EZDrummer vs Superior Drummer

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So in my limited free time, I've been trying to put in work on a new album. In the past I have always used prerecorded drum loops to build songs, but I'm running into issues with the loops I have and getting the right sound/feel. I've been thinking about trying EZDrummer for a while based on recommendations from other Fawmers/5090ers.

I downloaded the demo for EZDrummer and played with it. I like it and I think it will do what I want... but it has it's limitations.

Do any of you have experience with EZDrummer and/or Superior Drummer? If so, which one is better?

Superior Drummer looks like it has a lot more tone shaping and tone control options but I can't get a demo of Superior to try out how the drum track/loop building works. Superior is currently on sale for like $30 more than EZDrummer.

Any other options I should consider?

I've had EZ Drummer 2 for a while, and have used it with some regularity (and also use Logic Drummer and good old fashioned manual drum-pad playing and hit-by-hit programming). I have found EZ Drummer has more than enough sound-shaping controls for my relatively undemanding drum needs -- most importantly for me, the mixer is quite flexible.

What I enjoy most about EZ Drummer is the ability to customize midi loops -- either the ones built-in to the program or, critically, that one imports oneself -- by adjusting the number of hits on each drum kit piece per loop, on a drum-by-drum basis, simply by turning a knob for that drum. That enables you to really customize drum segments to your own liking, which can then be dragged into your DAW, if you're so inclined, for further note-by-note tweaking. I'm not sure if Superior Drummer has that same capability.

So bottom line for me: EZ Drummer is quite nice. Can't really comment on Superior Drummer, but I don't personally need more advanced drum tone-sculpting, and would personally not get Superior if it doesn't have EZ's pattern customizaton feature (which, again, it might -- I just don't know either way).

From what I could tell when I looked at upgrading, the extra stuff in superior mostly can be done by sending the sounds on EZ to separate channels and using plug ins. But 30 bucks more is chicken feed for such amazingly good software, so.... Smile

I purchased Superior last fall, but I still have not used it. I opened it once to make sure it worked. I'm an EZDrummer guy until I have time to learn it.

When I bought drum loop sequencer software, I look at EZDrummer and thought the same thing, it has limitations. I decided Addictive Drums worked better. To me, their kits just sound great.

Hey, just get Addictive Drums. I have never even wanted to touch anything else. Smile
It's ridiculous the amount of different sounds you can get out of it. All my songs have Addictive drums.

I've been using EZDrummer for a few months and I've had no problems with it. The only real difference I see between that and superior drummer is you get 20 gb of samples instead just like 1 or 2 that you get with EZDrummer. Of course nothing can beat an actual drummer on a live kit though Smile

I like Addictive drums 2 and sometimes use that.The kits sound good and it isn't terribly difficult to learn.

From my experience EZ Drummer is great for someone just getting into computer drumming programs because it's easier to get something usable with less complexity. Superior Drummer is the big brother made by the same company.
If you really want to dive deep into drum sounds, BFD 3 is hard to improve on.It will go as deep as you dare and it is very complex in that there isn't anything you can't adjust or change. Even though it's complex, you can still use it in a basic way with few tweaks.Sounds wonderful!

Almost all of them want you to buy additional kits. Steven Slate Drums is probably the exception as it comes with lot's of kits in the initial purchase.

Most have mixing affects and chains like a self contained drum daw within a daw. If you look at it like that it doesn't seem as complicated.Some users directly send each track from the drum mixer into the daw for individual treatment there. Alternately, you can simply send the mains out to the daw.

@Valerie Cox, [@Ianuiarius] @Winky - Thanks for the heads up about Addictive Drums. There's a pretty sweet deal on AD2 currently on Musicians Friend. I like what I see so far. I've read conflicting reports about importing external midi files into AD2 - have you had any experience with that?

I'll also check out Steven Slate and BFD3. Thanks!

@Kraftec - I agree, a live drummer is best! My last 2 CDs I've had a friend do as much live takes as we could manage - but he's moved to a different state now. Sad .

I don't use import. I play the midi to Reaper and use AD as the vst instrument.

For the poor, I use Hydrogen Drums. http://www.hydrogen-music.org/hcms/node/21

I use both EZ Drummer 2 and Addictive Drums 2 - both are great and very useful.
AD definitely has more possibilities and flexibility for shaping the sound but I think EZ's sound is a bit more organic and has less of a "produced" sound so I find it works better with the simpler acoustic stuff I do. AD is excellent though too but I use it for more pop stuff.