I find that packaged drum patterns never quite have what I want, but they can make useful starting points. As for manual input, keyboards and the like are akward to use and I wouldn't expect a drummer to use one. I haven't had much luck mapping MIDI drum kits to software thus far. Admittedly I've tried to do some dumb things, like trying to map my TD7 kit to ReDrum. Man, was that frustrating (and likely impossible)! I'd like to be able to use a variety of resources, sometimes starting with packaged loops, sometimes starting with a live drummer and still be able to go back and forth between the two in an iterative fashion. What is the best way to approach this? How can I work seamlessly between MIDI, Rex and Wav formats? What is the best way to use a MIDI kit when it's not the sound source? I have Pro Tools, Reason, a Novation Remote25 and a Roland TD7. I am willing to make some investment, but have no idea where to go from here. Should I consider the TD7 obsolete? I am a lot more interested in an easy seamless process that will allow spontaneous creativity than I am in creating slick productions. If I have to choose between playing and programming, playing wins every time.