For my acoustic drum VSTi needs, I have been a long term use of BFD (version 1.5),
but my relationship with BFD has been love / hate.
The sounds are good but
usability and reliabiltiy have sometimes been an issue for me.
I decided I
wanted a 'simpler' solution. Not a comprimise on sound quality, but something that gave me
top notch drum sound quality, 1000's of MIDI patterns, with fills, etc, and something easy
to use; I don't need to mess with the drum mic set-up, etc, etc, I just wanted high
quality patterns, with variations and fills, that I can drag and drop into a track in
Reaper. I wanted to set up a drum track, with variations and fills in, like, 5
Initially, I looked at DrumCore, as I got the free version from
Computer Music magazine. DrumCore definately gives that easy 'usability' with a good,
open browser and drag and drop. The performance of the playing is also top notch. But I
was far from impressed with the sound quality of the recording of the drums. Perhaps
DrumCore opted for a more 'dry sound' but to my ears, the drum parts sounded a little
lifeless, flat and quite boxy.
The following month, CM magazine this time
gave away EZ Drummer Lite, a heavily cut down version of EZ Drummer, which is usually
bundled with some DAWs.
What a difference! Ridiculously easy and nice to use,
a lovely GUI, fantastically arranged and performed parts, and absolutely top notch sound
quality. The sounds are 'ready to use' in your track and by that I mean that they sound
processed. Not over-processed, just processed; so if you add further processing, they will
soon over-cook. The mixer section allows you to adjust bleed levels and mix your sound as
you please. You can reduce that 'processed' sound and get a much drier sound. I
personally like something in between.
The sounds are BIG; would they prove too
big in my tracks, stealing all the thunder ? The answer is no, they just sound convincing
It was a wise decision of Toontrack to give EZ Drummer Lite away in
the CM mag, because in my case at least, after using the lite version, I immediately
wanted more, and ordered the upgrade to the full version, later the same day!
On that note; if you are thinking of buying EZ Drummer, the full price is £99. But
if you buy this month's CM Magazine to get the free copy of EX Drummer Lite, you get
entitlement to buy the upgrade version of EZ Drummer, which Time+Space are selling for
£58. (Total cost £63 instead of £99!).
100% "BFD uninstalled and happy
with my new high quality, low maintenance drummer"
What it says on the tin...