I just got into EZdrummer and I find it to be very decent sounding, for the price. I recommend the "Nashville," cuz in addition to room and overhead miking it has a compression feature. I do some crazy stuff for "realistic" drums. First of all, I write all my drum parts separately, no looping. To do this, I have used "complete score" transcription books where the drum parts are notated so I can mimic a drummer. Fortunately, a couple of my favorite bands have these. These are especially great for creating realistic rolls, 'cuz I can just "copy" them into my track, meaning I transcribe them from the book into the project. I use Sonar 6, which a pretty simple MIDI staff tool. I also have dabbled with Band In A Box, and created my own styles with rolls, importing that track into a project. And yes, this is very time consuming... "Thinking like a drummer..." Great line and very true. For me, this means varying the velocity of the notes played (particularly the high-hat and snare) and making sure there are no "three hand" parts going, like the high hat clicking while a roll thru the toms occurs.