Thanks, CJ (ha!)
Good points, I should have been more assertive, I think. But what about when it's not just the sound of the drums or how they're recorded, but the performance, or rhythms uncharacteristic for the song? I've had so much push-back in the past, that's the composer/producer in me coming out.
There were issues in all areas here, and exactly, no matter what Comp/EQ tech I tried it wouldn't work, but I thought I could still do it. I couldn't get out of my own head, I guess.
Trigger is really great, I don't have it yet. I've been using SSD, both the samples and the plugin. SPL worked so easily though. I've switched from ProTools to Studio One, which has great tools for instrument replacement/additions but SPL was much better here.