Beware the “Easy” Button

As I’ve said before, I’m a big fan of the program EZDrummer. I’ve used it many a time when I needed drums quickly and didn’t have the time or the budget to hire a drummer.

There are plenty of great (and more advanced) drum programming options out there, but EZDrummer was the first one I used, and it worked for what I needed, so I kept using it.

While I think Toontrack is a great company, they’ve been releasing more “EZ” products over the years, one of them is called EZMix. On the product page for EZMix, it says, “Making professional mixes has never been easier!”

Then they just released an expansion pack for it called “Mastering EZMix Pack.” According to their website, with this plugin you can “Start mastering – it’s EZ!”

I’ve never used these products, and perhaps they sound fantastic and are really useful.

However, I gotta call a spade a spade. (more…)

An Unlikely Kick Drum

I was at a party a few nights ago at the home of a drummer friend of mine. He’s a killer drummer. He’s played with Keith Urban, Gary Allen, and others.

He was showing me his basement studio, where he does some drum tracking. He had some great Heil mics, Daking and API preamps, and a few other goodies.

I’m not a drummer, so I can’t tell you what kind of kit he had, but it sounded nice.

But there was one thing that caught my attention…and was really fascinating. I think there’s a lesson for us home studio folk here.