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FDP Forum / Home Recording Forum / Anybody have experience with both EZDrummer and Superior Drummer?

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Subtropical Florida

Feb 21st, 2016 06:36 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Seems like a considerable upgrade with SD (flat mixes, more controls and if I understand, higher sample rates). But in a home studio environment likely diminished returns, at least for me.

Most of my tracking has been with 2 track loops or using Xpand2 within Pro Tools. Xpand is pretty functional for this MIDI noob but I wouldn't mind something a little more accessible, programmable.

Appreciate any thoughts.

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Vero Beach FL

Feb 22nd, 2016 06:34 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Haven't used SD but I do use EZD. I like most of the features and the sound engine is much better than that used in Pro Logic Express. Don't know if SD is the same, but the main issue I have in EZ is the naming of the samples/patterns. Once they're in the timeline, all you see is a somewhat obscure code for each pattern. If you've used patterns from different sections and haven't written them down, it can be a challenge to find a specific one later on. Hope that makes some sense.

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Subtropical Florida

Feb 22nd, 2016 06:49 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

If EZD is as functional as Xpand2 in Pro Tools I'll probably go that route. I bought a couple of MIDI packages downloads from Groove Monkee (Jazz and Blues), non quantized patterns. But they're not mapped well for Xpand2 and a pain to reorganize. I like the EZD feature (in theory, anyway) of being able to tap a beat out and it recommending similar patterns. My main concern is have the ability to assign each drum to its own track and printing to Audio from MIDI. I assume you can do that.

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Vero Beach FL

Feb 24th, 2016 05:48 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

whoa! I didn't know tapping out a beat was an option in EZD! I have to try that.


LA-la-land, CA

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Feb 25th, 2016 11:12 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yeah, EZD really got upgraded this last version. It sounds good, lots of groove choices, fills, alternates. I still tweak the MIDI notes to make it sound a little more natural. But it sounds good. Actually fooled a drummer friend of mine. He asked me who was playing drums on a track. Wasn't happy when I told him....

Mark From Hawaii
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The Aloha State, USA

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Mar 9th, 2016 01:55 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I bought and downloaded EZDrummer and the latin percussion pack. I like the different kits and of course the latin percussion and grooves. I still prefer MT Power Drumkit 2, which is free. It's way easier to use for most of the stuff I do and the grooves and fills are fine. I can create grooves in PDK2 on obe track and drag/drop them into another track lane with EZD.



Why do I keep fixing things that work?
Mar 30th, 2016 08:08 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

A guy I play music with uses Superior Drummer with the M-Audio keyboard midi controller. I have to say that it is the most authentic sounding software I have ever heard and the total overall control over dynamics is amazing!
He uses it with Apple Logic and also with Pro Tools on his MacBook Pro.
I have heard quite a few drum machines and other software based programs and none have come close to the tonality and dynamics this software brings.
It gives you total control over 'how and where' your sticks strike the drum or cymbals, plus decay. The 'realism' is beyond any expectation I have ever been privy to. $300 is an investment that completely gives back to you, Every time!
Best regards, Woody

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