Toontrack Superior Drummer 3


Virtual Drum Production Studio (Download)

  • Based on meticulously recorded samples of high quality drums
  • Recorded in 11.1 surround by George Massenburg in Galaxy Studios
  • Over 230 GB of natural drum samples without effects
  • 6 drum kits by Ayotte, Gretsch, Pearl, Premier, Ludwig and Yamaha as well as additional Snares, Kicks and Cymbals
  • Additionally about 350 electronic drums as well as percussions
  • Tunable drums and cymbals with natural attack, reverse playback and pitch envelope
  • Integrated groove sequencer with grid editor
  • Multitrack capable
  • Time and Tempo Editor
  • Tap2Find function with comfortable search
  • Scalable mixer with 35 effects such as filter, equalizer, compressor, gate, transient processing and detailed adjustable bleed between the channels
  • Integrated tracker enables extensive audio-to-MIDI conversion based on "instrument recognition AI"
  • Professionally drummed MIDI library with 1640 grooves and fills
  • Macro controllers
  • Scalable user interface
  • Expandable with Toontrack SDX / EZX expansion
System Requirements
  • Version: 3
  • Shipping Format: E-Mail
  • License validity: perpetual
  • Copy Protection: Online Activation
  • Simultaneous Activations: 2
  • Windows: from 7 (64-Bit)
  • Mac OS (64 Bit): from 10.10
  • RAM min.: 8 GB
  • HD Storage min.: 236 GB
  • add. System requirements: Internet Connection for Installation and Activation, requires up to double the storage space for the installation
Supported Formats
  • Stand-Alone-Software
  • AAX native 64-Bit
  • AU 64-Bit
  • VST2 64-Bit
Available since September 2017
Item number 419735
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Akustik Keys/Pianos No
Beat production / Drum machines No
Wind Instruments No
Cinematic / Effects No
Chorus / Vocals No
Drums / Percussion Yes
E-Pianos No
Ethno / Folk No
Guitars/plucked instruments No
Loops/Construction-Kits No
Orchestra Instruments No
Organs No
String Bass No
Sampler No
String Instruments No
Synthesizer No
Vintage Instrument No
Hardware Controller No
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61 Reviews

The most fully featured, flexible, and comprehensive virtual drum software available anywhere at any price
Skizane 04.04.2022
I've used a few of the most noteworthy drum VSTis out there, including Modern Drummer from NI, Addictive Drums 1 and 2, and Steven Slate Drums 5 and 5.5. All have their strengths and weaknesses, but at some point I decided to go whole hog and step up to what everyone seems to agree is the Big Daddy of drum software, Superior Drummer 3.

It's hard to think of anything to say that hasn't already been said. SD3's sounds are huge, detailed, and exceptionally captured. Its mixing capabilities are virtually limitless and endlessly customizable, and its included effects are excellent. It's very intuitive in many respects, but the enormity of everything it can do does mean there is a bit of a learning curve at the start. This passes quickly as you come to understand the thinking behind some of the design decisions and become familiar with the routing (at least that was the trickiest part for me).

What you get out of the software really depends on what you put into it. As I said the samples sound amazing, but they're largely unprocessed so if you don't know how to mix a drum set to make it compete within the context of other instruments in either a live or recorded situation, it's really only going to sound good on its own. Toontrack does have many very informative and helpful videos on their website that demonstrate how to get a raw drum sound more up to snuff using the onboard effects and mixing and routing capabilities, so there is a treasure trove of great information to be found there.

I could go on and on about SD3 but there are plenty of other reviews that do that, and tutorials and whatnot all over the internet. And here I'm so lazy I haven't even talked about the MIDI and songwriting capabilities, but cut me some slack, I have no use for that part of the software. I'm a drummer, I record the MIDI from my performances on my e-drums then use that MIDI to drive SD3. My songwriting is still all out in the meatspace. But I'm sure the MIDI and songwriting stuff is great and all that. :)

So even though there are significant parts I don't use, SD3 is still the current leader in virtual drum software, and its capabilities and flexibility provide so many options there's very little you'd want to do with virtual drums that it can't handle in one way or another. And its expansion libraries are amazing, and the fact that you can run all the EZ Drummer libraries in it as well, all of that opens so many doors that it deserves its own review. Suffice to say that the expansion libraries are just as good or better than the core library the software comes with, and they just keep getting better and better (and bigger, you might want to invest in a separate SSD just for your drum sample libraries, that's what I did and I only have one expansion and the Core library!).

In conclusion, SD3 is the big daddy on the block and has been for a few years now. If somebody was going to knock it off its throne they would have to have some seriously amazing drum software, which I think is why it has remained unchallenged for some time now. It does everything really well and has no glaring weaknesses, and it's enjoyable to work with even though it is a seriously powerful tool.
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Useful Tool
Niben 13.10.2020
Im not a drummer and neither is this plugin really but its a useful tool if you dont have a drummer to build rythmic ideas.

There is a huge amount of sounds and stock rythms available and obviously there are addtional SDX addons you can buy if you feel the need to add a few different styles and kits etc.

Having some kind of midi keyboard or pad is probably the best option as it enables you to quickly input your ideas without the need to use a mouse to plot ideas. I use a standard yamaha midi keyboard, its far from perfect but the app works great and allows you to customize your midi settings and get your ideas down.

These programs will never replicate or impersonate a drummer but for those living in an apartment without the room for drums these are a good compromise, the more you know about drumming and time signatures will allow you to get the most out of this plugin.

The download is initially small but if you want all the add-ons such as room mics and added ambience and other Toontrack features it can be close to 350Gb but it allows you to just use the basic stock pack and add the rest if you have space / bandwith.
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Very nice!!!
SamRibeiro 02.04.2022
As good as expected. Great Drumkits and sounds
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Love it!
Truls Tordenbolt 16.01.2022
Great sounding, understandable UI, and easy mixable in your DAW. Works for most genres, even without any expansions!
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