Platinum Samples spotlights the release of Ocean Way Drums’ new Accent virtual instrument with a new drum sample collection called Accent Ocean Way Drums. This collection was recorded and produced by Allen Sides and Steven Miller at Ocean Way Studio B in Hollywood, CA.
Accent downloads with over 6GB of drum samples. There are four full kits with crash, splash, China and ride cymbals plus four bonus kick and snare drums. I liked that you get all the realism of an actual studio drum recording with this collection. For example with kicks and toms, there is a choice between samples recorded with the snare strainer both on and off and there is the choice of blending in three different sets of stereo room microphones in addition to the overheads.
The Accent player/mixer is available as AAX64, VST2 and AU and supports sample rates up to 96kHz/24-bit. It uses a 32-bit floating-point mixer, supports multi-channel outputs, and has its own internal effect system with support for 3rd party plug-ins.
With a resizable user interface and familiar DAW style mixer I found the Accent mixer beautiful looking and easy to get around while dialing in a great drum sound. Everything in the mixer makes sense including a great feature where you can control the amount of “bleed” for each individual sample in the mix.
There is way more to Accent than I can fit here! I am highly recommending Accent and the Ocean Way Drums Library—it includes Platinum Samples Grooves Volume 1 with over 2,000 groove variations. Platinum Samples Accent Ocean Way Drums is downloadable for $149.99.
BARRY RUDOLPH is a recording engineer/mixer who has worked on over 30 gold and platinum records. He has recorded and/or mixed Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hall & Oates, Pat Benatar, Rod Stewart, the Corrs and more. Barry has his own futuristic music mixing facility and loves teaching audio engineering at Musician’s Institute, Hollywood, CA. He is a lifetime Grammy-voting member of NARAS and a contributing editor for Mix Magazine. barryrudolph.com