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More than just a drum production tool, Toontrack Superior Drummer 3 is an entire virtual studio which provides an extensive and unrivalled set of options to creatively craft and design your drum sound without restraint.

Taking the Superior legacy to the next level, Superior Drummer 3 has been completely redesigned from scratch to offer a completely new workflow with a huge number of additional features and an unparalled core library of raw sound material. Superior Drummer puts you in control.

Key Features

  • Over 230 GB of raw, unprocessed sounds in 44.1 kHz/24 bi
  • 7 Drum Kits and additional instruments
  • Recorded with an additional eleven separate room microphones set up in a surround configuration for a complete immersive experience
  • Playback in stereo or up to 11 channel surround systems
  • Engineered by George Massenburg
  • Integrated offline audio to MIDI conversion
  • Approx. 350 vintage and classic drum machine sounds
  • 35 mixer effects
  • New and improved scalable interface with detachable windows
  • Edit Play Style, Tap2Find, Song Creator and Song Track features as well as improved workflow and search functionality
  • Built-in MIDI grid editor
  • DAW automation for built-in macro controls
  • Drag & drop and import for individual and third party samples
     
  • Support for keyboard shortcuts

Drums

The Drums – Immense and immersive, captured with layers of technology

The Superior Drummer 3 core sound library was recorded by award-winning engineer George Massenburg at probably the world’s most quiet and ideal location for sampling, the Galaxy Studios in Belgium. The library boasts in excess of 230 GB of raw sound material captured in extreme detail.

In additional to close microphones and several ambience positions, the Superior Drummer 3 setup also includes an additional eleven room microphones set up in a surround configuration, for use in anything from stereo to 5.1, 9.1 and all the way up to 11.1 systems. In combination with the large selection of extra instruments added for stacking and sound design purposes, the sounds of Superior Drummer 3 give you an incomparable palette of options to craft drum tones beyond your wildest imagination.

“Superior Drummer 3 takes music creation to a level of quality, flexibility and authenticity beyond the imagination.” - George Massenburg, Recording Engineer

Drum Features

  • 7 kits (Ayotte, Gretsch, Pearl, Premier, Ludwig, Yamaha)
  • Tom shell dimensions cover ranges from 6” to 20"
  • Optional tool selection available on select kits and instruments (sticks, brushes, rods, felt mallets)
  • Optional drum head selection available on select kits and instruments
  • Approx. 350 electronic drum sounds, sampled from vintage and classic drum machines
  • 25 unique acoustic snares, 35 recorded configurations
  • 16 unique acoustic kicks, 27 different recorded configurations
     

Toontrack Kit and Instrument List

 

Galaxy Studios

The Studio – Audio perfection in utter silence

The Superior Drummer 3 core sound library was recorded at Galaxy Studios in Belgium. With its 330-square meter room and eight meter ceiling height, it was the ideal location for capturing immersive audio of the utmost quality. In addition, the entire studio complex is built on springs to ensure that the outside interference is literally non-existent. In fact, with only 14 dBA of environmental noise, the main hall at Galaxy Studio is the most quiet recording space of this size in the world.

Perfect acoustics, balanced reverberation and second-to-none recording technology. Superior Drummer 3 called for a superior studio. We’d dare to say that this is the most nuanced and candidly captured sample library on the market.

George Massenburg

George Massenburg – Superior engineer, audio pioneer, professor and inventor

George Massenburg’s contribution to the world of audio technology is hard to emphasize in words. Aside from having produced, mixed or engineered in excess of four hundred records, received almost any industry award thinkable, been inducted into the Technology Hall of Fame and received an honorary Doctorate of Music at the esteemed Berklee College, he is the inventor of an industry staple: the parametric equalizer. His attention to detail, accuracy and quality is second to none.

Superior Drummer 3 called for a superior engineer. These are his drum sounds – captured with layers of technology and a lifetime of experience to back it up.

Grooves – The heartbeat of your song

New and improved features for finding, customizing and working with MIDI. From quickly getting a custom beat going to diving deep into fine-tuning timing and velocity detail, Superior Drummer 3 has got you covered.

