Steven Slate Drums 4.0 EX (boxed)

Drum Sample Library and Plug-in with 25 Modern, Vintage, and Urban Kits - Mac/PC AAX, VST, RTAS, AU
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Huge Drum Sounds, Not-so-huge Price

Imagine having 25 of the world's best sounding drum kits at your disposal. From punchy tight rock kits, to fat and sizzly vintage kits, and just about everything in between, Steven Slate Drums 4.0 EX takes some of the most essential kits straight from the Platinum collection, and offers them to you at an extremely low price.

Steven Slate Drums 4.0 EX at a Glance:
  • Powerful, intuitive drum sampler offers flexibility and ease of use
  • New Deluxe series kits in Rock, Metal, Vintage, Indie, and Funk styles
  • "Mix Ready" kits including the famous "Old Zep" kit
  • Brand new cymbal pack
  • New Urban/Dance/House/Electro kit

At the heart of Steven Slate Drums 4.0 is the SSD Player, a state of the art Mac/PC (AAX, VST, RTAS, AU) Drum Sampler built from the ground up by the award winning development team behind our TRIGGER drum replacement processor. The SSD Player is extremely easy and intuitive to use. Loading kits, customizing kits, mixing kits, loading and auditioning MIDI grooves, customizing MIDI maps, and routing discretely to your workstation are all a breeze with the SSD Player. It even lets you load your own drum samples to mix in with the Slate drum kits.

New in 4.0 are the DELUXE series kits, which were recorded with extreme precision, resulting in a remarkably natural playability. In SSD4 EX, you'll find Rock, Metal, Vintage, Indie, and Funk Deluxe drum kits.

SSD4 EX also brings back the classic Slate "Mix Ready" kits, but all reprogrammed for better sound, response, and realism. Included in these classic kits is the famous "Old Zep" kit, a drum kit recorded in a stone castle that models the classic Led Zeppelin sound.

SSD4 brings a brand new cymbal pack from Soultone Cymbals. These custom Turkish cymbals are some of the best sounding in the world! From the dark VINTAGE series to the bright and shimmery EXTREME series, these cymbals give the drum kits the ultimate brass accompaniment!

SSD4 EX also has one new Dance genre kit designed by producer Griffin Boice. This kit was processed with boutique analog gear to provide the fat radio ready sound you'll want for your dance mixes!

Steven Slate Drums 4.0 EX at a Glance:
  • 25 preset drum kits
  • New SSD Player (Mac/PC AAX/VST/RTAS/AU)
  • New Deluxe Series Kits
  • Includes SSD "Mix Ready" Classic Kits and Old Zep kit
  • New Soultone Cymbals
  • New Dance Kit

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Tech Specs

Software Type Drum
Platform Mac, PC
Upgrade/Full Full
Download/Boxed Boxed
Hardware Requirements - Mac 2.2 GHz Intel Dual Core Processor, 4GB RAM
Hardware Requirements - PC 2.2 Intel Dual Core/AMD Processor, 4GB RAM
OS Requirements - Mac OS X 10.6
OS Requirements - PC Windows 7
Manufacturer Part Number SSD4.0EX

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The Everyman's Drum Software

I'm a convert from Superior Drummer and though Superior offers a million samples per drum with full tails on them, you really need to know how to mix drums to make it work in a mix (IE adding effects and filters to each tack and then EQing). With SSD4, everything is pre mixed and sits perfectly in any mix with one or two volume tweaks for your main group volumes such as toms, cymbals, kick and snare. With layering different kicks and snares you can also achieve almost any sound you can think of with the software, and thanks to it's small install footprint you'll have plenty of HD space left to actually record.The only (very) minor negatives I can think of are that as of right now, the midi groove library is still a little on the small side, cymbal chokes need a little work and they could have a slightly larger selection of cymbals.All and all; the price is fantastic, the samples sit perfectly in a mix, the interface is really user friendly and you'll be hard pressed to find a music type that this software will not work with.
Music background: Hobbiest/Composer

Great Instrument

The Steven Slate samples are great, definitely some of the best sounding drums samples out there. I gave it a 4 because the sampler isn't the most intuitive interface I've ever used. Overall tho, once you use it for a while you get used to it. But in reality it about the sounds you can get and they are outstanding!
Music background: Recording Engineer, Live Sound Engineer and Student
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