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A review of East West ProDrummer

Drumming with a Pro The drum instrument market is a crowded one, and already full of excellent choices. East West, a company renowned for its high-quality instruments and sound libraries, has just thrown its hat in the ring with ProDrummer, a new MIDI drum instrument library that runs standalone or as a plug-in on the East West Play platform, and comes with 14,000 MIDI grooves. read more…

A review of SONiVOX Tony Coleman Drums

Tony Goes Virtual SONiVOX's Tony Coleman Drums (Mac/Win), is a virtual drum plug-in featuring sampled kit sounds from Coleman, who’s played with a who’s who of blues and R&B artists including B.B. King, Bobby Blue Bland, Albert King, Albert Collins, Etta James, James Cotton, and Buddy Guy, among others. The sampling session featured Coleman playing his Mapex kit at Ardent Studios in Memphis. read more…

Toontrack EZdrummer 2 Review

NextGen Virtual Drums Eight years after releasing the first EZdrummer, Toontrack introduces version 2, which gently revolutionizes the virtual drum market. Far from trying to grow in terms of gigabytes, EZdrummer bets on the usability of its interface and, especially, the intelligence of its functions. The result: A good lesson to all competitors read more…

User reviews on Virtual Drum/Percussion products

Just awesome!!! (Toontrack - Superior Drummer 3)

By Tina Arkos, 15/04/2018
Toontrack has hit a homerun and dusted off the old virtual drummer rules.
Using it is a real pleasure, and the time gain when setting up an excellent drumset well played with all sorts of playing details is just incredible.
Setting up a complex pied is a real child’s play thanks to the TAP2Find and drag’n’drop. And I play fusion jazz – ‘nuff said about how demanding I can be in terms of complexity. The first drums part for my first track made with it must have taken me two hours on an AABACABA pattern! In “Song” mode, the tracks allow for as many different versions as you want: copy, change the content for something else, tweak it as you like! And, it all takes less time than a global company needs to move its assets to a tax haven! However, in case you’d need to modify some patterns (which is my case for some particularly complex parts), SD3’s grid editor is less user-friendly than Cubase’s to my taste. But it may be a question of getting used to it…
Another interesting and really great feature is the possibility to load the drumset and effects separately when loading a preset. This allows you to choose the best drumset for a said song, then to load the effect set according to what the song requires.
In short, I was an Addictive Drums addict and I’m proude to have gotten over it!
The cherry on the cake is the excellent MIDI packs, the last I downloaded is the “shuffle” one inspired by Jeff Porcaro, Steve Gadd and others. Awesome!
A small regret : the presence of only four hihats :( , however the four of them sound so good…

Addenda from April 2018 :
The more i use it, the more i’m amazed by yhis virtual drumset!
A tip regarding the Tap2Find feature: I used to enter the HH, SD and BD over the two bars, but since I play fusion jazz with complex rhythmic parts I had little results, so I was disappointed. But now, I’ve understood how to get the best out of it.
First: forget your ego and let go of that “ideal” rhythm you got in the spur of a revelation.
Second: take the general idea of the groove, e.g. the bass and bass drum are in sheer adequation, here goes the groove! So you just enter the BD and see what comes out of it. And, here comes the magic of SD3: provided you have enough and adequate MIDI files, you get a truckload of rhythm patterns that will make you realize how much progress you still have to make to reach the level of a rhythm genius.

The last piece I’ve produced using it is a four-part piece, featuring jazz, metal, jazz-rock and flamenco. Complex bars in 4/4, 7/4, 2/4 and so on! In approximately 8 hours, the drums were done!
The cherry on the cake, and maybe I’m going to shock mixing purists, I even used two drumsets on a same track: a jazzy SD3 one featuring a Yamaha set, and a friggin’ metal set right out from the Bob Rock Rock Foundry pack! The result just ROCKS HARD!!! Beware of memory issues though, and take care to avoid using two 3GB sets or you’ll see your 6GB of available memory disappear in a wink, hence limiting your use of plugins while mixing.

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By chozface, 25/09/2018
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DrumCore 4 - Very Impressed By All The Features, and Thousands of Drum Loops, Fills and Kits (Sonoma Wire Works - DrumCore 4 Lite)

By Paul 001, 14/01/2019
I’ve been using DrumCore 4 with Cubase 10 for approximately 3 months now. It’s clear that a lot of thought has gone into this product. Its ease-of-use and fabulous user interface makes it suitable for both professionals and beginners. DC4 is feature-rich. For example, their BROWSER makes it very easy to find suitable LOOPs, FILLs and KITs. You can filter on DRUMMERs, METERs, FEELs , TAGs, and AUDIO or MIDI. You can choose from literally thousands of LOOPs, FILLs and KITs (e.g. 22,000 Audio Loops!!). And the quality of their AUDIO LOOPs are at a professional level! I’m very impressed by the features and the content of DrumCore 4.

News Virtual Drum/Percussion

Platinum Samples introduce Accent Ocean Way Drums

Published on 06/02/16
Platinum Samples announce the release of Accent Ocean Way Drums, the first library using their new Accent virtual instrument.

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MIDI Drums vs. Audio Drum Loops

Published on 03/25/14
MIDI Drums vs. Audio Drum Loops
If you’re not a drummer, but you need drum tracks for your productions — and assuming you don’t have the budget and facilities to hire and record a real drummer — you’re going to need to use either M…

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