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XLN Audio Addictive Drums

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XLN Addictive Drums is a Complete Drum Production Studio. Addictive Drums is very easy to learn and use, and it works for just about anybody. The User Interface is straight-forward and gives you lots of flexibility. All settings can be tweaked and changed to perfection, and Addictive Drums introduces some very neat features that haven't even been seen or heard until now!

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XLN Addictive Drums is a Complete Drum Production Studio.

XLN Addictive Drums has everything you need to make a professional drumtrack production. It's flexible, yet very quick to learn and use. Addictive Drums is built on three major, and equally important, building blocks. You really need ALL three of them to get a complete drum production: Samples of the best brands available, in a studio with great acoustics, with a multi-mic setup. Stored in a multichannel format. Mixing, insert Effects, reverbs - the Know-How of a sound technician / producer. And last but not least, the grooves, beats and fills of a good dummer! Addictive Drums offers all this, in ONE easy-to-use plugin, compatible with all the major host softwares out there!

With one click, you can load up a complete drum production. The settings for the Kit, the Insert Effects and the 2 built in Reverbs are recalled in a split second. Save your own presets, and organize them in folders for quick access in any project. They appear automatically in the preset menu. So many production styles are covered that you are bound to find something that works with your music production. Even if this is not the case you can easily start out with a preset that is close to what you want, and then tweak your way to a drum production that suits your music perfectly. When you are done, just save the preset, and it will be there for you to recall instantly in your other projects.

Addictive Drums is very easy to learn and use, and it works for just about anybody. The User Interface is straight-forward and gives you lots of flexibility. All settings can be tweaked and changed to perfection, and Addictive Drums introduces some very neat features that haven't even been seen or heard until now!

Addictive Drums ships with 3 complete kits, and lots of extra drums and cymbals. The samples include every nuance from the softest to the hardest hits, many stroke variations (hihat has 12 variations, snare has 6 for example) Alternating samples through-out bring unparalleled realism. All sampled drum/cymbal sounds are recorded with a multi channel mic setup, just as you would record a real drum kit.

Concept - Three Vital Parts
Addictive Drums is built on three major, and equally important, building blocks...

  • Drum Samples: The “raw” drum/cymbal sounds, recorded with a multi-mic setup
  • Production Tools: Mixing, insert effects, reverbs, the know-how of a sound technician / producer
  • Beats & Fills: The grooves, beats and fills of a good dummer!

Kits & Pieces
Addictive Drums ships with 3 complete kits, and lots of extra drums and cymbals. The samples include every nuance from the softest to the hardest hits, many stroke variations (hi-hat has 12 variations, snare has 6 for example) Alternating samples through-out bring unparalleled realism.

All sampled drum/cymbal sounds are recorded with a multi channel mic setup, just as you would record a real drum kit.

The AD Kits

  • Sonor Designer (Kick, Snare, 5 toms)
  • DW Collector’s Series (Kick, Snare, 5 toms)
  • Tama Starclassic (Kick, Snare, 3 toms)

Extras:

  • Pearl Signature Ferrrone snare
  • Pearl Masterworks Piccolo snare
  • Pearl Masterworks kick

Cymbals: (Sabian & Paiste)

  • 3 Hi-hats
  • 4 Rides
  • 9 Crashes
  • 3 Splashes
  • 2 Chinas

Tune and tweak
Shaping the basic sound is easy within AD’s sampler section. Controls for volume and pitch (with envelopes), levels (adjust balance of Close, Overhead and Room levels of each Kitpiece), and filter (cut the low end on hihats for example) means you can do anything from slight tweaking to major reconstruction of the sound.

For each kit piece:

  • Solo/Mute
  • Main Level
  • Overhead Level + Pan / Width
  • Room Level + Pan / Width
  • “Single Sample” mode
  • Main Pitch + OH / Room Pitch Offset
  • Pitch Envelope (with velocity mod)
  • Amp Envelope
  • Hi-Pass / Lo-Pass Filter

Mix it up – built in effects
12 mixer channels, 52 insert effects and 2 reverbs are at your disposal, giving you the freedom to create just about any drum sound you’ve ever heard. And then some!

Everything is quickly accessible, no hidden menus get in your way. See it, tweak it, move on. Drum production has never been this easy, and even our pro users agree that Pro should not equal “impossible to understand”.

The AD Effects (For each channel):

  • Compressor
  • Dist (4 algos, selectable bandwidth)
  • EQ (3 band)
  • Saturating Limiter

Master and Bus channels additionally include:

  • Tape Saturation
  • Hi-Pass / Lo-Pass Filter

Reverbs include:

  • 4 algorithms (Ambience, Room, Hall, Plate)
  • Decay Time, Predelay, Damping
  • 2 band EQ
  • Pan/Width control

XLN Addictive Drums system requirements:

Addictive Drums is compatible with PC and Mac, including the new IntelMacs.
Formats: VST, AU and RTAS.
PC: Windows XP, 2 GHz Pentium 4, 1 GB RAM, 3 GB free harddrive space, DVD drive
Mac: OS X 10.4, G5 or IntelMac, 1 GB RAM, 3 GB free harddrive space, DVD drive

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XLN Audio Addictive Drums Reviews

9/10

Addictive Drums

Being a basement recording hobbyist it is always great to find a product that makes things go smoother/faster/easier, and, of course, produce excellent results. Addictive Drums comes pretty darn close to all those things. Don't want to fiddle and diddle with all kinds of paramenters or effects..? Ok..just drag and drop one AD's many loops and grooves into your DAW and let loose. Oh..so you want to fiddle and diddle..? Well then, have at it!! AD's interface is fairly straight forward and very intuitive from just keeping it simple, by using the dozens of presets, or tweaking away until your heart's content for hours.
But what about the sounds...? Incredible! One of the great features that appealed to me right off with AD was the cymbal sounds. They are amazingly close to 'real' kit studio quality. All the kit pieces, and there are several kits to choose from, are editable. You can adjust the individual mics on each drum (the kick and snare have 2 mics each!), you can adjust the 2 room mics and, you can adjust the 2 overhead mics too! AD also has 2 built in reverbs, compressors, and other effect parameters. It is quite simply a self contained drum studio.
Working with the grooves/loops is as simple as dragging and dropping them into a track of your DAW. They are all MIDI files and can be fully edited. AD is also a multichannel instrument and, if your DAW supports multichannel, AD will assign each kit piece to its own track allowing for further editing and processing possibilities. One of the really exceptional features fo AD are the 'fill' loops. These are grouped with the individual style grooves for really quick and effective programming of your project. Got a great funk groove goin'? Just pick out and a wide variety of funk fills to it and have a blast!
The developers at XLN Audio are very enthusiastic and take an active role at their web site by moderating their AD forum. Its great to get on the forum and actually communicate directly with the developers. The are keen to answer questions and welcome any/all feedback and comments.
AD almost has all the features any hobbyist or pro could want. However, it gets a '9' due to the exclusion of brushes and other percussion instruments which is a bit of a let down considering the price of the program. XLN's solution is to market add-ons, at extra cost of course, for these features in the future. It's a sneaky strategy...you will become addicted and you will shell out $$ for these features that, in my opinion, should have been included from the beginning. Also, it would have been great to have AD work as a stand alone app. You must open it as a plug-in in your DAW to use it.
I recommend you download the demo and try it. The demo only includes kick/snare/HH but has no time limit set on it. After trying the demo out I bought the full version. I work with an Intel Mac and Logic Express. Installation/registration (no dongle - thank the lord!) was quick and easy and it works great. It has made my projects come together quicker and much closer to 'pro' sounding.

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