Please note: Drummers, I’m on you side. The rule is: if you can record a REAL drumkit, played with the right emphasys by a good drummer, there’s nothing better, no VSTi in the world could be better than this. But it’s true that not everybody can afford it. That’s why Drums VSTis exist, and in this case, it’s worth to have one.
There are three companies that shine fot that kind of plugins: Toontrack (with EZDrummer and Superior), XLN Audio (with Addicitive Drums) and Steven Slate Drums. I don’t know very much Steven Slate Drums, I’ve never used it so I can’t give you my opinion, anyway I listened to its sample and I think it’s really interesting.
I found that EZDrummer is the simpliest one, easy to use during songwriting, quick and simple. Equally simple (if you use the basic kit with no tweaks) is Addictive Drums, but it’s for sure more complete, to be honset, I think that it can’t be compared to EZDrummer, it’s more like Superior (which I don’t use), moreover it has better drumkit samples.
If we talk about Hevy metal songwriting, something changes: the Metal Machine EZX pack for EZDrummer has some KILLER samples (it was created by Andy Sneap!). In my opinion, its sample are really better than the ones in METAL ADpak for Addictive Drums, even if it’s more customizable, but quite too much for me.
I few words, if you need just a plugin to program quick drums loop, with an affordable price, you should go with EZDrummer, basic kit, it won’t let you down. If you need something more, if you like to tweaks your kit, and you can spend something more, Addictive Drums is the way. Fan of that Heavy Metal drum sound? EZDrummer + Metal Machine is the answer.
Here’s a quick price comparison, the choice is yours!
EZdrummer 119â‚¬ + Metal Machine 69â‚¬ = 188â‚¬
Addictive Drums 179â‚¬ + Metal ADPak 59â‚¬ = 238â‚¬
Steven Slate Drums (Platinum edition) 249$