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In this blog post, I will talk about drum recordings and how to record drums without drums.
Yes, these days that is easily possible, and you won't believe how affordable it is as well!
Check out for yourself:
Throughout this Toontrack Ezdrummer 3 review I will show you how the plugin works, how much you have to pay for your own “studio drummer” and what it all can do for you in the studio.
Toontrack Ezdrummer 3 review
Recording a drum set isn't easy at all.
You need quite some space in a good sounding recording room, several (expensive) microphones, stands, cables, an audio interface with the right amount of inputs and a drummer who is able to deliver the grooves you want for your song.
Despite fast computers and modern digital audio workstations, recording drums is still one of the more complicated things in a studio which require all the things mentioned above and also the know how on how to record drums.
Acquiring that knowledge takes time, hundreds of recording sessions, patience, talent and – yes, quite some money.
All that hassle falls away with Ezdrummer 3!
Let's see what it can do for you.
The Ezdrummer 3 interface
The Ezdrummer 3 interface has a clean design and I would describe it as quite intuitive. With a few clicks you can switch between 3 recording rooms which are called “main”, “bright” and “tight”.
The Main Room
In the “main room” there's a 6-piece drum set miced up and here's what it sounds like:
The Bright Room
The Bright Room is ideal for stadium rock, metal and for drum recordings which need to be a little more airy.
This is what it sounds like:
The Tight Room
The Tight Room is the perfect setup for Soul, Funk, Fusion and music with a nice nostalgic touch.
This is what it sounds like:
Of course, switching the recording room isn't all you can do to manipulate and change the sound of the drum kits.
Inside every single room, you can choose from several presets which can be selected by a dropdown menu:
This is another great way to find the ideal sound as quick as possible.
Still, there's more to fine-tune your selected drum set.
By selecting an instrument – for example snare drum – it is possible to replace it and pick another from the menu:
You can also upload your own samples if you want to create a very individually sounding drum kit.
Let there be Grooves
Ezdrummer 3 makes is easy to find grooves, drum-fills, intros and endings which perfectly fit any song and music genre.
Under the “Grooves” tab, you will find more than 2.500 MIDI files which you can drag into your song project.
Tap2Find is another fantastic way to get your drum groove fast.
Simply tap in what's on your mind the Tap2Find feature will search for the pertaining grooves in its repertoire.
The Grid Editor
In the Grid Editor, you can change the details of your groove.
Add a ghost note on the snare or another kick drum. Change the loudness of a note or create a groove, nobody with 2 arms and 2 feet could ever play at the same time.
Your best friend – the Bandmate
The Bandmate feature is very useful if you need to find the perfect groove for your guitar lick idea or bass line.
You just have to drag an audio or MIDI file into the Bandmate, and it will do its search for the ideal drum pattern.
Of course, you can still modify the groove so that it will perfectly fit your needs.
The Mixer is another great feature to customize the sound of any drum grooves and drum fills you created in Ezdrummer 3.
Here, you can mix every single microphone and put any instrument into perspective of the next.
There are several overhead microphones which you can bleed into the mix, and of course you can solo or mute single instruments and investigate further how to create the sound you are looking for.
My final thoughts and conclusion
As a professional drummer, I am very impressed by software tools like Ezdrummer 3, which probably is the most sophisticated at the moment.
Years ago, drum beats, created by people who don't play drums, often sounded unnatural. Important elements like ghost notes were missing, or the whole groove was impossible to play for a real drummer.
That will not be the case anymore – no matter who's in charge of creating the drums for any production!
Even someone who has never played an instrument in his or hers life will be able to work with Ezdrummer 3!
Yes, I am a bit confused.
Why would any music producer (on a budget) hire a real (human) drummer if it only costs $179,- to buy Ezdrummer 3?
Please let me know your thoughts in the comments and if this Ezdrummer 3 review was helpful for you.
Thanks in advance and talk soon!