Sonic Reality Introduces 'Neil Peart Drums, Vol. 1: The Kit'

Aug 30, 2010 3:48 PM


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Sound development company Sonic Reality in Sunrise, Fla., has released a new sound library: Neil Peart Drums, Vol. 1: The Kit ($199 MSRP), a software re-creation of Peart's Drum Workshop (DW) drum kit that uses Sonic Reality’s expandable Infinite Player library for software such as FXpansion’s BFD2 and Native Instruments’ Kontakt. Peart, a member of the band Rush, collaborated with Sonic Reality and producer/engineer Nick Raskulinecz (Rush, Foo Fighters, Alice In Chains) to bring the authentic sound of his custom-designed “Snakes and Arrows" DW drum set into the digital domain.

The library of more than 12 GB offers advanced features including wide-ranging dynamic levels, "humanized" random alternating hits, discrete multiple mic mixing and more. It comes mapped in General MIDI, iMap and V-Drum formats, and a Custom Map mode for controlling the library using any electronic drum kit.

Sonic Reality states that Raskulinecz engineered the sample sessions using Neve mic preamps and deluxe vintage tube mics provided by Ocean Way Recording’s Classic Rentals in Los Angeles. With the assistance of Don Lombardi and, every detail of The Kit was captured in high-resolution audio. The library offers multiple room positions and ambient channels.

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The Kit features eight toms; Sabian cymbals, including three china cymbals, four crash cymbals, three splash cymbals and a ride cymbal; two snare drums; a 23x-16-inch kick drum; five cowbells; and more. by any electronic drum kit. It includes both discrete mic mixing and album-quality presets right out of the box for instant gratification.

Neil Peart Drums, Vol. 1: The Kit is available from Sonic Reality dealers worldwide in either FXpansion’s BFD2 format or Native Instruments’ Kontakt format, which requires Sonic Reality’s Infinite Player library.

Downloadable versions are available from

For more information, visit Sonic Reality's Neil Peart Drums page.

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