Sonoma Wire Works DrumCore 4 Lite - Electronic Delivery

Pro drums plug-in for songwriter - 64-bit VST3/AAX/AU comatible with 4GB of content
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Sonoma Wire Works DrumCore 4 Lite - Electronic Delivery
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Sonoma Wire Works DrumCore 4 is an upgrade of the award-winning DrumCore 3 plug-in drum instrument with stereo 24-bit audio loops and MIDI loops of inspiring performances by hit-proven drummers, plus multi-velocity drum kit samples across a multitude of styles. Now a 64-bit VST3/AAX/AU plug-in, DrumCore 4 works with most popular 64-bit recording software, and includes a convenient groove browser, song timeline, mixer, effects and more. Choose to use royalty-free drum loops by celebrity drummers (provided as tempo-adjustable GrooveSets in a wide variety of styles), or create your own grooves with multi-velocity drum kits, which are MIDI-mapped and customizable, making DrumCore easy to use with external controllers. DrumCore 4 is the perfect tool for songwriters, composers, musicians and producers. Simply drag and drop grooves to tracks in most popular recording applications on Mac OS and Windows.

Audio Loops, MIDI files, and Sampled Drum Kits

DrumCore 4 Lite contains 4 GB of content, including 24 GrooveSets (1,400 audio loops and 800 MIDI loops) based on live performances by 13 celebrity drummers. The MIDI loops can be used to trigger the included 11 multi-velocity sampled drum kits. Can't find the perfect MIDI loop? Program your own MIDI on the instrument track that DrumCore 4 Lite is loaded on to take full advantage of its sounds and effects.

Kit Mixer

Using the new Kit View, you can mix, apply effects, and create whole new kits using individual kit pieces from the 11 included kits. Matt Sorum's unmistakable snare with Ben Smith's kick drum? The choice is yours.

Pro-Quality MasterFX

In addition to being able to apply effects to the individual drums when using MIDI, all new stereo MasterFX can be applied to both audio and MIDI loops. A multi-band compressor, parametric EQ, and stereo delay are included with a spectrum analyzer to ensure you know exactly what is happening with your audio. Customize your sound directly in the plug-in without the need for extra effects in your DAW.

Includes Content by These 13 Drummers:

  • Alan White (Yes, Lennon)
  • Ben Smith (Heart, Taj Mahal, Peter Frampton)
  • Jeff Anthony (Sheryl Crow)
  • John Bishop (Bobby McFerrin, Mark Murphy, Ernie Watts)
  • Lonnie Wilson (Brooks and Dunn, Rascal Flatts, Faith Hill)
  • Luis Conte (Madonna, Shakira, Santana, Phil Collins)
  • Matt Sorum (Guns N Roses, Velvet Revolver, The Cult)
  • Michael Shrieve (Santana, The Rolling Stones, Steve Winwood)
  • Ned Douglas (No Doubt, Katie Perry, Dave Stewart, Simply Red)
  • Sly Dunbar (Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Black Uhuru, Jimmy Cliff)
  • Terry Bozzio (Jeff Beck, Frank Zappa, Missing Persons)
  • Tony Braunagel (Bonnie Rait, Taj Mahal, Robert Cray)
  • Zoro (Lenny Kravitz, Bobby Brown, Sean Lennon)

Some content is included in DC4 Lite for each of these drummers, providing a wide variety of styles.


  • Audio + MIDI Drum Loops: Audio drum loop and MIDI drum loop collection and sampled drum kits in a AAX/VST3/AU plug-in. DrumCore gives you the realism of stereo 24-bit 48 kHz recorded audio performances and the versatility of MIDI. Tempo-stretchable. Export as WAV or MIDI
  • Groove Browser: Find grooves based on Style and Feel (1/8th, Shuffle, etc.)
  • Drum Kits: Layer sounds and grooves on different tracks, mix and match kit sounds (snare, kick, etc.), retune them and modify individual sounds, or process/mix drum groups using the Kit Mixer

New in DrumCore 4:

  • Improved interface
  • 64-bit compatibility
  • Updated plug-in formats (AAX/VST3/AU)
  • Mixer view with insert effects
  • Song timeline for assembling loops
  • Integrated store for easily purchasing add-on content directly in the plug-in
  • Much more!

System Requirements:

Compatible DAWs (64-bit only):

  • Avid® Pro Tools® 11 and 12 (AAX) (Mac/Win)
  • Apple® Logic Pro® 9 and X (AU) (Mac)
  • Apple® GarageBand® 10 (AU) (Mac)
  • Steinberg® Cubase® 5 and 6 (Win), 7, 8 and 8.5 (Mac/Win) (VST3)
  • PreSonus® Studio One® 2 and 3 (AU Mac/VST3 Win)
  • Ableton® Live® 9 (AU) (Mac)
  • MOTU® Digital Performer™ 8 and 9 (AU) (Mac)
  • Cakewalk® Sonar® X3 (VST3) (Win)
  • Cockos REAPER 5 (AU Mac/VST3 Win)
  • Others TBD (Status of Other DAWs)


  • Mac OS X 10.8.5 (Mountain Lion), 10.9 (Mavericks), 10.10 (Yosemite), 10.11 (El Capitan), macOS Sierra (10.12)
  • Intel® Core™ Duo processor (Intel Core 2 Duo or Core i3 or better recommended)
  • 2 GB RAM (4 GB or more recommended)


  • Windows 7 x64 SP1, Windows 8 x64, Windows 10 x64
  • Intel Core Duo or AMD Athlon™ X2 processor (Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Athlon X4 or better recommended)
  • 2 GB RAM (4 GB or more recommended)

Additional Information

Condition New
Software Delivery Electronic Delivery
Virtual Instrument Type Drums and Percussion
Plug-In Format AAX, AU, VST3
Operating System Mac, Windows

A few years ago I used kitcore deluxe, but over the last years I used all the Native Instruments Drums (esp. Abbey Roads). But I always liked the easy approach of kitcore, so when I got a good deal I bought Drumcore 4 (DC4) light. Then I read, that they would restore all my kitcore-sounds in DC4. That was awesome, esp. the fast and friendly support. I use a lot of other music software, but that was the fastest and friendliest support-experience I ever had.

Drumcore light is easy to use. I like the different styles and the often very authentic grooves. A problem with DC4 lite is, that you never know, how many grooves you get in a specific folder. Because it is just the light verion, sometimes you have a lot of grooves, sometimes more Midi, sometimes more Audio and sometimes almost nothing. But you have the search functions and this is what I use most of the time to find a fitting beat.

In my productions so far I only used the Midi-Grooves of DC4 and recorded the audio-sounds of my Abbey Road-Drums. To me the Abbey Road-Drums sound more full and complex. But you can buy soundpacks inside DC4 and those soundpacks are often better sounding (and recorded with higher resolutions) than the ones in DC4 light.

You can build a whole Song inside DC4, but I find it much easier to drag and drop the midi ore wave files into my DAW and work there. The same with manipulating sound. You could compress, eq etc. inside DC4, but for me it is more precise to do it in my DAW. You can route each drum instrument (Kick, Snare etc.) to a different output and process your sound there.

Overall it is a good investment, especially if you consider, that you can buy additional sounds and grooves for a good price.

By dr.noetigenfallz on January 1, 2019

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