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  • anyone else think the free kit for SSD5 kinda sucks?

    finally got VST working on my TD6v. pretty disappointed with SSD5 free trial, sounds worse than my stock sounds on my module. not particularly inspiring to want to buy the full version. is it any better?

    need to try some more VST demos.
    Roland TD-6v all mesh, kick swapped for KD-80 mesh with iron cobra 900 double pedal, added pintech and yamaha cymbals with drum splitters, and swapped CY-5 hi-hat (now using as cymbal) for an L80 hi-hat with cheap-o trigger (need to add goedrum hi hat controller to replace FD-8). using free trial version of SSD5 VST and MTpowerdrumkit.

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    I donít think it sucks and is still better than most Roland modules if you ask me and certainly better to play. However itís by no means a natural sounding kit and in my opinion it is no where near as good as SD3 or sd2
    Roland TD30 module on TD20 kit SD3 with various kits. Pearl Masters Kit, Yamaha 9000RC original natural wood finish. Cymbals from Zildgian Pasite and Sabian. Loads of percussion bits. Cubase and Wavelab always current versions.

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    • #3
      I use Addictive Drums 2 and SSD5. Love both for different reasons..

      AD2 has way nicer acoustic sounding kits (for me). SSD5 Kits often Sound Kind of odd when you try them out: and then you Play them to Music and they sit perfectly in the mix. They are not made for you to Play drums alone, but to produce Music.

      His "Black Album" Kit sounds 1:1 like the Original, his ACDC and various Zeppelin Kits just fit perfectly to the respective Music and there are a LOT of great Kits available.

      SSD this month offers a big sale, AD2 with 3 Adpaks often is on sale for 100 Bucks. Please only buy These on Sale, iif possible, they drop significantly 2-3 times a year.
      Roland TD11 Module, Pearl Forum, Sonor Snare, Drumtec Design Mesh, 2Box Triggers, Roland Cym., GoEDrum HiHat Ctl with Yamaha PCY135. Trigger ing AD2 and SSD5.

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      • #4
        I've only played with the free version of SSD5, but it definitely seems to be mostly geared toward music production, with e-drum playing as an afterthought. The MIDI mapping interface is terrible, and the presets are lacking.

        I think the sounds themselves are ok, but the default mic setup again seems mostly designed for production. Cymbals are way too quiet compared to snare/kick. Boosting the individual cymbal mics and the overhead mic helps a lot.

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        • #5
          What do you expect for free? This is Murica!

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          • #6
            They said they are doing an update soon with the mapping in the instrument editor. I have the full version and it works great. Not sure how the free version could sound worse than a TD6. The cymbals are in the overheads just like an acoustic kit mic'd. The default new kits have no processing. I am always surprised that drummers think kits well recorded in a good room are "produced" sounding. They sound very natural to me,just like a good studio.

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            • #7
              syyhlxx - as far as I know, the non-free version has the same interface, and thus the same issues.

              Peter - when I mentioned music production, I didn't mean to say that the sounds themselves sound processed, but rather that the software seems designed for music production. In particular, the default mic balance seems set up for what you would want on a recording, rather than what I want to hear when I am playing an electronic kit.

              At least they do have close mics on the hats and ride. Addictive Drums only has overheads for all of the cymbals, which makes it really hard to get hat and ride sounds that I find satisfying to play.
              Last edited by ladron; 04-12-19, 03:50 PM.

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              • #8
                After playing with ssd5 a while I do like it and yes it does sit in mixes really well. I think I will get the full version as itís fairly inexpensive and will come in useful. For playing and enjoying the feel and sound of a real kit I would choose SD3 every time but for getting recordings sounding good ssd5 is great and has its place. By the way once you know how the mapping works itís fairly simple. I notice a lot of complaints about presets for SD3 and ssd5. The answer is get into the software and create your own. Neither of them are that hard.
                Roland TD30 module on TD20 kit SD3 with various kits. Pearl Masters Kit, Yamaha 9000RC original natural wood finish. Cymbals from Zildgian Pasite and Sabian. Loads of percussion bits. Cubase and Wavelab always current versions.

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