Software for drum loops.

Discussion in 'Recording/Live Sound' started by guitarpkr67, Sep 16, 2006.

  1. guitarpkr67

    guitarpkr67 Supporting Member

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    Here's the deal: Me and my wife play out sometimes and I would like some software that I can use to play drum loops. Now I already have Reason, but it doesn't have that many loops with it. Should I just invest in some refills or is there something better. Also what refills should I look at? We're mainly just looking for some acoustic drum sounds. Thanks for any help.
     
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    If you have a MAC, GarageBand has a lot of drum loops. The basic GB Ap has several acoustic kits, and Jam Pack 3 has 11 more, most of which are acoustic kits. Also, you might consider Drums On Demand if you just want loops. If you want something you can write your own loops, there's a lot of stuff out there. Drumkit From Hell is one, as well as BFD.
     
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    DrumCore is amazing for how simple it is to operate and the huge, massive library of loops stored in it allready. Plus it's only about 200 bucks. I've used BFD also but it's a lot more complicated. BFD has a ton of expansions to to suite your style. BFD is going to get you the most "authentic" sound as a drum program can get.
     
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    DrumCore is one I have been contemplating myself.
     
  5. guitarpkr67

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    Thanks guys I'll check those out.
     
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    Battery, Groove Agent and BFD are all real good products.
     
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    I'll second groove agent. Really easy to get started, and the controls allow you to jam with others or a recording.
     
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    For me it's down to Toontrack's EZdrummer and/or Drum Core
    I think I'll go for EZdrummer first. They have several new
    refills due out mid October that are supposed to be about
    $90.00. EZdrummer itself is only $161.00.

    If I needed great raw unprocessed drum tracks for a session that
    was going to be professionally mastered I'd get BFD.

    IMO: For a live gig, like guitarpkr67 was asking about, I'd skip the laptop
    and use a drum machine like Alesis SR-16. Sounds good and it's more
    flexable. You can control on/off and fills with foot switches so you can
    extend or shorten tunes as audience reaction requires.
     
  9. BoyMambo

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    Are there any sites that you can purchase the drum software as a download and a registration key?
     
  10. robbieboyette

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    I have BFD. Never used it on a single project. I have a product called "Reel Drums" which is pretty good. It's not software at all, but basically a collection of CD's with drum sessions recorded on Pro Tools including entire songs and single hits and fills, etc. Since I use Pro Tools, I've been able to use that on a few projects. But it is kinda limited because it's just one drummer.
    But the one that I just got and I'm working with right now is Drum Core. You get Matt Sorum, Sly Dunbar, Alan White, Zorro, Terry Bozzio, and several other drummers playing several different styles and beats. And they recorded them at several different tempos so you can do just about anything in any style. And the drums are recorded beautifully.
    There isn't anything you could do from Metal to Regaae to Country to Jazz to Hip Hop that isn't on this software.
    Plus the actual software is a great organizer for all the loops.
    But you can't just download it. You have to buy it and get it shipped to you because it's on TWO DVDs. I bought mine at Sweetwater if that's any help.
     
  11. IIIBOOMERIII

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    http://www.acoustica.com/beatcraft/

    If you have ever programed an old 808 or 909 drum machine
    you can already use this software. You can even build your
    own drum set with your own samples. Very Cool. You can
    download and try it, also purchase a key online.

    Not bad for $40.
     
  12. god_of_cheese

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    Where is the best deal on the web to buy Reason 3.0?
     
  13. god_of_cheese

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    Well, Mr. God of Cheese, you sound like a cool guy so i will tell you- www.studica.com has great student discounts if your a student.
     
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    What's BFD?
     
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    BFD is a drum sampler software from fxpansion. It has amazing sounding real drum samples and comes with a lot of MIDI drum files.

    www.fxpansion.com
     
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    I love ezdrummer but there are not very many latin beats available. Very disappointing. The funk pop and jazz stuff seems to be very good.
     

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