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A professional sample engine for drums.

Toontrack Superior Drummer 2.0 "The New York Studio Legacy Series" is a complete overhaul of the original dfh Superior engine. The Toontrack team made painstakingly sure not to lose any of the sound quality, attention to detail, and musicality of their popular drum sampler.

Superior Drummer 2.0 has been redeveloped for optimized use with e-drums with more effective use of sample layers and much improved loading times. It includes custom MIDI played by Nir Z accessed through its new customized MIDI engine and arranger, EZplayer Pro, and has standalone capacity through Toontrack solo. Premium UK-based software developer Sonalksis has outfitted the Superior 2.0 with a 5-band EQ, high and low pass filter, compressor, gate, and transient designer filters.

The interface is reminiscent of EZdrummer with its simple handling and layout but gives the user layer upon layer of in-depth features to create the ultimate drum track.

Superior Drummer 2.0's samples were recorded by Pat Thrall, Neil Dorfsman, and Nir Z at Hit Factory, Avatar Studios, and Allaire studios, NY. The three have worked with artists as diverse as Meatloaf, Celine Dion, Nick Lachey, Sting, Bruce Springsteen, Dire Straits, Beyonc, Bj¶rk, Kiss, Joss Stone, Genesis, John Mayer, and Chris Cornell.

FEATURES
  • PC/Mac compatible
  • Construction windows with features such as:
  • ADSR
  • X-pads - Load instruments from any Toontrack library to add positions or to double instruments on the position of your choice
  • The ability to read and combine all dfh Superior and EZdrummer sound libraries
  • Internal mixer featuring bussing capabilities and built-in FX delivered by Sonalksis, including:
  • 5-band EQ, Highpass and Lowpass filter, Gate, Compressor, Transient
  • Custom MIDI played by Nir Z accessed through EZplayer
  • Standalone capacity through Toontrack solo
  • Recorded by Pat Thrall, Neil Dorfsman, and Nir Z at Hit Factory, Avatar Studios, and Allaire Studios, NY
  • Supported Applications
SPECIFICATIONS

Superior Drummer 2.0

  • Minimum system requirements
    4GB free hard disc space, DVD drive
    Windows XP or Vista, Pentium IV/Ahtlon 1.8GHz with 1GB RAM
    Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger) or higher, Dual G4 1.25GHz with 1GB RAM

    Recommended system requirements
    25GB free hard disc space, DVD drive
    Modem G5, Intel, or AMD multicore CPU with 2GB RAM or more
    Sequencer application and professional soundcard
    MIDI controller such as keyboard, drumpads, or electronic drum kit

    Supported formats
    Audio Units, VST, RTAS
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ToontrackSuperior Drummer 2.0
 
3.9

(based on 16 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

A MUST for any songwriter

Okay so I just recieved this a week ago. And Im actually fairly impressed now that I've learned all the basics of it. First off I'll explain my reasons for buying it, then...Read complete review

Okay so I just recieved this a week ago. And Im actually fairly impressed now that I've learned all the basics of it. First off I'll explain my reasons for buying it, then I'll explain what problems this has fixed, and lastly I'll say what I think needs to be worked on in my opinion. So I'm an engineer in training, and a songwriter. Im not a drummer. I can play the drums, but not well. I have two very good friends who are both AMAZING drummers, but both share the same fatal flaw - flakiness. Its a chore to get them to lay anything down because of their schedules and just plain laziness. I have an older Roland V-drums kit I usually use for demoing. I'm running Logic Studio through a MacBook Pro with 4gigs of ram. I bought this because of mainly two reasons; when I actually do get one of my drummers to lay down tracks, I need better samples than the V-drums and logics esx24 AND for mapping drums easily so I dont need them to show up as much. SD2.0 fixed both of these problems with tremendous results. Especially in the mapping area. Mapping these are a breeze, and it runs flawlessly in logic. I should warn everyone that this program is a lot bigger than they say, a basic install is only 4 gigs, but the full install is actually 20 gigs. And trust me, you want all 20. Now for my critiques... I dont like the crashes very much, I'm not a fan of most sabians, and all the cymbals are sabians. The hats and rides are great, but the crashes are lackluster. I'd really like to see some K customs in this thing, or even some piaste big beats. This isnt a big deal, purely cosmetic, but I'd like to see more options on the avatar, change the colors and configurations of the set a bit, maybe a different angle... and even... 3D? Yeah that would be cool. Lastly I think theres a lot to improve on the control surface, I'm used to doing things the "apple way" (ie: integrated and intelligently designed). Theres a lot missing in terms of editing, scrolling, mixing, etc. that makes things a lot more of a chore and the workflow slower. And my last critique, more midi files! I'm definitely going to have to buy the midi expansions from Toontrack. All in all though, I'd say this was well worth the money, and I'll be using this for a long long time to come. Now I just gotta get all those expansion packs!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Way too resource hungry!

