DRUMATOM SPELLS THE END OF SPILL
Last week Plugin Alliance released its new Drumatom software, which is a signal processor designed to remove spill from individual drum tracks after a multi-channel recording session. The idea is to provide relatively clean tracks of each drum piece almost to DAW/sampler-like quality without having to resort to noise gates or drum replacement techniques. Alternatively, any drum replacement trickery will work a lot better after Drumatom removes that spill and prevents any spurious triggering. Importantly, Drumatom is a stand-alone application, not a plug-in, so the workflow is to process each track and export the cleaner versions back into your DAW for mixing. At least using Drumatom is a simple, one-button control that dials in as much spill-reduction as you want – presumably at the expense of the actual drum sound if you go to extremes. The technology behind Drumatom is annoyingly (for writers and editors like us) called A^3 or “Advanced Audio Analysis” developed by partnership company Accusonus, which is based in Greece and thus possibly some kind of justification for using irritating symbols in the technology label. Plugin Alliance and Accusonus plan to co-operate again the future to develop other novel, revolutionary audio tools. You can demo Drumatom from www.plugin-alliance.com for 14 days and if you like it, the price tag is US$399.00. Some might argue that your money would be better spent on judicious microphone choice and placement… what do you think?