Toontrack Superior Drummer 2.0 "The New York Studio Legacy Series" is a complete overhaul of the original dfh Superior engine. The Toontrack team made painstakingly sure not to lose any of the sound q... Read More
Toontrack Superior Drummer 2.0 "The New York Studio Legacy Series" is a complete overhaul of the original dfh Superior engine. The Toontrack team made painstakingly sure not to lose any of the sound quality, attention to detail, and musicality of their popular drum sampler.
Superior Drummer 2.0 has been redeveloped for optimized use with e-drums with more effective use of sample layers and much improved loading times. It includes custom MIDI played by Nir Z accessed through its new customized MIDI engine and arranger, EZplayer Pro, and has standalone capacity through Toontrack solo. Premium UK-based software developer Sonalksis has outfitted the Superior 2.0 with a 5-band EQ, high and low pass filter, compressor, gate, and transient designer filters.
The interface is reminiscent of EZdrummer with its simple handling and layout but gives the user layer upon layer of in-depth features to create the ultimate drum track.
Superior Drummer 2.0's samples were recorded by Pat Thrall, Neil Dorfsman, and Nir Z at Hit Factory, Avatar Studios, and Allaire studios, NY. The three have worked with artists as diverse as Meatloaf, Celine Dion, Nick Lachey, Sting, Bruce Springsteen, Dire Straits, Beyoncé, Björk, Kiss, Joss Stone, Genesis, John Mayer, and Chris Cornell.
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I am writing a solo album, but my big problem is that I don't play drums. This gave me the ability to put all my creative drum ideas into play without even touching sticks!! I love this product and I have bought several of the extensions to go along with it (it's almost necessary to get the sound you like)! I love that you can mix the drums and choose the set you want right there in the plugin. This is a great product and I encourage you to buy it!
I just picked up a nice used Roland TD-12 Kit from Guitar Center about a week ago after spending about $1K on mics, mic stands, and cables trying to record a live drum set in a small bedroom that ended up sounded terrible, but guitar center let me return all the stuff I didn't need anymore after they gave me a good deal on the Vdrums Kit. I was pretty entertained by the kits included with the TD-12 module, but after hearing it with this, the TD-12 sounds are a joke. This software paired with a good eDrum Kit, and the quality of the recordings you can make is unbeleivable. Get it!
I just bought and installed the Superior Drummer 2.0 software a couple of days ago, and have been checking the ins and outs of this program. I was totally blown away at the level of realism, the clarity of samples, the ease of playing, and the tons of mixing and playing features it has built-in. This software gave my songs a more natural sound; meaning, it was much more difficult to tell it was a sampled software program (MIDI) rather than a human. Also, the ability to change drum parts and individually mix them (5-band EQ, gate, comp, trans,etc..) makes this a sweet product. And it has such a beautiful interface. I listened to my old Logic Pro 9 drums and they sounded disgusting after getting used to listening to Superior's drums. My only problem was not with Toontrack Superior Drummer 2.0, but with the Guitar Center salesman not explaining to me that although I was testing these incredible drum sets (Nashville, Metal Foundry, Latin Percussion, etc..) inside the Superior Drummer 2.0 program, THEY ARE NOT INCLUDED WITH IT. I ignorantly purchased the Toontrack VSSD box, which comes with ALL of Toontrack's products, only to find that I could only authorize Superior Drummer and it's three drums sets (N.Y Avatar, Pop/Rock, and Cocktail EZX) since I had only paid for the SD 2.0 serial code, not the ENTIRE library. Thanks, GC salesman. Nonetheless, I am well-pleased with the quality of this sample software. I would definitely recommend it. Just know that you have to pay for each library code.
I have the 64-bit version and most expansion packs and midi packs (which are dirt cheap). I am a one-mand band and have created hundreds of songs ranging from metal to jazz and the drums are so good I feature them prominently in the mix. I love how many fills each song provides, and you can use many fills in many other songs. Once done with a song, I load different kits and see which is best for the song. This has been the best value by far of any musical software I have ever purchased. Once you get past the minor learning curve, you will be inspired to use the loops to create great songs. I have the DR-880 and I almost never use it anymore (except for custom fills using the pads to trigger SD2). I also use Beta Monkey and Drums on Demand drum loops, which sound great, but don't offer the flexibility of SD2. You can check out my You Tube Videos for demos. Just search on Chris Aanensen and listen for yourself!
This was exactly what I was looking for. I don't have time to program a drum machine, and needed a simple drum program. SP2 has surpassed my expectations. The included midi files where not exactly what i was looking for, but i downloaded the songwriters pack and found exactly the right drum files for my purposes. Awesome program!
As soon as I loaded up Superior Drummer 2 I knew I was into something special. Apart from the usual groove tracks and drag and drop files, there is a wealth of options to tweak the drums to exactly how you want them. The mixer section is awesome. You can import the ambience from world famous studios right into your drum kit with ease. Adding, adjusting or removing drum mics is a breeze. All in all I would say that it will probably be a long time before anyone comes up with something better.
I researched the Geerslutz and Sonar forums concerning drum sequencers. The overall consensus is that when this is on sale for 1/2 price once or twice a year, it's a no brainer when it comes to purchase decision. Along w/ 2 or 3 of the other EZX add on libraries, it's all you need and more to create human sounding drum parts for live or studio work. It can be as "EZ" to use as ezdrummer w/ way more tweeking options (separate EQ/Compression/Reverb/etc.)for individual kit pieces if need be. The 64 bit beta version is available for download from the Toontrack site & works w/out any glitches. Tech support is decent. Not as much of a CPU hog as BFD.
I've been using this product now for 2 weeks and it is pure greatness. As a non-drummer, it is the greatest addition to my studio in a long time. I write for TV and film and in a single word, the drum tracks created with this software are simply realistic and sound utterly amazing. They are final cut material even without tweaking any settings. I highly recommend the Superior expansion kits as well as the Monster Midi Packs from Toontrack as well.
This program is insane. All the plug-ins for this like Metal foundry,Drum kit from hell and many others are the best you can get IMO. BFD2 even works with this Toontrack product. If you are into Hip Hop/Techno then this is NOT a product for you. If you want real drum sounds and killer samples then this is the best of the best. You can even trigger it with any electronic drum kit on the market and use it live. A must have.
I was really disappointed with this product and it's lack of versatility. Many of the tracks sounded like someone just learning how to drum. Out of sync and crude. I have been using DR-880 for years but thought I would try something new. If you are considering a drum affect to record with, please consider the Roland DR-880 first. The MIDI is nice, but there isn't anything I can't do with the DR-880. I will say that the people at Toontrack were very helpful in helping me solve a minor problem. So I guess if MIDI is youre thing...
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