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Drum Sampler Plugin by Steinberg
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LM-4 by Steinberg is a Virtual Instrument Audio Plugin for Windows. It functions as a VST Plugin.
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LM-4 is a 32 bit drum module.


  • 18 channels/pads.
  • Up to 128 velocity zones per pad.
  • 20 Drum sets included (10 24-bit :Wizoo kits, 10 standard kits).
  • 6 outputs (stereo mix plus 4 individual).
  • Velocity, pitch and panning for each instrument, all automatable.
  • All settings can be saved with the song (Cubase VST).
  • Samples saved as individual files.
  • Samples CANNOT be loaded from the front panel, a script (text) file is used to create a drum kit, this can be done by hand or by using a third party editor.

Latest User Reviews

Average user rating of 2.63 from 8 reviews

Reviewed By jonljacobi
March 31, 2020

I'm not sure why everyone was so negative about this plug-in. It did exactly what it was supposed to do, which is simply play back drum samples with some small tweaking. I used it for years with excellent results. Overpriced perhaps, but you were really paying for the drum samples.

I know these reviews are from yesteryear and the plug-in is out of date, but I have to question what some of these people were smoking.

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Reviewed By x_bruce
December 23, 2001


Everyone says what were (Steinberg) thinking. I'm thinking what was I thinking. Horrible value for money, the Wizzo kits are nice.

Not being able to easily create your own kit? What was I thinking? Shareware kicks it's ass. Freeware does too. I realize this was about all that was available initially but that's no excuse for the stupid design. What was I thinking when I actually bought this?

Pros: it works, Wizzo kits are worth some of the cost
Cons: terrible value for money, bad design for making new kits, arrogance to charge substatial money for new kits, beaten in quality and ease of use by freeware.

Editing a text file to create kits. Come on, for those of us that bought this we're almost as much to blame as Steinberg. I feel like a chump admitting I bought this plugin.Read Review

Reviewed By derek
October 14, 2001

totally outdated. good 3rd party drumkits, but thats all there is to it. if were really just talking about the plugin itself, then this is hands down the worst drummachine plugin out there.

editing drum kits via a text file or external editor, LOL what were they thinking :-)

if you take the wizzoo kits into consideration, ok, you could call the LM 4 a nice sampling CD for a reasonable price. i dont like the sound too much but i guess thats a question of taste.Read Review

Reviewed By tesla
September 2, 2001

+ some good drumkits included
+ further drumkits available

- creating own drumkits is very complicated
- unflexible
- out of time
- replaced by MarkII - much too late

This was also one of my first VSTi's I bought in Spring 2000. Around this time it was probably the best VSTi drum module available, sample-based with velocity layers.

But time has changed, and now with competitors like DR-008, RmIII, Battery or Attack there is no longer a reason to buy the LM-4, except maybe for the good included Wizoo drumkits and to use other available LM-4 kits (free+commercial).

To create your own drumkits, you have to edit text files and pray that you made no mistake. There are free/shareware kit editors around, but I haven't found them usefull.

Since around Dec/2001 it's no longer available and replaced by the successor LM-4 MarkII which improved some things (but came in my opinion much too late).Read Review

Reviewed By SJ_Digriz
September 2, 2001

I'll risk breaking the "This Sucks" rule. This VSTi is a total "POS". When the only positive is that the included 3rd party drum kits are good, you know something is fishy. Buggy, uneditable (is that a word?), unsupported and overpriced. Save your money, get a decent VSTi DM and get the Wizoo kits seperately.Read Review

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