Steven Slate Drums Review
The Manual was short and sweet and right to the point.
I don't know about you guys but i usually skip any kind of read me/manual type of book lit that comes with every product these days from Microsoft word to to our own steven slates (amazing, phat, brilliant) Drum Samples. Not this time, i read every word and steven slate was right on in explaining what the drums samples consisted of and what came with the package. He didn't miss a beat. Right on point as always. I also find manuals (when i do actually look something up) tend to be cluttered with repetition and useless information that isn't of any help. Steven Slate put together a solid read on all things drum replacement with some tips and suggestions on replacing your drums on any given track.
As if the amazing mix ready ready samples aren't enough steven has even offered free upgrades for gogs, sampler maps, and a future cymbal add on. Thats real customer care. You buy once and your family. Waves should take a lead from steven with their waves update (rip-off) plan, FREE UPDATES
Now to the drum samples. I love the fact that this collection doesn't take up up 149 GB's of space like my BFD collection does. I mean i don't really use the 129 or so velocity layers that bfd and other collections supply you with so it really just takes up valuable space on my external HD. I generally just grab a few of the hardest samples and call it a day. This being that i really only blend in and replace drums when bands want that polished radio sounding drums. If i were doing jazz i wouldn't replace the drums anyway. so i don't need all those velocity layers. So thank you to steven once again for breaking it down and giving us only what were gonna use in our mixes. Oh and also saving me hard disc space at the same time (;
My favorite samples so far if i had to pick one kick , snare and tom would be.....
The z1's and the z2's are the ambient zones included in this sample collect that i have been sticking to for the most part.
KICK 6- its got the perfect bass drum sound that i love and adore, and sounds so natural and at the same time really fat and punchy, your not gonna find any muddy low end in any of these kick drums people.
Snare 5- Im obviously a sucker for maple and i just have always loved the sound of that wood its so beautiful sounding!!
ALL THE TOMS- both sets of toms are just set and ready to compliments to the chef, so full and punchy i cant say enough about these guys, i stuck both in a mix just to hear how they sounded and they both just fit in so well with 0 tweaking.
Steven put in months upon months tweaking the samples to perfection for the sole purpose that their mix ready and that only little or no tweaking would be necessarily in your mix
I had a really hard time choosing samples to try out in my mixes , simply because their all dam good and there is such a nice variety. There is a sample here for every mixers taste from pop to metal and everything in between. If you want to tweak them there so flexible and you can do whatever you wish. If you would like to use them as is , load the samples into drumagog and you have amazing sounding drums at your finger tips ready to rock!
This is THE drum sample collection you don't want to miss out on.
STEVEN SLATE DRUMS
Price to purchase: $199
For further info and to hear samples in action check out SSD's website @ these guys will not let you down in sound and quality. Steven Slate Drums
Thanks for putting out one hell of a product steve!!!