Featuring Legendary Drummer Mickey Hart
Hollywood, CA (June 20, 2013) – Following nearly a decade of success of Stormdrum 1 and 2, EastWest offers up a new collection of superb percussion samples
in Quantum Leap Stormdrum 3
(SD3). This virtual instrument sets a new standard in percussion sound
quality and performance, and it is a must for film, TV, and game
is produced by Nick Phoenix, the creator of the Stormdrum 1 and 2 epic
percussion collections, and this latest instrument is the culmination of
all things percussion, musicality and big scores. Phoenix collaborated
with Mickey Hart, the Grateful Dead’s “rhythm devil” and one of the most
iconic drummers in rock history, as well as Greg Ellis, Chalo Eduardo,
and Remo from Remo Drumheads. Together, the
group captured over 90 gigabytes of all new percussion sounds for SD3.
Recorded in famed EASTWEST Studio A, Phoenix had access to two exquisite private collections of instruments when producing
He used the best instruments from Mickey Hart’s private collection, and
instruments hand-picked by Remo himself from his personal collection.
All performances are by Mickey Hart and master
percussionists Greg Ellis and Chalo Eduardo. Ellis, who has worked with
world class artists such as Beck, is a highly sought-after session
musician for film and television, and has left his musical stamp on
movies such as
The Matrix: Reloaded,
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider,
The Chronicles of Narnia
and many more. Eduardo is a preeminent percussionist who has worked
with Carlos Santana, Sergio Mendes, Stevie Wonder, Ricky Martin, and
features 5 user-controllable mic positions for each instrument
(excluding performances), and includes Tempo Synced Percussion
and performed by Mickey Hart, with Greg Ellis, Chalo Eduardo and Nick
Storm Drum 3 includes:
· Big Drums:
and booming sounds, some more complex in nature. There are some real
gems in here from Mickey's magical warehouse of one of a kind hand
drums. Highlights in the epic genre here are The Beast, Double Headed
Tree Drum, Lord Of Toms Ensemble and Dragon Ensemble.
· Gongs Clocks Waterphones:
These instruments provide the iconic sounds of several gongs and
waterphones, some played underwater! The "Clockworks" patches are the
result of Nicks field recordings in 6 antique clock shops.
This group includes
bells, deep bowls, chimes, and cymbals collected by Mickey on his world
travels. Some are well known like the Brazilian berimbau (which is
played on a metal wire), others are unusual, such as hammered copper
pots and handmade doorstop drums.
in this group include several made from naturally occurring objects,
such as snake rattles, seed pods, and deer hoofs, in addition to the
more common ganza, modern shakers and Mickeys mighty rainsticks.
Playability here is key.
· Small Drums:
a very large
collection of smaller drums such as bongos, frame drums, and
tambourines, Many of the Indian drums in this category are particularly
special, such as the tuned tablas and madal. Performance techniques are
· Taiko Family:
ranging from huge to small, many of the sampled instruments came from
the collections of Mickey Hart and Remo, others came from the top taiko
builders in Japan. They are played both individually and in ensembles.
In this group you'll
hear unpitched sounds from wooden resonators; tuned chromatic
instruments, such as a gourd marimba and a balaphone; the mighty gourd
drum, a playable 12 ft. long redwood tree branch and wonderful scraped
sounds, such as the Thailand frogs.
Stormdrum 3 is the first
virtual instrument to include EASWEST’s new PLAY 4 software. In PLAY 4,
EastWest replaced some third party components; added Avid’s new AAX
format that will allow Pro Tools 11 users to use
EastWest’s virtual instruments 64-bit, greatly improving performance;
added new time-stretch software optimized for loops (with sync to
sequencer); added a new mixer page (with sub-channels for mic
positions), and other new features. To top it all off, EastWest
now offers SSL FX from Solid State Logic, the industry leader in mixing
technology; and an upgraded EastWest reverb. The new FX section is
available as an optional upgrade for all legacy EastWest PLAY
collections, but will be included FREE for SD3 users.
In addition, customers who place a pre-order for SD3, scheduled to
ship July 15, will be able to use the FX section for other PLAY
collections as an additional bonus. The FX section includes a SSL EQ
and Dynamics Channel Strip, Transient Shaper, and SSL’s
legendary Stereo Bus Compressor; plus an upgraded "true stereo" reverb
from EastWest plus new features. Now, with it’s combination of the new
PLAY 4 software, the best sound processing tools available, and world
class percussion instruments, Stormdrum 3 is
the most advanced percussion virtual instrument to date and a
Pricing & Availability
Available on July 15, 2013 for $395.00 at
and €295 at
www.soundsonline-europe.com/SD3 (for European customers).