This is among my favorite Addictive kits, and I have them all. I won't make comparisons to other drum VIs, because I don't use them much, but if there's a fair knock on XLN, it's that there could be a greater variety of quality snares; for me, the kits are cohesive yet flexible, and Black Velvet is the prime example. This kit excels at producing big, warm, and smooth sounds, with a rich sustain, but can be tweaked to suit the rawest indie rock, downtempo funk or reggae. It's a great kit for contemporary country and R&B, as well, but lacks the more potent sidesticks you'll find in Addictive's newest kit. The presets do a great job of displaying this kit's amazing range. In summary, If I'd just dipped my toe in Addictive, this'd be the first Pak I'd add, though the Fairfax kits run a close second.