Drumatom drum leakage suppression tool preview
Having blown many musical minds at last month’s 2014 NAMM Show in Anaheim, California following a successful beta-testing phase, American pro audio software company Plugin Alliance LLC is proud to announce availability of accusonus drumatom — the world’s first microphone leakage suppression tool for multichannel drum recordings — as of February 25.
As a 64-bit standalone application for Mac (OS X 10.6.0 and later) and PC (Windows XP, 7, or 8), accusonus drumatom duly represents the first non-plug-in product to be released by Plugin Alliance. Amazingly, as the world’s first microphone leakage suppression tool for multichannel drum recordings, it identifies the close microphone sound and reduces microphone leakage, cleverly combining progressive principals of acoustics, signal processing, psychoacoustics, and music theory using patent-pending A3 (Advanced Audio Analysis) technology by Greek Plugin Alliance partner company accusonus.
As if that wasn’t musically mind-blowing enough in itself, irrefutable advantages abound above and beyond established production practices when putting accusonus drumatom through its unprecedented production paces: for starters, users can keep their original drum sounds intact, protecting the timbre and micro-dynamics without messing with ghost notes and off-beat elements; enhanced dynamic range and significantly improved drum mix headroom allows accusonus drumatom users to tweak those original sounds to suit while maintaining clarity and definition throughout; the application’s enhanced audio outputs enable effects to be creatively applied to original drum sounds without any leakage-imposed limitations; likewise, by eliminating the comb filtering effect generated from time-domain misalignment between different drum microphones, the timbre of cymbals and overhead mics are drastically improved with more punch and improved transient definition meaning better-sounding drums; duly removing leakage from close microphones means noticeably improved stereo imaging of overheads and cymbals, also allowing advanced multi- channel mixes that would have hitherto been impossible to produce; plus much more besides.
And as if that wasn’t enough to be getting on with, intelligent processing allows accusonus drumatom to quickly clean up drum sounds so drum replacement software like SPL DrumXchanger will detect the correct hits much more accurately, although it radically reduces the need to excessively rely on drum replacement tools. This means that users are able to finally produce personalised drum sounds with complete clarity, differentiating their productions from other recordings, rather than relying on the same generic drum sample libraries as everyone else.
While the algorithm fuelling accusonus drumatom’s driving wheels of change are acutely complex, its creators conversely went to great lengths to ensure its intuitive user interface is as simple and uncluttered as possible, effectively distilling it down to two simple knobs — FOCUS (to control the amount of leakage suppression) and FINE TUNE (to fine-tune the result by dialling it back in). Indeed, everything is designed to save time and not add unnecessary complexity to the job at hand.
In other words, launch accusonus drumatom and it’s simply a case of loading the drum channel recording files to be worked on (by dragging and dropping them onto the GUI itself or using the menu option) and naming the GROUP. Individual drum types should appear in the adjacent TRACKS list automatically in most cases, otherwise each drum type can easily be selected from the associated drop-down menu if needed. Next, click on the ANALYZE GROUP button — processing takes around 1.5 times the track’s duration, then individually ‘focus’ each of the drum TRACKS in the TRACKS list using those all-important FOCUS and FINE TUNE knobs. Finally, click on the EXPORT GROUP button to export the processed recordings. Job done!
In a nutshell, then, accusonus drumatom ably assists any experienced engineer in maximising professional results from a studio or live recording or concert with minimum fuss — and musically mind-blowing results!
accusonus drumatom can be purchased and downloaded directly from Plugin Alliance.