Some customers have a real problem: they cannot audition midi drum loops. This is an especially big problem for Apple users working with Logic or GarageBand.
Others ask which DAW (digital audio workstation) or “sequencer” I personally think is best. So I've compiled a list of the best DAWs for working with midi drum loops. ALL of these include a midi audition feature and that saves you time!
Pros: Inexpensive. Easy drum map creation. Media Explorer shortcuts. Mac version available
Cons: no drum sounds included
Summary: inexpensive and easy to use with a Mac version available. This is a great program if your drum sampler (eg. Battery) or DAW (eg. Logic) does not have the capability to audition midi drum loops. Free 30-day trial.
Pros: FREE. Mac version available. Free kits, instruments and effects. Easy drum maps
Cons: You can't use 3rd Party VST or AU Plugins such as Battery!
Summary: Presonus makes great sound cards and now they've entered the DAW market with a very nice FREE product. If you want to continue using your current DAW, think about using this to work with midi drum tracks. Downloading the free content is a separate step.
Pros: Mac version available. Free kits, instruments and effects. Easy drum maps. Excellent ready-made effect chains.
Summary: It is easy to use and includes a bunch of good effects, instruments and drum kits. Currently, there are several versions so the features and price vary considerably.
Pros: Session Drummer 3. Powerful, full-featured DAW.
Cons: No Mac version available. Poor drum map creation.
Sonar X3 Producer version includes a full version of XLN Audio Addictive Drums.
Summary: Session Drummer 3 includes kits from Steven Slate and is decent for “free”content. Includes some free Groove Monkee midi loops. The cumbersome drum map system badly needs updating to text or xml-based. Free 30-day trial.
Note: Our midi drum loops include specially formatted loops (groove clips) for both Session Drummer 3 and Addictive Drums.
Pros: Mac version available. GrooveAgent One. Powerful, full-featured DAW.
Cons: Not the best drum map creation.
Summary: Groove Agent One is okay but the kits are mapped inconsistently. Free 30-day trial.