Sony Media Software has released Drums from the Big Room, a five-disc loop collection performed by Steve Ferrone and recorded by Greg Ladanyi at O'Henry Sound Studios in Los Angeles.
Drums from the Big Room provides multi-tracked drum kit performances in rock, pop, R&B, jazz and reggae, each configured on its own disc in packets of traditional song structures: intros, verses, choruses, breaks, outros and so on. Each layerable, 24-bit session packet allows for multiple mixing options of kick, snare, toms and hi-hats via three very different room sounds.
"After working with Acid loops for a few years," explains Ladanyi, "I finally suggested to [Sony's] Dave Chaimson that we produce a format drum library where you can have different tempos, time signatures, and multiple tracks, as well as a stereo mixdown of the session so you could create your own drum balance. It would give users control of how the drums work within the song from their own interpretation rather than what you usually get as the final and only way to use loops."
Chaimson, vice president of marketing for Sony Media Software, assisted Ladanyi with his idea. "A number of critical elements came together that resulted in the creation of a very powerful tool for producers, composers and music makers who work in a variety of creative settings," he says.
“I had 19 microphones on the drums to offer different kinds of drum sounds within the one recording," says Ladanyi. "With all these different microphones, you can reconfigure what you want to use, which is what I do when I make records; I change things a lot within the way I record drums for different sections of the song. So in the library, you can have this same ability to alter the sound of the kit based on using the different microphone configurations that are available."
Ladanyi set up and recorded these drum microphones to a Steinberg Nuendo system via multiple Panasonic microphone preamplifiers, A-D converters and Nuendo DD8 digital format converters, all locked together by the Lucid SSG192 High Definition Studio Sync Generator and its companion CLKx6 Audio Clock Distribution Amplifier (MSRP: $249.95).
For more information, visit www.lucidaudio.com.