Toontrack Superior Drummer 2.0 is my go-to drum instrument, and The Metal Foundry SDX expansion pack is where I build most of my kit templates. Most of the music I work on requires a wide dynamic range, and with nearly 40 GB worth of content, I can find exactly the sound I need, whether it's a delicate splash cymbal or a snare drum that sounds like a .357 being fired right by your ear.
Still the best for metal
I've heard some complaints about the kick drum sounds, but if you slap a compressor and eq on the composite kick track, you can get as much snap and thud as you could ever use. The snare sounds cut amazingly well, and the rest of the tones are also very well balanced. All the tools needed to make monstrous sounding drums are included, and you've got the tools to massage them however you'd need, from trashy grungy sounds up through super-technical prog-metal.
The included kit designs cover a tremendous range, and with the exception of mapping to your DAW, they truly are plug-and-play.
The included grooves are INTENSE! I never was a blast-beat type of player, but there's plenty of that in here, along with some great early Portnoy-esque off-beat work that still carries a very tight groove.
Overall, awesome sounds, awesome grooves, and as the title says, still the best out there.
Metal Foundry SDX
Great Tool in my arsenal. easy to use. great selection of beats
My only complaint which has nothing to do with the software itself is that it don't come on a disk only downloadable. If your only choice is satellite (Hughsnet) you know what i'am talking about.
But all in all its a great piece of software.
This SDX is vital to my project studio, it's also vital to my sound and creative process. I could not achieve the sound in my head with any other drum software. I believe these drums capable of exceeding the demands of any genre.
I've only given it a 4.5 because I haven't been able to utilize the Ex Pak fully. Nothing because of the software though. All in all, the samples are amazing, the grooves are solid.. If you want to expand your SD with some metal sounding drums, GET THIS EX PAK!!! As soon as I get my e drums, laptop and audio interface to work well, I will be recording and running this to it's full potential and I will update my rating accordingly.