Just my two cent, really.
First the good part:
- I find the interface, possibilites and routing SUPER. While some people (mostly coming from GA3) complain about this, I think it is very logical structured!
- The drag and drop integration with Cubase is great! Drag a pattern to Cubase, alter it, drag it back. Also, the integration with beat designer is great! No more trying to find out which sample is on which pad etc… Also, midi out, ability to make patterns complex or simple, great feature.
For my workflow, GA4 seemed to be the ideal drums companion: mixing acoustic drums with electronic drums.
here is the bad part:
- The acoustic samples are not great. No, the acoustic samples are awful. I’ve read a lot of complaints about this (and I thought it was nitpicking), before checking the sounds myself. After doing this, AWWW!! Hello? Compare this to the samples of Native Instruments Drum instruments for Kontakt. What a difference!!! And the tuning of some toms! HAVE they been tuned?
But hey, the positive parts were so great, so I invested further. Because, with the “Studio grade effects” one can achieve a lot.
- The effects: the insert compressor is just… Can not describe it. BAD! The standard compressor on the effects chain is evenly bad. It introduces a phasing sound! Try NY compression on the room bus, or on the snare. What the hell? I must say, the vintage compressor does not have this problem.
Trying to get a decent dry drum sound is not possible. I must say, you get a fairly great big sound when using the room mics, especially with the vintage compressor on them. But if you switch off the room mics, for a closer, intimate sound… just not possible.
I am a big fan of Steinberg. Loyal customer since CB6. Love Cubase, Retrologue, Padshop, but I am SO disappointed in the quality samples of the acoustic drums. Workflow: great! But after some thoughts, I decided not to buy GA4 because of the acoustic drum sounds.
Unless in the future, Steinberg will replace these samples with professional sounding samples, I will not buy it. Which I find such a pity, since I like its workflow so much!