First off, I am a Drummer in Real Life, and a Session Drummer 2-3 user that sticks with GM files. After years of using all the big & small drum sampler programs that are out there, this just fits my work flow better.
I always recommend the Smart Loops Vol.1 Midi pack to folks mainly because they are great feeling meat & potatoes 4/4 tracks that just work. I also own all of their Midi collections & Sample Sets for SD2-3 and recommend them to everyone looking for solid, drop-in-a-mix sounds.
I have all the Groove Monkey stuff, but have to say some of it is a little flaky at times, with dropped HH & Kick notes. Since it is Midi, and I always go thru and tweak when mixing, it is not a real problem.
Odd Grooves hands down for more "prog-intricate" stuff. I also dig the West Coast feels.
And tho OG has some jazz Midi files, NONE come close to a Real Jazz feel as the Platinum Samples
Real Jazz Midi Groove Pack
. The demos & files I heard at a friends have me saving up for that collection. It & the Real Latin collection should round out my setup very well....
(I also own all 6 of their kits for SD3
, and they are outstanding!)
Keyfax was so-so when I tried them out years ago....I need to see if they have anything new...
Never hear the Slam Tracks, Gen16 Grooves, The Loop Loft stuff, but will give them a listen-to in the future.
Thanks for the heads up!
It has occurred to me that there are fewer years ahead than there are behind....