Recording - October 2017 - 34

Toontrack Superior Drummer 3
Figure 2

Figure 3

overheads and room mics, and "kick or
toms into snare bottom" bleed-most of
what you'll need to work in stereo), then
stereo Room Mics (and the other overheads), Surround 1 and 2 (for 5.0 and
11.0 respectively), and Bleed.

have become accustomed to, but they're
all deeply tweakable and enjoy easy
realtime adjustment. The mixer can hide
unused channels to save space, and in
fact the entire interface window can be
drag-resized to taste.

New features

Tracker

Anyone who's familiar with EZ drummer
will recognize a lot of the tools for track
creation that have been added to Superior
Drummer 3. The Grooves window gives
professionals the ability to quickly browse
and sort the huge library of MIDI grooves
by content and style, building songs
rapidly and efficiently. There's even a
function called Tap2Find, which lets the
user tap in simple rhythm patterns and then
have SD3 search for professionally-created
grooves that work with the desired feel.
When it's time to mix, SD3 presents
all of the available tools in a feature-rich,
great-sounding 16-bus Mixer with up
to 16 stereo output pairs (Figure 2). The
amount of bleed from one mic into another is adjustable or defeatable here;
this lets the user find a good balance of
real-room feel and usable resources-a
large kit with lots of bleed enabled can
easily top 3 GB of RAM in use, which
you can track in a usage window in
the top right corner. There's a flexible
busing structure to suit any engineer's
preferences, and nearly three dozen
new effects for insert and bus use-EQ,
dynamics, reverb, modulation, delay,
even distortion. The effects all have the
killer sound quality that EZmix users
34

RECORDING October 2017

Superior Drummer 3 would already be
the best drum instrument out there even if
the new features stopped there. But clicking on the Tracker tab reveals a whole
new feature set that will leave even the
most jaded engineer's jaw hanging open.
Tracker is nothing short of a complete drum
sample replacement program, seamlessly
built into Superior Drummer 3... and it's
easier to use and produces more accurate
results more quickly than most if not all of
the competition.
Figure 3 shows an example of several
drum tracks loaded into Tracker. We've
selected a track, which Tracker has
analyzed for kick sounds and made
best guesses. We can go in and add
or subtract hits, move the detection threshold up or down, and so on, but as you
can see, the initial guess is quite accurate.
The punchline here? The track being
analyzed isn't an isolated kick track with
too much bleed... it's a complete stereo
drum bus!
Tracker's tweakable recognition is
incredible; just for fun, I threw entire
processed drum loops of Indian and African music into it, and created wonderful grooves to map to the SD3 kit in a
matter of minutes. Whether it's surgical

cleanup of substandard audio or creative
reinterpretation of found sound, Tracker
is worth the price of admission all by
itself, and is the new standard to beat in
drum replacement.

Final thoughts

In fact, "the new standard to beat"
seems to be a recurring theme here.
This program's feature comparison
to SD2 is so lopsided it's almost embarrassing. There's more of everything,
and what's there is simpler and more
straightforward to use right across
the board, with everything from MIDI
Learn and time signature and tempo
mapping to style-conscious presets
and templates and user sample import.
Toontrack's even redone the graphics
for older SDX libraries so they look
good in SD3!
Toontrack's intent was to create the
deepest, broadest, best-sounding, most
feature-rich virtual drummer in history,
and they seem to have succeeded admirably. Superior Drummer 3 does so
much, and does it so well, that it doesn't
just raise the bar-it knocks it into the
next county.
Delivery: Web download (236 GB) or 256
GB SSD (add $199)
Formats: Windows 7+ (64-bit) or macOS
10.6+; standalone, VST, AU, AAX
Copy Protection/License: Toontrack
Product Manager, single user/three computers
Documentation: online tutorials and
videos (manual forthcoming)
Price $419 ($219 upgrade from SD2, $319
crossgrade from EZdrummer 2).
More from: Toontrack, www.toontrack.com


http://www.toontrack.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Recording - October 2017

