Naughty Seal Perfect Drums

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Naughty Seal Perfect Drums

Perfect Drums from Naughty Seal Audio is a innovative and unique virtual drum instrument, with a accurate and intelligent sampling engine built in , enabling anyone to create unique multi-sampled instrument and share them in an easy way. Every sample it made to sound and act exactly how they would need to in a actual "Pro" mix setting.

The Drum section

Perfect Drums at this moment comes with a extensive sound library, consisting of 67 meticulously sampled drum instruments from some of the best drum manufacturers.

Those include: 4 kick drums, 6 snare drums, 4 sets of toms (12 in total), 5 hi-hats, 6 rides, 23 crash cymbals sampled on different position, 8 china cymbals (3 on the left side and 6 on the right), 8 splash cymbals and 2 bells, all making up the 6 Perfect Kit presets.

Perfect Drums is designed to sit perfectly in a busy mix while still sounding natural and "real".  This is achieved by having the FX Sample Group(or knob), which can be considered as a parallel processing bus, usually used when mixing drums. Turning a single FX knob into the same thing as using a variety of high end hardware and software tone shaping tools, even blending “one shot” samples into some of the snare and kick instruments’ FX groups to make them cut through the mix. This approach makes it so you are able to get a desired amount of processing on any instrument. Keeping it lower will result in an almost unprocessed natural drum sound, while cranking it up will bring you a more compressed and processed tone, suitable for a heavier musical material. Play with it to find your sweet spot!

When talking about Drums, one very common thought is on Ambience, which plays a very important role in any drum sound and its ability to give a sense of realism . Thus Naughty Seal Audio has added a REVERB sample group. By once again taking the instruments’ close microphone samples and processed them with a top notch hardware reverb unit. This is one of the best aspects that Perfect drums accurately "captures".(the reverb sounds AMAZING)

Another HUge plus to keep in mind is that  the Perfect Drums factory library is ever-growing. Meaning, you will get tons of new instruments as a FREE update! For lifetime! 

THE SAMPLER Section

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Perfect Drums is a very unique, never seen before Drum VSTI with a Intelligent Sampling Engine, enabling users you to create there own fully featured multi-sampled drum instruments in just a few mouse clicks. The Sampler page consists of four sections. Quick Controls and
Articulations sections migrated here from the “Drums” page and perform exactly the same tasks.The center
of the working area has click sensitive Pads, which represent the 16 instrument slots available
in the Sampler. The pads give you visual feedback about what particular instrument is currently being
hit. You can select the instruments by Right Clicking on the appropriate instrument pad. Alternatively you can
also use a Alt + Left Click combo for this purpose. Of course, you can also select the instruments using the
drop-downs found above the Quick Controls, Articulations and Kit Designer menus. The selected instrument
will be highlighted in green. And finally, the Kit Designer section where you can name, save and load the kit you have created.

The Overview section has a great deal of control. You can Name the sample, chose your articulations, decide if you will be using choke voicing or not, even  making  choices of what grouping your samples will be. Full dynamic layer control and  Velocity range control are also here.

A list of samples with playback, phase inversion, solo and muting are in the bottom center, and a very very useful Envelope control section on the bottom right.

The Mixer Section

The mixer is the last but also a huge part of Perfect Drums. It was built to give you the fullest control over your instruments with much flexibility. The mixer page can be contingently split into several sections. Each instrument having it’s own channel strip, giving you access to all of it’s controls. At the top you have the instrument’s master volume knob, mute & solo buttons and bleeding levels for all of the available sample groups. At the bottom you have the instrument’s Direct Bus controls, as well as the common Overhead, Room and Reverb busses to the right. Each bus provides you with useful controls, like Pan, Solo & Mute, Phase Inversion, as well as the output level fader and a very nice VU meter. The output section let’s you route the instruments to an input track within your DAW. The unused controls or instruments are shown as “faded” . Thus an instrument with no FX samples will have the FX level knob “faded”, etc. Mixer Options Section enables you to switch the mixer view between the factory Drums and Sampler instruments. The global perspective can also be changed from there, giving you the option to reverse all the instrument’s pannings with a single mouse click. AUX busses can be accessed by clicking on the appropriate option tab. The routings page reveals the fully customizable instrument’s internal routings diagram. Any instrument’s sample group can be routed either to it’s Direct Bus, the 16 available AUX tracks, or to the global Overhead, Room & Reverb busses, and can be then routed to one of the 16 stereo outputs to your DAW, thus giving you extensive routing Options.

Overall my thoughts on Perfect drums are this thing is pretty impressive, Its easy to use sounds AMAZING especially for more heavy rock or metal drum sounds. The routing is really easy to understand and has a great workflow. The idea of adding a sampler built into a drum instrument has not been done before and really gives this a huge plus over other more expensive drum instruments.

I Highly recommend you try this plugin out and the fact that more drum kits will be added soon for free is something you just cant beat.

Normal Price $200

Current Price $150

Price for Trigger sample Pack

Normal Price $100

Current $75

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Klanghelm VUMT

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Klanghelm VUMT

Klanghelm's VUMT is a metering tool and channel processing Plug-In that I Personally have used for many years, This lasted update has gone above and beyond what I as a user could have expected.

The standard VUMT now comes with three different metering types VU, PPM and RMS. Every metering type can be fully customized to fit the users exact need. 24dB of clean input trim or gain with both left and right channels able to be linked, a mono maker and a Mid Side meter and gain makes the newest standard VUMT a amazing addition to any setup.

VUMT Deluxe takes things a huge step even farther by adding  dedicated Left and Right channel phase inversion buttons, new monitoring and metering modes, a very smooth high and low pass filter at 6, 12 and 24 dB octave slopes, a very nice dynamic eq with high and low pass filters and a single band bell shape and different Q values and a mono maker from 20 to 20000KHz.

Every aspect of this Plug-in seems to have been redone to make it more then just a simple gain setting and level metering tool. 

 

 VUMT Features

  • Painstakingly modeled behavior and recreation of the general ballistics of classic VU meters
  • three different VU implementations to choose from
  • unique overshoot control to match your favorite analog VU meter you are familiar with, tweak-able rise/fallback times
  • PPM DIN (Type I) mode with adjustable rise/fallback times
  • RMS meter with selectable "+3dB (AES-17)" option and adjustable RMS-window
  • Fully customizable smart Clip-LED: lights up yellow/orange when exceeding a user defined level(your headroom) and turns red when digital overs are taking place
  • switchable (and customizable) hold needle which shows the current max VU value
  • switchable (and customizable) numerical readouts for peak and meter values
  • included TRIM controls for left, right, mid, side channels to make gain staging easy
  • Easy on the eyes, comes with EIGHT skins to be pleasant to look at for (almost) everybody.
  • optional editable instance label
  • GUI resizing - select from 6 different GUI sizes
  • option to show the meters only and hide all controls from the GUI
  • on stereo channel you can switch between single and dual meter display
  • preset browser with easy copy/paste, save as default...
  • global settings to customize knob-behavior, adjust the refresh rate of the meter-needles and more
  • dedicated standalone application included (Note: the standalone version needs a physical input to display levels. So if you want to use it in conjunction with a media player, you can do this with the help of a virtual audio cable, such as soundflower, jackosx or similar)

 VUMT Deluxe

  • everything from the standard version and, 
  • VU metering 
  • RMS metering
  • Nordic (Type I)
  • DIN (Type I)
  • BBC (Type IIa)
  • EBU (Type IIb)
  • frequency weighting in RMS mode (A-, B-, C- & D-weighting curves)
  • channel tools (can be hidden from GUI when not needed):
    • Mute per channel
    • Polarity Reverse per channel
    • Monitor Section with the options to reverse Left and Right channel, monitor only Left, Right, Mid, Side channel
  • additional panel with several signal processing tools (can be hidden from GUI when not needed):
    • HighPass and LowPass filters with variable steepness (6dB, 12dB and 24dB)
    • a signal band Dynamic EQ to remove resonances or for de-essing with selectable filter type (HighPass, LowPass, wide or narrow BandPassFilter
    • Mono Maker for narrowing the stereo image below a certain frequency
  • each skin in the VUMT deluxe version offers an additional contrasting meter-GUI

Cost

VUMT 14 €

VUMT Deluxe 22 €

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Voxengo Drumformer

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Voxengo Drumformer

Drumformer is a multiband drum processing plug-in for professional level music and audio application. This plug-in was designed to be a simple yet powerful solution to sound processing tasks(for more then just drums), allowing anyone to easily implement almost any dynamic and equalization processing they may need.

Drumformer can operate in several modes from the broadband gate and equalizer to the single two or   even three band dynamic and saturation modes, each band having a compressor-expander and saturation module. the very smooth sounding equalizer section can be pre or post the dynamic and saturation sections giving you even more tonal control. 

the compressor section is paired with a very natural sounding saturation module both can be used in broadband or multiband, The saturation module offers you a choice between six   saturation modes with a very smooth and natural sound, but each very distinct and separate from each other.

At the output of the chain you have a dry wet knob allowing you to blend your processed and unprocessed signal, a output gain knob that has a clipper module after allows you to get artistic master output clipping effects.

Overall this plug-in has a wide range of control and is capable of much more then just drum processing. the crossover and number of bands for the multiband compressor can be controlled in the output section (the bands can be switched from linear phase or minimum phase in the menu section.  Drumformer has a very light CPU hit making this something to be used even in a very busy mix. 

The only thing I would like to see added would be a polarity inversion button for the output and maybe a few more EQ bands, that would make this be able to do almost anything you could want. 

Features

  • Broadband, or 2-3-band operation
  • 3-band compressor/expander
  • 3-band saturation module with 6 modes
  • Broadband gate module
  • Parametric equalizer
  • Output clipper module
  • External side-chain capability
  • Real-time FFT spectrum analyzer
  • Stereo and multi-channel processing
  • Internal channel routing
  • Channel grouping
  • Mid/side processing
  • Up to 8x oversampling
  • 64-bit floating point processing
  • Preset manager
  • Undo/redo history
  • A/B comparisons
  • Contextual hint messages
  • All sample rates support
  • 16 ms compensated processing latency

Wants

  • A phase inversion  button 
  • A few more equalizer bands

Cost

$89.95

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Blue Cat Audio Destructor

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Blue Cat Audio Destructor

Blue Cat Audio's Destructor is a powerful distortion modeling tool capable of simulating any kind of distortion. From digital destructive distortion, Smooth analog saturation, analog compression, guitar amp simulation (From clean to full on distorted) and the most important style, your own.

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This Plug-in comes with hundreds of presets and predefined models, inspired by existing gear guitar & bass amps and cabinets, compressors, pedals, tape machines, tubes, transistors and much more but the best part, whatever you want to design. All parameters of existing presets are fully editable (and I mean ALL), which gives you access to as many distortion simulations as you can create.

The signal chain is set to be simple but allows you to control every aspect of each module inside, This makes tweaking process fast and easy. Destructor has dynamic waveshaping that is reactive to the input volume and frequency response, providing a very natural sound and feel, it comes bundled with more than 1400 visual styles that can be selected separately for each module. It is also possible to import reference curves measured with Blue Cat's FreqAnalyst Multi to quickly match existing tones. 

The Signal chain is

  1. Input gain

  2. Noise gate

  3. Compressor

  4. Pre Filter(lets you load in the tonestacks of many amp head emulations and filter things out anyway you like)

  5. Destruct(Allows you to shape the curve of the distortion curve and lets you control the dynamic response of all saturation)

  6. Post Filter(this can load in cab emulations and allowing you to fully control the output of the distortion)

  7. Output Gain

  8. 0 latency limiter

The Input Gain decides the overall input of the signal going into Destructor.

The Noise Gate lets you set a gate to reduce unwanted hiss and buzz from silence or when not playing.

The Compressor lets you shape the overall dynamics of the incoming signal before it hits the Pre FIltering

The Pre Filter Also called pre- emphasis, lets you choose the impact of frequencies on the distortion:
frequencies that are attenuated by the post filter will generate less harmonics that the frequencies that are emphasized. Hitting the "e" for edit mode shows extensive controls to change and shape every aspect of this section.

The Destruction module is the core distortion generator of the plug- in. When in easy mode you have basic controls like drive, dynamics, mix, and gain. When you click the "e" for edit mode is where the real power of this module comes in. The destruction curve as well as decimation settings can now be edited, everything from dynamic response, the range, weather it distorts at low or high signals, oversampling, phase shits in frequencies, shape of the clipper, symmetric or non symmetric shapes, smoothing, rectify, bit depth, mix shaping, drive, decimation(with anti aliasing if wanted), mix knob and a output gain for the section are all open for your customization. 

