I am looking at my choices for drum samples and would like your advice.
Although I have been making music with and without computers for a long time, I have only recently started to use samples and softsynths. I tended to use whatever my soundcard provided and concentrate on the melody and the structure of the music. But my current goals include creating semi-professional mixed down sound. and as I read it that requires sampled instruments.
The sound I am looking for ranges from Chet Atkins' Stay Tuned and Neck to Neck albums to Django & Stephane and early electric Dylan. (I also like Mozart and Bach but that's another story) I prefer to concentrate on the music rather than spend a lot of time tweaking the software or fixing it in the mix. I don't like destablizing copy protection methods like PACE or ones that don't let you back up your tools. I am also price sensitive. My system has 1 gigabyte of RAM and a P4 running at about 2 MegaHertz. I use Sonar 3 Producer Edition, primarily, with Virtual Sound Canvas and VSampler.
Given these goals and my current situation these are my current plans: purchase the Bardstown guitars, the Garritan Personal Orchestra (which provides an acoustic bass and violins and for good measure a whole orchestra with which to experiment), and to inexpensively improve the quality of my drums. Someday I may add the Trilogy bass samples and Battery or BFD or Stylus or whatever. But this is my plan for now.
So what can I get to inexpensively improve my (virtual) drums? Something that sits well in a mix (not so "rich sounding" that it turns the result into mud unless it is extensively tweaked and filtered).
I have noticed that although it is not a currently hot product, a lot of people use DR-008. The latest version sells for $99 and includes I beleive 300 drum kits. What is the quality of these kits? If they were competitive with Battery or BFD I suppose the reviews would have mentioned the fact but how far away are they? And more to the point, how far are they from the GM drums in the VSC? I assume that they are somewhere in the middle but which end are they closer to? Would they keep me reasonably happy for awhile?
The other alternative that has caught my eye is the drum CDs from Numerical Sounds, particularly the Purdie CD. VSampler reads AIF files and that would run $150 if my memory serves me well. What about that alternative?
Or among the many possibliites out there is there something that I might like better?
Thanks in advance for your good advice.