Great sounds, loops and fills. Flexible with add on packs. Complete control over drum sounds and room mic bleed. However, If you don't have a state of the art computer with a...Read complete review

Great sounds, loops and fills. Flexible with add on packs. Complete control over drum sounds and room mic bleed. However, If you don't have a state of the art computer with a lot of memory, you can't use all the features. I run Logic Pro 9 on a Macbook Pro, 2.4 GHz, 8GB RAM. I had to turn off all mic bleeds and aux sends inside the SD mixer because my cymbal tails cut off. I also had to reduce the number of drums and cymbals because of system usage. Still, only get every 3rd or so hi hat hit or ride cymbal hit. It's as though they won't play if another drum shares that beat. I've been back and forth with support for weeks and have no solution. Also, within the SD mixer, you can't use your own plugins. The included plugins don't offer reverb, so if you need reverb on the snare, you have to import SD as a multitrack instrument. Ha! That takes even MORE resources! Plus, you have to learn how to use their compressor, eq, etc., when you already know your faves. Bought the program and a couple expansion packs. Wasted money. I'm going to try one of the other drum programs listed elsewhere in these reviews. I'm not happy. But if you have a dedicated, outstanding computer, give it a try. It's a dream come true if it would work properly! Good luck.

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Greatest drum sounds ever!

By Jamie Jameson

from Kentucky

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Comments about Toontrack Superior Drummer 2.0:

I just love it! I connected the software to my new Alesis DM10 controller, made some latency adjustements, and started recording right away. The "learn" feature made midi mapping a snap.
I don't know how any drum software could do more than Superior Drummer.
The sounds in Superior Drummer are absolutely top notch. I've already used them in several pieces I've recorded and they're simply amazing. I also dig the producer presets you can buy separately for only fifteen bucks!
While we all wish this stuff was cheaper, for what you get, the value is outstanding.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome product \m/\m/

By russell hudler

from Colorado

Comments about Toontrack Superior Drummer 2.0:

I believe this is needed in any home studio setup
You can do everything a real drummer can do with this once you learn the program.
The sound is Great! You can adjust it to any style or sound your going for, the different mic setup helps alot. I record real drum sets and this fully compares to studio drum recordings.
Great deal!!!

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A MUST for any songwriter

By T.M.M.

from L.A., CA

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Comments about Toontrack Superior Drummer 2.0:

Okay so I just recieved this a week ago. And Im actually fairly impressed now that I've learned all the basics of it. First off I'll explain my reasons for buying it, then I'll explain what problems this has fixed, and lastly I'll say what I think needs to be worked on in my opinion. So I'm an engineer in training, and a songwriter. Im not a drummer. I can play the drums, but not well. I have two very good friends who are both AMAZING drummers, but both share the same fatal flaw - flakiness. Its a chore to get them to lay anything down because of their schedules and just plain laziness. I have an older Roland V-drums kit I usually use for demoing. I'm running Logic Studio through a MacBook Pro with 4gigs of ram. I bought this because of mainly two reasons; when I actually do get one of my drummers to lay down tracks, I need better samples than the V-drums and logics esx24 AND for mapping drums easily so I dont need them to show up as much. SD2.0 fixed both of these problems with tremendous results. Especially in the mapping area. Mapping these are a breeze, and it runs flawlessly in logic. I should warn everyone that this program is a lot bigger than they say, a basic install is only 4 gigs, but the full install is actually 20 gigs. And trust me, you want all 20. Now for my critiques... I dont like the crashes very much, I'm not a fan of most sabians, and all the cymbals are sabians. The hats and rides are great, but the crashes are lackluster. I'd really like to see some K customs in this thing, or even some piaste big beats. This isnt a big deal, purely cosmetic, but I'd like to see more options on the avatar, change the colors and configurations of the set a bit, maybe a different angle... and even... 3D? Yeah that would be cool. Lastly I think theres a lot to improve on the control surface, I'm used to doing things the "apple way" (ie: integrated and intelligently designed). Theres a lot missing in terms of editing, scrolling, mixing, etc. that makes things a lot more of a chore and the workflow slower. And my last critique, more midi files! I'm definitely going to have to buy the midi expansions from Toontrack. All in all though, I'd say this was well worth the money, and I'll be using this for a long long time to come. Now I just gotta get all those expansion packs!

(3 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Don´t waste your money!

