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Kitcore by Sonoma Wire Works is a Virtual Instrument Audio Plugin for macOS and Windows. It functions as a VST Plugin and an Audio Units Plugin.
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KitCore gives you the sounds and beats of famous drummers in a multitude of styles and more.


Legendary Drummers' Kits and MIDI Beats
You get one Matt Sorum (Velvet Revolver) and two Ben Smith (Heart) rock/pop kits, a Jon Bishop (Ernie Watts) jazz kit, a set of Luis Conte Latin percussion sounds, a brushed drumkit and two subwoof-slammin' urban/electronic kits. Plus it comes with over 400 MIDI drum grooves (beats, fills, variations, click tracks, etc.) and includes MIDI grooves from the DrumCore library.

Drumkits and grooves from metal master John Tempesta and Seattle drum legend Matt Cameron
Heavy metal fury from John Tempesta (Helmet, Testament, White Zombie) and rock/alt from Matt Cameron (Soundgarden, Pearl Jam).

Recorded "In The Style" for Maximum Authenticity and Delivered at 48kHz/24-bit Kits for Great Fidelity
Using the best of digital and analog, the kit's tone is burned-in at the sample level for great sound with minimal CPU load. From priceless Pultecs to vintage Neumann mics - get the sound of a multi-million dollar studio on your laptop.

An Expandable Palette of Sounds
Unlike programs that only offer a five piece acoustic drumkit, KitCore gives you 48 pads you can mix-and-match with acoustic, electronic and Latin sounds to make your own "hybrid" kits - all with that DrumCore sound.

Plus you can expand your KitCore library via Submersible KitPacks, available in a wide variety of styles and price points. DrumCore users note that KitCore can access any DrumCore or DrumCore LT drumkits you already have installed.

Groove Browser
Version 2 includes a way to easily see all the Submersible grooves included with KitCore plus your KitCore expansion packs. Just audition a groove in sync with your main recording application and then drag and drop the MIDI beat or fill onto a track. Content is arranged in songwriter-friendly "GrooveSets" which group beats, fills and variations together to allow faster and easier song construction based on the sensibilities of these great pro drummers. Search for grooves by Feel (Shuffle, 1/8ths, etc.) and use Queue Mode for seeing how beats and fills work together before exporting them - just as in DrumCore.

Version 2 unveils the new "RealDrummer" control that gives you the ability to add drummerly accents to your MIDI and does-away with the evils of machinegun-like MIDI playback. Give your snare roll new life and make your hi-hats groove with this cool new control.

General MIDI (GM) Compatible
Like DrumCore, KitCore is General MIDI (GM) compatible. This lets it work with GM note maps found in the drum editors of most applications and allows easy control via most external pad controllers.

KitCore Deluxe
Want more? Get KitCore Deluxe for over 100 kits and over 3,000 MIDI beats.

Latest User Reviews

Average user rating of 4.00 from 1 review

Reviewed By lightninrick
September 5th, 2008

Kitcore is sold in two forms: Kitcore and KitCore Deluxe. The difference between the two is in the number of drum kits and MIDI groove files included with the package. This review covers KitCore Deluxe v.2.0.

The first thing to say is that anyone who buys KitCore is well advised to pay the extra $50 for the Deluxe version, unless you have absolutely no interest in acquiring an additional 2000 MIDI groove files and something like 100 additional drumkits for the relatively little extra cash. The quantity of MIDI files alone offered with the Deluxe version is greater than a lot of standalone MIDI file offerings selling for more.

Both the MIDI Grooves and the Drumkits are well constructed, and the variety of kits included in the Deluxe version is truly impressive. Each kit represents a kit used by a well-known professional drummer, e.g. Michael Shrieve, Alan White, etc., with appropriate sounds for everything from rock to blues to country to hiphop and electronica on tap. Because drum sounds from different kits can be combined and saved as a preset, the flexibility is enormous. It's hard to imagine that someone who needs anything like a conventional acoustic or electronic drumkit wouldn't find a decent option in KitCore.

The kits themselves sound good to very good in general, with the cymbals being the weakest parts. While the cymbal samples provided are generally well-recorded, they simply don't have enough velocity levels to be as convincing as the cymbals in EZDrummer. The snares, kicks, toms, etc. don't have the same problem. In fact, if you combine KitCore Deluxe with EZD, with Kitcore handling the drums and EZD the cymbals, you get what amounts to a fabulous expansion set for EZD at a fraction of the price of a single EZX expansion. In any case, these kits work very well in a mix, and at this price the variety is remarkably good value for money.

The software works as a VST plugin, and includes a pad setup with individual volume, panning, and tuning controls for every drum sound, as well as an overall volume control. Each kit is accompanied by a decent-sounding percussion kit that is apparently the same from kit to kit.

A groove browser window offers the ability to audition MIDI grooves against the selected drumkit, which can be dragged and dropped to a MIDI track in your DAW when the right groove is selected. A very nice feature is a visual display of the current MIDI pattern. The patterns are apparently based on actual performances by the drummers represented by the different kits. In any case, the grooves are very convincing, and a very wide range of styles are represented.

Submersible Music's tech support is extremely responsive to requests for help and to bug reports, as I can attest from personal experience. I have experienced relatively minor bugs with the product, none of which can't be worked around fairly easily.

Summary: this product is easy to use, sounds very good, and will plug a lot of holes in most people's drum inventory. The value for money is excellent. Recommended for those who want plenty of good drums and grooves for cheap, and recommended also as an inexpensive high-value add-on to other drum samplers like EZDrummer. Songwriters looking to put demos in multiple styles together especially should find a lot to love in this package.
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