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good drum program for a simpleton?

 
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rgdave



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 30, 2010 10:24 am    Post subject: good drum program for a simpleton? Reply with quote

Hey Ranchers,
I'm just checking to see what you guys may use as drum software that someone who is new to computer recording can get decent simple beats and patterns from.
I just downloaded cakewalk 9 too.....
Free is my chosen cost, but I'm game to spring for the right thing.
thanks in advance
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 30, 2010 10:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Install Linux, zillions of FREE applications.

ask members dereeves[msp?], ~frank, guitarguy.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 30, 2010 10:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

See if you can time buying Toontrack's EZDrummer when it's on sale - I've seen it for $75 if you jump at the right time, and it sounds great.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 30, 2010 2:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

+ 1 on EZ Drummer. You can buy "stand alone" software to use them (EZ Player) but they are really designed to work in MIDI-compatible DAWs (e.g, most stuff like Reaper, ProTools, etc.).

I wasn't totally in love with the basic midi grooves and kit that comes standard but since my original purchase, I've bought the Vintage (i.e. Ludwig/Zepplin) add on and the Nashville add on (which I really like). The drum sounds (especially cymbals) are a lot better with those add-on kits.

You can make your own midi grooves or modify the ones that come with them. I think its a much better way to go than buying Acid loops and the like. It does help to begin to think like a drummer (no oxymoron intended).
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Craig_



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 30, 2010 3:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Incidentally, rumor has it that the EZ drummer expansions are on sale for $39.99 this weekend at Guitar Center. Haven't confirmed it, though.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 01, 2010 7:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Give Hydrogen a shot. Free, works on every platform out there and pretty simple to use.

http://www.hydrogen-music.org/
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 01, 2010 8:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Craig_ wrote:
See if you can time buying Toontrack's EZDrummer when it's on sale - I've seen it for $75 if you jump at the right time, and it sounds great.


I use EZ Drummer. It is exceptional sounding, and I've tried ALOT of drum programs, easy to use and they make a ton of different programs for country, funk, metal, classic rock, disco, etc. The basic program is EZDrummer. For under $100.00 for this starter program, you get great sounding Slingerlands with Zildjian and Sabian cymbasl, felt and plastic beaters are available and different drum sizes too you cannot beat this set up. I'm about to upgrade mine to Music City, their newest program.
go to www.toontrack.com and listen to these things in use, you'll be amazed.

I also use a Korg Nanopad for a drum controller. Again, under $70.00, auto maps and is touch sensitive. It's great for the budget conscious. Once I can spend some bigger bucks, I'll get a bigger/better Midi pad controller but this thing is fantastic.

Hope this helps.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 01, 2010 8:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use beatcraft. The programming is real simple, and it can do alot of things. It gets me good drum tracks, and if I was more patient, I could get great drum tracks with tons of fills and everything.

I think I only paid like 20 or 30 bucks for it.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 01, 2010 10:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

[ note-to-self: LP vinyl Drum Drops is out of date ]

if you find this funny you must be over the age of 40 but a musician when you were 20.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 02, 2010 12:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I also use a Korg Nanopad for a drum controller



yeah the nano pad is great at what it does for the $$$$

i use reason 4 & Live 8 suite both have a slight learning curve but live is pretty open ended as far as adding plugins and vst sytnths. reason is what it is and is only expandable w/ sample packs
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 02, 2010 10:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks all for the input.....you guys are the best
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