Groove Features

  • Multiple song tracks
  • Build full drum arrangements
  • Grid editor
  • Time and tempo editor integrated in Song Track
  • Edit Play Style, Tap2Find, Song Creator and Song Track with improved workflow and search functionality added
  • Integrated grooves and search browser
  • Text search

The MIDI Library

The Superior Drummer 3 MIDI library was designed to provide a wealth of fundamental groove and fill variations for mainstream pop, rock and singer-songwriter material. It also has a few dedicated sections for metal as well as an ‘Extras’ category with count-ins, snare rolls and MIDI files specifically designed for use with brushed samples. In total, the library encompasses in excess of 1,600 individually played fills, all categorized in common song structure parts.

MIDI Features

  • Drum grooves and fills inspired by a broad range of styles
  • More than 1,600 individually played files
  • 4/4, 3/4, 6/8, 12/8, 2/4 in straight and swing feel
  • Tempos ranging from 55 to 204 BPM
  • Song structure categorization (intro, verse, chorus, bridge, fills, etc.)

Mixer – Control and power, beyond the thinkable

The mixer introduces 35 low-footprint insert effects, making each channel strip a virtual sound processing powerhouse. Route, bus, send, saturate, blend and mix – the creative options are endless. With Superior Drummer 3, you are in control.

Mixer Features

  • 35 mixer effects (EQ, delay, reverb, filters, dynamics, distortion, modulation)
  • A wide array of presets for all included kits
  • Individual mic bleed and mic control
  • Bus, route, send
     

Toontrack Mixer Effects overview PDF

 

The Presets

To help you get started or to let you peek “under the hood” of how other engineers tweak their drums, we’ve included a comprehensive collection of mix-ready presets for a wide range of genres that you can use either as quick one-click solutions to get a great mix up or as a starting point from where you can venture off into your own sonic landscape.

We have worked with a wide range of our favourite producers – from local talent to some of the industry’s top names, like Bob Rock, Andy Sneap, George Massenburg and Richard Devine. Each engineer was given a blank slate and could create from the ground up, involving anything from their own custom samples to brand new field recordings of foley, one shots and percussion.

Preset Features

  • A wide range of traditional acoustic presets for each kit
  • Presets for electronic, hip-hop, rock, metal and much more
  • Creative sound design and hybrid kit renditions
  • Presets by industry legends such as Bob Rock, Andy Sneap, George Massenburg and Richard Devine.

Tracker – A new breed of audio to midi conversion

The Tracker introduces the arguably most efficient and accurate drum audio to MIDI conversion software on the market. Built on a highly advanced instrument recognition neural network, the Tracker detects hits with an unequalled accuracy and speed. With the seamless integration with Superior Drummer 3, replacing or augmenting drums has never been more powerful than now.

Tracker Features

  • Drum recognition based on artificial intelligence (AI)
  • Machine learning based on over 1.4 million drum audio files
  • Offline audio to MIDI conversion
  • Track complex drum patterns faster than ever before
  • Unlimited control with Find Similar, Sound Recognition
  • Threshold and other specially designed features
  • Create tempo maps from audio with the Find Tempo feature
  • Reduce bleed between different microphones to avoid false triggers
  • Edit MIDI notes individually directly in the waveform
  • Seamless integration with Superior Drummer 3
  • Endless possibilities to replace or augment any drum performance
  • Get experimental – import any audio file to generate original percussive rhythms

Superior Drummer 3 & SDX Expansions

All Toontrack SDX expansions will display new custom graphics for all kits and instruments. Below are a few examples of how SDXs will be displayed after having been updated. Updates will be available after Superior Drummer 3 has been launched.

Available Configurations

The Superior Drummer 3 software and the full core sound library are delivered as downloads, available directly from the Toontrack Product Manager upon registration. At an additional cost, there is also an option of getting the full sound library pre-installed on a 256 GB solid-state drive (SSD). Note that this is a supplement intended for those that purchase a license and want the sound library conveniently pre-installed on a quality drive. This box comes with no software license – only sounds. NEED THE OPTIONAL SSD DRIVE ? - Click here to pre-order now

Download Configuration

Due to the size of the library and to ensure that each customer freely can decide in what capacity he or she wants to utilize the source material, the product is configured in six (6) convenient download packages. Start by installing the software and then add each package in sequence as you go.

