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Old 11-13-2008, 11:57 AM
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Default Good Drum Machine Plug-Ins?

Anyone have any recommendations for a good drum machine plug-in that I could use? I haven't really experimented with beats or sequencing in a long time plus everything I used to use was PC based and doesn't exist anymore (ie: fasttracker II). So now I'm looking to get into it again and would like a plug-in thats very simple to use....

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Old 11-13-2008, 12:18 PM
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welcome, if you are interested in plugging in your own notes or if you have a good source for quality midi drum beats, I'd say get Reason Drums refill for Reason if you have it. I use them all the time and they are quite realistic. There are definitely some limits and certain samples are useless, but I build my own drum beats one note at a time so I can control velocities and placement to make the more human feeling. Usually takes me about 2 hours to create a 4 minute song, but the results are very realistic do to the care taken in placing notes and velocities. The cymbals, especially ride are garbage. I overdub all ride and use some good cymbal samples I have on file.
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Old 11-13-2008, 12:19 PM
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Default Re: Good Drum Machine Plug-Ins?

also that is if you are looking for realistic pop or rock or live band sounding drums... obviously not for dance, hip-hop, R&B, etc.
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Old 11-13-2008, 12:32 PM
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Default Re: Good Drum Machine Plug-Ins?

Hey OddsAre.... as you know from a previous post, I use a lot of midi files for my background tracks, but, I don't have a midi controller keyboard to program midi.

I just import the midi files, and then want print to audio & mix with audio plugins.

I was considering Reason 4 with some of the Refills. Is it worth it for what I'm doing?

I just want to get some really good synths with nice realistic samples.

Is Reason a good choice? What about other snyths?
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Old 11-13-2008, 12:44 PM
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yup for sure, Reason should be a staple. I have a couple controllers and don't really use them. I plug in the drum parts with a mouse in the Reason Sequencer. If you ever record anyone that wants realistic sounding acoustic pianos, Reason Pianos is the best deal for the money. I use the piano sounds all the time and people think they are real. I would suggest if you were going to get Reason, to think about getting a small keyboard controller like the M-Audio Axiom. You will get some kets and some drum pads to trigger percussion samples with. Well worth the $150-$250 you will spend.

Reason takes some time to get used to and the sequencer is a little clunky. I really wish they used the same keyboard shortcuts as Pro Tools, but you will get used to it. I always suggest reading the manual from front to back while sitting in front of Reason. I'm not much of a manual reader, but wow I learned a lot doing that.

Reason will be the most versatile Synth for the money. Also go into the DigStore and order your free copy of Xpand! I think it costs $10 to ship or something. With Xpand! and Reason you will have a great basic soft synth setup for quite little dough.
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Old 11-13-2008, 01:18 PM
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I actually do have a full version of reason the problem is have NO CLUE how to use it. I've always just tracked live drums when I needed them (easy when your a drummer). But i'm looking to get a little more creative with things as well as be able to throw down some real sounding drums to capture ideas at 2am (my wife seems to get upset if I play that late...can't figure out why).

I've figured out how to create some beats, but can't figure out the sequencing.
Is reading the manual really that worth while?
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Old 11-13-2008, 01:21 PM
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I also have quite an extensive collection of sounds i've sampled myself, is there an easy way to plug those into the drum machines?
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Old 11-13-2008, 01:24 PM
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Default Re: Good Drum Machine Plug-Ins?

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So now I'm looking to get into it again and would like a plug-in thats very simple to use....

Suggestions?
Hello,
You should check EZ Drummer out, like the name says its EZ even for a Midiot like me. I like Reason too although I only got the Adapted version (you must have it too in the Ignition Pack along with BFDLite). Also there's Addictive Drums which has a nice demo for download.
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Old 11-13-2008, 01:28 PM
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Default Re: Good Drum Machine Plug-Ins?

I recommend BFD 2, I have been using it for a while, great samples, very realistic and I don't see anything better yet.
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Old 11-13-2008, 01:31 PM
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Is reading the manual really that worth while?
I guess there is only one way to find out...
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