Toontrack Superior Drummer 3 SSD (Optional)

The Complete Drum Production Studio

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This product is the the full Superior Drummer 3 sound library pre-installed on a 256 GB solid-state drive (SSD).

Please Note: This is an optional supplement intended for those who purchase a Superior Drummer 3 licence and want the sound library conveniently pre-installed on a quality drive.

This box comes with no software licence – only sounds.

About Superior Drummer 3

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

      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

      • Seven kits (Ayotte, Gretsch, Pearl, Premier, Ludwig (x2), 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

       

      The making of the Core Sound Library

      Meet the team and get a glimpse of what happened behind the scenes during the recording sessions in this video below:

       

      The Studio – Audio perfection in utter silence

      Tom Van Achte take you on a tour through the Galaxy complex.

      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 – 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. Check out the video below as George takes you through his Superior Drummer 3 microphone positioning philosophy.

       

      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

      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

       

      E-Drums - Make your electronic kit sound like you

      By combining smart software features with extreme sample detail and nuance, Superior Drummer 3 bridges the gap between the “e” and the drums, making your electronic kit every bit as “real” and acoustic as it can be.

      Superior Drummer 3 was designed with you in mind, the demanding e-drummer. Get started playing instantly with one of the the new e-drum presets, or customize the way the software responds to your playing with new, easy-to-use controls on the dedicated e-drums settings tab.

      The e-drum settings tab is used to transform incoming MIDI to the standard of any loaded sound library without affecting the playback of your MIDI files. This makes it easy to combine your own playing with any MIDI files available from Toontrack. It also offers quick access to the MIDI controls most frequently used, like hi-hat pedal and snare CC response. Controls and articulations for the mapping of custom kits and pads with multiple zones and positional sensitivity are available as well.

      All this in combination with optimized velocity response, humanization and up to 25 velocity layers per instrument in the Superior Drummer 3 core library will make your playing more expressive and well-rounded than ever!

      E-Drum Features

      • New e-drum settings page allows transforming incoming MIDI without affecting the playback of your MIDI files.
      • Get started playing instantly with new e-drum presets for a variety of e-drum brands
      • Easy setup for positional sensing pads and multiple articulations
      • No need for a DAW – capture your performance directly in the Song Track of Superior Drummer 3
      • Superb realism, new articulations and manageable library size with up to 25 velocity layers per instrument
      • Quick access to controls for snare and hi-hat CC
      • Optimized response and humanization

      Exclusive Features Overview by us here at Time+Space

       

      SAMPLECAST: REVIEW OF SD3

      65 DRUMS: BREAK DOWN

      PRO TOOLS EXPERT: NEW FEATURES

      SEAN DEVINE: PREVIEW & DEMO

      TIME+SPACE: PLAYING BLUES 

      TIME+SPACE: PLAYING CLASSIC ROCK 

      TIME+SPACE: PLAYING DRUM & BASS

      TIME+SPACE: PLAYING FUNK

      TIME+SPACE: PLAYING INDIE ROCK

      TIME+SPACE: PLAYING JAZZ

      TIME+SPACE: PLAYING METAL

      TIME+SPACE: SOLO 1

      TIME+SPACE: SOLO 2

      TIME+SPACE: SOLO 3
       

      Customer Reviews

      Press Quotes

      "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

      "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

      "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

      Tech Specs

      Product Type:

      Virtual Instrument

      Product Specs:

      System Requirements
      • SOUND LIBRARY: SSD install (optional hard drive): Approx. 236 GB pre-installed.
      • 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.

       

      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 Preset1
      4. 1960’s Mono Preset
      15. William Wild - Ride On
      16. Addeboy vs Cliff - Tennessee

      Compatibility