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FDP Forum / Home Recording Forum / Drum Software for PC

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It's got to be CAR!
Jul 14th, 2017 10:26 AM   Edit   Profile  

What's the current opinion on the best drum / percussion software to buy for home recording?

Nothing complicated needed, but must be flexible ........... & intuitive to use by a non drummer if possible.

Thanks for any advice.

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Jul 14th, 2017 10:31 AM   Edit   Profile  

I started out using Beta Monkey drum loops and assembling them in a cheap version of Sony Acid. I am now almost exclusively using EZDrummer from Toontracks. Learning "new tricks" is never easy, but I think it's about as easy at it gets.


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Jul 14th, 2017 10:35 AM   Edit   Profile  

I like EZDrummer as well. It has a lot of good grooves and choices. But I also always edit the MIDI after placing it in the song. I never use the groove straight out of the box, because of what I have in mind for the track I'm doing. But I also think that could be a songwriting tool -- put together the groove first and write for it.

(This message was last edited by gdw3 at 12:36 PM, Jul 14th, 2017)

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Jul 14th, 2017 10:46 AM   Edit   Profile  

I've run with some of the ezdrummer grooves with minor tweaking, but also usually massage then once in Pro Tools. With the mixer feature controlling each drum piece, I've almost found it unnecessary to print the tracks to audio. It seems a little kick heavy so almost always find myself backing it off.

The hook is the expanded modules/kits. So far I've added Latin percussion and Indie Folk. I see something with brushes in my future.

I've also been satisfied with some of the drum tracks I've built in Xpand2, which came with my Pro Tools 10 bundle.

(This message was last edited by littleuch at 12:47 PM, Jul 14th, 2017)


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Jul 14th, 2017 09:59 PM   Edit   Profile  

I hear great things about EZ drummer. I personally use the Native Instruments Abbey road drums because I think they sound great.

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It's got to be CAR!
Jul 15th, 2017 03:01 AM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks very much for the pointers chaps, much appreciated.

I'm actually a bass player, & have teamed up with lots of drummers over the years, some excellent, most not quite so excellent, but have learned from the best ones, so have a good idea of what works & what doesn't.

Up to now we've used live drummers mic'd up, & produced two CD albums of original music. But it upsets the neighbors, so we're now going to try the drum software for some new stuff.

Our Pro Tools is very old & doesn't have any percussion / drum software in the bundle, & also I'm not the best operator (but a mate is very proficient - however he lives a long distance away & all the gear is set up here) So the plan is for me to sort the percussion / drum tracks on my PC, & then feed these direct into Pro Tools just like any other instrument. We'll then layer up bass, vocals guitar etc etc & mix everything same as usual.

Thanks again.

Mark From Hawaii
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The Aloha State, USA

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Jul 15th, 2017 11:21 AM   Edit   Profile  

When I first started recording tracks in Reaper, I downloaded the free MT Power Drum Kit 2 plugin. Very easy to use, the kit, and samples sound great. For most rock, blues and pop, it works. I purchased EZ Drummer 2 and the latin pack. I use it mostly for the latin rhythms and cymbal/snare swells. Power Drum Kit 2 remains my goto plugin. I heard Toontrack bought out MT (Manda Audio) or at least the drum software, but Power Drum Kit 2 can still be downloaded. I wish MT would further develop and expand the plug-in. I'd be willing to pay for it.

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