Hi! DR-008 is similar to Battery. It has some different options available, but one does not need to use the full editing power it offers. I do not like to spend alot of time setting that stuff up, but love having it there when I do get time to spend time with it.
DR-008 is actually both drum sampler and drum synth. Use either, or blend. Very cool. Also, u can load grooves, and trigger em.
There are a ton of sounds to download after one buys it, plus it can import lm-4, battery (woohoo!), and a few others. With so much available, I went through a bunch of the sounds, set those I really liked aside, and load one of them (or merge a couple sets), write, and then if I decide I want to play with 'em to get a slightly different sound, the ability to do so is at least there.
It is a "buy and download" product, so no waiting for shipping (although there is about a 24 hour process period, sometimes less, ymmv). Sorry to go on, it is just that with the low price (compared to ANY decent drum synth/sampler out there), and the depth available if the user wants (as deep or deeper than battery, ONLY if u want tho!), for $149??? Sorry- awesome deal to me. And no- I dont work for, know personally, or have any reason to go on except that I just really like it
Same goes for DFH. I was so blown away. So many very cool tools available these days. Nikki
Oh- btw- amplitube; I ran a Cubase SX session, was doing a track count test. Had 120 tracks playing back, but with no plug-ins. Plugs=CPU, tracks=disk, soft samplers=ram. I added in 17 instances of Amplitube. Adding #18 finally brought my systems to its knees. To me, that is a "medium overhead plug." In case anyone was wondering..