Superior Drummer 3 is more than just a drum sampler – it’s a bottomless source of creativity. In addition to an extensive library of raw audio material, Superior Drummer 3 introduces a unique design, streamlined workflow and many features to create powerful drums on your computer. Welcome to the future.
Installation is possible on a “clean” system, or over a previously installed version.
Release notes for Superior Drummer 3.3.4
A MIDI Mapping Layout window has been added. It can be opened from the Help menu as well as from the More menu for each instrument.
“About Sound Libraries” has been removed from the Help menu. (Library versions are listed in the About dialog, up-to-date library descriptions are on the Toontrack website and the MIDI layout can be seen in the new MIDI Mapping Layout window.)
A new articulation row called “Choke (Stop Playing )” has been added for each instrument that responds to aftertouch. The poly-aftertouch editors have been removed.
Moving the playhead in the song track now scrolls the Grid Editor to show the playhead, unless the Auto-Scroll option is off.
The maximum number of mixer buses has been increased from 16 to 32.
The hi-hat splash feature has been improved in order to remove unwanted hi-hat splashes. The hi-hat now has a time window, within which the pedal needs to have been raised after a “Pedal Closed” hit in order to generate a splash.
In MIDI In/E-Drums settings, there is now an option to show “All Notes in Preset” to only show the notes relevant to the selected e-drum preset/kit.
In MIDI In/E-Drums settings, it now says “-” instead of “No” in the “Edited” column.
On Windows, there is now a setting to invert the horizontal scroll direction when shift+wheel is used.
When a project was loaded, parameters (macro controls) would get reapplied, potentially changing properties bound to the macros. Now, setting a parameter to the same value that it already has does nothing (for example if the host tries to reapply parameter values some time).
Changing libraries or loading a preset did not make the host get properly notified that parameter values (macro control values) had changed.
The current library preset was not marked with an asterisk if a macro control knob was turned.
Some (few) library presets would for some instruments cause a high-pitched noise at low buffer sizes.
Quitting certain hosts when the VST 3 plug-in had been used could cause a crash.
The setting “Keep Output Routing on Preset Change” was never saved in preferences.
While recording, notes did not appear graphically on the red block.
While recording, moving the playhead before the beginning of the red block would graphically start a new block instead of extending the existing one.
The time signature editor did not support keyboard shortcuts for copy/paste.
After dragging a groove from User MIDI, “Remove Groove Part” did not work on the block.
The Auto-Scroll setting was never saved in preferences.
Edit Play Style
Pasting notes on the tambourine or shaker pad should no longer cause a crash.
“Solo Selected” did not work on song blocks that were loaded from a project.
Adding a Forward/Backward Brush Trigger note at the very beginning of the track would cause a crash. Now the note position gets adjusted so that the “future hit” start time becomes zero instead of negative.
Trying to audition a disabled articulation of an added instrument via the articulations menu would cause a crash.
Fixed some cases where the “Clear All” button wasn’t hidden when no filters were active.
Setting the velocity slider to something other than 0 and selecting a different groove would make the filter always say “+127 Velocity.”
Removing an effect with multiple channels selected could cause a crash.
Random noise in 16-bit audio could make the tracker find peaks too early compared to using 24-bit audio.
In Tracker export view, starting to drag the MIDI and hitting Esc would close the export view (and leave the drag icon hanging) instead of canceling the drag.
While dragging MIDI from another tab, it was not possible to cancel the drag with Esc in the Tracker.
Changing libraries with an e-drum preset active could in some cases result in incorrect mapping for some notes/instruments.
E-drum mapping for added or remapped instruments was not always loaded correctly.
Floor toms in Hard Rock EZX and Rock Solid EZX were not mapped correctly with some e-drum presets, for example TD-50.
How to install the factory library?
- Download “Basic Sound Library”
- if you need additional microphones, then download from other parts * of the factory library only files with the *.obw extension, which are located in the Sounds folders. We move these files to SL-SuperiorDrummer3/Sounds/ (move only *.obw files, not the Sounds folder)
- I recommend downloading the second and fifth parts (parts 3 and 4 contain files for surround sound).
