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    Is this mix any better? (same link)

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    SD3 is ok up to a point, but it doesn't have the in depth tweakable parameters that something like BFD has.

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    There are better virtual drum kits that sound better than SD3, but regardless of the sounds, the technique of generating good drum tracks takes a while to master using soft synths

    A good drum pad helps big time, USB type works better than keyboard

    The trick to get solid sounding drum beats is to get a count on your foundation track , bass or rhythm guitar, set the metronome to match that count, this sometimes takes trail and error.

    In Sonar, turn on the snap grid, snap module found in your control bar, select the midi option found on the bottom corner, the amount of snap is determined by the measure, 1/4 1/8 notes.

    Velocity of your drums are important, the pads should be adjusted or edit later.

    Of course real drums are always the best, sometimes I use the real drummers time transients to trigger the soft synths, especially if the mikikig sucked as well as the kit sound

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    Session drummer 3 is meant to be versatile so out of the box it may not sound that great. It is recorded fairly dry so you can do with it what you will. Each instrument in the kit can be sent to a different track so you can process individual pieces with your own plugins instead of being limited to whats in the app. This gives you a lot of control over the sound but it's also a lot of work. Some programs have pre processed kits that sound good right away but, you don't want to sound like everyone else. Do you? If so, get one of those programs.

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    This thread is quite old now but since it got woken up again, I have long since changed to Addictive Drums 2 and never looked back. SD3 was fine as it came bundled with Sonar but AD2 is way superior in so many ways. Also, since this thread was started, I had upgraded to Sonar X3, then to Sonar Platinum. I still use it despite Gibson canning it after they bought it out. Still performs even without their updates. I also use Pro Tools 11 now. Thought I would get something to fall back on if Sonar went south. But Pro Tools is pretty decent too. Addictive Drums 2 works well with both of them.

    This is not a home. Its a studio that I live in...

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    My pathetic attempt at learning to play drums came to a screeching halt when I broke my leg 2 years ago. I have since gotten Toontrack Superior Drummer 2, which isn't too bad. And I also recently migrated to Presonus Studio One. The drum map in S1 is pretty cool, and there's also a bpm line so you can vary the feel of the song.
    Wow, now I feel really stupid. Thanks.

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