#1
Here is my setup right now:

Mbox 2
Pro Tools LE that came with it
The computer is an iMac, 4 GB Ram, 3.06 processor, not sure about the rest.

Now comes the questions:
- I'm using Steven Slate for drums, and I use one of the pre-sets that shows up when I load it in Pro Tools (Cracky Metal). Now I was wondering what can I do to improve the cymbals, because the way they come doesn't exactly sound great. For example, how can I replace a cymbal with another within that drum kit?

- Also, I was wondering what is a good amp simulator for rock and metal (metal predominantly). I see a bunch of free VSTs in this forum, but all are for Windows, so I guess I'll have to buy one.
For now, I have been plugging my guitar to the Mbox and also my Boss ME-70, so I use the distortion from that, I would think that amp simulators would sound better than that, right?

- And last, are there good VSTs for bass sounds? I've been using the sounds from this plug in called Xpand 2 on Pro Tools, was wondering if there is anything better.

I know it's a lot of questions, but I'd appreciate any help.
Last edited by Vitor_vdp at Mar 24, 2011,
#2
First of all, I thought Pro Tools didn't run VST's? (LE and M-Powered are RTAS-only, right?) so there's no point in you looking for free VST's... you're in the same boat as me and the Logic users here in looking for a format rarely done free (though in our case, AU).

Anyway, my advice would be to ditch LE... compared to 'real' Pro Tools, and other reputable DAWs, it is a joke and no match even for 'cheapware'. Try Reaper if you don't wanna go busting a nut on a new DAW, although as a Mac user I think Logic Studio is the most complete package available on Mac in one bundle, as far as great software and bundled instruments/plug-ins and extras.

As for the cymbal thing... I don't use drum programs so can't really help - I prefer to program my drums for demos in Logic's piano roll, using MIDI to control my own collection of samples... advantages are I can make my own kit for each track (I could have tons of kicks in one 'kit' for example). Could give that a try if you like?
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#4
Quote by DisarmGoliath
First of all, I thought Pro Tools didn't run VST's? (LE and M-Powered are RTAS-only, right?) so there's no point in you looking for free VST's... you're in the same boat as me and the Logic users here in looking for a format rarely done free (though in our case, AU).


You could use a VST to RTAS wrapper.
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