Natural sounding drugs are not so easy to create on the computer, despite all the advancements in music production software. You’ll end up with electronic beats that sound wobbly, extra fast, heavy or distorted. It is difficult to design a program that makes drumming sounds that seem lifelike. Toontrack took on this challenge by developing EZdrummer for Mac.
Basically, EZdrummer is a VST (Virtual Studio Technology) instrument that you can use to play drums directly on your computer. Ideally, you will use it as a plugin for your DAW (digital audio workstation), adding the instrument’s sounds to a larger musical production project. However, EZdrummer even has some nice standalone features that help you produce bits of music even without a DAW.
First off, the photorealistic drum rack looks great and it’s easily customizable. Left-clicking on any drum will play it, while right clicking will allow you to change the actual instrument that’s played, but also its pitch, volume, and velocity. Apart from the kick drum, the snare, the hi-hats, cymbals and toms that are part of a drum rack, you also get to play tambourines, shakers, claps and a cowbell.
Handy and Attractive Virtual Drum Technology
Toontrack EZdrummer for macOS is a special type of instrument called Virtual Studio Technology, or VST. It lets you use your computer to play drums. Basically, you need a digital audio workstation installed on your computer. Then you would add the EZ drummer to it as a plugin, giving you access to a variety of drum sounds that can be used in music projects. There are also impressive standalone features that assist you in generating music bits too. You don’t need DAW either.
This electronic instrument has a drum rack that is photorealistic and customizable. When you want to play a particular drum, you just left click on its image. If you want to switch instruments, you just right-click on it. Right-clicking will also let you alter the velocity, pitch, and volume. The drum rack includes the toms, cymbals, hi-hats, snare, and kick drum. In addition, you can play the cowbell, claps, shakers, and tambourines.
How to Play
You could try clicking each drum independently, but that won’t get you to play any decent-sounding music. A better idea is to choose the Search tab and select the button which reads “Tap 2 Find.” Your personalized drum rack will be brought up in a new window. A metronome will be heard when this happens. Then, as you click each drum separately and play the sounds back, you can record the pattern of one drum and loop it repeatedly as you play the sounds of another drum. Keep doing this and you can create some good music.
If the sounds that you play back are not impressive, try using the quantizing function of EZdrummer by Toontrack to align the beats. When you use the “Tap 2 Find” feature, it searches the library for a prerecorded pattern which is similar to the pattern being played.
Strong Music Production Tool
The library of the program features several MIDI drum sets that are prerecorded. You can use any of these drum sets in your own songs or music tracks. Also, you can get creative by replacing any of the drum sounds found in the MIDI file with sounds of your own. And remember, the pattern recorded in your Tap 2 Find session will be saved as a MIDI file too.
There are so many more functions in the EZ drummer Mac program. Of course, you can’t use VST alone to create songs unless you only want drum sounds in them. But if drum patterns that sound natural are something your music needs, then you’ll want to use this plugin.
|Operating System||Mac OS X 10.10 and higher version|
|Processor||Pentium 4 or Athlon processor|
|Memory||2 GB RAM|
|Storage Space||4 GB hard disk space|
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