Ableton Lite 10 vs Addictive Drums vs Superior Drummer

Hello again,

I was exploring Robert’s advice on drumming software and see that AD2 and SD look very good and easy to use. I do have a couple of questions:

i) I have Ableton 10 Lite that I got with my midi keyboard and am currently using the Ableton’s Drum rack for my pads (I mixed it up a bit choosing select sounds). How does Ableton’s Drum Rack compare to AD2 or SD? Is there a clear advantage of using these non-Ableton software?

ii) If yes, is it easy to interact between Ableton and external drumming software, i.e. to copy beats etc? Any compatibility issues etc?

Many thanks,


Hey Vlad,

First of all, there is a topic about using the drum rack with Ableton. Some tips on how to set tings up and a preset made by another QFG student that allows for better routing in Ableton: Ableton Drum Effects Rack for finger drumming

So I think the above topic might answer question 2 (I’m not sure, I’m not an ableton user but I think this is what you’re looking for)

The difference between drum rack and AD2 or SD3 is the realism of the sounds. If I oversimplify things a bit, you could say that drum rack is a bunch of drum samples and AD2 and SD3 are drum simulators. So they have all kinds of stuff under the hood that make things sounds like a real drum kit when you’re playing. Things like multiple samples (if you hit a snare multiple times it’s never the same sample) and velocity layers (a loud hit is a sample of the drummer actually hitting hard instead of the volume just going up).

It makes a big difference, but whether it’s ‘better’ depends on what you like. It’s not like “samples” are bad. They just sound different than a fake ‘real’ drum kit. For me personally the creative juices start flowing when I feel like the kit responds to my playing in a more natural way and in those cases AD2 and SD3 (I prefer AD2) do a great job!

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Thanks Robert! I will try AD2 these days for sure.


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