This week saw the release of Toontrack's brand new EZdrummer 2 software (along with upgrade paths for existing EZdrummer users), which seeks to make groove creation as quick and intuitive as possible, no matter what past experience you have. EZdrummer's ability to allow anyone to create immediate, great-sounding percussion, makes it very popular with songwriters, who don't want to lose their creative flow when inspiration strikes.
Despite being easy to use, EZdrummer 2 is still a highly professional bit of software, which uses the latest sound engine technology and is packed with a number of groundbreaking features, allowing you to go from initial idea to fully polished drum track without leaving the software. Read on to find out more...
EZDRUMMER 2 - FIND THE PERFECT GROOVE
If you've got an idea for a groove in your head, then it can often be a real pain to find a loop that fits the bill. However, with EZdrummer 2, this isn't a problem! Simply tap in your groove idea using a connected MIDI controller or mouse and the software will return results of loops in your library that most closely match what you played! Each EZdrummer 2 loop is also tagged, allowing you to search for loops by genre, signature, style and more!
EZDRUMMER 2 - CREATE YOUR TRACK
EZdrummer 2 makes it extremely simple to create a full drum track, consisting of an introduction, verses, pre-choruses, choruses, bridges, fills and an outro. Simply drag and drop your chosen loops to the built-in Song Creator and edit MIDI parts until you've got the perfect groove; you can even re-quantize existing loops to different grids. Once completed, simply drag-and-drop to your host software, export the loop as an audio or MIDI file or save it as a template.
EZDRUMMER 2 - TELL THE SOFTWARE HOW YOU WANT IT TO PLAY
Amazingly, EZdrummer 2 lets you communicate with the software's virtual drummer, in order to get across exactly how you want a part to be played. You can quickly change the power hand, alter the velocity of each part, adjust how specific drums are played and even how many times each drum is hit, all with unrivalled speed and ease.
EZDRUMMER 2 - POLISH YOUR TRACK
Once you've got your groove sorted, it's time to move on to the brand new mixer and effects preset features of EZdrummer 2. All presets are professionally programmed and arranged into convenient categories, allowing you to quickly find the perfect sound. You can even make edits to the effect presets in order to customise your track.
EZDRUMMER 2 - SUPERCHARGE YOUR EXPANSIONS
Whether you're buying a new EZX expansion pack to expand your sonic artillery or you already have some installed on your system, upgrading to (or buying) EZdrummer 2 will supercharge them, allowing you to edit all EZX kits and grooves with the new features of EZdrummer 2, as well as bolstering your effect preset library with more genre-specific presets.
EZDRUMMER 2 - WANT TO LEARN MORE?
Interested in finding out more about how EZdrummer 2 can improve your creative workflow, as well as allow you to create pro-sounding loops? Check out the video above for a complete EZdrummer 2 tutorial.