I don't record real drums (yet) and rely on samples for my demo/pre-pro needs. For the last several years, starting out with budget restrictions, I have been using "Beatcraft" by Acoustica. I'm not sure how I stumbled upon it but it was only $40 for the full version. I've gotten quite a few samples from this forum and am able to achieve some fairly decent and realistic sounding drum tracks. I've gotten pretty good at using the program itself but I'm really not a fan of one huge aspect: it's a standalone application. I have to export each track into my DAW and load them up that way. This is very limiting as I can't change things on the fly like fills, tempos, parts, arrangements and most importantly the actual samples. I feel like some of the benefits of using samples and programming drums in general is lost due to this process. I know there are many products available now that are used within the DAW (I'm using Reaper currently) allowing more control and options. I'm assuming the only way this is possible is MIDI? I'm curious to know everyone's favorites and why, and also maybe the ones to stay away from. I'd like to be able to, if possible, program chokes, flams, cymbal crescendos...all that nuance type stuff. Also, I'm sure it's a no brainer but I don't want to be limited to included samples, I'd like to be able to use outside samples as well. I've heard good things about the ToonTrack stuff but am open to suggestions. Thanks!