Toontrack EZ Drummer 2

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Great product, excellent sound!
TrEr, 13.10.2019
I got this for a prog rock studio project where the idea was to use it for composing/arranging and then re-record the songs properly with a real drum kit.

Many of the tracks turned out so great that we kept the EZ version and never bothered with real drums. Generally the tracks we kept were the busier tracks with tight rythm sections and huge arrangements. The softer, more organic/open songs didn't work so well with EZ, or at least we couldn't make them work good enough. One little trick that made EZ partly usable on almost any song was to re-record only the cymbals with real ones. Getting the cymbal dynamics right on softer songs is the part where EZ fails in my experience. Or at least that's the hardest thing to get right.

We played all the EZ drum tracks "live" using pads. Nothing programmed, no preset rythms (but I doubt there's any preset packages with anything resebling the rythms we used, mostly odd signatures like 7/8, 5/4, etc.). We did quantize some tracks but only very lightly. Basically we tried to keep things as "real" as possible and not nailed to a grid.

Velocity has the hardest part to get right using pads so I had to do quite a bit of midi-editing to fix the odd hits that triggered too low or too hard. But as long as the general groove worked it was worth the effort.

We did however NOT use the sounds included in the basic EZ package. The sounds in some of the expansion packs were a much better fit for what we needed with the Southern Soul pack being a personal favourite of mine. Plus I felt the sounds in the basic package felt a lot more processed.

All the EZ drum sounds ARE processed though (unlike Superior which isn't processed) but for the most part not OVER-processed. They can still be tweaked quite a bit without sounding bad and they usually need a little work to sit properly in a mix. Which is a good thing in my opinion. Many of the presets in EZ are great though, if a little heavy on the reverb for my taste.

I've not used the editor part of EZ much but I've tried it briefly and it seemed very poorly designed to me. Very fiddly to use, very limited control with tiny areas to work on. I'm sure it could work fine for copy/pasting 3x vers/chorus + bridge for a 3min pop song but anything more ambitious and it seems rather useless to me. It didn't matter much to me though as our plan was never to use the editor.

It's also worth mentioning that unlike Superior you can't change midi-channels inside EZ. So if you want to lay out the drum kit in a specific way on your pads you will need to make sure you can change midi-channels on your pads. This is a serious shortcoming in EZ in my opinion but with the right pads it's reasonably easy to work around and I guess Toontrack needs to save some features for the more expensive Superior.

To sum it up I'm quite impressed by EZ Drummer. It has surpassed my expectations and I highly recommend it for the type of use I've explained above. Just make sure it covers your specific needs and that it's suitable for your workflow before buying.
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You get what you pay for
afsartori, 21.10.2020
This software is really nice and allowed me to quickly get some decent-sounding drum tracks going. There are only a couple kits with different settings available, so you won't get a wide range of drum sounds unless you spend money acquiring them extra. But even though, it's a decent start. The sound is pretty convincing. The downside of the software is that you cannot change individual beats manually. You can, at best, edit your midi file somewhere else, and then import it. This is a major drawback. If you happen to have an E-drum kit or a MIDI keyboard, you can play on it, and directly import into the software and choose your drum sound, so that gives you a lot more flexibility. But, if you can only do it by hand, you will be limited by the presets. That is why I only give 3 stars for the features.
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Intuitive Drum Software
Merritt , 30.04.2021
Preloaded with lots of kits and accessibility
Great for e-drum tracking as well
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Great for those focusing on songwriting
Ervin0, 13.03.2018
The main selling point of EZDrummer 2 is, as its name says, ease of use. You can quickly put together a complete drumtrack with different sections (it literally takes minutes) which you can further tweak to your liking from the user interface.
There aren't many parameters to control the drum sound or the post processing (there are however plenty of presets, each having a few crucial post processing parameters that can be modified), but everything sounds good out of the box. If you want complete control over the drums, then Superior Drummer is the better choice.
For what it is, EZDrummer is great.
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EZdrummer 2
Mivrek, 28.02.2021
This is a very nice tool which is helpful for the composition of a song as a producer. It blends perfect with the Ableton-DAW that I use. The workflow is very nice. Top purchase.
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Absolutely fantastic.
16.06.2014
I wish something like this had been available 20 years ago.

