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Addictive Drums

Drum Kits Plugin by XLN Audio
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Addictive Drums has an average user rating of 4.67 from 3 reviews

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Reviewed By trmupstage [read all by] on 12th March 2012
Version reviewed: 7 on Windows
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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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.

Reviewed By Mistheria [read all by] on 13th December 2009
Version reviewed: 1.5 on Windows
2 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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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.


Reviewed By Spyro [read all by] on 29th January 2008
Version reviewed: 1.1.1 on Windows.
Last edited by Spyro on 29th January 2008.
3 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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I own AD since it was a baby beta version, the guys at XLNAudio kindly contacted me by mail to test it.

All I can say is, this drum set plugin blow me away since day 1. The overall sound is amazing and realistic, the CPU usage is a joke, and the tweak ability is superb.

The v1 kits were already amazing, and now the Retro Pack makes it way more versatile than most of the competition solutions.

I'm always after vintage drumkits to be able to emulate old school funk or disco, and this Retro Pak was exactly what I needed for ages.

Now, I use Addictive Drums in almost every project, I barely touch the other drum libraries I have, unless I seek for an specific sound.

From Rock, to ballad, to pop, to Funk, to Disco....AD is the thing.

I was sure AD was going to be very successful, and now I'm starting to see some big names using it. Bravo XLN. (by the way, as beta tester I found the guys behind the company very very very friendly)

I only gave 9 to the features section because I think AD could really benefit by using convolution internally to emulate vintage gear or reverbs.

The MIDI rhythms library is very good, I think it could be a bit more complete, but you can also do your owns and store them inside (as I did)

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Comments & Discussion for XLN Audio Addictive Drums

Discussion: Active
23 December 2012 at 1:53pm

I have version 1.5.3!!! it's up-to-date!!

15 October 2013 at 3:46pm

this is wierd.

13 November 2013 at 1:41am

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.

13 November 2013 at 7:04pm

I had the same problem as you and I was so concerned after 15 minutes that I cancelled and restarted, it then dowloaded quite fast.

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