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#459951 - 03/02/18 07:37 AM [Recording, Mixing, Performance and Production] Ez Drummer 2
Islansoul Offline
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Registered: 05/15/15
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Thank you to whoever suggested I try EZ Drummer2, it's my go to drum VST.
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#459957 - 03/02/18 07:53 AM [Recording, Mixing, Performance and Production] Re: Ez Drummer 2 [Re: Islansoul]
BlueAttitude Offline
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I see toontrack have their midi expansion packs on sale for the month of March, 20% off. I may pick up a couple more.
https://www.toontrack.com/midi-month/
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#460023 - 03/02/18 01:52 PM [Recording, Mixing, Performance and Production] Re: Ez Drummer 2 [Re: BlueAttitude]
Pipeline Offline
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Groove Monkee have some packs 50% off sale at the moment, I have a lot of Groove Monkee sets in EZD2:

https://groovemonkee.com/

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#460041 - 03/02/18 03:28 PM [Recording, Mixing, Performance and Production] Re: Ez Drummer 2 [Re: Pipeline]
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Thanks for the tip, pipeline! I’ll check those out.
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#460047 - 03/02/18 04:19 PM [Recording, Mixing, Performance and Production] Re: Ez Drummer 2 [Re: Pipeline]
MarioD Offline
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I also have a lot of GrooveMonkee MIDI drum loops. They come with a number of drum maps so they will work in almost all drum programs perfectly.
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#460120 - 03/03/18 04:40 AM [Recording, Mixing, Performance and Production] Re: Ez Drummer 2 [Re: Islansoul]
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After previewing the Groove Monkee midi loops I ended up buying all three of the blues sets they offer.

Pretty good value for the money IMHO, and thanks again for the tip, Pipeline!

The 50% off sale is only until March 5th BTW.
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#460268 - 03/03/18 06:08 PM [Recording, Mixing, Performance and Production] Re: Ez Drummer 2 [Re: Islansoul]
rockstar_not Offline
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I guess I didn’t realize there were 3rd party companies selling midi loops for EZD. I see some purchases on my horizon!

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#460275 - 03/03/18 06:43 PM [Recording, Mixing, Performance and Production] Re: Ez Drummer 2 [Re: rockstar_not]
Pipeline Offline
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There's a large selection here http://www.prosonic-studios.com/midi-drum-loops
You can use Midi File Mapper to batch convert drum mapping https://archive.codeplex.com/?p=midifilemapper

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#460729 - 03/05/18 06:35 PM [Recording, Mixing, Performance and Production] Re: Ez Drummer 2 [Re: Islansoul]
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Just ordered Rock Essentials 2 from Groove Monkee.

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#465123 - 04/01/18 01:24 PM [Recording, Mixing, Performance and Production] Re: Ez Drummer 2 [Re: rockstar_not]
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