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Best Drum Software for Live Drum Sounds (SONAR)? Virtual Instrument Plugins
Old 11th October 2008
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Originally Posted by pigcat View Post
You seems to ignored that one. Although not the biggest collection of cymbals (in fact it's limited), you'll be delighted with that PHAT sounds.

In fact I can imagine it's the best tool for you for writting and arranging musics, it's pre processed but not overly so like Steven Slate Drums. So no worries on mixing part, just a touch of compression or EQ and you're set.

However, no percussions, no hot-rod, no mallets, hand hits. Just pure wooden stick library with excellent quality.

Based on Kontakt Player 2, so any platform shouldn't be any problem at all, effecient on RAM (whole kit no more than 200MB with some tweaks).

Biggest downside is, it's very expensive.

Or, with that price, get yourself BFD2.0 and a few expension, plenty for whatever you want to write.
On the cymbal side of things, there is a free update coming that adds more cymbals and even some more kicks and other extras for all Gold and Platinum users of Ocean Way Drums.

For hot rods, mallets etc. we have Studio ProFiles Drum Masters plug-in, also using the Kontakt Player coming out next month from Sonic Reality and that's around $400 and comes with kits AND multitrack audio grooves (that lock to tempo) from Jerry Marotta, John Blackwell, Danny Gottlieb, Ed Greene and Nick D'Virgilio. Some very unusual stuff there. Plus, we'll be releasing the Ken Scott Collection hopefully later this year and that will include drums from Billy Cobham, Terry Bozzio, Woody Woodmansey, Bob Siebenberg and Rod Morgenstein recorded by Ken Scott using all the same gear he used to record them back in the day with Bowie, Supertramp, Mahavishnu, Dixie Dregs etc. Then there's the monsterous Neil Peart kit we sampled with Nick R. A lot of great drums on the horizon plus more Ocean Way material from Sides and Miller.

Oh, the Ken Scott Collection will probably come out in BFD2.1 format first and then Kontakt. So you can use it in either place. Full bleed on the mics and there's even a real echo chamber return for some of them. Very different sounding. Quite vintage. For those we went to analog 2 inch and used Trident A Range studios (one of probably 7 left in the world if that). Crazy stuff too like a U67 on each tom (and with Cobham's 7 tom set up that was a little expensive).

If you want drums, we've got some for you. Also, downloadble kits coming from Coming soon ... and check out Studio Profiles for the artist stuff. Then you might as well watch the videos we did for Ocean Way Drums if you haven't yet here: ::::: OCEAN WAY DRUMS :::::

Sorry for the long post but we kind of felt "left out" from that initial list! There are a lot of great products for drums these days. But they're all unique in that they use different recordings and techniques for performance in how you play them. What has been captured is completely different from one product to the next. Without comparing one to the other as far as which is "better" I can at least tell you that what we've dedicated the past 5 or more years in creating here in drums is really cool, inspiring and musically useful... regardless of what other nice things may be out there. No two drum products sound the same. These are the only ones that sound like these particular studios, engineers and drummers.
Anyway, thanks for listening. Good luck.

Old 11th October 2008
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Originally Posted by brian_delizza View Post
I use BFD2 and I think it sounds amazing, is very easy to use, and pretty flexible.

I think it is well worth the money.

my $.02
+1 for BFD2

amazing!i never heard better software kits so far...
you ll need atomicstation to work with it but still worth!
Old 4th May 2011
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I've been experimenting recently with a free trial version of Drumsite and was fairly pleased with it. The free version only allows use of one kit, but there is a good selection of very nice acoustic kit sounds. The trial won't permit saving or exporting anything either. The kick, snare and hi-hat's all have 4 sample groups you can choose from - for instance the hi-hats - you have one group of very bright hats, and another can give you drier hats, etc. There are closed hat, semi-open, open and pedal hits. It is simple to use giving you an interface with a grid you can expand or collapse to view as 1/8 time, 1/16 time, etc, and allows you to disable snapping so you don't like the rigid perfection of the grid, you can misalign hits slightly here and there within the pattern to create a more human performance feeling. Volume and panning of each individual hit allows control of where you want to place everything in the 'room' - a standard sounding studio room. You can edit the hits and hit groups further by adjusting EQ and reverbs. It's a decent program that has been consistently popular since 1998 and is relatively inexpensive starting at around 60 bucks for the basic version. They offer three more packages, some including even more samples to integrate and bass guitar samples. Upgrades from the basic version are always an option and the download includes a link to addition samples for registered users in zipped files which include more cymbal, tom and percussion samples. There are very fine sounding sidestick and brush samples as well, short brushes and long brushes. You can set up projects in light, medium and heavy hit mode to allow some limited dynamic control. It is a UK product, you'll notice prices listed in Euro, but for the money, you can get some very decent drum tracks with it easily and quickly.
Old 15th May 2011
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If you're looking for realistic-sounding drums, this might be interesting:

DRUMASONIC - DRUMASONIC. High-End Acoustic Drum Sample Library.

It is discussed in this thread:


Sam + Daniel
Old 20th July 2011
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I have´nt heard anything that can even remotely touch upon Mixosaurus.
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