I’m sure many would be interested in any and all thoughts and hard won experience on this topic. Thanks to an exchange I found between Goran and John M posted last spring I found some inspiration and lots of questions. With the wealth of resource and stock material there are still needs to tweak and create beats.
I loaded demo EZD2 on my MAC - wonderfully intuitive to build with where BB stock beats and others don’t work - but as others have found it does not export some things (like articulated hi hat or any hi hat at all) due to mis-matches with BB version of the MIDI map, etc. So it appears if I go that route to build my own I would need yet another step to align/fix EZD2 output before planting the result in BB to create an .sng. Or maybe pay for SD which I think would allow me to create a custom map while retaining the ease of use of EZD2?
In my case I will never use the layers of art buried in either product - I’m interested in playing not sitting patiently and building a piano roll point-and-click stilted version of a beat track but we are addicted to our BB after playing gigs weekly for almost 2 years with it - in fact we have a 2nd as a backup so I sleep well at night…just in case
As a post-script I just loaded a simple EZD2 export (HiHat, kick and snare) into the Beat Builder someone developed as a quick MIDI app for BB but nothing even showed up although it plays in BB Mgr!