Drum Replacement Tool

Massey DRT v2

Not long ago I posted on the brilliance of Massey's Drum Replacement Tool, in my opinion the most accurate transient seeking algorithm of it's type. These days the ability to either blend or replace not-so-good drum sounds is a must, with certain heavy music styles requiring this as a norm. Massey have now released version 2 with some excellent additions: A Noise Gate for eliminating problematic trigger candidates and impressively a Sample page for importing your own sound library directly into tracks (a la SoundReplacer but without the tedious post-editing required). So if you haven't already invested in an essential tool for your Protools system here's yet another incentive: The upgrade from version 1 is free. But, for one week only, version 2 will be sold at the version 1 price of $69. Thereafter, it changes to a mere $96. http://www.masseyplugins.com

Massey DRT

Steve Massey builds wonderful software. Many engineers are already aware of his work with Digidesign and Trillium Lane. Since forming his own company MASSEY Plug-ins have rapidly become essential high-end tools for professionals. The DRT, Drum Replacement Tool is a recent release after an original freebie to registered users caused a groundswell of requests by new customers - now it's here at ToKwerX too.

There are several tools that offer this process of recognising peak-transients from drum tracks and creating either a 'spike' audio or midi-note trigger but I am yet to use one that is this accurate and musical. Demo versions are available from http://www.masseyplugins.com

If you're in need of such a tool check this AudioSuite plug-in for Protools out. In my opinion it's the best and most affordable one on the market.