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Building on the legacy of its predecessor, Superior Drummer 3 was redesigned from the ground up to introduce a completely new and improved workflow, countless added features and an unequalled amount of raw sound material. With Superior Drummer 3, you are in total control. Welcome to the future of drum production.
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WELCOME TO THE FUTURE OF DRUM PRODUCTION.

Building on the legacy of its predecessor, Superior Drummer 3 was redesigned from the ground up to introduce a completely new and improved workflow, countless added features and an unequalled amount of raw sound material. With Superior Drummer 3, you are in total control. Welcome to the future of drum production.

FEATURES – AT A GLANCE.
  • In excess of 230 GB of raw, unprocessed sounds in 44.1 kHz/24 bit
  • Recorded with an additional eleven separate room microphones set up in a surround configuration for a complete immersive experience
  • Playback in stereo or up to 11 channel surround systems
  • Approx. 350 vintage and classic drum machine sounds
  • New and improved scalable interface with detachable windows
  • Edit Play Style, Tap2Find, Song Creator and Song Track features as well as improved workflow and search functionality
  • Built-in MIDI grid editor
  • DAW automation for built-in macro controls
  • Support for keyboard shortcuts

A CREATIVE PLAYGROUND WHERE NO RULES APPLY.

The idea with Superior Drummer 3 is to let you step into a virtual studio with the best possible raw material and mix options at your disposal to create drum sounds in an environment where only your imagination sets the limits. Combining the creative power of the sounds, the ambiences and the extensive set of features, Superior Drummer 3 is more than just a drum sampler – it’s a bottomless well of creativity. It bridges the gap between acoustic and electronic and lets you venture off into completely new sonic landscapes. This is the definitive tool for percussive sound design.

ACOUSTIC

From tight to ambient – mix timeless acoustic drums for any genre. 

ELECTRONIC

Create hybrid kits – only your imagination sets the limits. 

MODERN

More than 350 drum machine sounds for augmenting or sound design purposes.

Drums

Over 230GB of top-shelf drum samples

Award-winning engineer George Massenburg recorded the sounds in Superior Drummer 3 at Galaxy Studios in Belgium. He utilized Galaxy Hall (the studio's main multi-purpose room), which is renowned for its near-perfect acoustics. Over 230GB of raw, unprocessed sounds were captured with 11 surround microphones for playback in stereo and up to 11.1 surround. Massenburg used nothing but world-class gear, including mics from Neumann, Sennheiser, Ehrlund, Beyerdynamic, AEA, Sanken, and Schoeps.

FEATURE SPOTLIGHT
  • Seven (7) kits (Ayotte, Gretsch, Pearl, Premier, Yamaha and two configurations of Ludwig)
  • Tom shell dimensions cover ranges from 6” to 20”
  • Optional tool selection available on select kits and instruments (sticks, brushes, rods, felt mallets)
  • Optional drum head selection available on select kits and instruments
  • Approx. 350 electronic drum sounds, sampled from vintage and classic drum machines
  • 25 unique acoustic snares, 35 recorded configurations
  • 16 unique acoustic kicks, 27 different recorded configurations

Grooves

Mix, match, change, and rearrange

Superior Drummer 3 makes finding the right groove easy. Search and browse using the integrated browser, or use the Tap2Find function to match the rhythm that's in your head. From there you can dive in and fine-tune timing, velocity detail, and more with the built-in grid editor. You can even build and arrange full drum tracks without leaving the program!

FEATURE SPOTLIGHT
  • Multiple song tracks
  • Build full drum arrangements
  • Grid editor
  • Time and tempo editor integrated in Song Track
  • Edit Play Style, Tap2Find, Song Creator and Song Track with improved workflow and search functionality added
  • Integrated grooves and search browser
  • Text search

Mixer

Route, bus, send, saturate, and blend

The mixer in Superior Drummer 3 is loaded with 35 studio-quality insert effects, so you can process your drums before they hit your DAW. Create groups, buses, routing, and sends exactly like you would with a hardware mixer. A wide variety of presets are available for all included kits, and you have complete control over mic bleed and more. You can even save your own custom instruments, including third-party samples and drum stacks.

