Well my first extended Zendrum gig is in the books. However, I did not use Addictive Drums as I had originally planned. After reading Tom Roady's comments about EZ Drummer, the Nashville EZX in particular, I decided late last night to install it on my laptop so that I could have both Addictive Drums and EZDrummer on the laptop for the gig. Then I could make a quick determination during sound check as to which one to use. The funny thing is that when I listened to some of the grooves (using the Nashville kit) through the headphones last night, I wasn't sure how it would translate through the PA system. My first impressions were that I didn't think it would measure up to what I heard from AD. Although, I could see how it might be desirable in a recording application. Boy was I in for a surprise. That Nashville kit absolutely rocked through the PA system. I was especially blown away by the kick and snare. The closed hi-hat was my least favorite sample, but perhaps I need to use a different sample variant. The toms were also very good, but I need to work to get more velocity consistency during tom runs/fills.
My church band director happened to be in the audience and was (in his words) 'blown away' by the drum sound. This guy is a fairly accomplished musician in his own right so to hear that from him confirms that I just may be on to something here. Special thanks to Mr. Roady for unknowingly planting that seed for me.
I also think John Emrich's statement where he said '...bottom line is that he is using VST instruments!'' is very poignant here as well. For me, I'm thrilled to finally be participating in the VST-drumming arena. I already had the laptop and the audio/midi interface. So, spending a few hundred bucks on EZD and AD has allowed me to experience the potential that VST-drumming holds. As a result, I am extremely excited! As I said before, I do believe a Receptor is in my future but for now I think I have something I feel puts me closer to getting the quality sounds I'm after.
I generally lurk here more than I post, so I'm going to take the opportunity now to say...kudo's to those who actively give of there time and knowledge in this forum . Now, off to install the Latin Percussion EZX