Ever since I became a musician my dream was to one day set up my own recording studio. I loved writing my own music but when it came to recording full band songs I always had an extremely difficult time tracking the drums. I was never the best player and every time I tried to record drums I just couldn’t record them with the clarity that I wanted. Once I moved out of home and moved into my college dorm I had no way of even attempting to record acoustic drums like I once had. This is when I decided to turn to the Toontrack release, Superior Drummer: 2.0.
Superior drummer: 2.0 is a database which contains perfectly recorded drum kits. The drum tones are recorded at the legendary “Avatar” studios in New York City (Which recorded artists such as Bjork, U2, The Mars Volta, and Gangstarr). This database is great for triggering drums or, in my case, programing entire drum tracks. The program is set up so it runs straight into your recording software, which for me is Logic Pro 9, although Superior Drummer will work with any recording program. The program works just as if you had recorded your own acoustic drums out of microphones attached to certain parts of the drum kit. For example, you have a mic on your snare, overhead mics for your floor toms, overheads for your cymbals and a mic on your high hat. When editing the drums you can equalize and compress microphones on different portions of the kit; this is where much of the variation the program has to offer comes into play.
You can work with equalizers on each drum to essentially create thousands of different drum tones. The program takes some fidgeting with to find the perfect settings, but the drum tone you want is inside the program; you just have to find it. One of my favorite aspects of the program though is the capability to increase or decrease the amount of noise bleed from other one piece of the kit into another piece of the kit you are working with. For instance you can be working with your floor tom and may have made a beat where you’ve got cymbals and snare hits going on at the same time. Now with most acoustic drums you would hear some snare hits and the cymbals faintly through the floor tom’s mic. With Superior Drummer: 2.0 you can control how much of that noise bleed from the cymbals and snare is in your mix of the floor tom, if any at all. This allows you to get a very natural sound or a very clean, tight sound out of the drums. This provides immeasurable versatility for your sound. This program is infinitely more convenient over recording a real drum track. To record a drum track well you need mics that will provide you with the sound you want, which are not cheap, and also the right acoustic atmosphere to record in the right fashion. As I stated earlier, that ideal drum tone is inside the program somewhere, it just takes your editing to find it.
Superior Drummer is the best drum program on the market, compared to the other popular Toontracks release Ezdrummer and Native Instruments Studio Drummer, for making extremely real and natural sounding drum tracks. Even professional artists such as Periphery, and Tosin Abasi use Superior Drummer. Being a musician in college, Superior Drummer helps me still write and record songs by providing me with drum tracks that sound convincingly like real drums. To anyone who creates music by themselves and needs professional sounding drums, I suggest that you look into Superior Drummer: 2.0.
Windows XP SP3 or newer, 2 GHz Pentium 4 or Athlon processor with 1 GB RAM (multi-core CPU with 2 GB RAM or more recommended)
Mac OS X 10.5 or higher, 2 GHz G5 with 1 GB RAM (multi-core CPU with 2 GB RAM or more recommended)
4GB free hard disk space, DVD drive (25GB free hard disc space, Sequencer application and professional soundcard MIDI controller such as keyboard, drum pads or electronic drum kit recommended)