DrumCore Online Guide
System Requirements MAC
  • G4, G5, or Intel processor 1GHz or faster
  • 2 GB of RAM (4 GM recommended)
  • 16 GB of available Hard Drive space
  • 1024 x 768 minimum display resolution
  • DVD ROM drive
  • Mac OS X (v.10.4 or higher)
PC
  • Intel Pentium® 4 or Duo 1 GHz processor or AMD equivalent
  • 2 GB of RAM (4 GM recommended)
  • 16 GB of available Hard Drive space
  • 1024 x 768 minimum display resolution
  • DVD ROM drive
  • Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8
Compatible Plugin Hosts
  • Logic Pro 8 and 9
  • Cubase 4 and up*
  • ProTools 7.4.2 - 10 (not 11)
  • Digital Performer 6 and up
  • Ableton Live 6 and up
  • Sonar 8 and up*
  • Tracktion 3
  • Acid 7
  • Garageband 09
*32-bit Only for DrumCore 3.
See DrumCore 4 for 64-bit coming soon.
Installing DrumCore
To install the DrumCore Toolkit Application and DrumCore plug-in:
  1. Insert "Disc 1 of 5, Plug-in and Application Installer" into your DVD ROM drive.
  2. Open the disc to view its contents and double-click the installer icon.
  3. Follow the instructions to install the DrumCore plug-in and DrumCore Toolkit application (NOTE: Windows users can choose their VST plug-ins folder when prompted or use the default location of Program Files/vstplugins/).
The installer will prompt you for a location for the "DrumCore Data" folder, which contains all of your content. This requires a drive with at least 16 GB of free space.

MAC - DrumCore Toolkit will be installed in the Applications/DrumCore 3 folder on your system drive by default and the DrumCore plug-in will be put in its appropriate place depending on the plug-in type (AU/RTAS/VST).

WINDOWS - DrumCore Toolkit application will be installed in \Program Files\Submersible\DrumCore 3 on our C: drive by default. (NOTE: THe RTAS plug-in is automatically installed for ProTools and the default VST location is: \Program Files\vstplugins\ if present or \Program Files\Submersible\DrumCore 3\Plug-ins\VST\ if not.

Installing DrumCore Content
  1. Open the "Pending Imports" folder found within your DrumCore Data folder (previously specified in your Disc 1 installation).
  2. Insert the "Content, Disc 2 of 5" DVD into your DVD ROM drive. Open it to view disc contents and then copy the "ContentPack1" folder into your DrumCore Data/Pending Imports folder. Repeat this for Content Discs 3-5. NOTE Pre-version 3 content (including the Exported Loops folder, possibly needed by previous compositions) is in "DrumCore Data.old".
  3. Start the "DrumCore Toolkit" application, which is for importing REX2, WAV, AIFF, SD2 and ACID loop libraries (including any extra DrummerPacks) and for authorization. When Toolkit runs you are prompted to approve the import process for all ContentPacks (1-4) and DrummerPacks.
Inserting the DrumCore Plug-in into a Project
  1. Open your recording application/DAW (ProTools®, Cubase®, etc).
  2. Create a stereo/multitrack instrument track and insert DrumCore 3.
  3. The plug-in must be loaded on an instrument track. Audio dragged out of the plug-in must be dragged onto stereo audio tracks. MIDI dragged out of the plug-in can be either dragged onto a separate MIDI track or the instrument track itself to trigger the sounds within the DrumCore 3 plugin.

    How to open DrumCore in GarageBand instructions below.
Audio Loop Exporting
Loops found in DrumCore 3 can be directly dragged straight from the plug-in to a stereo audio track. To change the file format, sample rate, or bit depth, click SETTINGS inside of the plug-in. DrumCore 3 can export files in WAV, AIFF, SD2, Acid, and REX2 format.

DrumCore Demo Videos
These are videos by other companies. Sonoma will post updated videos soon.

Frequently Asked Questions

If your question is not answered below, please feel free to contact us at support@sonomawireworks.com.

