There was an audio noob in a post who tried DR-008 and found it confusing. It is the best VST in my mind, apart from Vanguard for synths, to come into the world.
First off, it comes with so many kits and presets! There are no .wav files as it's all presets for modules... Once i bought it and registered it (btw tech support ROX THANK YOU FXPANSION YOU ANSWERED MY QUESTIONS @ 4:00 AM in a previous post, as i'm in US and din't realize they were in britain, bought the thing at SamAsh), they sent me a username to the site where you can download prolly over a gig of preset libraries in .rar format. i still haven't downloaded all of them. each library volume comes with like 30 preset kits, it's amazing. I love them!
Apart from those presets, DR-008 comes with the most internal presets i've ever seen a software have. You have all sorts of drums, acoustic and synthetic. The only thing I wish they'd do is make the Drum008 preset have less presets or make it easier to scroll. That's the only disadvantage, that there's no automatic wheel to scroll down, you have to click.
i have nothing bad to say about it, except that it has more channels for routing MIDI to than my keyboard has :( meaning that I have to make mulitple windows, which slightly increases my CPU load (in any case, this is AMAZING in respect to CPU: i have a P4 3Ghz and 1 GB of RAM, this thing goes SO fast and doesn't use any CPU)
I still am learning how to use it: the mixer windows look interesting nad I also have to learn how to use the various non-sound plugins, like SamplerFlam, or something like that, which i am still trying to understand. I'll problaby do that learning after finals =P
If you have a hundred bucks to spend, i would recommend dr-008 to you with all my heart. it's one of the best bargains ever. Battery is like the same price, but DR-008 gives so much more!!
This modular vsti comes with 38 modules : 4 samplers, 26 synths and 8 performance modules (sequencer, flam, roll...) i just want to "update" some olders reviews that i just read and are now wrong : There is 328 kits for 2.87 Go, 6 do more than 30Mo, 12 more than 50 Mo and 6 more than 100 Mo. So there is a lot of excellent kit, some multisampled. some kits are provided by Gmedia, Wizoo, Redshift and Yellow. There is 26 synths, some with ring modulation or FM some modules are written by top developer : MDA and SmartElectronix And finaly you can buy it for the price of a sample cd The DR-008 is the central vsti of my virtual studio.Read Review
I originally bought Battery back in the day to have a solid, sample playback drum machine, but there was still something 'lacking'. That void that needed to be filled was a synthesized drum machine. Well, I was glad to see that DR-008 blended those two desires together seamlessly, so it was hard not to fall in love! The interface is well laid out, the sampled sounds are fantastic, especially the WizLive kit, and the synthesized kicks will kick a hole right in your chest, it's hard to find something not to love about this drum module.
DR-008 now comes with well over 1 gig of sampled kits, and the addition of the new synth modules to go along with it, DR-008 has simply become the drum machine to beat. The value for money simply can't be matched in the drum market if you like to build and program your own beats by hand. Certainly worthy to take a look at the demo and judge for yourself if this will fill in the nitch for your drum module.Read Review
This vsti gets the heaviest use of any of my plugins. I'll quickly list some pros and cons.
Pros very stable fast and easy to use several different types of samplers available lots of synth modules does everything a drum machine should be able to do easy file browsing supports drag'n'drop supports mfx such as slicydrummer and fillindrummer supports use with phatmatik pro lots of sampler cells good documention
Cons I'm not sure I would call anything a "con"
There are a few features that I would like to see added (hide unused cells, amp envelope), but I believe things like this will be added in the next release.
I demo'd Battery, and found dr-008 to be far superior. Tech support is excellent. There is a large library of kits available to users. This product is winner.Read Review
DR-008 is the most flexible drum synth/sample playback instrument currently available. If you looked at the features you will see several drum synthesis modules, several pattern and fill creation tools and a rock solid performer as a VSTi.
Most everything has been said about DR-008 so I won't add too much more other than mentioning the smart idea to make a development kit available for people to create new modules for DR-008. This extends the use and purpose of this VSTi. Using something like the 3rd party Slicy Drummer module with DR-008 and you have a formidible rhythm section.
It is nice to see pattern sequencing in a drum VSTi. In fact, it's the biggest negative I have towards DR-008's competitors. It is especially nice to be able to set up a kit set up your drum rhythms and assign to a midi note. In effect you can get as simple or complex as you want and with tools for creating fills and shifting textures you've got an all inclusive kit.
The only negative (if you want to call it that) are the lack of high quality samples. That said there are good samples on the net for free and available at reasonable prices. If you have LM-4 you are in luck because you can import any LM-4 kit, very nice. I haven't seen the Battery kit conversion - been too busy creating and experimenting.
On the final note, DR-008 is great because it allows for simplicity but can be complex. It allows for working fast or with great precision. Although lacking Battery's sample editing tools DR-008 makes up for it with it's ease of use and different approach to how a drum VSTi should work. Attack users note, Attack is a good synth and different from DR-008. That said you can do a lot with what is provided and what will be.
BTW, there is a generous library of over 1 gb of drum samples available free in highly comressed kits. They range from good to excellent - tastes depending.