Toontrack Superior Drummer 2.0 (boxed)

Drum Sample Engine with New MIDI Engine, Functions Stand Alone, Built-in Effects, Works with all Superior and EZ Drummer Libraries - Mac/PC VST, AU, AAX, RTAS
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Like Having a Session Drummer in Your DAW

Toontrack Superior Drummer 2 drum software gives you incredible drum control while maintaining an intuitive interface that's reminiscent of EZdrummer. They've completely overhauled the dfh-Superior engine so it's optimized for use with electronic drum kits. There is also even more effective use of sample layers and much faster loading times than before. Plus, the sounds are top-notch. So good, in fact, that Toontrack updated the Superior Drummer 2 engine expressly to showcase them, instead of just releasing them as an expansion pack. Whether you're stepping up from EZdrummer, or you're craving a professional, and ultra-flexible virtual drummer for your sessions, Sweetwater knows you won't want to miss Toontrack Superior Drummer 2.

Top-notch drum sounds

The Toontrack production team went to work at Avatar Studios originally slating the recordings as an expansion pack for dfh Superior. Yet, after hearing them, they all decided that the sounds were too important and too special to be just another expansion pack — so they went to work creating Superior Drummer 2 so that musicians and engineers the world over could creatively take advantage of them. Superior Drummer 2 has since been dubbed: "The New York Studio Legacy Series."

Enhanced features, intuitive user interface

Toontrack wanted to make sure that Superior Drummer 2 was not only appealing for the most demanding, deep-function-seeking users, but that it also maintained an intuitive user interface to save you creative time and energy. Such new enhancements include an updated MIDI engine and arranger, as well as "X-pads" that let you load instruments from any Toontrack library to add positions or to double instruments on the position of your choice. Improved loading times, more effective use of sample layers, and seamless use with electronic drums are all enhanced features — plus, you'll enjoy the ability to read and combine all Superior and EZdrummer sound libraries.

Built-in Effects

Not only does Superior Drummer 2 give you top-notch sounds, you also have an all-new internal mixer that boasts bussing capabilities, as well as built-in effects made by premium UK software developer, Sonalksis. Such effects include a 5-band EQ, highpass, lowpass, gate, compressor, and transient filters. With Superior Drummer 2, you have all the tools you need to create incredible, fully-realized drum tracks.

Toontrack Superior Drummer 2 Drum Software Features:

  • Recorded at Avatar Studios
  • Drums played by renowned live/session drummer, Nir Z
  • Custom MIDI engine makes it easier to craft lifelike drum performances
  • Functions standalone with Toontrack Solo
  • Optimized for use with e-drums, adding tons of sounds to your existing electronic kit
  • Effective use of sample layers for dynamic drums
  • Improved loading times

Additional Media

Virtual Instrument Buying Guide
UPdates & UPgrades
Updates and Upgrades
New in Stock at Sweetwater
Updates and Upgrades
End-of-year Specials from Toontrack
Even More Superior
Updates & Upgrades
Classic Drums
Custom and Vintage SDX
UPdates and UPgrades
UPdates & UPgrades
Toontrack Superior Drummer 2.0 Review
Producer Presets for Toontrack!
Toontrack AAX Updates
Toontrack Updates Superior Drummer to v2.4.0
New Releases from Toontrack Music

Tech Specs

Software Type Drum collection and sample engine
Platform Mac, PC
Upgrade/Full Full
Download/Boxed Boxed
Bit Depth 32-bit, 64-bit
Format AAX, VST, AU, RTAS, Standalone
Hardware Requirements - Mac Intel processor, 2GB RAM minimum, 4GB free hard disk space (25GB for full installation)
Hardware Requirements - PC Pentium 4/Athlon processor or higher, 2GB RAM minimum, 4GB free hard disk space (25GB for full installation)
OS Requirements - Mac OS X 10.6 or later
OS Requirements - PC Windows 7 or later
Manufacturer Part Number TT116

Customer Reviews

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Excellent product!

