Ive been using AD since version 1. One of the best purchased Ive made. I don't use this all the time, but when I NEED acoustic drums this is what I always use.
It's not the most feature robust, or the most detailed, or has the most expansive library.. but that's ok.. because it falls right in between all of the categories to make it a really good product. It's dead easy to use. It wont kill your CPU & loading up things are a breeze. Version 1 was kind of limited, but with the new version having 18 drum pieces vs 12, with more tweakability & better libraries, it's come a long way.
Im a firm believer in practice makes perfect. The 1st libraries for AD were pretty good. Not highly configurable, but good nonetheless. As time has evolved I believed XLN has definitely upped their game. Each of their expansions has a particular focus, but they can all be used within in genre you choose. The new Boutique Mallet library is unique & probably one of the best so far. Along with the Vintage Dry, & Black Velvet & Session percussion, they really make AD functional for a wide range of uses that don't bog you down in the CPU or in creativity. Could it do more & have mroe features? Yes... but I think many more features will detract from its character rather than add.
Alot of people frown upon anything but the absolute best. Sometimes the best thing to use is what is functional & expands as you see fit. This is AD2 in all it's glory. Every year I buy something new from them. Good company, good product .Oustanding sounds.
XLN... can we get a Trap Drum kit & MIDI pak now? And a triangle??