Toontrack Superior Drummer 3

Virtual Drum Production Studio (Download)

  • Based on meticulously recorded samples of high quality drums
  • Recorded in 11.1 surround by George Massenburg in Galaxy Studios
  • Over 230 GB of natural drum samples without effects
  • 6 drum kits by Ayotte, Gretsch, Pearl, Premier, Ludwig and Yamaha as well as additional Snares, Kicks and Cymbals
  • Additionally about 350 electronic drums as well as percussions
  • Tunable drums and cymbals with natural attack, reverse playback and pitch envelope
  • Integrated groove sequencer with grid editor
  • Multitrack capable
  • Time and Tempo Editor
  • Tap2Find function with comfortable search
  • Scalable mixer with 35 effects such as filter, equalizer, compressor, gate, transient processing and detailed adjustable bleed between the channels
  • Integrated tracker enables extensive audio-to-MIDI conversion based on "instrument recognition AI"
  • Professionally drummed MIDI library with 1640 grooves and fills
  • Macro controllers
  • Scalable user interface
  • Expandable with Toontrack SDX / EZX expansion


  • Supported formats: VST2 / AU / AAXnative
  • System requirements: min. Win7 (64-bit), min. Mac OSX 10.6, 4 GB RAM, 40 - 235 GB HD, Internet connection

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Akustik Keys/Pianos No
Beat production / Drum machines No
Wind Instruments No
Cinematic / Effects No
Chorus / Vocals No
Drums / Percussion Yes
E-Pianos No
Ethno / Folk No
Guitars/plucked instruments No
Loops/Construction-Kits No
Orchestra Instruments No
Organs No
String Bass No
Sampler No
String Instruments No
Synthesizer No
Vintage Instrument No
Hardware Controller No
Copy protection Challenge-Response
Stand Alone Yes
AAX Native Yes
Audio Units Yes
VST2 Yes

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JBravos, 24.12.2018
The best one, no doubts.The only downside is that if you want to install all the room mics and bleed mics etc, its about 230 gb!
You don't have to, but it's worth it! The sounds are gigantic,
and the grid editor makes it so easy and fast
to program beats.
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Lots of potential, but ...
FixxxY, 30.12.2017
I waited a long time for that, so the disappointment was big! There is a lot of potential in Superior Drummer 3,
Personally, it does not convince me for now, more on that later ...

The user interface is admittedly very well done! The presentation is reminiscent of EZ Drummmer 2, but offers much more options. The installation is very user-friendly thanks to Tooontrack Product Manager. All products can be downloaded, updated, authorized and extended with just a few clicks. In short, software technically there is absolutely nothing to complain about!

My disappointment applies solely to the sounds!

Of course, this is a matter of taste, but if you look around a bit in the net you can see that it hails with every praise and the appropriate criticism, especially the friends of the harder gang come here definitely too short.

Disappointing is that you can not find anything that pleases you or even goes in another direction at almost 320GB of samples and that goes as I said certainly not only me.

Exactly speaking, the Core Library consists of just under 40GB of samples, the rest are identical samples recorded with other microphones, microphone positions, etc. all with the "sound stamp" of Mr. George Massenburg.

It would have been better to include different sound engineers for the sake of sound diversity, but unfortunately everything sounds the same.

The bass drums all have an extremely pappigen character, it seems as if exactly the frequencies are particularly present which one would normally lower first when mixing.

Sure, the sounds are raw, but you can also record RAW samples that sound fundamentally balanced, but this is not the case here.

The snares are much more useful here, but here too, brilliancy is lacking and here too, this constantly poppy sound dominates.

Toms are generally always a very difficult topic, in which case they are still the best, after all ...

The biggest disappointment for me are the pelvis!

I've never been a big fan of Toontrack's drums, but the cymbals have always been top-notch, both in choice and in sound.

The sheet of the SD3 Core Library sounds but wide dull, clarity and Brilianz looking in vain.

Of course, here too you can edit a lot with the help of the included plugins, the question is, does that have to be !?

I certainly do not expect a finished sound, but here I have the feeling that the drums were intentionally badly recorded just to give the user the feeling that he created his own sound through his own intervention,
All well and good, but unfortunately these sounds are in 90% of all cases

The only sound samples that convinced me were either extreme layering of samples or even mixed in third-party samples and that is what says a lot about this sound library.

I emphasize again, I see the whole thing from the perspective of a lover of tougher music!

The samples may be in a POP production
Convincing, but with Superior Drummer 2 the whole thing was much broader and the samples were usable across the board!

I see hope in the expansion packs!

The first released SDX "The Rock Foundry" has much better sounding drums, at least for my taste, so it's definitely different and better!

A downer is that many users buy Superior Drummer 3 and know exactly that it is only there to use the extensions, in which case a different marketing policy would be quite desirable, for example the ability to buy the Superior Drummer 3 software without a Sound Library or just for a little more money standalone extensions that do not require the basic program as is the case for example with the EZ Keys product line.

Unfortunately Toontrack is for years but only to maximize profit maximization with the least possible effort, so I doubt that there will change something.

On the whole, Toontrack can not please everyone and I can accept that, but it is a pity as I said there is a lot of potential in the SD3 software!

I'm really excited about what the future holds!
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