ToonTrack just announced Superior Drummer 3.0, a ground up redesign of their highly acclaimed virtual Drum Production Studio. With extremely granular control of the sounds themselves, the mic placement, ambient mics and mixes and processing in plug-in form.
The new version ships on 12th September and features a lot of new content - 16 kits recorded by the legendary George Massenburg - his drum sounds are amazing, from beautiful close mic'd studio sound to more extreme ambient - he's the master. All sounds were recorded at Galaxy Studios in Belgium using a 5 mic surround system, but with added height channels to capture even more spacial information. This was used to record the 16 acoustic kits, but there are also plenty of additional electronic drum sources for layering up. Internal mixing adds 35 new low CPU footprint effects. They pitch Superior Drummer 3.0 as a place to Produce, Design, Mix, Sound Replace and Augment.
In excess of 230 GB of raw, unprocessed sounds in 44.1 kHz/24 bit
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
Available September 12th price £287 with upgrades to v2.0 users priced at £147, EZ Drummer upgrade £217.