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Steven Slate Drums

Drum Instrument Plugin by Steven Slate
$149 / Free
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Steven Slate Drums by Steven Slate is a Virtual Instrument Audio Plugin for macOS and Windows. It functions as a VST Plugin, an Audio Units Plugin, a VST 3 Plugin and an AAX Plugin.
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WAV 16-Bit, WAV 24-Bit
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Steven Slate Drums is a plug-in for adding drums to any music composition. SSD5 makes editing drum kits a breeze. Select individual drums, customize the mics and routing, choose your MIDI maps, customize your velocity and dynamic curves for each drums, and build your custom tone exactly as you want it.


SSD5's mixer allows you to get the perfect mix of your drums, with easy access to ambient room mics and close mics. It allows you to easily route your drums discretely to your DAW so you can use your favorite plugins to get the ultimate drum tone. We also added a new master volume control to the entire plugin.


Customize your MIDI Map with SSD5's completely reworked MIDI MAP converter. Everything in a kit preset is easily mappable and re-mappable plus you can quickly load mapping presets.


  • 148 Famous Artist & Legendary Modeled Drum Kit Presets.
  • Over 2,400 MIDI Grooves.
  • Versatile Kits For Rock, Metal, Jazz, Funk, Indie, Reggae, and More.
  • Lightning-Fast MIDI Mapping & Learning.
  • Steven's Previously Unreleased OG One-Shot Snare Samples.
  • 135 Snares, 112 Kicks, 58 Toms.
  • 11 Hi-Hats, 14 Crashes, 6 Rides, 4 Splashes, 3 Chinas.
  • