This is a review about some fairly new drum samples called PRO Custom Drums.
I have to say that I feel pretty lucky having the opportunity to test them out and here is my full honest review about them.
The PRO Custom Drums can run on either Drumagog or Trigger.
By using trigger you have the opportunity to mix mics inside of trigger alone, you can do this with multiple instances of drumagog too.
What I’d like to prove though, is that I’ve used just 1 instance of drumagog for each drum kit (1 to replace the kick and 1 for the snare) and the results came out pretty amazing.
So no matter if you are a drumagog guy or a trigger guy you can’t go wrong no matter what you choose, but if you’d like a couple of more options then the trigger is the way to go.
Pro custom drums review – The Kits
PRO Custom Drums V1
- 4 full kits and 10 snares
- Multiple microphone choices and custom room samples
- Presets for Waves and UAD SSL-plugins
- Delivered for Slate Trigger and Wavemachine Labs Drumagog
Tama Superstar Hyperdrive
Ludwig 1969 Maple
Premier Signia Maple
Sonor 1972 Acrylic
Gretsch Legend Brass 14”
Ludwig Coliseum 14”
Pearl Custom Alloy 14”
Premier Custom Piccolo 14”
Premier Signia Maple 14”
Sonor Benny Greb 13”
Sonor 1972 Acrylic 14”
Tama Star Bubinga 14”
Tama Starclassic B/B 14”
Tama Starphonic Steel 14”
I’ve chosen to replace my kick and my snare using drumagog.
I replaced my kick the Tama Kick and my snare with the Tama Starclassic B/B 14” Snare. You can play with combos but I’d like to keep it as simple as possible.
The sound… was… AMAZING.
The sound wasn’t ultra mix-ready feeling that you won’t be able to use them anywhere else but in a single genre,
but they were also recorded in a way that would save you lots of time to the point that you would need to “get there” anyway, beforing adding EQs and compressors.
The Signal Chain
A really great way to recognize if the sound source (mic or sample in our situation) is good, is by looking at the amount of post-processing you’re using.
Ears come first of course, but 30 plugins in a track are not a good sign.
What I’ve used on both the kick and the snare was only 1 compressor, 1 EQ with JUST one high-pass filter and a limiter to tame the peaks. That’s it.
Aw and some gated reverb on the snare as a return.
Here’s a mix of mine that I used PRO Custom Drums on it. I’ve replaced my kick and snare.
Kick might be a bit too loud being the reason that I would ;ike to give some emphasis on the pro custom drum kick and snare.
Toms weren’t replaced/mixed for the same reason.
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The Final Opinion
I am a huge fan of the Steven Slate Drums and the Expansion Packs of Toontrack’s Superior Drummer 2.
I could never believe that I could find samples that would rival Slate and Toontrack.
PRO Custom Drums is a no-brainer,
with the best price to value ratio and they’re just in Version 1.0.
I am really wondering what these guys will add in the next versions.
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