EZdrummer is a software-based drum sampler which offers a library of 7,500 MIDI tracks. You can build your own tracks using these files, then jam over them on an instrument of your choosing. Before all the fun of mixing down the drums starts, you have to install and launch EZdrummer. The installation process is straightforward, and you will be rocking along to your drum beats in no time.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Things you need
- VST host program
Ensure that your system meets the minimum installation requirements. You will need 1.5 GB of hard drive space, 512 MB of RAM and a Pentium III or Athlon 1.8 GHz processor. Your screen must support at least an 800 by 600 resolution. You will also need a software sequencer or virtual instrument host (see Resources).
Insert the EZdrummer DVD into your computer and open the DVD folder. Double-click on the "Install" folder and locate the files named "EZdrummer Installer" and "EZX Cocktail Installer." Run these files and follow the on-screen instructions. The installer will automatically configure the correct settings for your host program. Double-check the settings to ensure that they are compatible.
Open your VST host program and load the EZdrummer plugin. On first launch, EZdrummer will present you with an authorisation screen.
Register EZdrummer on the Toontrack website (see Resources). Enter your e-mail into the website. Copy the "Computer ID" number from the EZdrummer VST plugin's authorisation screen into the website's "Computer ID" field, then copy the serial number from the DVD case into the "Serial Number" field. Toontrack will send an authorisation code to your e-mail.
Open the email labelled "Authorization Code" in your e-mail inbox. Copy the code into the field at the bottom of the EZdrummer authorisation page. Click on the "Authorize" button to the right of the field. You will see a confirmation message, and EZdrummer will launch. Now you can get down to the fun part.
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