From the drum library, the click 2 find feature. If you're a song writer, this has it all.

Just get your riffs down in your software of choice, and browse for a beat that fits. It's that simple.

I love this, it's probably the best thing I've ever bought for my home studio.

With this product, Toontrack is totally full of win.
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I love it
Hepcat McSwing, 07.02.2020
I use this all the time to make demo songs. I suck at drum programming, but with this application I can build a drum outline in no time flat. Love it, love it, love it! Best money ever spent on music software.
Oh, the sound is great too!
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Quick and easy
Edmund W, 16.08.2019
Bought the EZDrummer 2 for mostly working on pre production tracks or using it for ideas. Works great and simple enough without shelling out for the more powerful drum vsti out there.
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Best value pack!
03.04.2016
I stated in another review that I actually bought both EZ Drummer 2 and Superiot drummer so you can check my opinion of both there.

But solely for this product. This is what to go for for great sounds. This cost me 1/4 of the price of superior drummer, I'm a bit of a perfectionist but to be truthful this is the product to go for if you can't decide, the interface is brilliant. The follow host works excellent and the song creative feature is like having a personal drummer giving you different ideas. And the drum sounds aren't far removed from SD, only difference is it's a different studio and there's probably more options for the specific drum parts (snare,kick etc). But this is more than enough for the average songwriter or even someone who's a producer and wants a proper drum sound.
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Quite simply the best virtual drummer
John4164, 15.12.2016
So easy to achieve great results with EZ Drummer, you don't even need to look at the manual and you can throw a drum track together in no time at all.

Works seamlessly with Cubase and I'm sure it will work just as well with other DAW's
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Toontrack is just the best.
Michi_Drums, 07.04.2019
Got this EZDRUMMER and loved it so much that even if I crossgraded to SD3, I still like to use this one. Bought tons of expansions for EZDrummer (Toontrack often offers huge discounts). Very cool also to use the EZX libraries with SD3.
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Great drumming simplicity
Gunthi, 01.04.2018
Apealing interface, great sound and amazing price for the quality you get.
It is a simpler version than Superior Drummer but it is a great starting point before a refined sense of drumming.
Just with the original content , in the basic version, there's a vast possibility of braided constructions.
I recommend taking a look a the expansion packs too for more specific tastes or their variations.
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Amazing Virtual Drum Kit
01.03.2016
What you will get is a serial number in a box for which you will use to validate your downloaded EZ Drummer 2 software if you order this product. If you like to keep the boxes of your items, you should choose this when you are buying an EZ Drummer 2 :) There are other online music shops that sell a download link, which I don't prefer.
This is a very powerful tool for both music writing and recording. This product will be enough for those who do not use very complex rhythm patterns in their songs very specialized drum mixes. Otherwise you can buy extension packs for your specific music style.
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The best samples in a simple pack
DrBoondigga, 20.12.2017
These are some of the best samples of drums you are ever going to get ! Easy install , very clear sounding drums and many possibilities to control the drum sound with a mixer , reverb , compressor .
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secret weapon
Sergei V., 14.12.2016
Sounds perfect, easy to use, enough flexibility to get your own tone, but also can be used with default settings.
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Best Drum Plugin
Mark863, 23.02.2017
This has been my go to drum plugin since i got it. I works as a standalone application which is great for loading it up quickly and jamming. I use it with an electric drum kit and it sounds just as good as a real kit. Real drum sounds with a lot less hassle.
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Great Product
Tel B, 04.09.2020
I often struggled to get good drums for my recordings, this has helped me a lot. Easy to use and comes with two great sounding customizable drum kits. Also, I have an e-drum kit and use this to trigger the sounds in EZ drummer 2 to get better sounding results than what I did with just the e-kit alone.
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