The Post Filter In the real world happens at many stages, when recording a guitar amp, the tubes, cabinet and
microphone all change and filter the sounds. With Destructor, you can precisely define how much
of each frequency you want to hear in the end, hitting 'e'' does the exact same thing as the Pre-filter section.

Overall there is way to much to talk about it has total control for those who want it, or simple controls for those who just want to grab and go. Overall I would really say just grab a demo and try it out because It has way to much to talk about.

Main Features

  • Powerful distortion and amp modeling tool.
  • Simulate any kind of distortion: analog or digital, guitar and bass amps, saturation, clipping, compression, bit crushing...
  • Get started with several hundreds of fully editable presets, inspired by real gear.
  • More than 1400 visual styles to customize the user experience.
  • Control the dynamics with the input gate and compressor.
  • Control the tone with the pre and post filters.
  • Exclusive shape dynamics control: adapt the tone to the dynamics of the signal.
  • Use the internal or external side chain to trigger the distortion.
  • 0 latency output brickwall limiter.
  • Comprehensive visual feedback: real time spectrum analysis, dynamic distortion curve display with embedded signal histograms.
  • Load reference curves for tone matching.
  • No latency.

Wants

  • True Bypass of gate and compressor section
  • loadable presets for gate and compressor section
  • Output mix knob for parallel processing
  • Maybe a second distortion stage for even more crazy fun

Price $99

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Nomad Factory Drum Tools Overview and Review

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Nomad Factory Drum Tools Overview and Review

Drum Tools is a multi-fx plug-in that provides the key components you need-at-hand to help you sculpt the perfect drum sounds quickly and easily. 

It includes discretely modeled transistors, tape and tube type algorithms to enhance your Drum tracks, and give them that "vintage" vibe and color.

Drum Tools includes all the Nomad Factory trademark Gate, Expander, Compressor, Convolution Reverb, High Pass, Low Pass Filters and pre defined EQs and Kit Piece reference presets.

You can use the DLA2A NF type compressor heard in the very colored Bus Driver plug-in. You can now push all of these controls to the limit using the output stage soft or hard clipper.

Product Features

  • Pre-Tuned Individual Drum Selector
  • Optical DLA2A NF Compressor
  • Output Stage Soft-Clipping
  • Tube Drive & Solid State Saturation Modeling
  • Tube / Tape / Transformer Modeling
  • Internal Convolution Reverb
  • Gate / Expander / Compressor
  • HP-LP Filters
  • Low & High Tuned EQs

Price $149.00

Wants 

  • Phase Inversion button 
  • Dedicated output after the clipper
  • Clean mode for custom processing
  • Sub harmonic generator for kick drum 

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Sonimus TuCo Overview and Review

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Sonimus TuCo Overview and Review

TuCo is a new compressor based on vari-mu tube technology with feedback topology from our friends at Sonimus. TuCo can be clean, warm and crisp at same time, going from subtle and natural compression at low amounts all the way to punchy and aggressive pumping vibe at higher settings. TuCo is an original Sonimus creation, designed using analog modeling techniques.

TuCo sounds great applied to a whole mix, drums, vocals, bass, keys and even guitars  too. Thanks to its “stereo modes” (Dual Mono, Stereo Vintage, Stereo Modern) TuCo can be used for tracking, as well as for mastering with its 0 latency design.

Key Features

 

  • All tube vari-mu design
  • Four modes: Fast Attack Compressor, Slow Attack Compressor, Fast Attack Limiter, Slow Attack Limiter
  • Release knob with slow to fast settings
  • Auto Makeup Gain control
  • Three stereo modes: Dual Mono, Vintage Stereo, Modern Stereo
  • Mix control for parallel compression. (two modes)
  • Output tube saturation controlled by a drive knob
  • A/B switch for a/b comparison
  • Presets system to create and edit both user and factory presets
  • Support for HQ screen resolution (Retina)
  • Optimized for real time usage

Price $74.00

Wants

  • Dedicated output after all processing
  • x2 Drive control like in console emulations 

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