XLN Audio’s Addictive Drums is very easy to use and does not take long to understand at all. I fully understood how to work this plug in within a matter of minutes. I really love all of the compression and EQ capabilities that can be done when working with each individual sound separately. I am not a huge fan of the way the drums sound as is or even the kits that first come with it. I think they could have included some better kits that have more a “jazz” sound. Some of the distorted kits are really good though if you spend the time tweaking and EQ’ing them.
I have never experienced any crashes or freezes working with Addictive Drums and it has become one of my favorite drumming plug ins over the years because I can run it many times simultaneously and not have to worry about it crashing or slowing down at all being that I like to have most of my drums on different channels and not all in the same pattern.
All of the basic functions of Addictive Drums are easy to work with and understand. Changing kits and adding patterns and fills is simple. I do not like most of the patterns though, and when it comes to changing patterns based on Tempo and BPM it can get really confusing because if you are in double time or regular time they patterns cannot be automatically changed you have to go in and manual move the MIDI notes which can be a daunting task. For the price that Addictive Drums cost I recommend purchasing it and getting some more kits for it based on the style of music that you are creating. Right out of the box it will have everything you need if you want to spend some time tweaking the sounds and molding them to fit your style of music but there are a lot of options to change and work with.
There weren't any kind of compatibility problems , the program works on any platform either Windows XP, Windows Seven or MAC OS.
The manual provided with the program was perfect, I liked how every single aspect of the drums was well explained, well detailed , all the information regarding mixing and editing was there.
General configuration and setup is an up front one , very easy and fast to understand.
The software works without a doubt as good as it can. The stability of it is perfect.
The functions and the performances are very nice , I think this is one of the most powerful tools having in your daw , a great drum set which sounds as natural as it can .
I've been using this product for about 1 year , but I really really like and use it daily.
What I like most about is the sync of tempo with the daw itself , I like how natural and well panned sound the drums and the fact that you can edit the drums , you can eq them in the same plugin without using a lot of effects racks and waste time.
I like also the mixer provided with the product itself , you can easily adjust the compression , volume , panning and everything you need to make your groove sound even better.
This product has also some great expansions that can be used in a lot of different songs , either hip hop or something that sounds more rock , like metal , funk rock or pop rock.
Another fact to mention is that unlikes other drums set , this product doesn't use as much cpu power as you may think it does , so it's quite a pleasure to work with it.
Balance between price and quality is great , I would rate precision and quality of sounds with 10/10.
XLN Audio Addictive Drums is a live drum emulator compatible with Macs and PCs in the AU, VST, and RTAS format. The installation was a largely painless affair, that took around 20 minutes total. In this ear of massive ROMplers, and even larger hard drives, the samples included with Addictive Drums are relatively miniscule, and come in well under 10 GBs. Just be sure to select a suitable location to store your samples.
Addictive Drums is a breeze to use in every DAW I've tried - and I use several. FL Studio, Ableton Live, Sonar, Logic, Studio One - Addictive Drums worked equally well with all of them. I particularly remind it Ableton, as the real-time tempo changes in Ableton really works well with the timing of some of the MIDI grooves that are included with Addictive Drums.
Speaking of the MIDI grooves, AD comes loaded with a ton of grooves in a few styles, and can be expanded with several add-on MIDI packs. Programming a drum groove in your DAW is a simple drag and drop affair, and can be done really quickly.
A feature that I haven't made use of yet, is its compatibility with pretty much every MIDI drum set imaginable. GREAT for live performance, or studio work for a producer who can afford a live drummer, but not an infinite variety of drums.
Also included are several options to modify the sounds of your drums. Hefty routing options, miking configurations, and effects allow you to really personalize your drum parts. There are insert effects for every channel, as well as send and master effects.
Overall, Addictive Drums is my go-to live drums VSTI. If I want to incorporate a realistic, editable trap set in a production, this is the instrument I open reflexively. It provides hundreds of grooves, and can be expanded to include thousands more. Its easy to use, and easy on your system resources. And these days, extremely easy on your wallet!