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User reviews on Toontrack EZ Drummer products

The Best (Toontrack - EZdrummer)

By sw80, 26/10/2012
I have used a bunch of different plug –ins for real natural authentic drums and there are a few of them that stick out to me. ToonTrack EZdrummer is one of them that will always be a part of my set up. The best part about it outside of the drum sounds is that it only cost 80 dollars. Or you can purchase the download only version that cost a little more than the boxed version. The Toontrack EZdrummer comes with over 8 thousand MIDI files. It has an internal mixer and you can edit each individual drum patch right in the program if you choose, that means you will not have to do any external EQ or effects when using the ToonTrack EZdrummer because you can do it all right in this plug-in. I have used the Toontrack EZdrummer in Cubase and FL Studio and it has worked flawlessly in both of those programs.

SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

Setting it up was easy, it does take a while to install and load all of those sounds and patches but it is well worth the wait. The interface of the Toontrack EZdrummer is easy to work with, changing and editing drums are simple. You can also use this multiple times without slowing down your system. I have songs that I have done that have up to 7 different channels of Toontrack EZdrummer going at the same time and it has never stopped working on me.

OVERALL OPINION

If you are in need of a live drumming application VST, then look no further. The Toontrack EZdrummer is simple to use and it has professional real sounding drums that were recorded and sampled in a real studio. Forgot about all of the other programs and plug-ins that claim that they have the best sounding drum VST, because they don’t! The Toontrack EZdrummer has all of them beaten, and they also beat the competitors’ price as well. You cannot go wrong with this VST.
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Best Entry to Drum Samplers (Toontrack - EZdrummer)

By tarrtime, 30/11/2012
EZ Drummer is a sample-playback engine for drums. It can be used as a plug-in inside a DAW, or as a stand-alone application. Toontrack offers a ton of expansion packs that run inside EZ Drummer (or Superior Drummer 2.0), if you want different sounds. There are some pretty good deals offered throughout the year, so I definitely suggest watching the price for a bit if you are looking to purchase it.

Toontrack's installation process is straight-forward (no iLok). Everything about this product really is 'EZ'.

Once installed, the drum samples can be triggered from e-drums, a midi keyboard, or even from the internal midi library of midi drum performances. I think the midi files included in toontrack's products are the easiest to use compared to other products (BFD2, Addictive Drums, NI Studio Drummer, SSD4, etc.). The midi files can be easily dragged into the host DAW for sequencing.

SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

The samples that come with the base EZ Drummer package are pretty stale in my opinion. The expansion packs have much more usable sounds, and I would recommend looking into the many options to find the pack that fits the style of music you are interested in.

There is one specific (but not completely intuitive) reason I would recommend EZ Drummer. Although the samples included in EZ Drummer aren't great for a final song mix, it is a perfect software package to use during tracking if you are using e-drums or a keyboard to record a drum performance. EZ Drummer is super light on the CPU, which means you can run it at low latency without problems. I always use EZD to track drums because I can use a 32 sample buffer setting to achieve almost no delay while recording. Other software that is heavy on the CPU cannot be run at such a lower buffer setting. That software can just be substituted during mixing when the latency of higher buffer settings (1024 samples) isn't an issue.

OVERALL OPINION

If you don't have access to really nice drums, a nice drum room, nice studio equipment, and a drummer that never makes a mistake, drum samplers are the way to go for recording. There are a lot better sounding drum libraries worth considering if you want to achieve 'semi-professional' sounding drums on your tracks. Toontrack offers some great expansion packs that need to run inside of EZ Drummer, so that is one reason to buy it. It is also a great tool by itself to use during tracking for low latency.
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Awesome EZX (Toontrack - The Classic EZX)

By tarrtime, 12/02/2013
The Classic EZX is a multi-sampled drum library. I have to give Toontrack credit for really increasing the sound quality of the newer EZX packs by using a lot more velocity layers/round-robin samples and also including more kit pieces. Compared to older EZX packs, the new ones are a lot larger and sound much closer to the 'professional' SDX libraries than an 'amateur' EZX library. This EZX pack is also really great to use inside of SD2 rather than EZX. You can control the mic bleed for all the instruments in SD2 if you don't want your cymbals washing in your room mics. You can also layer multiple kit pieces using X-drum in SD2.

SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

I would definitely recommend this EZX for anyone using EZ Drummer or Superior Drummer 2. Compared to the stock EZ Drummer library, the Classic EZX is significantly better in sound quality and versatility. I have several other drum software libraries (BFD2, NI Studio Drummer, SSD4, Addictive Drums) and I find that these Classic drums are perfect for songs if I am going for the 60s/70s thick and dry drum sound. Don't be put off by the fact that these are an EZX and not an SDX, they sound great. I also like that the drums sound great as soon as you load them up without a lot of tweaking. This saves time when I am doing a major session.
The library is easy to install, and can be downloaded off the Toontrack webpage. Authorization is really simple for all the Toontrack products. Assuming you are interested in the Classic EZX because you already own EZ Drummer or SD2, everything is pretty much the same getting started with the software.

OVERALL OPINION

The Classic EZX is an expansion sample library for Toontrack EZ Drummer and can also be used with SD2. This EZX actually appears as two separate EZX libraries inside of EZ Drummer because it comes with two different mic setups. First, all the drums were recorded with the typical mic setup with close mics on every drum and also OH and Room mics. The second mic setup is a 4 mic setup with close mics on the kick and snare with one overhead over the snare and the other overhead next to the ride. The second mic setup is truly old school (ala 4 track tape machine) and goes great with these drums if you are going for the 'Classic' old school sound. Having both options makes the library very versatile from 60s/70s era drum sounds to more modern pop/rock sounds.
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JoeW1's review (Toontrack - EZdrummer)

By JoeW1, 25/03/2013
This drum pack works on MAC , Windows Xp and 7. No issued found while using it on different platforms like Xp , 7 and Vista.

The manual provided by Toontrack shares a lot of important information regarding the program and its features and effects in a very effective manner that allow the user to get right to work.

The general configuration is quite easy but it requires some time doe to the high size of the product that is sample based.

The typical functions are easy to access , very pleasant design , amateur friendly.

SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

The software works good in its configuration , the level of stability isn't a problem.

I'm getting great performances in creating different grooves , beats and syncopations in my songs using this product.

I've been using it for about two years now.

OVERALL OPINION

What I really love about this product is the multiple microphone control which gives a better and more advanced perception in space for the listener , the stereo and multi-track routing is also a huge helper.

The fact that this library is based around real samples recorded in New York makes a huge difference due to its quality and real sounding drums.

You can also add your own midi files to the software or use some of the midi files provided with the product.

The humanizer function allows the user to create higher quality drum patterns that only a real drummer could.

My opinion about the value for the price is great , a very advanced drum tool that incorporates a very cool sound with different time features.

Precision and quality of the sound is extremely great , very good sounding kicks , snares and toms , love them.

Knowing what I know , I would buy this product if I'll need a drum pack.
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Toontrack Classic Studios EZX Value Pack

Published on 04/25/16
Toontrack Classic presents the time-limited Studios EZX Value Pack, including three EZX expansion packs recorded in legendary studios.

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