Over the better part of a decade, ToonTrack has consistently been a “superior” presence in the sphere of ITB drum tracks creation. For good reason too! Their flagship virtual drumming application, “Superior Drummer”, and its welter-weight smaller brother, “EZ Drummer”, have persistently produced highly- realistic, believable-sounding drum tracks on a dizzying number of demo and pro-grade recordings. ToonTrack’s virtual drummers are regularly looked to as the drum VIs of choice by enthusiasts and professionals alike.
EZ Drummer 2 takes the welter-weight championship belt respectfully in hand and steps up the game considerably. Sporting a new, alluring tab-based interface, the UI has undergone a “from-the-ground-up” makeover yet remains welcomingly familiar (akin to EZ Keys). The somewhat blasé pop/rock kit has been retired as the default kit in lieu of not one, but FIVE, new, characterful drum kits.
Categorized as both Modern and Vintage, the various pieces may be easily mixed n’ matched for “custom” kit configurations. These new kits are samplings of DW, Yamaha, Gretsch, Sonor, Tama, and of course, Ludwig. Taking a cue from vying drum VI contenders, EZD2 now hosts great-sounding percussion components as well: tambourine, cowbell, maracas, shakers and handclaps.
EZD2 is not merely a pretty face with fancy-schmancy bells n’ whistles slapped on top – its audio engine has been completely overhauled and is now refitted with a much greater degree of AI and expressiveness. The new “Tap2Find” feature enables a user to quickly beat out a groove via a midi-controller or mouse; the software then takes off on a gallop to retrieve appropriately matched patterns.
ToonTrack have proven themselves to be leaders in their field – ease of use, audio excellence, and innovation are but a few of the ToonTrack product-line attributes. Their well-established EZ Drummer product has broken even more barriers with this ponderous, 2nd generation version. EZD2 still rings the till at a comfortable $179 for new customers, while existing supporters can upgrade for a reasonable toll fee of $99.
However, the question remains: "What can EZ Drummer 2 do for you?"
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