  1. What are the differences between KitCore, DrumCore, and DrumCore Deluxe?
  2. How is DrumCore different from BFD, Battery, Stylus RMX and other similar products?
  3. Will DrumCore work on my 64 bit operating system?
  4. How do I register DrumCore?
  5. How many registrations do I get with my purchase?
  6. How do I register if my music machine is not connected to the internet?
  7. What is the quality of DrumCore content?
  8. Can I use my electronic drumset to trigger DrumCore sounds?
  9. I thought DrumCore was a plugin, what is this Toolkit application?
  10. Many of the extra DrummerPacks are by the same drummers included in DrumCore 3, is the content the same?
  11. I moved my drum library to a different drive, how do I get the DrumCore 3 plugin to see it?
  12. Can I change the levels of each individual drum sound?
  13. How do I create my own drum kit?
  14. I have installed DrumCore 3, but I don't have any content. What happened?
  15. How do I open DrumCore in GarageBand?
  16. Why are some of the loops red and others black?
  17. I have installed everything correctly but am getting an error message, are there any patches I can download?
  18. I have an older version of DrumCore, is there an upgrade path to get version 3.0?
  19. My older version of DrumCore worked with ReWire, why doesn't version 3.0?
  20. I am a well known drummer, can I get involved with DrumCore?
  21. Are these drum recordings royalty-free? Can I use this in music I plan to release publicly?
  22. May I hear some songs created using DrumCore?
  23. Is there a DrumCore User Manual that includes more details about how to use DrumCore?
FAQ Answers
  1. What are the differences between KitCore, DrumCore, and DrumCore Deluxe?

    KitCore
    This is a MIDI-only product and contains no audio loops. It includes over 100 multi-velocity sampled drumkits and 3,000 MIDI grooves and is an AU, RTAS and VSTi plug-in.

    DrumCore 3
    DrumCore 3 contains all the functionality of KitCore as well as nearly all the kits and MIDI grooves, but adds stereo mixed audio loops performed by celebrity drummers. DrumCore 3 also includes the DrumCore Toolkit application. The Toolkit is a standalone application for adding your own loop libraries (WAV/AIFF/REX2/ACID) and/or drum samples (WAV/AIFF), as well as for editing descriptive metadata (like "Style", "Shuffle", etc.) and deep editing of drum pad data (sample layers, velocity assignments, velocity crossfades, etc.). DrumCore 3 plugin is an AU, RTAS and VST plug-in. About DrumCore 4 (AAX/VST3/AU)

    DrumCore Deluxe
    Our top of the line product and a great value for the pro who needs the largest variety of music genres, drumming styles and sounds. It includes DrumCore 3 (plug-ins, Toolkit and content) plus 9 DVDs of DrummerPack expansion libraries. DrumCore Deluxe covers the most breadth of audio + MIDI content we can offer.


  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 normally wouldn't try. Not unlike playing with a great drummer. This is like accessing the brain of a great player and getting access to how they approach a beat. You probably wouldn't have programmed it like they played it, since we don't all think the same way. Additionally, the roster of celebrity drummers included in DrumCore 3 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 capable drum plug-in on the market.

    • Easy - The simplicity of DrumCore is refreshing as there is no big learning curve. Plus there is not a bunch of specialized DSP and processing to strain the computer. Songwriters and music for film/tv composers (DrumCore's core user base) don't have as much time for manuals and doing everything from scratch. They appreciate simplicity and great grooves immediately on call.

    • Organic Sounding - The sounds in DrumCore tend to be organic and individual more than other drum products. The way the drummers are recorded is more about their music 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, DrumCore content covers a lot of ground. There are several add-on DrummerPacks to expand the list of genres even more. Both DrumCore and KitCore Deluxe both deliver over 100 drumkits with acoustic, Latin and electronic sounds.

      DrumCore and DrummerPack Styles 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 - DrumCore's beats and drumkits are General MIDI compatible (unless the kit is very specialized). So our content can work with a huge amount of other drum products, sequencers and control interfaces. The DrumCore 3 plug-in comes in 3 formats: VST, RTAS, and AU making it compatible with most DAW programs. DrumCore 3 is also lean on system resources unlike many of the other leading drum plugins.

