At the heart of Steven Slate Drums 4.0 or SSD4 is the SSD Player, a state of the art Mac/PC (VST, RTAS, AU) drum sampler built from the ground up by Slate Digital's award-winning development team. The... Read More
At the heart of Steven Slate Drums 4.0 or SSD4 is the SSD Player, a state of the art Mac/PC (VST, RTAS, AU) drum sampler built from the ground up by Slate Digital's award-winning development team. 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 easy 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 also find Rock, Metal, Vintage, Indie, and Funk Deluxe drum kits.
SSD4 EX additionally 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.
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I was originally going for another drum program (EZdrummer) when I bought this, and I had only heard a few demos of it on YouTube and the official website. So I was going into it rather blindly, and I'm glad I did so. The raw drums don't sound the best, but when you begin to toy with them and work on layering sounds, there are endless possibilities. And this isn't even the full version! The cymbals are much better than I expected them to be as well. I'm not sure if other products like Superior are better, but from the sound I'm getting from just this program alone, I don't want to try anything else. I eventually plan on (and would recommend) upgrading to the Platinum version in the near future. Go buy it, you won't regret it.
I've been using the SSD4 for like 6 months now and it really sounds awesome! Very user friendly, you can combine different sound, for example, you can combine 2 snares or 2 kicks or whatever! It's also very realistic, it just doesn't sounds like midi! I have DFH too and the SDD4 it's way better! Trust me, it's just awesome!
I bought this since I have Slate Platinum 3.5. I also own Toontrack, BFD, Strike and Addictive Drums. But the new SSD instrument is the most user friendly drum instrument I have ever owned. I also have an Alesis DM10 Electronic drum set. With the new mapping feature, I was able to automatically map my electronic drum kit to the SSD4 instrument literally at the click of a button. NO adjustments necessary!!! The samples are great and the fact that it has 16 outputs, (8 stereo and 8 mono) makes it easy to tweak in my DAW. My only regret is not buying the SSD4 Platinum version. Hopefully, I can upgrade at some point because this kit is great and you can even import midi grooves from your other drum libraries and it will play them correctly as long as you use the correct mapping template that is already provided by SSD.
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