Review: Addictive Drums 2

Hot on the heels of Toontrack's EZdrummer 2 release, comes XLN Audio's Addictive Drums 2, a very popular and realistic drum kit solution. Jay Asher finds out whether it takes drums to a new level.  

Several years ago, I was invited to join a beta test team of a new company, XLN Audio, to test their new virtual instrument named Addictive Drums, which could be used either as a plug-in or as a standalone. Right away I knew that this would be a winner for me. I liked the simplicity and elegance of the GUI as well as the actual sound of the drums. Performing tasks, swapping out kit pieces, using included MIDI files, etc., was easy. It quickly became my 'go-to'

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I upgraded to both Addictive Drums 2 and EZDrummer2. The installation process with Addictive Drums 2 was painless and quick. Installing EZDrummer 2 was not so easy, but after wrestling with it for awhile it seems to be working well. I really appreciate it when a company makes installation and registration as easy as possible.
Im very disappointed Addictive Drums 2 is not yet supported in the current version of Garageband (10.0.2). I bought the AD1 in late April '14, just before the release of version 2, with the expectation of upgrading when AD2 came out. The new version won't work as a plug-in. The XLN support team said AD2 is not supported by garageband 10.0.2 and they "are disappointed" as well.
Jay Asher
Bremerton, maybe it is time for you to graduate to Logic Pro X. The transition from Garage Band to Logic has never been easier or less expensive.
Thank you for your suggestion. It is one I'm considering, not only for the AD2 capabilities. However, it’s this very decision that is the source of my disappointment. It may also be disappointing for other GB users as well. I'm a hobbyist. I play live music with a band and I enjoy dabbling with my small home studio. The price and interfacing abilities of AD1 with GB made that purchase cost effective, easy and it inspired better recordings. I looked forward to purchasing more ad-paks and to the potential to use my e-drum kit with AD2 and GB. For amateur musicians who stretch a music-habit budget, an extra $199 dollars for a new DAW or being faced with learning a new DAW altogether for good drum sounds for a song may make people think twice about buying AD2. The thing is there isn't much discussion about AD2 limitations with GB on the web. XLN discontinued their forum, which I believe if still there would be awash with frustrated GB users. I venture to guess there are millions of GB users like me who are willing to pay for good drum sounds but have a budget to work in. I hope XLN will figure out a way to modify AD2 to be supported by GB. There's a rather large market it will miss out on if it doesn't, IMHO. I'm impressed with XLN's product and customer service. It seems to be a good company. However, right now, $200 would replace my drumheads on my acoustic set.
Jay Asher
Here is how I see it and you are probably going to disagree, which is fine. Garage Band comes with a lot of easy to use and good soiunding stuff, including Drummer which is incredible. It is indeed ideal for hobbyists. By the time you start upgrading your sounds to products like Addictive Drums 2 it means you are ready to take your game to another level and Logic Pro IS that next level.

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