By LogicPromanners

from new york, manhattan

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Good Reputation
  • Supposedly Good Sounds

Cons

  • Bad customer service
  • Installation Doesn´t Work
  • Poor Instructions
  • Poor Manual
  • Unreliable

Best Uses

  • In A Bookshell

Comments about Toontrack Superior Drummer 2.0:

Tried to install it over 3 days and spent over 13 hours with no results. Have all new equipment and experience over 5 years with my home studio but this one goes over all technical capabilities. Poor manual, poor information about the product on website, old information it´s all you get. Contacted customer support with poor results since they don´t answer enough or post answers to current problems. Answering takes anything from 1h to a regular waiting time to 24hours.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

a must have for vpt gurus

By Jam6236

from houston, TX

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Comments about Toontrack Superior Drummer 2.0:

Ok so I just got sd2 in the other day only to download it and have some major problems...there is no physical manual but one you can install on disc 1 of 5 it is a huge program. Ao huge i actually had to buy a new laptop my acer aspire 1640 couldnt handle the process speed of superior after going through the hassle of reinstalling on my new comp. The program works great but my problems with sd2 in itself is that there are simply not enough samples for the buck; about 3 kicks 6 snares only 1 set of toms, the gms in various sizes, 5 sabian crashes 4 sabian rides and 3 sabian hats. All in all it has one kick A#@ kit but thats it. The upgrades are out there but be prepared to spend more money. I recommend it if all you want is 1 solid expensive sounding kit.

(2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Way too resource hungry!

By cjslicer

from Abilene, TX

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Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Good Loops And Fills
  • Mic Bleed Controls
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Can't Outside Plugins
  • Memory Dependent
  • Need State Of Art Comp
  • Notes Skip Memory
  • Outside Plugins Unusable
  • Parts May Not Play
  • Parts Won't Play Memory
  • Poor Support
  • Unreliable
  • Uses Too Much Memory

Best Uses

  • Professional Recording

Comments about Toontrack Superior Drummer 2.0:

Great sounds, loops and fills. Flexible with add on packs. Complete control over drum sounds and room mic bleed. However, If you don't have a state of the art computer with a lot of memory, you can't use all the features. I run Logic Pro 9 on a Macbook Pro, 2.4 GHz, 8GB RAM. I had to turn off all mic bleeds and aux sends inside the SD mixer because my cymbal tails cut off. I also had to reduce the number of drums and cymbals because of system usage. Still, only get every 3rd or so hi hat hit or ride cymbal hit. It's as though they won't play if another drum shares that beat. I've been back and forth with support for weeks and have no solution. Also, within the SD mixer, you can't use your own plugins. The included plugins don't offer reverb, so if you need reverb on the snare, you have to import SD as a multitrack instrument. Ha! That takes even MORE resources! Plus, you have to learn how to use their compressor, eq, etc., when you already know your faves. Bought the program and a couple expansion packs. Wasted money. I'm going to try one of the other drum programs listed elsewhere in these reviews. I'm not happy. But if you have a dedicated, outstanding computer, give it a try. It's a dream come true if it would work properly! Good luck.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

great sound

By electric orange

from CA

Comments about Toontrack Superior Drummer 2.0:

for pop rock drums without a high quality drumset, a pristine recording space pro mics and pro line to tape, a great producer and a top studio drummer. you can't go wrong. The midi files recorded by Nir-Z are phenominal. I'm a songwriter and those files alone cut my overal demo prodution time down by half, plus i'm not a drummer so not having to fuss with playing them i can get right to writing without worrying about playing drums or spending hours sequencing the midi. just top notch.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing samples, new interface!

By Professional drummer

from DC area

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Comments about Toontrack Superior Drummer 2.0:

As an owner of the first dfh, 2.0 is a breath of fresh air. The sounds are incredible. The cymbal selection sounds a lot better to me than 1.0, alot of HHX explosion crashes.The snares are all fat and big sounding. But don't worry, there are a couple tight piccolo styles as well.One great thing is the addition of a sample limit. On the old dfh, if you were blasting doublebass and the ride, it would just bug out---too much stuff going on. You couldn't open the room channels without it crashing. No more in 2.0. You can open all rooms with 2gigs of ram and play anything. Another incredible thing is the onboard mixer. No more having to open aux channels on your system. It's all in house. You are also able to set an edge zone on your snare(TD 20 brain) and the snare is ringier towrds the edge. You also can set edge and top zons of the hihats and get a pretty smooth closed to open sounds.All in all, 2.0 is a blast to play. And if you just want to play it by itself, you can use the Toontrack solo app and play it right out of the box.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

superioreality

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Toontrack Superior Drummer 2.0:

This software is so amazing. I am so inspired to create new material. The sounds are breathtaking alone. It hardly has any cpu usage on my computer and i run an iMac 2.66 Ghz with a Duo processor 6gb ram in cubase with at least 20 tracks. I thought for sure with superiors own mixer this would be cumbersome, but they proved me wrong. I love the flexibility in all of the samples. It is very easy to use and achieve a great sound. The first kit loaded is already panned and amazing dry. Once you start adding eq and some verb, wow you'll be hooked! I will never have a drummer again, at least for the studio... seriously. I recommend Metal Foundry, or any expansion!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Sounding Software

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Toontrack Superior Drummer 2.0:

This Toontrack Superior Drummer 2.0 has amazing sounding drum samples. It comes with EZ Player Pro so there is no problem for creating virtual drum tracks. There is one big problem with this software. If you are working with Pro Tools Le, you may have major problems getting this software to work through it. Over all, it is a great software and it is amazing for the price. There is just that compatibility issue.

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