I have a hard time giving anything a 10, but this almost deserves it. I've owned BFD, BFD XFL, BFD 2, Battery and now Addictive drums. First, I'm a musician/producer who needs quick tools that sound great without having to tweak forever. When I was younger and had more time, I loved all the synths with tons of controls. I was one of the few people who bought a Kawai K5 and edited each partial. anyway... I digress. Now that I'm busy in the studio with deadlines, I no longer want to tweak. I want great results and I want them very fast. I made all my own drum samples for Battery and then moved to BFD to make things easier. BFD was pretty good but I still have a hard time getting exactly what I want from them. I've used BFD since it came out, so I'm not new to this. I have also mixed many records with live drums, so I don't think my experience is what is lacking. I made drum kits in Addictive Drums over a weekend that I can't rival with BFD after years. It also works great with my electronic drum kit (Alesis DM10 with extra pads). And let's talk about load times. AD is almost instant. A large BFD kit can take a minute or two to load.
To say the least, I'm happy with AD. The price is completely reasonable and the sounds are great. If there were better variety of cymbals, I would give it a 10. I know many people think "How good can it sound with so few velocity layers and samples?". At first, I was concerned about that too, but it's proven to be a non-issue. These drums sound more real than the largest BFD2 kit I've used. They sit great in a mix too. I never get that machine gun sound out of them. In short, AD is the best drum library I've used. Great sound and easy on the CPU and RAM.
I highly recommend AD to anyone who is tired of tweaking and just wants great results fast.
First of all, Addictive Drums sounds absolutely awesome, perfect, modern and powerful! Addictive Drums is the supreme Drums solution for any of my productions. I don’t mind which is the music style and genre I’m working on, thank to Addictive Drums I can assemble my drums track straight away, everything sound great, with the true feel, energy and brightness. The all-in-one user interface is totally fantastic! I can choose and build my drums kit searching in the high-quality sample library, drag my favourite grooves and patterns in the sequencer , select and edit the right high-quality effects, having the total volume, microphone balance, filter and dynamic controls. Everything in a couple mouse clicks…
Moreover, the MIDI PAKs are the vital tools to build up your “real” drums track! I'm using the astonishing Metal Midi Pak on my new works, it sounds totally fantastic!
Thanks to XLN staff for the great job.
If you are looking for an ultimate, high-end class and easy-to-use Drums plug-in, you have the key: ADDICTIVE DRUMS by XLN Audio.
The download time for Addictive Drums is very, very slow -- stupidly slow, actually.
How slow, you ask? 2.75 hours for a 1.3 GB library...and that's on a fast (broadband cable) Internet connection. You have to use XLN's Online Installer application, which manages all licenses, downloads, and updates. It's a convenient interface but ohmygawd it's SLLLOOOOWWWWWW. Just be aware that you can't use an efficient download manager (such as Speed Download, which would be way more cool), so you're in for a loooonnnggg download process using the Online Installer.