Contents
Recording - October 2017 - Intro
Recording - October 2017 - Cover1
Recording - October 2017 - Cover2
Recording - October 2017 - 1
Recording - October 2017 - 2
Recording - October 2017 - 3
Recording - October 2017 - 4
Recording - October 2017 - 5
Recording - October 2017 - Contents
Recording - October 2017 - 7
Recording - October 2017 - 8
Recording - October 2017 - 9
Recording - October 2017 - 10
Recording - October 2017 - 11
Recording - October 2017 - 12
Recording - October 2017 - 13
Recording - October 2017 - 14
Recording - October 2017 - 15
Recording - October 2017 - 16
Recording - October 2017 - 17
Recording - October 2017 - 18
Recording - October 2017 - 19
Recording - October 2017 - 20
Recording - October 2017 - 21
Recording - October 2017 - 22
Recording - October 2017 - 23
Recording - October 2017 - 24
Recording - October 2017 - 25
Recording - October 2017 - 26
Recording - October 2017 - 27
Recording - October 2017 - 28
Recording - October 2017 - 29
Recording - October 2017 - 30
Recording - October 2017 - 31
Recording - October 2017 - 32
Recording - October 2017 - 33
Recording - October 2017 - 34
Recording - October 2017 - 35
Recording - October 2017 - 36
Recording - October 2017 - 37
Recording - October 2017 - 38
Recording - October 2017 - 39
Recording - October 2017 - 40
Recording - October 2017 - 41
Recording - October 2017 - 42
Recording - October 2017 - 43
Recording - October 2017 - 44
Recording - October 2017 - 45
Recording - October 2017 - 46
Recording - October 2017 - 47
Recording - October 2017 - 48
Recording - October 2017 - 49
Recording - October 2017 - 50
Recording - October 2017 - 51
Recording - October 2017 - 52
Recording - October 2017 - 53
Recording - October 2017 - 54
Recording - October 2017 - 55
Recording - October 2017 - 56
Recording - October 2017 - 57
Recording - October 2017 - 58
Recording - October 2017 - 59
Recording - October 2017 - 60
Recording - October 2017 - 61
Recording - October 2017 - 62
Recording - October 2017 - 63
Recording - October 2017 - 64
Recording - October 2017 - 65
Recording - October 2017 - 66
Recording - October 2017 - 67
Recording - October 2017 - 68
Recording - October 2017 - 69
Recording - October 2017 - 70
Recording - October 2017 - 71
Recording - October 2017 - 72
Recording - October 2017 - 73
Recording - October 2017 - 74
Recording - October 2017 - 75
Recording - October 2017 - 76
Recording - October 2017 - 77
Recording - October 2017 - 78
Recording - October 2017 - 79
Recording - October 2017 - 80
Recording - October 2017 - Cover3
Recording - October 2017 - Cover4
http://www.nxtbook.com/musicmaker/musicmaker/recording_202002
http://www.nxtbook.com/musicmaker/musicmaker/recording_202001
http://www.nxtbook.com/musicmaker/musicmaker/recording_201912
http://www.nxtbook.com/musicmaker/musicmaker/recording_201911
http://www.nxtbook.com/musicmaker/musicmaker/recording_201910
http://www.nxtbook.com/musicmaker/musicmaker/recording_201909
http://www.nxtbook.com/musicmaker/musicmaker/recording_201908
http://www.nxtbook.com/musicmaker/musicmaker/recording_201907
http://www.nxtbook.com/musicmaker/musicmaker/recording_201906
http://www.nxtbook.com/musicmaker/musicmaker/recording_201905
http://www.nxtbook.com/musicmaker/musicmaker/recording_201904
http://www.nxtbook.com/musicmaker/musicmaker/recording_201903
http://www.nxtbook.com/musicmaker/musicmaker/recording_201902
http://www.nxtbook.com/musicmaker/musicmaker/recording_201901
http://www.nxtbook.com/musicmaker/musicmaker/recording_201812
http://www.nxtbook.com/musicmaker/musicmaker/recording_201811
http://www.nxtbook.com/musicmaker/musicmaker/recording_201810
http://www.nxtbook.com/musicmaker/musicmaker/recording_201809
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/musicmaker/recording_201808
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/musicmaker/recording_201807
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/musicmaker/recording_201806
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/musicmaker/recording_201805
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/musicmaker/recording_201804
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/musicmaker/recording_201803
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/musicmaker/recording_201802
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/musicmaker/recording_201801
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/musicmaker/recording_201712
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/musicmaker/recording_201711
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/musicmaker/recording_201710
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/musicmaker/recording_201709
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/musicmaker/recording_201708
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/musicmaker/recording_201707
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/musicmaker/recording_201706
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/musicmaker/recording_201705
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/musicmaker/recording_201704
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/musicmaker/recording_201703
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/musicmaker/recording_201702
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/musicmaker/recording_201701
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/musicmaker/recording_201612
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/musicmaker/recording_201611
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/musicmaker/recording_201610
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/musicmaker/recording_201609
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/musicmaker/recording_201608
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/musicmaker/recording_201607
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/musicmaker/recording_201606
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/musicmaker/recording_201605
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/musicmaker/recording_201604
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/musicmaker/recording_201603
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/musicmaker/recording_201602
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/musicmaker/recording_201601