    • Bang-for-the-Buck - Price-wise DrumCore are an incredible deal. You get thousands of grooves by top celebrity drummers and their multisampled drum sounds across a multitude of styles for what other products are charging for a few acoustic kits and MIDI beats. Also when you buy DrumCore audio loops, they are not split across multiple formats as with most other loop libraries. So when you get see that "X" MB or GB in our specs those are all discrete, seperate bits of audio loops and kit sounds. Not "X" divided by the number of formats the library supports (such as libraries trying to cover AIFF, WAV, REX2, ACID and AppleLoop formats).

  3. Will DrumCore work on my 64 bit operating system?
    DrumCore 3 and KitCore 2.0 build 21 are qualified for use on 32 bit operating systems. DrumCore will work on 64 bit operating systems but must be run in a 32 bit host application. Some users have reported mixed results using bit bridging programs like JBridge or BitBridge.

  4. DrumCore Registration Please register after installing DrumCore. If the registration cannot be completed, then your copy of DrumCore will run for 30 days. Be sure to register within those 30 days or DrumCore will not work. How to register:

    Step 1: Launch DrumCore Toolkit after installation.

    Step 2: A Dialog Box will ask you to type in your NAME and SERIAL NUMBER (Your serial number is printed on the registration card that came with your purchase).

    Step 3: Click the appropriate button to create a CHALLENGE CODE.

    Step 4: Use the website link which will take you to our registration page.*

    Step 5: Complete the online form (if your data is not already entered) and the website will generate a RESPONSE CODE.

    Step 6: Type or copy/paste your RESPONSE CODE into DrumCore Toolkit in the field provided.

    *If you cannot reach our website for registration, then please send your serial number and challenge code via email to support@sonomawireworks.com.

  5. How many registrations do I get with my purchase?
    Users who purchase DrumCore 3 are allowed to register it on two machines. If you need to run DrumCore on more than two machines, please go to the email DrumCore Support form and provide an explanation of why you need more than two authorizations, along with your serial number and the email you used to register. While we do not promise to grant more than two activations, we will consider your request.

  6. How do I register if my computer is not connected to the internet?
    You will need to start the activation and registration process normally. Enter your serial number, then hit the button to generate the challenge code. Bring the serial number and challenge code to a computer with internet access. You can either write it down or paste it to a text document, which you can transfer via flash drive.

    Using a computer connected to the internet, visit the appropriate link below:

    DrumCore 3.0 - https://secure.drumcore.com/register/drumcore.aspx

    DrumCore 1.x-2.x - https://secure.drumcore.com/register/default.aspx

    KitCore - https://secure.drumcore.com/register/kitcore.aspx

    Enter your serial number, challenge code, name and email. You will then be given your response code. If this is an upgrade you may be asked for your previous serial number as well at this point. Take the response code back to the computer you are trying to activate the software on, and it should work as normal.

    Please contact support@sonomawireworks.com if you require further assistance.

  7. What is the quality of DrumCore content?
    All the sessions are at least 48k/24bit, and some are down-sampled from 96 and 192. 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 amount of vintage equipment (microphones, compressors, mic pres, etc.). A partial list of equipment used on sessions includes:

    • SSL 9000 consoles
    • ProTools HD
    • Vintage and new mic preamps by Focusrite, API, Neve, and Millenia
    • Compression by Empirical Labs, Urei, Teletronix, Manley, DBX and Fairchild
    • EQ by Pultec (EQP1A) and others
    • Numerous vintage Neumanns (M50, U47 FET and tube), Coles, and AKG C24

  8. Can I use my electronic drumset to trigger DrumCore sounds?
    As long as your drumset triggers General MIDI note assignments, yes. The MIDI note assignments in DrumCore can't be altered, but all drum sounds are mapped to GM.

  9. I thought DrumCore was a plugin, what is this Toolkit application?
    DrumCore Toolkit is a separate application that functions much like previous versions of DrumCore and provides the ability to work in stand-alone mode, import user data, build custom kits, import ContentPacks and DrummerPacks and modify metadata.

