Yamaha Partners With Sonic Reality and Ocean Way For Motif XS and DTXTREME III Promotion

9/11/2009 [Music Production Tools ]

Alliance With Pioneering Audio Companies Brings New Drum Kit Downloads and Grooves to Flagship Workstations and Electronic Drums

DTXTREME III
DTXTREME III
BUENA PARK, Calif.—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 and the DTXTREME III electronic drums. The Motif sounds will be available at www.motifator.com and the DTXTREME III collections will be available for download and purchase at www.dtxperience.com, Web sites run by Keyfax New Media.

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.

MOTIF XS

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.

"I've enjoyed using my DTX kit as a drum set and my Motif XS as a workstation, but also use them as a MIDI controller for Sonic Reality plug-ins such as Ocean Way Drums and Infinite Player," said Dave Kerzner, CEO of Sonic Reality. "Though virtual instruments like Ocean Way Drums DL were designed to be played best from a quality electronic kit such the DTXREME III and a top-notch workstation like the MOTIF XS, we thought it would also be great to offer top quality sounds in native DTX and Motif format so they can be loaded right into the instruments' RAM."

Offering considerable value, the new sounds for the DTXTREME III drum sets include the Ocean Way Drums DTXPANSION Kit 10m; the Motif collection includes the Ocean Way Drums XSpand Your World Kit 10m. Top drum and Motif programmer David Polich created this Medium Dry to Ambient Mix collection - a free download - specifically for each instrument.

The Best of Both Worlds - Hardware and Software United promotion provides all DTXREME III and MOTIF XS 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 www.downloadablesoundz.com.A free trial version of both software plug-ins is available from the user area of www.sonicreality.com.

KeyFax New Media also offers an added bonus download for the Motif XS that includes 256 Arpeggios taken from the KeyFax Library of MIDI files, which have been converted into Motif XS Arpeggio format.

Another free download available as part of the MOTIF XS promotion is 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.

The new Sonic Reality Drum Masters XS British Kit 4-Pack, available for purchase from www.downloadablesoundz.com and www.yamahasynth.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, available at www.downloadablesoundz.com and www.yamahasynth.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.

For the DTXTREME III promotion, Sonic Reality's Drum Masters DTXPANSION Style Kits 5 Pack is a free download that 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The new Sonic Reality Drum Masters DTX Studio Kits 5-Pack, available for purchase from www.downloadablesoundz.com and www.dtxperience.com, includes five 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.

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.

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.

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.

For more information, write Yamaha Corporation of America, Pro Audio & Combo Division, P.O. Box 6600, Buena Park, CA 90622; telephone (714) 522-9011; e-mail infostation@yamaha.com; visit www.yamaha.com.

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