Toontrack has it going on. The drum sounds are incredible but my favorite thing is how easy and professional the product account software is. It keeps everything within your account so you know what is installed and if an update is needed. So simple and clean. Download, install, update and verify and its all ready to go. It unzips and does everything for you. Thank you Toontrack! I am using this with my recent purchase of the Roland TD50 in a live setting. It blows the TD50 sounds away by the way (Which are not that great) Ghost notes really come through and the dynamic range is what I have been searching for. The toms and snares are explosive and responsive. Very happy.


okay i have a hybrid electronic drum set (roland/alesis) and after carefully testing 1) Addictive Drums 2) BFD2 3) Steve Slate Drums 4) EZ Drummer (toontrack) 5) The drum sets in Logic 6) Finally Toontrack's Superior Drummer. You can make whatever you want for your triggers. You want 3 rides instead of 1? go right ahead and the gain settings allow for the drum/cymbal to sound loud and clear. After you get the hang of mapping the darn thing, then you will for sure love this software. I really thought SSD was the answer but the truth is SD is SO much better you have SO many more options. Listen I've spent tons of money on all these virtual drum software programs, and now I know for SURE SD is the BEST way to go unless you can get an acoustic drum set and know HOW TO MIC IT.

A huge Mic Locker, Deep Editing Features

SD2 in some ways is better than having a real drummer if you know how to program MIDI. Each drum has a set of types of articulations, and the articulations vary dependent on MIDI velocity. There are many more sound editing features you would not be able to get with a real drummer-almost everything has its own ASDR envelope. You can choose different mics and control how much bleed enters each mic (very important if you want a tight kick). The only real con to SD2 is also a positive, there is just so many ways to edit sound, you can lose focus and tweak too much. I can't speak for hip hop, but the kits I have heard for rock, pop, and metal sound awesome to me. TLDR; Great library, a plethora of mixing and sound engineering features, great humanization, but a steep learning curve. I suspect those coming from EZ Drummer may be disappointed because they wont be able to just just jump right in.


Music background: hobbyist and retired

Superior Drummer Crossgrade

I went from EZ Drummer to Superior. My drum sounds and options have gotten much better and I still keep the expansion packs from EZ Drummer! Also the drum mixing is much easier, it's all done in Superior drummer.
Music background: Ccomposer for TV and Film

Sweetwater Advice

Aaron Rom

I rely on Toontrack Superior Drummer 2 for all of my in-the-box work, whether I'm writing demos for my band or programming drums for other people. As a drummer, the ability to shape the sounds, and come up with a kit that "sounds like me" is absolutely crucial. This is simply a must-have product.

Aaron Rom

Sometimes you don't really know the true value of a piece of gear until you are unable to use it. Likewise, you may not also know its true value until you have to use an earlier model. I discovered both of these truths recently with Toontrack's Superior 2.0. I should start this off by saying I'm a drummer. I've been playing for over 25 years, and I discovered what I thought was the value of Superior a few years ago when I was at Full Sail University. Living in an apartment, I could never play my acoustic kit. So, Superior became the next best thing. I learned how to keyboard drum in order to still "play" my drum parts into my DAW software (in this case Logic Pro). The sounds impressed me, and being able to just plug the drum parts in to the rest of the song became a godsend when songwriting. Fast forward three years, Logic 9 and Superior 2.0 later, I had gotten quite used to having these programs at my disposal, and after adjusting to the new features in both, which were quite extensive from where I started with, I was flying on the stuff. I had come up with a pretty solid work flow, and I was anxious to really get cranking on some new music. And then, my computer crashed. Hard. This wasn't a huge deal, or so I thought. I still had Logic 7 and Superior on my older computer, so I was going to be fine until the other one got fixed. Boy was I wrong. I found myself missing the user interface with Superior 2.0. I found myself losing inspiration while waiting for the samples to load. I missed the quality of the samples. Not that Superior's were bad, because they are quite nice, but I truly learned how much I had come to appreciate what Superior 2.0 was able to do for me. Once I got my computer fixed and back in my hands, I was super stoked to get back into some work. And there it was: the ease of use, the depth of the editing features, the improved interface, the mixer with the onboard effects and extensive routing options. I had my sound back! And I haven't really stopped since. Due to its "Superior" engineering, I have come to realize just how important it is to have the right tools for the job. And, this is the absolute right tool.
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