Stormdrum 3

STORMDRUM 3

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STORMDRUM 3

OVERVIEW

  • Electronic Musician Editor's Choice Award Winner
  • Created by award-winning sounds producers Doug Rogers and Nick Phoenix
  • Tempo synced percussion performances played by master percussionists Mickey Hart, Greg Ellis and Chalo Eduardo
  • Features the best instruments from the private collections of Mickey Hart and Remo
  • Now included in OPUS, along with individual downloads, custom controls, and dozens of MIDI Tools and Mixer Effects
  • Mixer Effects Include: SSL EQ and Dynamics Channel Strip, Transient Shaper, SSL's legendary Stereo Bus Compressor, and upgraded "true stereo" reverb

The Most Extensive Percussion Library for the Big Screen

Featuring huge cinematic drums and percussion from around the world, you won’t find a collection as complete as Stormdrum 3. Designed for film and game composers looking to create bombastic and thunderous percussion, Stormdrum 3 delivers more power than you could ever ask for. And even when you want subtle, tame, more ambient drums and metal hits, it places all of this and more in your arsenal.

Drums

Stormdrum 3 deserves its place by deftly bridging the world music and cinematic paradigms. In fact, I'll go so far as to say it's one of the best-sounding percussion libraries anyone has created to date.

Keyboard Magazine

Stormdrum 3 Recording Session

Drums from the World Over

The true potency of Stormdrum 3 is that it enables you to craft a fantastic musical story of any culture, any era, in any context. A documentary of the Amazon rainforest would be incomplete without deep tribal drums, and an intense sci-fi thriller featuring a heart-pounding speeder chase wouldn’t be the same without futuristic, designed auxiliary percussion. Stormdrum 3 gives you vivid realism, clean recordings, and maximum strike on every hit. We put all of our focus entirely on designing the perfect tool to architect cinematic experiences on command. Whenever your stream of ideas begins to dry up and you begin forcing yourself to continue composing, Stormdrum 3 will jumpstart your inspiration with a bang.

Mickey Hart Studio

Mickey Hart

Mickey Hart (of The Grateful Dead) brought his private collection to Studio 1, in tandem with the Remo company. The producers recorded an arsenal of drums, woods and metals hand-selected by one of the world’s greatest percussionists over his career. “In SD3, our focus was to capture Mickey’s unrivaled percussion collection in the best possible multi-sampled way. It is very flexible. And note that even the close mix comprises the input from 8 microphones. This virtual instrument is his legacy, and mine as well,” says producer Nick Phoenix.

Mickey Hart Studio

As with all EastWest instruments it's the detail which draws you in. I would go as far as to say that it is the best sounding set of acoustic sampled percussion I have ever heard. Highly recommended.

Future Music

Taiko Family

Taiko Family

The Holy Grail of taiko samples, these instruments were recorded from taiko drums in the collections of Mickey Hart, Remo, and the top taiko builders in Japan. Boasting individual hits as well as full ensemble strikes, Stormdrum 3 gives you the best source material possible to add a realistic taiko ensemble to your music.

Big Drums

Big Drums

Large, deep, and booming, this collection comprises the heavy backbone of Stormdrum 3, not including taikos. With names like The Beast, Lord Of Toms, and Dragon Ensemble, you should get a sense of the raw power in Mickey’s one-of-a-kind drum collection.

Gongs Clocks Waterphone

Gongs Clocks Waterphone

Mechanical and detailed, this is the perfection collection for you if you enjoy adding subtle, barely-noticeable layers that your music. One of the coolest highlights is a set of recordings from 6 antique clock shops, perfect for creating complex rhythms without cluttering your percussion section.

Metals

Metals

You get access to the many bells, deep bowls, chimes, and cymbals collected by Mickey on his world travels. This unique collection includes everything from handmade doorstop drums and hammered copper pots to the Brazilian berimbau, played on a metal wire. If you like using a lot of auxiliary or “odd” percussion, this collection alone makes Stormdrum 3 an excellent investment.

Shakers

Shakers

An assortment of uncommon objects: ganza, rainsticks, snake rattles, seed pods, and even deer hooves from Mickey’s private collection.

Small Drums

Small Drums

The classics: bongos, frame drums, tambourines. The slightly more obscure: tablas, madal, and many more. Clean performances across all instruments, captured by microphones that allow the most brilliant high-end details to shine through. These may be the most fun collection of all to play.