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/musicmaker/recording_201512
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/musicmaker/recording_201511
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/musicmaker/recording_201510
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/musicmaker/recording_201509
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/musicmaker/recording_201508
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/musicmaker/recording_201507
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/musicmaker/recording_201506
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/musicmaker/recording_201505
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/musicmaker/recording_201504
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/musicmaker/recording_201503
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/musicmaker/recording_201502
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/musicmaker/recording_201501
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/musicmaker/recording_201412
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/musicmaker/recording_201411
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/musicmaker/recording_201410
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/musicmaker/recording_201409
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/musicmaker/recording_201408
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/musicmaker/recording_201407
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/musicmaker/recording_201406
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/musicmaker/recording_201405
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/musicmaker/recording_201404
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/musicmaker/recording_201403
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/musicmaker/recording_201402
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/musicmaker/recording_201401
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/musicmaker/recording_201312
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/musicmaker/recording_201311
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/musicmaker/recording_201310
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/musicmaker/recording_201309
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/musicmaker/recording_201308
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/musicmaker/recording_201307
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/musicmaker/recording_201306
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/musicmaker/recording_201305
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/musicmaker/recording_201304
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/musicmaker/recording_201303
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/musicmaker/recording_201302
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/musicmaker/recording_201301
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/musicmaker/recording_201212
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/musicmaker/recording_201211
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/musicmaker/recording_201210
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/musicmaker/recording_201209
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/musicmaker/recording_201208
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/musicmaker/recording_201207
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/musicmaker/recording_201206
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/musicmaker/recording_201205
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/musicmaker/recording_201204
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/musicmaker/recording_201203
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/musicmaker/recording_201202
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/musicmaker/recording_201201
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/musicmaker/recording_201112
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/musicmaker/recording_201111
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/musicmaker/recording_201110
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/musicmaker/recording_201109
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/musicmaker/recording_201108
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/musicmaker/recording_201107
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/musicmaker/recording_201106
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/musicmaker/recording_201105
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/musicmaker/recording_201104
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/musicmaker/recording_201103
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/musicmaker/recording_201102
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/musicmaker/recording_201101
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/musicmaker/recording_201012
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/musicmaker/recording_201011
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/musicmaker/recording_201010
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/musicmaker/recording_201009
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/musicmaker/recording_201008
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/musicmaker/recording_201007
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/musicmaker/recording_201006
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/musicmaker/recording_201005
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/musicmaker/recording_201004
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/musicmaker/recording_201003
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/musicmaker/recording_201002
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/musicmaker/recording_201001
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/musicmaker/recording_200912
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/musicmaker/recording_200911
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/musicmaker/recording_200910
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/musicmaker/nxtd
http://www.nxtbookMEDIA.com