Steven Slate Drums 4.0 Platinum (Download) Reviews3.9/5.0 based on 7 customer reviews
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Krug Park Music
from Southern Left Coast
October 24, 2012
Steven Slate Drums 4.0 PlatinumBest drum samples and program I've used. Very smart program and easy to use. Even has grooves in all styles. Very adaptable and editable. I already had the Slate FG-X Mastering Compressor and the MIx and Channel bus plug ins. Great company
from Hatboro, PA
May 25, 2012Music Background:
Studio Owner, Engineer, Producer
BEST drum sampler everI have A well equipped studio with A house kit etc. etc. But often need A drum program. No one wants to play to A click track when I can use BFD. Or something. Only problem is I never got along well with other sampler interfaces. 'Till now.
I got Slate Trigger A while back and was able to use it in like minutes. THAT I LIKE! That's the reason I bought it. Trigger was so easy and sounds fantastic.
Same deal here. EASY to use! I wish everyone else thought the way these guys do. Then they slap in some of the best samples ever. It sounds like I spent all day miking A kit!
Thanks guys for making something that is 1 EASY to use. And 2 fantastic sounding. What more could ya want.
3RD LEVEL BEATS
May 24, 2012
Realistic soundsCovers alot of genres with great sound detail. Very easy to use, you'll be making music in no time.
from United States
January 18, 2013Music Background:
Recording Engineer, Musician, Generally nice guy
Great SoundSolid VST. Very useful. Sounds are pristine. Usage is simple. Nice product. Buy it!
from Oklahoma City, OK
January 15, 2013Music Background:
Audio Engineer in training, Musician 20+ years
Probably the Best Overall compared to BFD2, AD, SD, etc.I am using a hybrid roland/alesis drum set (4 roland toms, 2 rides, 1 hi-hat, 1 crash, 1 kick, 1 snare) with alesis trigger i/o via USB/MIDI. Using Virtual Drum Software in PT HD as instrument tracks. I've tried BFD2, Superior Drummer 2, EZ Drummer, Addictive Drums and lastly Steve Slate Platinum Drums v4.0 so I've been around full circle. I was going to stick with SD, however I just was not satisfied with the options that were available such as the amount of toms or rides for example. Also MIDI Mapping with SD is kind of a pain and I can't quite get it down (however MIDI mapping in BFD2 and AD is very simple). Still I stuck to my guns and went with SD. Then I discovered Steven Slate Platinum Drums bought it and have just now installed it. First off, the MIDI Mapping is extremely easy to do with an Alesis Trigger I/O the simplest I have found so far. In addition, the mixer allows for more control over more features unlike some other drum software. I do wish it had reverb however you can get around that fairly easily.
THEN IT HIT ME. I realized how easy and fun it was to add different types of toms, rides, hi-hat's you name it. Unlike ANY drum software I've seen or used today. You have Carte Blanche as far as what exact sound you want - in fact there are so many its too much but that's okay. The hardest part in dealing with this software is to not OVERDO IT.
Does SSD sound better/worse/same as SD? You know its hard to tell and if depends on the song you're recording for one thing. I know I will still use SD occasionally. However given all the components in these programs, I would hedge my bets of SSD. 1) Simpliciity of MIDI Mapping 2) Realistic Sounds 3) Nice Mixer 4) Easily change sample of drum whether it be toms, or kick, etc. All in all if you have been waiting to see what to get I'd recommend SSD platinum all the way. (BTW - you get about 10 GIG with this software. BFD2 and SD are VASTLY BIGGER yet I have found no advantage). The hardest part now for me is dealing with my Alesis cymbals so if you go e-drum all the way get GOOD cymbals and pads.
May 10, 2013
First session not too goodNot very happy with the sampler/player software... For me XLN Drums GUI makes Slate feel below par. Also noticed that the volumes on all of the kits is rather low when compared to other drum software, had to use gain boosts for a stereo mix with Slate drums SSD4 to get enough overall volume. I have not tried the single channel routing yet. The samples also seem tricky to fit into the mix, again XLN simply drops right in and with a few simple tweaks the drums are sitting just right with the mix.
The grooves are horrible that come stock, you will definitely need to purchase other groove templates and songs as well. I love all of my other Slate plug-ins, I have them all, but the SSD4 is not for me, I was very disappointed with the whole experience...
from Los Angeles
May 6, 2012Music Background:
great sounds but sucks up all your memoryI was really looking forward to using these in my production and the sounds are great. But it hogs up so much memory that it makes it virtually impossible to use the plugin even with a fully loaded mac pro. So until the issue is resolved, I'd hold off on buying these. Certainly gathering virtual dust on my end.