Toontrack Superior Drummer 3, not only recording an unprecedented 230GB of new sounds recorded by engineer legend George Massenburg at the Galaxy Studios in Belgium but also presenting a completely reprogrammed software, full of new features.
The download and installation of the Superior Drummer 3, as well as any extensions, are straightforward and smooth.
Toontrack goes much further with the Superior Drummer 3 than just transferring the new features of the EZdrummer to the larger platform. Superior Drummer 3 was build from scratch and this new version is really very comprehensive.
The GUI (General User Interface) of Toontrack Superior Drummer 3 is very clearly arranged. The first focus is, of course, the currently loaded drum set, which hides under the first of four riders.
Toontrack Superior Drummer 3 offers the Grooves, Mixer and Tracker windows. If desired, all windows can be detached from each other and placed next to each other, especially for multi-screen operation, a comfortable way of working. The windows can all be individually reduced in size and enlarged.
For the recording of the Superior Drummer 3, the Toontrack team went to the Galaxy Studios in Belgium. An impressive studio complex, swinging freely on about 400 springs for acoustic de-coupling.
It was recorded in the 330-square-meter live-room, which, with its ceiling height of eight meters and its perfectionist acoustic treatment, ensures truly great sound. In addition, this is the “quietest” recording space that can be found on this planet.
Behind the mixer sat no other than George Massenburg, who may well be described as a living sound engineer legend. Not only has he been involved in countless productions by well-known artists in his career, but he has also been able to boast of inventing the parametric equalizer.
With the number of available drum sets and additional options, the Superior Drummer 3 sets new standards. The core library offers six drum sets from Gretsch, Ayotte, Ludwig, Pearl, Premier and Yamaha, some of which were not only processed with ordinary drumsticks but also with brooms, hot rods or mallets or with a loosened snare rug.
Furthermore, the library offers 26 snare drums with nine additional variations and a considerable number of different bass drums and cymbals.
The word “many” should be sufficient here. It is also very welcome that the Superior Drummer 3 brings a little extra in the form of about 350 electro samples, which are mainly used for stacking with the acoustic drums.
The hi-hats stand out and offer an impressive number of 27 articulations. However, many of the articulations in the default presets are not activated – but they can be loaded separately.
Of course, the software also comes with a variety of matching MIDI grooves, also here, the selection is very large.
The Toontrack Superior Drummer 3 can be used either in stand-alone mode or as a VST, AU or AAX plug-in within the DAW.
Owners of the previous version 2 can or must use both versions in parallel first because version 3 is not backward compatible, old projects are not automatically imported into version 3.
You can integrate the existing kits and extensions into the current version, even if versions 2 and 3 are not compatible with each other.
You will have to plan a little time to download the 230 GB library.
The boxed version also includes a download code by default, although another version is available on an external SSD, which is correspondingly more expensive.
The Superior Drummer 3 can be authorized for two systems at the same time as all other Toontrack products.
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The Superior Drummer 3 allows individual and varied adjustments, which requires both training and experience, but ultimately leads to a very high realism factor!
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