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Previously powered by NI's Kontakt engine, Steven Slate Drums got its own bespoke player as of version 4, making an already-good drum sampler even better.
This gives you all the options you would expect: you can load preset kits, build your own, mix them, assign hits to discrete outputs, customise MIDI maps, load MIDI grooves and even load your own samples.
The mark of a great drum instrument is that it is flexible enough to fit many styles of music, simple enough to work with quickly, yet comprehensive enough that you can dive in deep and create your own sound. SSD4 fulfils all these criteria; after launching it for the first time we were programming a drum track within five minutes, having already built our own custom kit, assigned outputs and fiddled with the pitch of a few sounds.
SSD4, then, is a winner. Kits load fast, editing is very straightforward and the library sounds fantastic.45 Stars