I have Groove Agent 3 and I am very happy with the drum samples in it. And also happy with the majority of the patterns (as I play mostly Jazz/Blues/Fusion/Latin), though more variety would be welcomed.
Ultimately, what I am really looking for is something like Groove Agent 3 which will :-
Have many pre-programed grooves/patterns in its library,
An emphasis on Jazz/Blues/Latin/Fusion/Rock,
Intro’s and Endings, as you have to manually create this data by writing it in on the Midi piano-roll page (or playing it in on an external midi keyboard) in GA3. As far as I can see, GA3 will only provide the patterns which are usable for when the song has begun its typical 8/16 bar sequences (ie. Verse/Chorus/etc). But does not offer a ‘solo pick-up fill’ into the top of the song or a ‘4 x bar Intro’ before you get to the top of Verse One,
A more ‘tradition’ type layout (quasi drum kit or drum machine) because I am not too keen on the more modern ‘beat box’ (call them what you will !) players,
Something that does not require ‘Vienna’ library as I do not have Kontakt,
Ability to buy ‘Expansion Packs’ if desired,
And a software which integrates well with Cubase Artist 7.5 and is fairly easy to use !
I wondered what anyone thought of this package. I am not sure if they are actual Samples or if they are just Midi Files of the patterns? They mention the format BFD but I have never heard of that before? I wondered if this collection had Intro’s/Endings because there are over 2,000 files in the package. However, it is priced CHEAP so I am guessing it might not be very good :-
This one by Platinum features drummer Peter Erskine (who is totally awesome of course) but I really do not like his cymbal sounds here at all (esp. the Ride which is very clangy !!) :-
And I looked at the Toon Track Roots which I think is an add on to the Superior Drummer which seems to be a very popular VSTi :-
Sorry if the questions here are a little basic but if I do decide to make a purchase then I want to be sure it is the right one for me. My other option is to wait for Groove Agent 4 to be released but I am not too sure what the criteria and spec’s are of this long awaited software?
Thanks in advance and any advice is greatly appreciated as always. I hardly ever visit any other forums nowadays because I enjoy and value the responses I get on here !
Paul David Seaman