I hope I don't step on anyone's toes but I'm a bit confused about its dynamics, liveliness and expressivness.
I feel a bit akward posting this here since Platinum Samples are very nice and helpful and present on this forum but does anyone maybe feel the same about the 125th Anniversary Limited Edition Rock Legend Gretsch kit?
Let's take the snare (not the ECO one) as an example where it is most striking to me: it sounds quite sterile and undynamic and not really lively to my ears when hitting it with velocities between 115 to 128 (keyboards here). No real slight sound variations that make it sound real when playing classic rock drums (120 bpm, snare on beat 2 and 4: so nothing to do with fast triggering).
(Much the same is true for how I feel about the hihat and to some degree about the toms in this pack.)
But my main concern is the snare
My point is:
I have many other expansion packs such as the Signature Packs 1 and 2, Modern Drummer Snare Drum Selects, Sleishman, Maple, Oak... and even with those stock kitpieces: in most cases I don't get this unrealistic behaviour, 'no slight variation' feeling (using the same snare mixer settings or playing completely dry and unprocessed)
Before my purchase I listened to the demo and was thinking: Hmmm.... sounds sterile, not like a real drum recording and like maybe only a fews layers are involved here... but also: maybe this has to do with the soundquality of compressed audio on the internet.
But then I came to the same result after installing them (full install/all layers).
It's my first Platinum expansion and I bought it because I read Platinum libraries have a huge amount of layers and then generally all the praise for their other offerings.
No offense ment to Platinum Samples but I have to ask this question fellow BFD users.
Thanks for sharing your experiences - positiv and maybe even negativ - as regards its liveliness and expressivness.
I'm surprised about your complaints and issues...especially since you're playing this on keyboard. I'm feeling the opposite. The snare and hihat are really great. As a drummer who plays these samples with an edrum kit I must say that this is the best expansion I've played for BFD2. Is it just velocities between 115 to 128 you're experiencing this? For me the dynamics and performance is better than any earlier expansion for BFD2. I also own the Signature Packs, Sleishman etc and they don't even come close to The Rock Legends expansions performance. And I mean not even close. To compare it to the stock BFD kit pieces is an abomination. I'm very sensitive to lack of dynamics or MG issues and as I said earlier this is the best expansion so far for BFD2.
You must have something set up the wrong way. I hope you can sort it out somehow because this should be your best samples