  10. Many of the extra DrummerPacks are by the same drummers included in DrumCore 3, is the content the same?
    Even though DrumCore 3 contains a massive 16 GB of content, it is just a fraction of all the content that is available for each celebrity drummer. Each DrummerPack contains much more loops by that particular artist. *NOTE - The content of TempestaPack II is included in DrumCore 3.

  11. I moved my drum library to a different drive, how do I get the DrumCore 3 plugin to see it?
    After moving your DrumCore Data folder you need to set the path to the new location in both the plugin and the Toolkit. In the Toolkit you can change this from the Preferences window which is found under the DrumCore Toolkit menu on a Mac and the Edit menu on Windows. In the plugin simply click on the Settings tab to find the option. This is the same on both platforms. If you move the DrumCore Data folder to a secondary drive it would copy the folder by default. Make sure you remove the DrumCore Data folder from the default location or DrumCore will always look there first by default regardless of what you have manually set it to.

  12. Can I change the levels of each individual drum sound?
    Using MIDI, yes. The audio loops are stereo mixed files which cannot be separated into separate drum sounds. The MIDI loops are individual samples and can be mixed, panned, and pitched independently. Switch to MIDI, and the click the DRUMS button to access the drum pads. On the DRUMS screen, you can edit each individual drum element.

  13. How do I create my own drum kit?
    In order to build drumkits using your own samples for use in DrumCore 3, you must use DrumCore Toolkit. On a Mac, the default location is Applications/DrumCore 3/ and on a PC the default location is C:\\Program Files\Submersible\DrumCore 3\.

  14. I have installed DrumCore 3, but I don't have any content. What happened?
    Make sure you have installed not only the install disc, but the four content discs. After installation, be sure to run the DrumCore Toolkit application to finish the install. WINDOWS USERS: Be sure to run the DrumCore Toolkit application as an Adminstrator.

  15. How do I open DrumCore in GarageBand '11?
    Launch Garageband. Create a new Software Track. Click Edit on the right side under the Software Instrument. Under Sound Generator click on the Instrument to bring up Garageband Modules or Audio Unit Modules. Select DrumCore 3. Double Click on the graphic to the left of DrumCore 3 to open the plug in. Drag and drop audio to track.

  16. Why are some of the loops red and others black?
    Each loop in DrumCore was recorded at multiple tempos (BPM) so that the audio can be time stretched across a great range while still sounding perfectly natural. If the tempo of your project is beyond the suggested range of BPM, the loop will change from black to red. While this is considered an extreme tempo stretch, the loop still might sound great and be usable. When in doubt, let your ears guide you. DrumCore will always tempo stretch from loop closest in BPM to your project to deliver the most natural sound.

  17. I have installed everything correctly but am getting an error message, are there any patches I can download?
    If you are experiencing a .dll error or having troubles running the program, please consult this page for the latest patches and updates: http://www.sonomawireworks.com/drumcore/downloads/

  18. I have an older version of DrumCore, is there an upgrade path to get version 3.0?
    Yes, owners of DrumCore Versions 1x and 2x can upgrade to DrumCore 3 for a discounted price. Details here: DrumCore 3 Upgrade

  19. My older version of DrumCore worked with ReWire, why doesn't version 3.0?
    Versions of DrumCore prior to DrumCore 3 were ReWire enabled, but DrumCore 3 is a VST/RTAS/AU plug-in and requires a host application. DrumCore Toolkit is a standalone program but is not ReWire enabled.

  20. I am a well known drummer, can I get involved with DrumCore?
    Send us an email to info@sonomawireworks.com and send us a biograpy/discography. If it looks like a fit, we will have someone contact you.

  21. Are these drum recordings royalty-free? Can I use this in music I plan to release publicly?
    Yes, owners of a license to DrumCore and the content they are using may use the content royalty free in their compositions. Please consult the license agreement included on the product for the full details.

  22. May I hear some songs created using DrumCore?

  23. Is there a DrumCore User Manual pdf that includes more details about how to use DrumCore?
  24. Yes, follow this link to downloads like the DrumCore User Manual pdf, and other downloadable files like the DrumCore FREE Demo, and DrumCore Plug-in updates. Contact Sonoma's DrumCore support if you have any questions.

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