Toontrack Ezdrummer 2 Review & Guide

With its original Ezdrum app, Toontrack has tinkered to make it a comprehensive platform. It is customised for practical ease of use. It is easy to navigate through the browser, and everything has its location. To ensure a non-complicated workflow, the organisation has been refined.

There are four tabs called Drums, Window, Scan, and Mixer when you load up the app. They are very self-explaining. There is a set of menu options inside each tab which in turn, bring up relative sub-menus.

One way you can use the application is through its comprehensive selection of models. Alternatively, an electric kit can be hooked up and mapped to the available virtual kits. You can also make new grooves using your electrical kit and save them to the app library.

From the ground up, the revised sound engine was restored. It's more practical than ever before; it offers sample rate conversion in real time, and you get more hits per sample layer now.

It has an extensive groove collection, which has been sorted by genre first to help make it easier to search the almost infinite choices. It is also grouped optionally by style of play and other useful criteria, such as tempo, etc.

You can take advantage of the tap feature if you're still unsure where your desired rhythm could be. Only tap a rhythm that you have in mind, and the library will scan for something that closely resembles what it has learned.

Since Ezdrum's first edition, the timeline style has completely changed. You can fuse several grooves now. The menus instinctively call up a number of similar grooves with a MIDI groove picked. They also recommend adding free rolls, fillings, and ornaments.

It has easy-to-use song templates that allow you to quickly create the entire formation without any hassle. You can export it to your chosen DAW once you have your desired rhythm track. It is broadly compatible, but it works better to free up processing as a standalone.

If you are more interested in building from scratch, then you can appreciate the capabilities of the Virtual Instrument. They've recently added a sample library for the sounds. Five new sampling kits are included in the new version. Renowned engineer Chuck Ainlay recorded them at Mark Knopfler's British Grove Studios.

Both digital elements are in real-time, and the actions of your virtual kit can be changed. This is great for giving it character and adding the nuances that you get only when the real deal is registered. With the Amount Power, you can set the frequency, manually tweak the velocity, and add your custom percussive twists.

In order to optimize the hi-hat transmute, Toontrack also tweaked the sound generator. By designing their new MHE technology, they have also worked to iron out a few problems they have found with repeated hits. A smooth transition on sequenced hits is ensured by the multiple hits emulation (MHE) tech.

The EZX library also allows for expansion, as though this wasn't enough. So from external plug-ins and other sources, you can add extra samples and grooves.

You are granted power over your volume and panning by the mixer tab. It also benefits from a selection of common presets to browse for equalization and impact. Access to reverb, chorus, compression, and delays is given here.

You can select one of the several choices depending on the genre, or change the parameters and save your own settings.

Toontrack Ezdrummer 2

Summary

Where the first left off, EZDrummer 2 picks up but has been customized into a robust software. It works now with the best interests of the consumer in mind. In order to make it simpler for a beginner in terms of song formation, it comes with a number of useful features.

It has a large, realistic sample library of sounds and a wide variety of preset MIDI grooves. The grooves can be searched in many ways to keep navigation a breeze. Instead of scrolling through or typing, you can also tap a rhythm to scan for the software.

All grooves can be edited and layered absolutely. To go with your selected flow, it brings up relative percussion and ideal fills. The library is expandable, and to use it, you can hook up your electrical kit or MIDI instrument.

All works in real-time and you have total manual control over the rhythms. As you go, you can change them to sound less synthetic. With some easy-to-use presets you can throw on, it also has a good mixer setting again. They can also be edited, and custom settings can even be stored.

Pros

  •   Extensive applications for digital drums.
  •   Several methods of using it.
  •   Blends library VST and Groove.
  •   Huge sample range and grooves.
  •   simple production of template songs.
  •   Flexible for both.
  •   Real-time all.
  •   sensitive to velocity.
  •   Device Expandable.
  •   Own Mixer part with a broad range of EQ and FX.

Cons

- Difficult to find this drumming software's fault.

Why We Like It -

It's very well structured for a novice to use and not daunting. This time around, everything is running very smoothly. It profits from a revamp of the library. The selection of ways in which the program can be searched and used is careful and realistic. It is possible to edit any parameter from start to finish. It provides outstanding versatility, and the abilities of the virtual mixer are also pretty good.