- Download the Superior Drummer 3 Library Update v1.2.0 and run Sound Updater.exe (Windows) or Sound Updater.app (MacOSX)
- After the update, launch SD3, click Settings – Libraries/Paths – Add Library Path(s) … – and select the folder SL-SuperiorDrummer3
How to add additional SDX libraries?
- From the list of distributions of SDX libraries, which is presented here, download only the folder with the name SL- (name of the library)
- Run SD3, click Settings – Libraries / Paths – Add Library Path (s) … – and select the folder SL- (name libraries)
- It is possible to add all downloaded additional libraries with one click: Create a folder (for example) SDX Library, drop all SDX libraries into it, click Settings – Libraries / Paths – Add Library Path (s) … – and select the SDX Library folder ( this will add all the libraries at once) see the screenshot for an example: How to add EZX libraries? 1. From the list of distributions of EZX libraries, which is presented here, download only the folder with the name EZX_ or EZX2_ (library name)
For Windows users:
2a. Move the downloaded folder to C:\ProgramData\Toontrack\EZdrummer\ (by default, this folder is for storing EZX libraries, as well as folders with MIDI MIDI grooves)
EZX library folder names: – If you want the folder for EZX and midi libraries to be in another place: Create a folder (for example) EZX Library, move all the EZX libraries into it, as well as the MIDI folder, rename the EZDrummer folder along the path (С:\ProgramData\Toontrack\EZdrummer). After opening SD3, in the Grooves tab you will find the error No MIDI library found , click on Libraries Settings and in the Additional Libraries tab select the folder with the EZX Library libraries, restart Superior. For MacOSX users:
2b. Move the downloaded folder to /Library/Application Support/EZDrummer/ (by default this folder is for storing EZX libraries, as well as folders with MIDI MIDI grooves)
EZX library folder names: – If you want the folder for EZX and midi libraries to be in in another place: Create a folder (for example) EZX Library, move all EZX libraries into it, as well as the MIDI folder, rename the EZDrummer folder along the path (/Library/Application Support/EZDrummer/). After opening SD3, in the Grooves tab you will find the error No MIDI library found , click on Libraries Settings and in the Additional Libraries tab select the folder with the EZX Library libraries, restart Superior. I can’t find the SL-SuperiorDrummer3/Sounds/ folder To do this, you need to install the factory library, see paragraph 1 of the FAQ
SD3 won’t start. It says ‘The Superior Drummer 3 plug-in could not be found.’
If the message appears when loading the plugin: Run the following commands in the terminal:
sudo codesign –force –deep –sign – /Applications/Toontrack/Superior\ Drummer\ 3.app
sudo codesign –force –deep –sign – /Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/Components/Superior\ Drummer\ 3.component
sudo codesign –force –deep –sign – /Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/VST/Superior\ Drummer\ 3.vst
Error: The installed resources and the plug-in are not the same version!