FEATURE SPOTLIGHT
  • 35 mixer effects (EQ, delay, reverb, filters, dynamics, distortion, modulation)
  • A wide array of presets for all included kits
  • Individual mic bleed and mic control
  • Bus, route, send

Tracker

A new breed of audio-to-MIDI conversion

Drum replacement is a staple of modern studio production, and Superior Drummer 3's offline audio-to-MIDI conversion is one of the most powerful we've seen here at Sweetwater. Its advanced instrument recognition neural network detects hits with unparalleled accuracy. In fact, when Toontrack demoed the software for us, they were able to extract viable MIDI information from a single stereo drum track. Enjoy seamless SD3 integration, along with MIDI tempo and time map export. You also get single-instrument MIDI export and drag-and-drop functionality.

FEATURE SPOTLIGHT
  • Drum recognition based on artificial intelligence (AI)
  • Machine learning based on over 1.4 million drum audio files
  • Offline audio to MIDI conversion
  • Track complex drum patterns faster than ever before
  • Unlimited control with Find Similar, Sound Recognition Threshold and other specially designed features
  • Create tempo maps from audio with the Find Tempo feature
  • Reduce bleed between different microphones to avoid false triggers
  • Edit MIDI notes individually directly in the waveform
  • Seamless integration with Superior Drummer 3
  • Endless possibilities to replace
or augment any drum performance
  • Get experimental – import any audio file to generate original percussive rhythms
E-DRUMS

MAKE YOUR ELECTRONIC DRUM KIT SOUND LIKE YOU
 

By combining smart software features with extreme sample detail and nuance, Superior Drummer 3 bridges the gap between the “e” and the drums, making your electronic kit every bit as “real” and acoustic as it can be.

Superior Drummer 3 was designed with you in mind, the demanding e-drummer. Get started playing instantly with one of the the new e-drum presets, or customize the way the software responds to your playing with new, easy-to-use controls on the dedicated e-drums settings tab.

The e-drum settings tab is used to transform incoming MIDI to the standard of any loaded sound library without affecting the playback of your MIDI files. This makes it easy to combine your own playing with any MIDI files available from Toontrack. It also offers quick access to the MIDI controls most frequently used, like hi-hat pedal and snare CC response. Controls and articulations for the mapping of custom kits and pads with multiple zones and positional sensitivity are available as well.

All this in combination with optimized velocity response, humanization and up to 25 velocity layers per instrument in the Superior Drummer 3 core library will make your playing more expressive and well-rounded than ever!

FEATURE SPOTLIGHT
  • New e-drum settings page allows transforming incoming MIDI without affecting the playback of your MIDI files.
  • Get started playing instantly with new e-drum presets for a variety of e-drum brands
  • Easy setup for positional sensing pads and multiple articulations
  • No need for a DAW – capture your performance directly in the Song Track of Superior Drummer 3
  • Superb realism, new articulations and manageable library size with up to 25 velocity layers per instrument
  • Quick access to controls for snare and hi-hat CC
  • Optimized response and humanization

George Massenburg

World-class drums recorded by a studio legend

The drum sounds in Superior Drummer 3 were engineered by legendary recording engineer George Massenburg (Earth, Wind & Fire; Lyle Lovett; Little Feat; Linda Ronstadt). Besides being the inventor of the parametric equalizer, George has produced, mixed, and engineered over 400 albums, received countless industry awards, been inducted into the TECnology Hall of Fame, and received an honorary Doctorate of Music from Berklee College. George's painstakingly thorough approach to his projects is evident in everything he touches, and SD3 is no exception.

Instruments:

Kits

  • Ayotte Classic
  • Gretsch Round Badge 1960s
  • Ludwig '70s 3-ply Classic
  • Ludwig '70s 3-ply Concert
  • Pearl Masterworks
  • Premier Genista Birch Original
  • Yamaha Beech Custom
  • Plus 350 vintage and classic drum machine sounds

