Drums And Grooves For MotifXS

US Yamaha partners with Sonic Reality and Ocean Way for Motif XS promotion      02/09/09

Drums And Grooves For MotifXS

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Yamaha has partnered with two leading names in audio, Sonic Reality, a sound development company that "samples everything," and Ocean Way Recording, one of the world's top studios, to bring incredible new drum kit sounds to the MOTIF XS line of Yamaha music production workstations. The sounds will be available for download and purchase on Keyfax New Media's motifator.com website.
Ocean Way Drums by Sonic Reality is a top drum software plug-in, winning Keyboard magazine's coveted "Key Buy" award and Electronic Musician's "Editor's Choice" award for best sample-based plug-in of 2008. Grammy®-winning engineer/producers Allen Sides and Steven Miller recorded and mixed the collection in Ocean Way's legendary Studio B in Los Angeles, site of classic recordings by Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole, along with contemporary artists Radiohead, Green Day, Kanye West, and Eric Clapton. The company sampled 19 drum kits in this incredible room with top of the line mics and audiophile recording equipment and the new Ocean Way Drums DL and Silver Editions offer some of the best quality bang for the buck in software drum plug-ins.
Offering considerable value, the new sounds for the DTX drum sets include the Ocean Way Drums XSpand Your World Kit 10m, a free download that is part of the XSpand Your World Motif XS promotion. Top Motif programmer David Polich created this Medium Dry to Ambient Mix collection specifically for Yamaha's Motif XS Workstation.
"I've enjoyed using my Motif XS as both a workstation and a midi controller for Sonic Reality plug-ins such as Ocean Way Drums and Infinite Player," said Dave Kerzner, CEO of Sonic Reality. "While virtual instruments like Ocean Way Drums DL were designed to be played best from a quality keyboard such the Motif XS, we thought it would also be great to offer top quality sounds in native Motif format so it can be loaded right into the keyboard's RAM."
Another free download available as part of the promotion is Sonic Reality's Sonic Reality's Drum Masters XSpand Your World 2 Style Kits, which includes multi-sampled recordings of the following drum sets:
  • Blues Kit: Vintage Gretsch drum kit recorded with snares in a medium sized room in a Nashville studio. Organic, crisp and full sound ideal for blues, rock, country and other styles includes bonus extras like a Yamaha Sub Kick mixed in for extra depth to the bass drum and more.
  • Yamaha Jazz Birch: Yamaha Jazz Birch drum kit recorded in a Miami studio during Drum Masters sessions with John Blackwell (Prince, Justin Timberlake). It also features a Yamaha Sub Kick for getting deep bass tones ideal for hip hop, R&B and pop as well as an organic jazz sound.
KeyFax New Media also offers an added bonus download that includes 256 Arpeggios taken from the KeyFax Library of MIDI files, which have been converted into Motif XS Arpeggio format.
The new Sonic Reality Drum Masters XS British Kit 4-Pack ($79.99), available for purchase from downloadablesoundz.com and motifator.com, includes four unique-sounding, multi-sampled drum sets, including:
  • Bonzo Kit: Vintage Ludwig kit in the style of legendary drummer John Bonham of Led Zeppelin. The same mic techniques and drum specs used by Bonzo help deliver an authentic classic rock tone.
  • British Kit: General purpose vintage "British Rock" drum kit recorded in a Nashville studio in a medium sized live room. Raw-sounding kit blends retro and modern rock.
  • Ring Kit: Ludwig Oyster Pearl Downbeat kit in the style of Ringo Starr and The Beatles. Ideally suitable for getting a great multi-purpose retro 1960's British Rock sound, but also a good vintage drum kit for Jazz and other styles.
  • PremTimbale Kit: Premier drum kit in the style of legendary drummer Phil Collins, recorded in Pasadena, Calif. at Mower Studios with progressive rock drummer Nick D'Virgilio (Genesis, Tears for Fears) and tweaked by Ross Garfield, the Drum Doctor, for a vintage rock sound in the style of late 1970's Genesis.
Also available is the Sonic Reality Drum Masters XS Classic Kits 4 Pack ($79.99), available at downloadablesoundz.com and motifator.com, which includes four unique-sounding, multi-sampled drum sets, including:
  • Classic Rock Kit: A DW Pacifica "Classic Rock" drum kit recorded with snares in a unique stone live room with a Yamaha Sub Kick. This kit has a unique edge, with a higher pitched snare that cuts through the mix. Great for classic 1970's and 1980's rock.
  • Motown Kit: Gretsch drum kit recorded with snares in a medium sized room in the same style as classic Soul and R&B records from the 1960's and 1970's.
  • Gretsch Kit: Gretsch kit in the style of legendary drummer Phil Collins recorded in Pasadena, Calif. at Mower Studios with progressive rock drummer Nick D'Virgilio. The sound of this kit replicates the style of early 1980's Phil Collins and Genesis.
  • JBSonor Kit: Sonor drum kit recorded in Miami during the same Drum Masters sessions done with R&B/fusion/pop/hip hop drummer John Blackwell (Prince, Justin Timberlake). This kit, played with snares on, features a Yamaha Sub Kick for deep bass tones and extra Earthworks room mics mixed in for added depth. It is an inspiring modern kit that is diverse for use in many musical styles from Classic to Modern Rock.
Another promotion, called the Best of Both Worlds – Hardware and Software United, provides all MOTIF users with a special Download Card coupon to buy the Ocean Way Drums DL Edition plug-in or the Drum Masters/Infinite Player plug-in at a special discount from http://www.downloadablesoundz.com. A free trial version of both software plug-ins is available from the user area of sonicreality.com. More information:

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