Woods

Woods

Unusual wooden percussion from all over the world, including: unpitched wooden resonators to the chromatic gourd marimba and balaphone, the mighty gourd drum, a playable 12 ft. long redwood tree branch, and scraped Thailand frogs.

Stormdrum 3 Studio Session

The most sophisticated sample set of percussion that I've used. The metal and shaker family dropped nicely into a sound design for a documentary I'm working on.

SonicScoop

Studio Session

Microphones

Stormdrum 3 was recorded in Studio One, the same location as Hollywood Orchestra, allowing them to blend seamlessly in a single mix. The library includes 5 microphone positions, including: Close (set of 8 Neumanns and Sennheisers), Mid (mid tree, 15 ft), HiFi (super-clean and modern, 15 ft), Main (Neumann M50 Decca tree, 20-25 ft), and Vintage (RCA ribbons, 25 ft). You can blend these different tones and positions as you choose into a single composite sound.

Stormdrum 3 Studio Session

Stormdrum 3 is one of the finest cinematic percussion libraries money can buy and will grace many Hollywood soundtracks for years to come.

Music Tech

Stormdrum 3 Composer

WHAT WILL YOU

CREATE?

Stormdrum 3 gives you control over a larger arsenal of drums, metals and miscellany than you’ve ever used, from all over the world. When Stormdrum 2 provides a solid foundation for your cinematic percussion work, SD3 provides many additional layers of depth and a much broader range of sampled instruments. If an instrument is in this collection, it was chosen for its unique sound, for the fact that very few libraries even have it. If you’re looking for a complete percussion solution for film, games, or world music, Stormdrum 3 will deliver every time.

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      As with previous versions of Stormdrum, the quality of the recordings is consistently high, with plenty of transient detail and just enough room ambiance (which, of course, can be fully controlled via the mixer) to give the instruments space to breathe.

      SD3 (still) marks itself out as one of the finest ethnic/cinematic percussion libraries money can buy. (Full article)

      — Music Tech

      Stormdrum 3 combines stellar sounds with exceptional playability. For big, beautiful drums and percussion, you simply won't find better.

      — Computer Music

      Stormdrum 3 deserves its place by deftly bridging the world music and cinematic paradigms. In fact, I'll go so far as to say it's one of the best-sounding percussion libraries anyone has created to date. (Full article)

      — Keyboard

      As with all EastWest instruments it's the detail which draws you in. I would go as far as to say that it is the best sounding set of acoustic sampled percussion I have ever heard. Highly recommended. (Full article)

      — Future Music

      A must-have for film composers. The combination of 86GB of incredible percussion layered into the PLAY 6 software makes SD3 once again an impressive and versatile virtual percussion instrument that's sure to inspire. (Full article)

      — Audio Media

      I love this library! It sounds exactly as a percussion collection of the highest caliber should sound. I especially love the very warm, direct sound that EastWest has captured.

      — Amazona.de

      Stormdrum 3 is definitely the best ethnic percussion virtual instrument on the market. Its 90 GB of sounds are more realistic, more expressive and more musical than anything else you can find. (Full article)

      — MusicoPro

      An Aladdin's cave of exotic world percussion, pristinely recorded from five mic positions. Features powerful ethnic drums and percussion ensembles, and some great tuned percussion. (Full article)

      — Sound On Sound

      An Aladdin's cave of exotic world percussion pristinely recorded from five mic positions. Mickey Hart's 40-year love affair with ethnic percussion spills into the digital realm with this excellent new sample library. Based on the drummer's personal instrument collection and featuring a superb set of taiko drums and slamming ensemble impacts, Quantum Leap Stormdrum 3 contains over 150 instruments performing hits, licks and multi-percussion loops. (Full article)

      — Sound on Sound

      I can't think of a more varied and inspirational library of percussion than Stormdrum 3.

      — Electronic Musician

      The third in EastWest's acclaimed Stormdrum series sees producers Nick Phoenix plundering the percussion collections of The Grateful Dead's Mickey Hart and Remo Belli, founder of the Remo drum company. We've never come across a more expansive collection of massively multisampled drums, metals, woods and shakers. The whole lot weighs in at 90GB and can be bought either on a stack of DVDs or a portable 1TB external USB3 hard drive (€439). To be clear, this is very much a percussion library in the 'ethnic' sense of the word – there are no kicks, snares or hi-hats here.

