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Toontrack Superior Drummer 2.0  

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Overview

  • PC/Mac compatible
  • Construction windows with features such as:
  • ADSR
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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, Beyoncé, Björk, 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

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Superior Drummer 2.0 Specifications:

  • 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
 
3.8

(based on 14 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

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    (3)

25%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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          • Experienced (4)

        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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        1.0

        not so superior

        By slayer666

        from vacaville ,ca

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio

            Comments about Toontrack Superior Drummer 2.0:

            its a hassle theres always some issue unless your a computer nerd.but the drum sound are great il say that.im a drummer and a guitar player so i think il stick to recording my own drum tracks.

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            (1 of 1 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.

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            5.0

            Very nice. Very flexible

            By JAB

            from Nashville, TN

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            Pros

            • Aax
            • Clear Sound
            • Easy To Use

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home Studio
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Toontrack Superior Drummer 2.0:

              Had been using Strike for years but now on Pro Tools 11 and needed AAX compatability. I got tired of waiting for AIR to update and took the plunge with SD. It runs very smooth with great sounds right out of the box. I have purchased additional midi packs and plan to expand with future kits as well.

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              (1 of 6 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.

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              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Greatest drum sounds ever!

              By Jamie Jameson

              from Kentucky

              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.

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              (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!!!

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              (2 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Great when works.....

              By Jeff Steinborn

              from San Diego

              Comments about Toontrack Superior Drummer 2.0:

              Downloaded Superior Drummer with ease. Then tried to open it up in pro tools. First problem (which should of been a red flag) was that I manually had to route the drum sample files into pro tools by making a path from download's to etc etc. This does not happen for everyone but I guess is a commen problem for superior drummer. Once I got it running got some great drum sounds but then all of a sudden my pro tools started bugging out. Crashes, runtime errors, DAE issues, etc. And I know it is not my computer because it is a brand new quad core pc with 8 gb of ddr3 ram. Anyways Pro tools was virtually useless all of a sudden even tho it has worked flawlessly for 4 months before superior drummer since I got the new pc. Uninstalled pro tools once and re installed it. Same problems. Then uninstalled it again and uninstaled superior drummer. Re installed pro tools and it runned perfectly. For some reason it does not run well on my system for no apparent reason. Not worth the money due to the hassel. Love addictive drums and steven slate drums, im sticking with them.
              Great Features and awesome customizable ability
              Sound Samples are awesome if it is running smoothley
              In my opinion not worth anything because it completely screwed with my Pro Tools 9 set up.

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              (1 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Review

              By Anonymous

              from Undisclosed

              Comments about Toontrack Superior Drummer 2.0:

              I don't have a lot of patience or time to compose drum tracks from scratch on a piano roll view & I don't play drums so I was looking for a plug in with a large database of drum beats in many different styles to draw from when inspiration strikes. This software does deliver in quantity but lacks a bit in the quality department of some of the similar drum plug ins currently on the market. The factory presets sound a little artificial (very reminiscent of ez drummer) & require tweaking to bring them up to standard. There are plenty of tools to tweak with and achieve a polished quality product but if you're looking for quality out of the box you're better off with another drum plug in. I own all of the major drum plug ins from battery to ez drummer & yet time after time I keep coming back to addictive drums. This is just a personal preference but addictive drums deliver quality right out of the box plus allow for additional tweaking. The only downside is the small database of beats so you'll find yourself recycling the same beats at different tempos. Nonetheless, superior dummer is a pretty cool plug in especially if you're going to be using midi drums to trigger the sounds. For my purposes, I really wish I would've held out on this plug in but it may suit someone else's needs perfectly.

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              (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!

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              great sound

              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.

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