I bought Toontrack’s Superior Drummer 1.0 and an upgrade to 2.0, way back in 2008 or 2009 (I can’t even remember, but I think it was 2008). I used it extensively on random recordings, including an album I did with my friend Jen as Vertical Interval, called All The Fading Stars (2013). In late December 2018, I upgraded to Superior Drummer 3.0, which I LOVE, and use on all of my drum recordings. All of them.
So, I wanted to pick up some new expansions for Superior Drummer 3.0 (mostly, the two featured here). While I bought the Indiependent expansion from Sweetwater (on a payment plan, again in late December 2018), I later discovered that Thomann Music sells music software and plugins for considerably less than all the other retailers. I bought Reason 11 Intro (from Zzounds) in the summer for only $100, and then upgraded to Reason 11 Standard via Thomann Music for dirt-cheap, around Black Friday.
Looking at their current Toontrack EZ Drummer EZX expansions, I see that all of them are only $55 as opposed to $80. And while the main retailers sell the Superior SDX expansions for $150 to $180, Thomann has them for around $120 each.
Worth a big look, if you want to save a few bucks and expand your sounds. Death and Darkness might be catered toward thrash, metal, and progressive metal, but the kits are so well-recorded and amazing-sounding that they would work for any pop/rock or indie styles, too, which appeal more to my tastes.
I was reminded of Thomann when Toontrack released their new “Kicks and Snares” today, which seems like a really awesome, useful library for dialing in exactly the sound you need for your song… I was thinking of picking it up soon, when money permits better.
Just wanted to help anyone out there… don’t sleep on Thomann Music. They’re awesome!