Sound on sound and Computer Music rave over Toontrack products
SoundOnSound on EZdrummer
In the July issue of Soundonsound Magazine Paul White reviews Toontrack Music's dfh EZdrummer. The review is, to say the least, favourable, and White is positive about all the features from the quality of sound and their versatility via the user interface to the midifiles...
"adjusting the amount of room and overhead mics in the mix, you can get anything from a general-purpose miked acoustic kit suitable for most pop styles to a fairly brash rock kit."
"The sounds also work well when triggered from an external electronic drum interface such as Roland's V-drums."
"As to the user interface, that is now as simple and intuitive as you could hope for,"
"the vast majority of the midi drumpatterns are sensible variations on the bread and butter drum patterns."
He sums up EZdrummer like this,
"Given its low cost, great sounds, and ease of use, I can't see how EZ Drummer can fail to do well. There are no obvious alternatives for EZ Drummer, as most other drum virtual instruments are either philosophilcally different or more complex."
SoundOnSound on KORG pad Kontrol and dfh Superior
As if the great review for EZdrummer wasn't enough, in the same issue Nicholas Rowland reviews the KORG pad Kontrol and comments on the KORG edition of dfh-Superior like this,
"you'll find a special 'Korgified' version of Toontrack's well-respected DFH virtual drums software. It was my first encounter with this particular package, and I was mightily impressed. Toontrack's intent is apparently to give you the sound of drums as they are really played, and they seem to have achieved this, offering all the nuances and countless variations of tone that you get from a single drum. You can also play around with the virtual miking of your kit, even determining the extent to which the sound of a drum will bleed into the mics on the rest of the kit. Not only is this enough to give you a sense of just how good the program is, it also spectacularly showcases the padKontrols flam and roll functions. And of course, if you like what you hear, an included coupon gives you a discount off the full version."
Computer Music on EZdrummer - "Toontrack does for drum sampling what Stradivarius did for bowed instruments."
In the july issue of Computer Music Magazine EZdrummer gets 9 out of 10 plus the Performance and Value for money awards. The review finds EZdrummer virtually flawless, quoting;
"You're going to like this one. Seriously. You're really going to like this one. Irrespective of whether you're a computer music-making novice or a world-class record producer who flits between exotic studio locations on a water scooter,"
"Finally we should point out what an amazingly effective productivity tool EZdrummer is. Within literally seconds of starting a new project, you can be assembling a kick-ass drum track with perfect sound. Combine that with the option to expand the library with your own MIDI loops and Toontrack's forthcoming add-on drum packs, and you've got a winning solution which enables you to produce world-class results straight away."