Top positive review
Stunning software, headache setup.
on 31 March 2015
I bought this to add to my new digital studio as it has so many good reviews, however please bear with it as the install process is difficult.
I've only recently turned to PC recording having used various portastudios over the years, and figured i'd try something a little simpler. PAH! Jeezo if you want simple buy an Ipad and get Garageband. It does all you need and you won't be pulling your hair out!! But as it was, i had a kickass PC that was feeling dejected after i gave up World of Warcraft (only made it to lvl 93 but thought enough was enough. Dreanor was lovely but i needed a break) and figured i should get creative.
The problem with PC recording (and why i stuck to portastudios) is that you need to spend weeks/months/years learning how to use all the new software and it really is off-putting when all i want to do is plug and play. The DAW i chose was Reaper, simply because it was cheap, good and had loads of youtube tutorial vids, and also as many Reaper users recommended Superior Drummer. What could possibly go wrong?
Firstly do NOT download these discs straight away- you'll waste time. GO TO THE TOONTRACK WEBSITE, CREATE AN ACCOUNT AND START DOWNLOAD PROCESS FROM THERE!!!!!! Afterwards it was pretty simple and the stand alone player was ace. Then came the next problem. TOONTRACK PUT THE .dll FILE IN TOTALLY RANDOM PLACES- FIGURE WHERE IT WENT DURING DOWNLOADING, OR SEARCH ALL .dll FILES ON YOUR PC OTHERWISE IT WON'T SHOW IN REAPER!!!!
Sorry, i don't like "shouting" in reviews, but if you heed this then you should avoid all the problems i had.
Otherwise the sounds and flexibility of this software are incredible. It really is wonderfully adaptable and the sounds are clear and expressive. I've had experience in professional studios as a performer, and have witnessed severe ProTools mopping up of inaccurate drumming where a reaper plugin would have sufficed. It really is all you could ever need if you are unable to record a full drumkit.
I'd give it a full 5* write up, but the pains from setting it up were numerous.