In the past years I have spent a lot of cash on several drum software programs and bought EZDrummer, SD2, Addictive Drums and Steven Slate Drums 4 trying to find the 'right' drum program for me.
While SD2 may be the best in terms of sound and tweakability, for me (being a mixing noob pretty much) it is just too complicated, so I have been using AD quite a bit, as it gives me tweakability but not as many options as SD2.0 thus being easier for me to work with.
But then I purchased Steven Slate Drums 4 and when I do a mix and compare the AD sound with the SSD sound, I usually end up thinking my own drum mix in AD is not nearly as good as the SSD drum sound.
When you guys are using drum software like Steven Slate Drums, do you still process the drum sound in your DAW, and if yes, what do you mostly do? EQ only? or compressors?
I like the pre-processed Slate Drum sound, but I'm afraid all my mixes will end up sounding alike if I use pre-processed drum sampled without ant processing added in the DAW.
What's your approach/opinion/advice?
I just bought SSD 4 EX a couple of weeks ago. So far, I've only been layering in one of the SSD 3.5 snares in with my Toontrack kit. The sample sounds great as it is, so I've not touched it. Only changed its volume to blend in with the Toontrack ones I have layered. I'm real pleased with the result.
If you prefer the results with SSD, then use that. It doesn't matter if it's not the most unique drum sound in the world. Your songs won't live and die by that.