I am new to EZ Drummer 2 and hope those more familiar will be able to tell me I'm getting something wrong! I am using it primarily to program my own parts due to the nature of my projects, but the library of pre-recorded groove may well become useful later (I have tried it as an experiment, but so far there has been nothing close to my requirements).
I find the following things infuriating and extraordinary, considering they were possible on drum machines 35 years ago:
1. When a groove that has been programmed and saved, with the chosen sounds, is called up again, all the sounds change (despite being "saved") when a different kit is chosen. This means for example that it's not possible to create a track with a rock kit for several bars then a Latin percussion break, or to play your original part and "overdub" a percussion instrument from another kit. It's necessary to program both parts separately, then open EZ Drummer twice in the DAW - once for each kit. I find this incredible.
2. All programming has to be done in real time. Fine to a point, but if, for example a hi-hat moves to the wrong beat when quantised, it can't be grabbed and moved - the hi-hat track has to be deleted and redone. Fast tempo fills can't be "built" by placing drums where needed, instead the tempo has to be slowed down to a speed which allows for manual, real time tapping in, then sped up.
3. If, after a track has been transferred to the DAW, there are any extra parts you want to add, they can be composed and added in, but, when EZ Drummer is open in the DAW, the click is disabled, so any new compositions have to be done by guess work.
4. The knobs which adjust volume, pitch etc. are very difficult to adjust with precision and there doesn't seem to be any way of typing values in. Holding the mouse with two hands and trying to move it a thousandth of a millimetre is very time consuming!
So have I got all this wrong? Am I looking at it in the wrong way? Or is it just very user unfriendly and way behind what might be expected of 21st century technology.