      The highlights are too numerous to list in full, but the extraordinary Taiko Family category might well sit at the top, closely followed by the Dragon Ensembles, Punjabi Dhol, a couple of Berimbaus, most of the Metals… It's all spectacular stuff, ultimately, and the round-robin implementation and extensive range of articulations available to each instrument make it incredibly easy to create convincing performances with any of them via a MIDI keyboard or pads.

      As well as all the individual instruments, 23 loop patches enable you to string together and layer up looped 'snippets' of superb multi-instrument performances by Hart, Phoenix and Chalo Eduardo, to great effect.

      The new PLAY 6 engine that powers SD3 is impressive, enabling multiple instruments to be loaded onto their own (or shared) MIDI channels and blended in the onboard mixer, with five discrete mic channels recorded for eeach and everyon one – Close (an eight-mic array), Mid (room), Main (Decca tree), HiFi ('super-clean' room) and Ribbon. Dynamics and EQ processing come courtesy of a licensed SSL channel strip, while further effects include Tuning, Delay, Reverb, amp Envelope and low-pass Filter modules. We did experience the odd glitch with PLAY 6, but nothing show-stopping.

      Stormdrum 3 combines stellar sounds with exceptional playability. For big, beautiful drums and percussion, you simply won't find better.

      — Computer Music

      SYSTEM
      REQUIREMENTS

      Below are the minimum and recommended hardware and software specifications for using Opus on Windows and MacOS systems.

      MINIMUM SYSTEM

      • CPU: Quad-core (four cores), running at 2.7 GHz (or above)
      • RAM: 16 GB
      • OS: macOS 10.13 (or later); Windows 10 with ASIO sound drivers
      • Drive: SSD for HW Orchestra Opus Edition

      RECOMMENDED SYSTEM

      • CPU: Octa-core (eight cores), running at 2.7 GHz (or above)
      • RAM: 32 GB or more
      • OS: macOS 10.13 (or later); Windows 10 with ASIO sound drivers
      • Drive: NVMe SSD

      The chart below outlines the MacOS and Windows 64-bit operating systems and sequencers that are officially supported and fully tested with the latest version of Opus. Please note that while most Sequencers / DAWs are VST 2, VST 3, AU and AAX plug-in format compatible, only those listed in the chart below are officially supported.

      Product Version MacOS (10.13+) Windows 10
      EW Play 6 Stand-Alone 6.0+ YES YES
      EW Opus Stand-Alone 1.0+ YES YES
      Ableton Live 10.0+ YES YES
      Apple Logic Pro 10.0+ YES -
      Apple Garageband 10.3+ YES -
      Avid Pro Tools 2018.1+ YES YES
      Bitwig Studio 3.0+ YES YES
      Cockos Reaper 6.0+ YES YES
      Image-Line FL Studio 20+ YES YES
      Motu Digital Performer 9.0+ YES YES
      Steinberg Cubase(1) 9.0+ YES YES
      Steinberg Nuendo(1) 8.0+ YES YES
      Presonus Studio One 4.0+ YES YES
      VSL Vienna Ensemble Pro 6.0+ YES YES
      Notation Software(2) Version    
      Avid Sibelius 2018.1+ YES YES
      MakeMusic Finale 25.0+ YES YES
      Steinberg Dorico 3.0+ YES YES
      • (1) VST3 usage is recommended
      • (2) Sibelius / Finale / Dorico notation programs work with Opus, but do not support the full feature set of some Opus/Play Libraries, such as those that use WordBuilder. Please contact support for details.

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      • Electronic Musician Editor's Choice Award Winner
      • Created by award-winning sounds producers Doug Rogers and Nick Phoenix
      • Tempo synced percussion performances played by master percussionists Mickey Hart, Greg Ellis and Chalo Eduardo
      • Features the best instruments from the private collections of Mickey Hart and Remo
      • Now included in OPUS, along with individual downloads, custom controls, and dozens of MIDI Tools and Mixer Effects
      • Mixer Effects Include: SSL EQ and Dynamics Channel Strip, Transient Shaper, SSL's legendary Stereo Bus Compressor, and upgraded "true stereo" reverb