Snares

  • 5.5" x 14" Ayotte Custom Maple
  • 5" x 13" Ayotte Maple Custom Yellow
  • 4" x 14" Gigster "Slim"
  • 3.5" x 14" GMS Brass Piccolo
  • 5" x 14" Gretsch Solid Aluminum
  • 5" x 14" 1930s Leedy Broadway Standard Solid Mahogany
  • 8" x 14" Lignum Custom Pear Stave
  • 8" x 14" Lignum Custom Pear Stave (w/ extra drumhead)
  • 4" x 14" 1920s Ludwig Black Beauty
  • 5" x 14" Ludwig 400
  • 6.5" x 14" Ludwig Black Beauty
  • 8" x 14" Ludwig Coliseum
  • 5.5" x 14" Ludwig Jazz Festival
  • 6.5" x 14" Ludwig Super-Sensitive
  • 7" x 14" Noble and Cooley Steam-bent Maple
  • 6.5" x 14" Noble and Cooley Zildjian Cast Bronze
  • 6" x 14" Odery Air Control Vented
  • 4.5" x 10" Odery Hard Hoop Aluminum Wood
  • 6" x 14" Pearl Masters Custom
  • 10" x 14" Rogers "Yorktown" Eagle Batch
  • 5" x 14" Slingerland Radio King
  • 2.5" x 10" Sonor Select Force Jungle
  • 8" x 14" TAMA Artwood Maple
  • 6.5" x 14" TAMA Bell Brass
  • 6" x 14" TAMA Warlord Collection Masai Bubinga KGB146
  • 5.5" x 14" Yamaha Copper Nouveau

Tools (available on select kits and instruments)

  • Sticks
  • Mallets
  • Brushes
  • Blasticks
  • Rods

Gear:

Microphones

  • AEA R88
  • AKG D112
  • Beyerdynamic M 201 TG
  • Ehrlund EHR-E
  • Ehrlund EHR-T
  • Neumann KM 184
  • Neumann KM 84 (modified by George Massenburg)
  • Neumann U47 FETi
  • Schoeps CMC 6 MK 4
  • Sanken CO-100K
  • Sanken CS-1e
  • Sanken CU-44X
  • Sennheiser e902
  • Sennheiser MD 431
  • Yamaha Sub Kick

Preamps

  • API Vision Galaxy
  • DAD mic preamp
  • GML 8304

Converters

  • Avid 192 I/O
  • DAD AX32

Effects:

Delay

  • Classic Echo
  • Filter Delay
  • Tape Delay

Distortion

  • Bitcrusher
  • Distortion
  • Fat Muff
  • Tape Simulator
  • Valve Distortion Box

EQ

  • Creative Filter
  • EQ
  • EQ84

Dynamics

  • Classic Compressor
  • Comp 670
  • Comp 76
  • Compressor/Limiter
  • Frequency Gate
  • Punch Exciter 361
  • Punch Exciter 180
  • Transient
  • Limiter Pedal
  • Multiband Compressor

Reverb

  • 1981 Classic Reverb
  • Hall Reverb
  • Inverse Reverb
  • Plate Reverb
  • Room Reverb
  • Spring Reverb

Modulation

  • Auto-Wah
  • Chorus
  • Dimension T
  • Flanger
  • String Machine Chorus
  • Phaser
  • Tremolo
  • Vibrato

Product Details

Product Details

Manufacturer Part # TT416
UPC 825810004167
Platform Hybrid (Mac and PC)
Manufacturer TOONTRACK
System Requirements (Windows)
  • 64-bit Windows 7 or newer
  • 4 GB RAM (8 GB RAM or more recommended)
  • SOFTWARE: Approx. 320 MB download + installation space
  • SOUND LIBRARY: Basic install: Approx. 41 GB download and an additional 41 GB for the installation process. Complete install: Approx. 236 GB download and an additional 55 GB for the installation process.
SSD install (optional): Approx. 236 GB pre-installed. 
System Requirements (Mac)
  • Mac OS X 10.6 or higher
  • 64-bit Intel-based Mac with 4 GB RAM (8 GB RAM or more recommended)
  • 
64-bit host (with support for VST, AU or AAX)
  • Standalone is included
  • SOFTWARE: Approx. 320 MB download + installation space.
  • SOUND LIBRARY: Basic install: Approx. 41 GB download and an additional 41 GB for the installation process. Complete install: Approx. 236 GB download and an additional 55 GB for the installation process.
SSD install (optional): Approx. 236 GB pre-installed.
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