Steven Slate Drums Trigger 2 EX Drum Replacement Plug-in

Drum-replacement and Triggering Plug-in with Steven Slate Drums EX Samples - Mac/PC AAX, RTAS, VST, AU
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Steven Slate Drums Trigger 2 EX Drum Replacement Plug-in
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Top-tier Drum Replacement Tech!

Steven Slate Drums Trigger 2 EX streamlines the plug-in that producers Chris Lord-Alge, Mike Shipley, and Dave Way swear by. With one instance of this nearly universal plug-in on your drum track, you can trigger up to eight stereo samples at once — all with freakishly accurate phase alignment. This means tougher toms, beefier kick drums, and more penetrating snares, all without affecting the balance of your kit mics. Trigger 2 EX's unique Leakage Suppression function ensures absolutely precise sample triggering, easily separating ghost notes from mic bleed. And with a dedicated host, Steven Slate Drums Trigger 2 EX doubles as a totally responsive live drum module for your electronic drum kit.

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Multisample triggering provides detailed, customizable sound

Steven Slate Drums Trigger 2 EX's multilayered engine lets you get the most out of one instance of the plug-in by triggering up to eight stereo samples simultaneously. That means you can trigger a close-miked sample, a stereo room sample, and a stereo overhead sample — all right from the same drum track to get the perfect blend of direct and ambient sound. And each sample layer lets you customize velocity, dynamic control, independent levels, sustain, and more. Trigger 2 EX even features positional sensing, a visual hit detector, and 127 different articulations per sample layer, providing you with great-sounding, tight, sample-accurate drum tracks.

Precision studio drum replacement and live sample triggering

Armed with two detection modes, three latency modes, MIDI control capability, and a brilliant Leakage Suppression mode, Trigger 2 EX is more than capable of handling both studio drum-replacement work and live sample triggering alike. In its highly accurate higher latency setups, Trigger 2 EX provides you with phase-accurate drum triggering free of unwanted mistriggers, flamming, or phasing. And with latency as low as 4ms, Live Mode lets you tap into Trigger 2 EX's amazing sound library for real-time performances.

Packed with premium drum sounds from Stephen Slate's standard instrument library

The EX instrument library included with Steven Slate Drums Trigger 2 EX totally raises the bar for "basic" drum sample libraries. This sample library includes 10 snare drums, nine kick drums, and three sets of toms, all of which include hundreds of individual 24-bit samples to provide you with realistic expression and dynamic range. Highlights of the Trigger 2 EX instrument library include the deluxe Old Zep kick and snare as well as the ToneDef kick. And thanks to the Trigger lossless sample compression, you get all of this, without giving up precious disk space.

Steven Slate Drums Trigger 2 EX Drum-replacement/Triggering Plug-in Features:

  • The premier multi-platform drum-replacement software trusted by producers Chris Lord-Alge, Mike Shipley, and Dave Way
  • Phase-accurate drum replacement ensures full and consistent sample triggering
  • Each instance can trigger 8 stereo samples with up to 127 different articulations and velocity layers and up to 127 alternation hits per velocity layer
  • Multi-mode functionality and various latency settings provide options for both studio and live applications
  • Leakage Suppression blocks out false triggers while allowing the accurate expression of ghost notes
  • AMG humanization algorithm lets you dial in unbelievable realism
  • All drum samples tracked to 2" tape, using first-class gear at NRG RECORDING in North Hollywood, California
  • Compatible with both 32-bit and 64-bit AAX, VST, AU, or RTAS plug-in hosts on Mac or Windows PCs
  • iLok required for authorization (not included)
  • Includes Samples from Steven Slate Drums EX

Steven Slate Drums EX Samples Features:

  • 10 snares (includes Old Zep Deluxe snare)
  • Old Zep snare includes adjustable overheads and 12 alternation hits per velocity
  • 9 kick drums (including 2 Deluxe kick drums)
  • 3 sets of toms

Additional Media

Virtual Instrument Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Software Type Drum Replacer
Platform Mac, PC
Upgrade/Full Full
Download/Boxed Download
iLok Required Yes
Hardware Requirements - Mac 1.7 GHz Multi-core Intel CPU, 2GB RAM, 2.4GB Disc Space
Hardware Requirements - PC 1.7 GHz Intel/AMD CPU SSE2, 2GB RAM, 2.4GB Disc Space
OS Requirements - Mac OS X 10.6
OS Requirements - PC Windows 7
Manufacturer Part Number TRIGGER 2 EX DL

Customer Reviews

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Steven Slate Drums Trigger 2 EX Drum Plug-in

The program works great and I'm very happy with it.
Music background: Guitarist; bassist and sound engineer in training

Why did I not get this sooner?

I've been learning how to record and track stuff at home for a while and I always thought that you had to have MIDI to replace drums. I was blown away to find this. It is easy to use and you have a rediculous number of choices of drums to choose from. Totally worth it!
Music background: Guitarist and In Home recording hobbyist


The sound quality of these drum samples is much better than all other drum programs I've tried. The replacement works perfectly. I use one of the excellent snare's mixed in with my real one.I liked it so much I bought the SSD too also incredible.
Music background: Pro musician, sound engineer, Piano Teacher, song writer.

Great sounds if you don't have a drummer!!!!

Sounds better than the stock midi drums on Pro Tools 11. I am not good at drumming so it is important for a guy of my drumming abilities to have a good sounding replacement. This version doesn't have rides, crashes, or high hats...that is its only downfall!
See also: Drum Software, Steven Slate Drums, Steven Slate Drums Virtual Instruments: Drum & Rhythm