops in DrumCore were programmed by hand by a drummer to maintain as much feel as possible as performed by the artists, while lining up well with the grid without feeling quantized. There are less MIDI loops than audio loops because the MIDI wasn't recreated at every tempo since MIDI is stretchable without artifacts.


  17. Why isn't DrumCore 4 appearing on my computer or in my DAW's list of plug-ins?

    DrumCore 4 is not a stand-alone application. DrumCore 4 is a 64-bit plug-in and requires a 64-bit host application, so it opens within a compatible DAW. Is your DAW on the DrumCore 4 compatible software list? Make sure your DAW is 64-bit and is compatible with AAX, VST3, or AU plug-in formats.

    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.


  18. HOW DO I USE DRUMCORE 4?

    See the DC4 User Guide for the most complete instructions.


  19. How do I find the right groove for my song in DrumCore 4?

    Using the following menus in DrumCore 4, you can easily filter through DrumCore 4's massive library to hone in on the perfect grooves for your project. As you search, you'll find grooves that you own, and more grooves that are available for instant preview, purchase and download. Sort through only the content you own by clicking the "Show Owned" button, or by ignoring content with an Eye Icon.

    Genre: 22 styles: Alternative, Ballad, Blues, Click Tracks, Country, Dance Hall, Funk, Hip Hop, Industrial, Jazz, Latin, Metal, New Orleans, Pop, Prog Rock, Punk, R & B, Reggae, Retro Rock, Rock, Ska, World Music

    Time Signature: 17 time signatures: 2/4, 3/4, 4/4, 5/4, 6/4, 7/4, 9/4, 5/8, 6/8, 7/8, 9/8, 11/8, 12/8, 13/8, 17/8, 20/8, 21/8

    Feel: 13 feel options: Shuffle, Shuffle Train, Straight 16ths, Straight 8ths, Straight Feel, Straight Quarters, Swing, Swung 16ths, Swung 8ths, Train, Triplet Feel, Triplet 6-8 Feel, Triplet 12-8 Feel

    Tags: 73 various tags: aggressive, agogo, ballad, basic, big room, blocks, bongos, brushes, cajon, China claves, click, congas, cowbell, crash, cross stick, cut time, cymbals, dark, delay, djembe, double kick, driving, electronic, fast, fills, filtered, flashy, free tempo, gated reverb, ghost notes, glitchy, guiro, hand drums, hi-hat, kick, laid-back, loud, mallet, march, mellow, metallic, MIDI, odd time, offbeat, old school, percussion, pitched, polyrhythm, processed, quiet, retro, reverb, ride, rim, rutes, shaker, side-stick, simple, slow, snare, snares off, sparse, stop time, tambourine, textured, tight, timbale, toms, triangle, udo, uptempo, vintage

    Drummers: Over 25 famous drummers' drum audio loops, MIDI loops, and/or drum kits are available as either part of the DC4 edition you purchase or as add-ons in DC4's store: Jeff Anthony (Sheryl Crow), John Bishop (Bobby McFerrin, Mark Murphy, Ernie Watts), Terry Bozzio (Jeff Beck, Frank Zappa, Missing Persons), Tony Braunagel (Bonnie Raitt, Taj Mahal, Robert Cray), Bill Bruford (Yes, UK, King Crimson, Genesis), Matt Cameron (Sound Garden, Pearl Jam), Luis Conte (Madonna, Shakira, Santana, Phil Collins, Sergio Mendes), Ned Douglas (No Doubt, Katie Perry, Dave Stewart, Simply Red), Sly Dunbar (Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Black Uhuru, Jimmy Cliff), Graham Hawthorne (Beyonce, Kid Rock, David Byrne, Paul Simon), Fabrice Dupont (Jennifer Lopez, Mark Ronson, Queen Latifa, Bon Jovi), Gregg Keplinger (Herb Ellis, Carter Jefferson), Steve Gadd (Paul Simon, Steely Dan, Aretha Franklin, Eric Clapton), Terence Higgins (Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Norah Jones, The Black Crowes), Billy Martin (Medeski, Martin and Wood, Iggy Pop, Maceo Parker), Mitch Mitchell-Style RetroDrums by Billy Martin (Jimi Hendrix Experience), Jonathan "Sugarfoot" Moffett (Michael Jackson, Madonna, Elton John), Stephen Perkins (Jane's Addiction, Porno for Pyros, Nine Inch Nails), Bernard Purdie (Aretha Franklin, Nina Simone, James Brown, Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, John Lee Hooker, B.B. King, Hall & Oates, Steely Dan), Michael Shrieve (Santana, The Rolling Stones, Steve Winwood), Ben Smith (Heart, Taj Mahal, Peter Frampton), Matt Sorum (Guns N' Roses, Velvet Revolver, The Cult), DJ Syze-up (UltraNate, Jamiroquai, Jeff Beck), John Tempesta (The Cult, Testament, Exodus, White Zombie, Helmet), Gary Thompson (Paul Allen and The Underthinkers, Vulcan Inc. Session Musician, Q5, TKO), Chuck Treece (McRad, Bad Brains, Scott Storch, Urge Overkill), Alan White (John Lennon, Yes, The Plastic Ono Band), Lonnie Wilson (Brooks and Dunn, Rascal Flatts, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw), Zoro (Lenny Kravitz, Bobby Brown, Sean Lennon)


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

    Yes. DrumCore's Drum 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.


  21. Can I change the levels for each individual drum?

    Yes, using the Kit Editor, which works specifically for the MIDI kits. You can not only draw in individual ADSR envelope curves for each sound, but you can also create drum groups in the Kit Mixer, and apply effects on a per-channel basis. The Kit Mixer allows you to adjust the levels for your drums by either using the groups already embedded in the MIDI kits, or you can create custom groups on each mixer channel, for a more unique sound.


  22. Can I change the sounds for each individual drum?

    Yes, using the Kit Editor, which allows you to make changes to the sampled sounds used in the MIDI kits. There, you can create custom kits by swapping out sounds from one kit to sounds from another, and save your changes to be usable in future projects. You can also layer and blend multiple sounds in a single drum assignment using Velocity Layers. Want your snare to crack when it’s hit hard, and roll off gently when tapped lightly? Velocity Layering allows you to do just that, giving your custom kits greater depth and feel.


  23. 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.


  24. Why are some of the titles below the Groove icons (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!


  25. 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.


  26. Where is the DrumCore 4 Store for purchasing add-on content for DrumCore 4?

    DrumCore 4 add-on content can only be purchased in the DrumCore 4 Store that is integrated/built-in to the plug-in. There is no website store for DrumCore 4 add-on content. It's easy and convenient to preview the audio of the GrooveSets in DrumCore 4's Browser before you buy them in DrumCore 4's store. You can also listen to previews of DrumCore 4 here. Buy the DrumCore 4 plug-in to access the DC4 Store.


  27. WHAT ARE SONOMA'S POLICIES?

  28. 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.


  29. How do I give credit to the drummer from DrumCore 4 in 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.


  30. What is Sonoma Wire Works' return policy?

    Sonoma's Software and Drum Content are Not Returnable
    Sonoma's software and add-on drum content cannot be returned or refunded if purchased from sonomawireworks.com. Please email support@sonomawireworks.com if you need advice about compatibility, or if you have any other questions, before you buy.
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