**Goodness! - long time since I posted here.
Hoping Chris Whitten will chime in here.
Due to a recent connection, I now own Superior Drummer and the Music City expansion pack. I've owned EZ Drummer and a couple of upgrade packs (Nashville and Twisted) for some time now and have used that solution a small amount so I have a basic understanding and experience of using Toontrack products.
However I've been triggering with my Roland SPD-S or a keyboard so I haven't been able to take advantage of the more organic ways of cutting tracks using Toontrack and a DAW.
The original demo that hooked me to buy EZ Drummer was Nir Z playing a Roland V-Drum kit trigger. Not sure which model.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=roLX4ZW2Ldk
The question I have is what is the most reasonable, usable, cost effective e-drum solution that will work seamlessly with SD 2.X.
FWIW, I just can't see getting a TD-20 or TD-30 because of the price tag, making it a long time for a ROI on the purchase. I also would not be using the sounds at all. This is mainly a recording solution.
So the question is: What can I get away with that would take advantage of all of SD 2.X's features that won't kill me?
Again, I won't be using any of the Roland brain sounds (audio) in this solution. Just triggering the VI drums.
I've poked around and lurked here and there on other forums and what seems to come up as necessary for getting the most out of the software is position sensing technology, pad and brain, and the way the hi hat controller responds and is mapped.
So this includes the choice of TD brain (Yamaha?) and what controllers are used, especially the hi hat. Also wanting to make sure to watch out for any latency issues.
The following assumes buying used in the L.A. area or on eBay.
My plan would be to buy the lowest priced brain solution that made sense then getting the right Pad/Cymbal/Hi hat triggers to match up with that to trigger Superior Drummer.
So I'm all ears especially from Chris since he's been intimately involved with the Toontrack products. That doesn't mean I don't want to hear from anyone else. If you have experience in this area and did NOT have to go the TD-20/30 route, I'd love to hear.