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How do I install Superior Drummer 3 from a Download?

Installation instructions are found in the Superior Drummer 3 online manual. For your convenience those same instructions have been copied here.

The manual can be found here: https://www.toontrack.com/manual/superior-drummer-3/

 


The following is a step by step guide for using the Toontrack product manager to download, install, authorize, and update both Superior Drummer 3 and its Sound/MIDI library.

 

1. Downloading The Product Manager

If you are already a Toontrack user and you have previously installed The Toontrack Product Manager you can skip this step.

  • Open this link in a web browser and click the Mac / PC button to download the Toontrack Product Manager. https://www.toontrack.com/product-manager/
  • Once the Toontrack Product Manager has been downloaded run the installer for the Product Manager on your Mac or PC.
  • Launch the Toontrack Product Manager application on your computer. Upon the first launch you will be prompted to login to your toontrack.com account, or create an account if you do not already have one.
  • Once you have logged into your toontrack.com account via the Toontrack Product Manager, all of your registered products will appear. If Superior Drummer 3 does not appear it simply means that you need to register your purchased serial number (aka license) to your Toontrack account via the Product Manager. This is done by clicking the blue Register New Product button, and then entering the serial number.

The Toontrack Product Manager is a stand alone application that acts as a portal and download manager for your toontrack.com account. It allows you to access, download, install, authorize, and update all in one convenient location. Shown below is a video that explains how to use the Toontrack Product Manager.

 

2. Downloading and Installing the Superior Drummer 3 Software.

  • Locate Superior Drummer 3 in the Product Manager, and click the red Download Product button. This is the software portion of the installation.

  • Once the download of the file is complete, Click the Install Product button and the Product Manager will launch the Superior Drummer 3 installer. Please run through all pages of the installer until completed.
    • The only reason to customize this installer would be if you want to install the VST plugin version of SD3 to a specific location on your computer for DAW compatibility (PC). 
  • Once installed the Product Manager will prompt you to Authorize the Superior Drummer 3 software. Simply click the red Authorize button in the Product Manager.
  • Finally, if there are updates available the Product Manager will prompt you to download the available updates, and once downloaded, install them.

Once the software is installed the next step will be to install the sound library, it’s updates, and the Core MIDI library.

 

3. Downloading and Installing the Superior Drummer 3 Sound Library.

The Sound Library is divided into 5 parts. Not all parts need to be installed, but all installations must be completed in the order that they appear (i.e. You can choose to install downloads 1, Bleed, 2, 3, but NOT 1,3,5). The only exception to this rule is the Additional Bleed download, which can be installed at any time after Download 1.

  • Download 1: “Basic Sound Library” (All instruments, all tools and all articulations in close mics, OH Dyn and Amb Ribbon. Bleed in Snare Bottom (Kick and toms) , Approx. estimate 40gb)
  • Download 2: “Room Mics 1” (The rest of the Room mics: OH Cond, Amb Near, Amb Mid).
  • Download 3: “Room Mics 2 – Surround (5 ch)” (extra mics to achieve 5.0 surround, Front L/R, Center and Surround L/R)
  • Download 4: “Room Mics 3 – Height Surround (6 ch)” (extra mics to achieve 11.0 surround, Front Height, Rear Height and Rear Height Wide )
  • Additional Bleed: “Additional Bleed” (The rest of the bleed in the close mics). This installation can be preformed at any time after Download 1. This allows you to install the Basic Sound Library with all Bleed and skip all other installers if desired.

 

Install the Superior Drummer 3 Library Part 1 – Basic Sound Library
  • Locate the Superior Drummer 3 Library Part 1 – Basic Sound Library option in the Toontrack Product Manager.

  • Click the red Download Product button.
  • Clicking this button will download the SD3 Library Part 1 – Basic Sound Library (approximately 40 GB). This installation is necessary no matter how many subsequent installations you plan on completing.
  • Click the Install product button in the Product Manager once the download is complete, and run the installer to completion.
    • The Sound Library can be installed to an external hard drive by customizing the installer. This is done by clicking the Browse button in the Library Part 1 installer.

  • The Basic Sound Library listing in the Product Manager will also contain 2 updates. Both updates MUST be completed. The Product Manager will automatically prompt you to download these updates with a Red Download Updates button. The updates include:
    • The Sound Library update.
    • The SD3 Core MIDI Pack.

 

Install the Superior Drummer 3 Library Part 2 – Room Mics
  • Locate the Superior Drummer 3 Library Part 2 – Room Mics option in the Toontrack Product Manager. 

 

  • Click the Download Product Button.
  • Clicking this button will download the SD3 Library Part 2 – Room Mics (approximately 46 GB). 
  • Click the Install Product button in the Toontrack Product Manager once the download has finished, and run the installer to completion.
    • It is not possible to install different portions of the library to different locations on your computer, therefore you will not be able to customize this installation or any subsequent SD3 Core Library installation.

 

Install the Superior Drummer 3 Library Part 3 – Surround Setup
  • Locate the Superior Drummer 3 Library Part 3 – Surround Setup option in the Toontrack Product Manager. 

 

  • Click the Download Product Button.
  • Clicking this button will download the SD3 Library Part 3 – Surround Setup (approximately 42 GB). 
  • Click the Install Product button in the Toontrack Product Manager once the download has finished, and run the installer to completion.
    • It is not possible to install different portions of the library to different locations on your computer, therefore you will not be able to customize this installation or any subsequent SD3 Core Library installation.

 

Install the Superior Drummer 3 Library Part 4 – Height Surround
  • Locate the Superior Drummer 3 Library Part 4 – Height Surround option in the Toontrack Product Manager. 

 

  • Click the Download Product Button.
  • Clicking this button will download the SD3 Library Part 4 – Height Surround (approximately 52 GB). 
  • Click the Install Product button in the Toontrack Product Manager once the download has finished, and run the installer to completion.
    • It is not possible to install different portions of the library to different locations on your computer, therefore you will not be able to customize this installation or any subsequent SD3 Core Library installation.

 

Install the Superior Drummer 3 Library – Additional Bleed
  • As previously noted the Additional Bleed is an optional installation can be preformed at any time after the Basic Sound Library Part 1. This installation provides the remainder of the bleed for every single microphone channel.
  • Locate the Superior Drummer 3 Library – Additional Bleed option in the Toontrack Product Manager. 

 

  • Click the Download Product Button.
  • Clicking this button will download the SD3 Library – Additional Bleed (approximately 54 GB). 
  • Click the Install Product button in the Product Manager once the download has finished, and run the installer to completion.
    • It is not possible to install different portions of the library to different locations on your computer, therefore you will not be able to customize this installation or any subsequent SD3 Core Library installation.

Your installation will now be complete.

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