If you get an inscription like this after the update: It means that when updating over the old version, the new version of the plugin was installed in a different directory than the folder where your other plugins are located. Always pay attention to this: Often the plugin is automatically installed in the folder: C:\Program Files\Steinberg\VSTPlugins\Toontrack To correct the situation, you need to move the plugin with the new version to the correct directory. Which EZX libraries are stripped down versions of SDX libraries? Big Band EZX = Decades SDX Classic Rock EZX = Legacy Of Rock SDX Dark Matter EZX = Death & Darkness SDX
Death Metal EZX = Death & Darkness SDX
Drumkit From Hell EZX = The Metal Foundry SDX
Hard Rock EZX = Rock Foundry SDX
Metal Machine EZX = Metal Machinery SDX
Nasville EZX = Music City SDX
Pop/Rock EZX = New York Studios Vol.1 SDX
Progressive EZX = Progressive Foundry SDX
Rock Solid EZX = The Rock Warehouse SDX
Custom & Vintage Library Distribution List SDX v1.0.0 (upgrade to v1.5.0)
Darkness SDX v1.0.0 (upgrade to v1.0.1)
Death SDX v1.0.0 (upgrade to v1.0.1)
Decades SDX v1.0.0 (upgrade to v1.0.1)
Fields Of Rock SDX v1.0.0 (update to v1.0.3)
Indiependent SDX v1.5.0
Legacy Of Rock SDX v1.0.0 (upgrade to v1.0.1)
Metal Machinery SDX v1.5.0
Music City USA SDX v1.5.0
New York Studios Vol.1 SDX v1.5.0
New York Studios Vol.2 SDX v1.5.0
New York Studios Vol.3 SDX v1.5.0
Orchestral Percussion SDX Part 1 v1.0.1
Orchestral Percussion SDX Part 2 v1.0.1
Roots SDX – Sticks v1.0.0 (upgrade to v1.5.0)
Roots SDX – Brushes, Rods & Mallets v1.0.0 (Update to v1.5.0)
Superior Drummer 3 Core Library v1.0.0 (Update to v1.3.0)
The Metal Foundry SDX v1.5.0
The Progressive Foundry SDX v1.5.0
The Rock Foundry SDX v1.0.2 (Update to v1.0.3)
The Rock Warehouse SDX v1.0.0 (Update to v1.5.0)
The Rooms of Hansa SDX v1.0.0 (Update to v1.0.2)
Joe Barresi Evil Drums v1.0.0 (Update to v1.5.0)
Action Library Distribution List! EZX v1.0.1
Alt-Rock EZX v1.0.0
Americana EZX v1.5.2
Big Band EZX v1.0.0
Big Rock Drums EZX v1.0.0
Big Stage EZX v1.0.0 (upgrade to v1.0.1)
Classic Rock EZX v1.0.0
Claustrophobic EZX v1.5.3
Cocktail EZX v1.4.0
Custom Shop EZX v1.0.0
Dance EZX v1.0.0
Dark Matter EZX v1.0.0
Death Metal EZX v1.0.1
Dream Pop EZX v1.0.0
Drumkit From Hell EZX v1.5.4
Drums of Destruction EZX v1.0.0
Duality EZX I & II v1.0.0
Electronic EZX v1.5.2
Electronic Edge EZX v1.0.0
EZdrummer 3 Core Library v1.0.0 (Upgrade to v1.0.1)
Funkmasters EZX v1.5.4
Gospel EZX v1.0.1
Hard Rock EZX v1 .0.1
Hip Hop! EZX v1.0.0
In The Pocket EZX v1.0.1
Indie Folk EZX v1.5.0 (does not work in EZD3)
Into The Dark v1.0.0
Jazz EZX v1.5.1
Kicks & Snares EZX v1.0.0
Latin Cuban Drums EZX v1.0.0 (v1.0.1 update)
Latin Cuban Percussion EZX v1.0.0 (v1.0.1 update)
Latin Percussion EZX v1.5.7
Made of Metal EZX v1.0.0
Metal Machine EZX v1.5.2
Metal! EZX v1.5.4
Metalheads EZX v1.5.1
Modern Metal EZX v1.0.0 (update to v1.0.1)
Nashville EZX v1.5.3
Number 1 Hits EZX v1.5.1
Pop Punk EZX v1.0.0 (update to v1.0.1)
Pop! EZX v1.0.0
Pop/Rock EZX v1.5.4 (upgrade to v1.5.5)
Post-Rock EZX v1.0.0
Progressive EZX v1.0.0
Reggae EZX v1.0.2
Rock Solid EZX v1.5.3
Rock! EZX v1.5.3
Seventies Rock EZX v1.0.0
Singer-Songwriter EZX v1.0.0
Southern Soul EZX v1.0.0
The Blues EZX v1.5.0 (does not work in EZD3)
The Classic EZX v1.5.1
Traditional Country EZX v1.0.1
Twisted Kit EZX v1.5.1
UK Pop EZX v1.0.0
Vintage Rock EZX v1.5.3
Toontrack – Drums MIDI Pack [MIDI]