January 9, 2013

Toontrack Rock Solid EZX

Drums are something that every producer, and even musicians that don’t use computers, need to work with.  The guitarist who wants to record a few tracks layered on top of each other will find great use of some sort of beat machine to keep him in time.  It doesn’t need to be complicated.  Likewise, a producer’s focus might not be on his drums as much are they are on the bass and melody, but drums are something that needs to be tackled, unless you’re Brian Eno.  For those that put focus into drums, there is a lot more going on that meets the ear.

An outsider might look at drums and think that it’s the same eight or sixteen bars looped until competition – but it actually takes careful structuring and mixing to make the drums sound like something real.  Buying an actual electronic drumset would get your closer to the real sound and feel of an actual drummer, but that also requires learning how to play the drum (which isn’t easy either).  Programs like Toontrack Rock Solid  EZX offer an easier alternative.  Although it is still a basic program at heart, it visually sets you up to create drum tracks in a now DAW setting.