Really like this Expansion for XO, some nice textures and vocals used for patterns. A bit on the expensive side for what it is I feel but quality is top notch.Read Review
I use this purely to find one shot samples so not even utilitising all of it's functions but just for the indexing alone this is worth the money. An absolute breathe of fresh air after spending almost 2 decades searching through folder structures, this just opens things up in a way I didn't realise was possible. Amazing.Read Review
Ill keep this short and simple - for Rock and hard rock and even a little touch of heavy metal - this kit is perfect.
very versatile for all kinds of rock.Read Review
There are a lot of metal packs from many great companies - Toontrack and FXpansion having the most impressive libraries at 250+GB per....
Now, that really is impressive, and extremely complex - but you know what not only do I not have that much space on my HDD just for drums, I don't need or want anything that close to that amount of space and tweak ability as a guitarist who uses drums because I can't play and don't know anything about them.
To me, these presets ($90) rival SD3's Death and Darkness ($150) kits, and I like them More myself honestly. They are definitely just as good, and when on sale, they are like $40-50, so 1/4-1/3 less than SD3.
Most of all you can get XLN addictive drums 2 with this and 2 other packs ($90 each, so $180 In value alone) for $170. so thats $220 in libraries and the program itself, which should cost like $100 stand alone, comp. in value to SD3 easily, but at a fraction of the cost....
if your into a metal drum VST, and you want the best for your money, and the best VST for metal drums in general, this is your pick.Read Review
A pricy but really amazing sampler. It's not just the visual map organisation of your samples, you can also swap samples lightning fast. Even preform really creative and fun functions like set a filter (sound category, length, percussiveness, etc.) and then swap your whole kit for sounds that are sonically closest to the previous ones while obeying the filter settings.
Pattern editing is pretty smooth, you can drag export MIDI or a WAV right out different, you have a lot of groove control (global or per sample track), accentuator. Good routing options, each sample can be routed into 8 different outputs, a single master output, or both! Each track can be sent to one of 2 build in effects (9 reverbs, 6 delays) and they do sound good. However these effect are affecting the master output, same for the distortion module that's built in.
When the sample is loaded into your kit, you can edit where it begins and ends (basically really easy to mace a glitchy kit out of anything real fast), fades out it, collapse it to mono, etc.. You can set how punchy or soft the transient is, hold and decay. There are more features to modify the sounds themselves, some standard (pan, vol, you know).
And yet there's still more I could mention.
Also, the samples it already ships with are really good. It's a very effective sampler that is not only fun to use but it can really speed up your workflow if needed. Definitely a pricy product but I use it very often (bough it when it came out for the introduction price) and I can't think of any major flaws, nor have experienced any issues or bugs ever.Read Review
Awesome Rhodes sounds with a good amount of presets for classic sounds you would want. Very CPU friendly. Some sounds a little darker than you might want but nothing some EQ can't fix. Worth the price and especially on sale or if bundled with hardware.Read Review
The sounds in here are really good. and it is so easy to use. Its definitely a different way to make drums but its so intuitive and makes better patterns and grooves than I could come up with trying to do it other ways. The exporting is amazing! so may options.
If you dont have your own drum samples (is that even possible), then this is probably mostly what you need. With this gone are the days of hunting for the newest drum packs and loops. Just use this.Read Review