tsteak86 wrote:Can anyone who has used the Z-pack tell me how it does in terms of velocity layers? The kit-piece demos on fxpansion for the Z-pack sound great; I love how crisp and clean those hats sound--but I noticed that they tend to be a little smaller memory-wise (relative to say Platinum Samples stuff).
Are you able to do some convincing hat finesse work with the Z-pack material, and program patterns with a wide dynamic range (ghost close tip notes all the way up to full power open hits)?
Also, any issues with integrating the kit pieces in the Z-pack with BFD2 (not Eco)?
The Platinum Samples expansions dwarfs pretty much anything in terms of velocity layers.
jord wrote:The Platinum Samples expansions dwarfs pretty much anything in terms of velocity layers.
Drums, perhaps. As far as cymbals go, many of the pieces don't have any more than 30 levels, which is comparable to the number of velocity levels in the Z-Packs (I have the first pack and I enjoy it very much).
If anything, I wouldn't worry about the quality of any pack that is produced by John. All of them are very expressive and musical. And this is coming from an unbiased paying customer.
tsteak86 wrote:Thanks for all the input, guys. Yeah ~30 velocity layers for cymbals is still pretty decent.
And yeah, the samples definitely sound great, John! Love the direct sound of those hat samples on Fxpansion's KitPiece Browser. Some BFD hi hats (I'm thinking of the Jim Scott and Joe Barresi's expansion packs, respectively) kind of sound a little too 'tubby' or 'muddy' for my tastes. The z-pack hihats sound nice, crisp, and clean. Good stuff.
OK, looks like I'll have to save up a little dough for this pack.
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