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Old 18th May 2015
  #1
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Drum VST for electronic sounds with edrums

So my drummer friend picked up a used Alesis DM10x and I was at his place checking it out. When he plays using the electronic sounding kits, the wildest stuff comes out. I want to use it in my next project, so I'm trying to figure out the best way to get him recording the stuff.

I know I could just have him record what he plays using the on-board record function, and then spit it out to my DAW. But problems like 16 bit audio, the inability to record each piece of the kit to its own track, inability to edit anything, etc. make that not such a great approach.

Of course I could spit out the midi to my DAW, then edit it, then separate it into multiple tracks, then run each of the separated midi tracks back to the Alesis and send the audio back around into my DAW, one track at a time... but come on.

What I'm going to do is set him up with a laptop with a drum VST, in a way that will let him do exactly what he does now... choose a funky electronic sounding kit and start playing (after hitting record, obviously). But instead of using the on-board kits of the Alesis, he would be using the kits in the VST.

What I need out of the VST:

- A large selection of electronic kits (the Alesis has about 100 kits, many of which are electronic... I'd like something comparable so it doesn't stifle his creativity)

- The ability for me to map his Alesis to the VST and have it work reliably, just like when he uses the on-board kits... so he doesn't have to do any mapping when he chooses a new kit. The kits and mapping need to just work.

- The Alesis has 10 total pieces, so a VST where the kits will work nicely with a 10 piece electronic drum set would be much preferred

Your suggestions please!
Old 19th May 2015
  #2
I'm not big on electronic drum sounds in a drum VSTi myself, but I know Toontrack has some weird kits to go with their EZDrummer line.

Dunno if you like that '8-bit' stuff, or whatever you call it....and if Toontracks stuff, or the other natural real drum VSTi's sounds is not what you're after, you may be interested in Native Instruments Battery?

I use a few drum VSTi's, including Tootrack stuff. My own eKit is customized, having 4 drum trigger modules, extended rack, and nearly 40 drum trigger zones. I've assigned midi note numbers in my drum modules to correspond to Toontracks largest of kits.
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