When Toontrack’s EZdrummer 2 virtual drummer/drum kit plugin first appeared in 2006, it appeared to be nothing more than a cut-down version of their powerful and relatively complex Superior Drummer (then known as DFH Superior).But its increasingly large library of excellent expansion kits has actually seen it develop into arguably the ‘bigger’ product. So it’s with no little excitement and anticipation that we find ourselves preparing to bash our way around the freshly released version 2.So, what’s new? First, the software’s ‘engine’ has been completely remodelled to improve articulation and pattern flexibility. Then, while the pattern Browser, Mixer and Drums views will all be familiar to existing users, they’re now accessed via tabs, as is the new pattern search engine, which we’ll come back to shortly.Also new is the integrated Song Track sequencer, used to compile library grooves, add to them by overdubbing, or simply start your own grooves from scratch, which can then be added to the User section of the library.The sequencer expands upwards to reveal the Song Creator, which intelligently generates a whole song’s worth of sections (Intro, Pre Chorus, Chorus, Bridge, Fill and Ending) from a single selected groove. It also combines these grooves into complete Song Structures (12-Bar Basic, AABA Short, AABA Long, etc, selected from a menu to which you can add your own layouts) that can then be loaded into the Song Track.
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