  • Download 1: “Software” - The Superior Drummer 3 software. No sounds. Approx. download size: 230 MB
  • Download 2: “Basic Sound Library” - All instruments, all tools and all articulations in direct microphones as well as the OH Dyn and Amb Ribbon channels. Bleed available in Snare Bottom, OH Dyn and Amb Ribbon channels. Approx. download size: 40 GB
  • Download 3: “Room” - The rest of the room microphone channels (OH Cond, Amb Near and Amb Mid). Approx. download size: 46 GB
  • Download 4: “Surround 1” - Surround. Five channel microphone setup to achieve 5-channel surround. Approx. download size: 43 GB
  • Download 5: “Surround 2” - Height and width. Six channel microphone setup to achieve 11-channel surround (in combination with the “Surround 1” content). Approx. download size: 52 GB.
  • Download 6: “Bleed” - All remaining instrument bleed, meaning the sound picked up by microphones other than the one(s) directly intended for a specific instrument or ambience Approx. download size: 54 GB.

 

Audio Demos

1. Silent Descent - Vortex
2. Steve Rivers - Don’t Come Here Tonight
3. Def Snare Preset
4. Djent Style Preset
5. Cardboard Gretsch Preset
6. Archetype Preset
7. Country Rock Punch Preset
8. Dry Funk Preset
9. Metal Pearl Comp Preset
10. Electronic Preset Medley
11. Jazz Stick Reverb Preset
12. Slow Heavy Pearl Preset
13. Warm Ayotte Tape Preset
14. 1960’s Mono Preset
15. William Wild - Ride On
16. Addeboy vs Cliff - Tennessee


Press Reviews

"It is technically brilliant, but the real triumph is the sound: deep, detailed, utterly believable and, in sonic terms, practically impossible to beat in your own studio. [...] Toontrack have got an absolutely nailed-on winner here, and all I can say is that I feel sorry for session drummers who are looking for work." - Sound on Sound

Computer Music Performance

Computer Music Editos Choice

We’re absolutely blown away by Superior Drummer 3. We’ve been using it for a few months now, and everything from the enormous library to the super-streamlined GUI, onboard sequencing, stunning effects and spectacular Tracker still feels gloriously ‘new’ and exciting. The kits themselves sound, without exception, incredible, and offer more than enough tonal variety to keep any producer happy.” - Computer Music, Rating: 10/10

 

rhythm 5 star award

"It´s taken multiple areas of drum production and successfully combined them into one all-encompassing powerhouse. [...] an extremely powerful tool, both in the studio and for hybrid sounds in a live setting." - Rhythm magazine

"Simply put, the sounds provided on this piece of software are superb. [...] Toontrack´s latest flagship package offers a range of unique features coupled with world-class recordings. If you are in the market for a new drum sampler package Superior Drummer 3 is absolutely worth considering." - Resolution magazine

"Superior Drummer 3 is extraordinary: a game changer of on all fronts. If you are serious about your drum sound and programming then this has to go to the top of your to-do list right now. The mixer is a powerhouse of possibilities. The new effects run with the best. The grooves and song creator section are endlessly tweakable and the new interface is a pleasure to work with." - AskAudio.com Click here to read the review in full

"Superior Drummer 3 is really what it says it is – it´s thoroughly Superior and I thoroughly recommend it." - TheSamplecast.com Click here to watch the video review

"The way they´ve expanded what you can do is nuts, and the usability and workflow is super smooth." - Metal Injection

"I´m excited about using it in my own productions. When it comes to accoustic drums it´s as good as you can get." - Sean Divine

Format
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  • Virtual Instrument
System Requirements
Windows MAC
  • 64-bit Windows 7 or newer, 4 GB RAM (8 GB RAM or more recommended).
  • Mac OS X 10.6 or higher, 64-bit Intel-based Mac with 4 GB RAM (8 GB RAM or more recommended).
  • 64-bit host (with support for VST, AU or AAX). Standalone is included.
  • SOFTWARE: Approx. 320 MB download + installation space.
  • SOUND LIBRARY: Basic install: Approx. 41 GB download and an additional 41 GB for the installation process. Complete install: Approx. 236 GB download and an additional 55 GB for the installation process.
  • SSD install (optional): Approx. 236 GB pre-installed.
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