[ddots-l] Re: superior drummer news

  • From: "Phil Muir" <ddots@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <ddots-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 13 Apr 2009 19:55:34 +0100

Damon wrote: snip, IN the meantime, if anybody is a hot spot clicker guru, we 
certainly could use your help to get this going.

Phil replied: I would get on to Tunetrack about the accessibility issues that 
2.1  is causing you.  also, if you can talk them into providing me with a fully 
licence copy of the software then, I will be more than happy to help out with 
.HSC development, smile.

    Regards, Phil Muir
P J Muir Productions,
Music And Audio Production
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  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Damon Fibraio 
  To: midimag@xxxxxxxxxxx 
  Cc: ddots-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
  Sent: Monday, April 13, 2009 3:47 PM
  Subject: [ddots-l] superior drummer news

  OK, everybody. From the front lines, I have been working with Toontrack's 
Superior Drummer to see what we could do with it. 2.0 was quite nice. We were 
talking about doing up some hot spots to allow swapping out kit pieces along 
with a nice sonar template and mixer template for superior drummer that would 
assign drums and room mics to separate tracks in sonar for individual 
processing. I found that you could right click on the word tools to switch bass 
drum beaters turn off the snares or switch from sticks to brushes to rods. You 
could click on the word presets next to new York avatar to change kits as well. 
My main issue was how to install easy drummer expansions which the superior 
could import. I was told by Toontrack support you could install easy play pro, 
which came on the superior dvd, and then install any ez drummer expansions. I 
had purchased the drumkit from hell expansion and this did work nicely. You 
right click on the word new York avatar and it brings up a menu with your 
expansions in it.


  Now for the bad news.


  IN order to use the new York studios volume 2 expansion that I just bought 
but have yet to receive, I had to update to superior drummer 2.1. This has 
changed things and not for the better.


  Firstly, and I think this would happen in 2.0 as well, when switching from 
n.y. avatar to drumkit from hell, it blew away the mixer template that assigned 
the drums to individual tracks in sonar, so the entire drumkit from hell is on 
track one exclusively. Not cool at all.


  Secondly, upgrading to superior drummer 2.1 ahs alter the way presets are 
arranged. Now, there is no word presets in the main window. There is a 
load/save which brings up a modified menu of different things. No matter what 
you choose as a preset, a second window comes up with check boxes that jaws 
cannot see, probably to load different aspects of the preset and an ok and 
cancel buttons that jaws also cannot see. We should be able to use hsc to spot 
this window up, however, I am not familiar enough with the system to know if 
this will be as usable. So, Kevin Reeves and I have some considerable work to 
do here before this can be made fun for everybody. I am concerned that the 
money I spent has just been nulled by toontrack's mangling of an interface that 
could have been made to work. At least it isn't all bitmapped yet, thank God. 
So, we'll work on this and hopefully get some news to you all. IN the meantime, 
if anybody is a hot spot clicker guru, we certainly could use your help to get 
this going. My plan is to make superior drummer 2.1 accessible since it is the 
current version and you will need it to use any sdx expansions going forward, 
so before anybody says go back to 2.0, that is really not an option. We are 
still hoping to make this work for all users to get excellent drum instruments 
into our hands.


  Note: I have tried both bfd and bfd2.0 with very little luck. I may return to 
it at one point especially if hot spot clicker does prove to be useful in 
superior drummer's use, but bfd really drove me nuts, and 2.0 especially made 
things tricky just to load a kit, so I gave up on it. Again, I may return to it 
one day just to see if it is a doable option to get working, but Superior 
drummer seemed much easier to work with and so we'll see how much we can get 
from it.



  Damon Fibraio

  screen names -- aol: dfibraio...msn dfibraio@xxxxxxxxxxxx skype: dfibraio

  personal music site: http://www.keyboardguy.com.

  Band web site: http://www.thdband.com, myspace 


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