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EZdrummer 2 Review

Whazzzuup.

I hope that you all are doing well, and that your music creation is flowing.
It has been a while since i wrote something but i hope to be able to get back into writing more now.

Today we are going to take look at the the new improved version of Toontracks EZdrummer 2.0!


About Toontrack
Toontrack Music was originally started as a production company for composing game and movie soundtracks.
In 1999 producers Fredrik Thordendal of Meshuggah and Mattias Eklund of Toontrack Music decided to design a sample library for their own use.
They called Tomas Haake drummer of Heavy Metal band Meshuggah to record the drum samples. The library was called Drumkit From Hell.

Toontrack really made a revolution back then and what they did With the original DFH changed the way drum samples sounded forever.

EZdrummer 2

The GUI

First look of the new EZdrummer 2 GUI

Loading up EZdrummer 2 we can see that Toontrack have stayed with the original idea of Easy to use GUI BUT not without adding functionality.

Build
With EZdrummer 2 you can now mix and match your EZD expansions to get YOUR sound easy and fast, not only that!
you can now also adjust the volume and Pitch for each drum within the Drums section.

Included in EZdrummer are the two new Libraries EZdrummer 2 Modern and EZdrummer 2 vintage.

Brows and Build.

brows2
Using finished MIDI files to build your song has been one of the features Toontrack have been using with their products to make it easy for the user to build a nice sounding drum track.
in the Browser tab we can find the EZdrummer / Superior drummer ready MIDI files that we have installed, and we can also ad our own USER MIDI files to the library.

EZdrummer 2 now also has a built in Track builder / midi player, this is nice for not only building our tracks but it also is great for Live use when you want to have EZdrummer as your drummer.
Search and Adjust.
ezd search

Toontrack also added a new search feature too EZdrummer 2, from here we can fine-tune our search and  match the MIDI files we plan to yous with files in the library to find additional Grooves that will work with our song.
if we only have a idea we can use the Tap to find feature to give EZdrummer and idea of what beat and groove we want to use and it will find grooves that matches our idea.

Edit play style.

playstyle
So we found a Groove that is close but we want to adjust it to work better with our song!
EZdrummer comes with a feature called edit play style that makes it fun and easy to ad, adjust and tweak each MIDI groove.
Simply highlight the drum you want to adjust, spin the Amount wheel and if needed adjust Velocity and EZdrummer will do its magic.
Want to change the power hand? Not a problem, just drag the power hand to the drum you want to use and its done….!!!
This is one amazing tool that will allow the user to be creative and drum creation that used to take hours can now be done with blazing speed.

The mixer.
ezd mix

The mixer allows for the output routing and volume control, but there has been some new features added that is depending on the EZX used. In the image above i use the basic kit from the new Modern Rock library, this library allows me do adjust the Reverb time on the Reverb channel, compression done on the Comp channel and also picth and mic bleed adjustments.

As i said these controls will differ depending on what EZdrummer expansion in use.
speaking of expansion, all the EZdrummer expansion have been updated to work with EZdrummer 2, this has also been done free from additional cost so you can keep using your favorite EZX in EZdrummer 2.

Conclusion
EZdrummer 2 defines the word EASY, Starting EZdrummer 2 up and building your own personal tweaked kit is dead easy, but the Drum track creation features is where EZdrummer 2 shines!
Creating a drum track from scratch is nearly TO easy, EZdrummer 2 truly allows you to be creative and helps in what i belive is the most important thing when it comes to make music… IT should be fun!!!
The two included libraries Modern and Vintage sounds amazing and will get the user a long way.
Editors note. I recently bought the Rock Solid EZX as i love how it sounds and it works AWESOME with the modern KIT.

No matter if your a songwriter or a professional producer EZdrummer 2 will be a great tool to have in your studio, and i recommend it to anyone looking for a spot on nice sounding mix friendly Drum plugin.

The Verdict.
Toontrack delivers..
EZdrummer two is a MUST HAVE!!!
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“Creating a drum track from scratch is nearly TO easy, EZdrummer 2 truly allows you to be creative and helps in what i belive is the most important thing when it comes to make music… IT should be fun!!!”

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