I finally bought Superior Drummer from Sweetwater yesterday. I have used EZ Drummer quite a bit but mostly used XLN Audio's Addictive Drums for my main drum program on my older Pro Tools 8/Windows XP computer.
I decided that I needed to bite the bullet and upgrade since I have upgraded both my computer and version of Pro Tools to a 64 bit system. I hope the learning curve is not too steep but, I have a feeling that with something as powerful as this is, and it having so many options, it's going to be. The only thing to do is dive in and start learning it.
This thing is absolutely HUGE in size. 230GB of just drum samples not to mention the program and microphone choice and position options. I am still downloading and installing modules. There are 6 altogether and it takes me about an hour and a half to download each one. Then it takes another 20 minutes, per, to install them.
Cool. I love EZDRUMMER and think it would be a matter of diminished returns upgrading to Superior in my situation. I do have a fair amount of different drum packages but find myself using the Nashville kit majority of the time. Not that I don't think SD is worth it, I just think there would be a whole lot of other things needing upgrading first in my DAW/studio to justify the move.
Have fun and post here when you turn out some finished tracks.
I'm an EZ Drummer user too. Lots of good quality patterns and great sound quality. I have several add-on beat packs to work with. But I do have a couple gripes. I make my drum track by placing the appropriate beats into the timeline. When I close Logic and come back to the project to make some changes in the drum track, I can't tell where those beats in the timeline originally came from. I can't see a way to identify the source of a particular beat so I can match up fill, endings, intros, etc. If I were really organized in my production skills, I would have the details of which style, tempo, variation and all written down, but I don't do that. So when I go back to my project and work on the drum track, it's a pain to try to find the original patterns I used.
The other thing is that there seems to be no way to save changes to a particular beat I make in the timeline. When I double click on the pattern block in the project timeline, I can use the piano roll editor to add a specific beat or remove one. I often want to save that edited block, but I don't see a way to do that either.
I hope one of you more experienced guys might be able to help me here.
I was having a lot of problems with MIDI latency at first. I had probably a 30ms delay from the time I hit a key on my MIDI keyboard to the time when the drum sample would play. I loaded the ASIO4ALL driver and was still having a problem. I found out that when using that driver there is an extra screen in the Audio Properties window for it that must be set correctly. After doing that I had no more trouble.
I dove into it and started messing with it. It's a lot simpler than I had envisioned. Sure, there are things that are a deep-dive with it but, for the most part, I found the user interface very intuitive. I haven't recorded anything with it yet since I am totally re-vamping my recording setup. I'm still in the "rewiring" stage. Going to be a few more days until I'm completely up and running. Then I'll start a project and see how it goes. Hopefully I have enough experience with manipulating samplers and sample libraries that it won't be excruciating. I'll have to wait and see. I'll keep you posted.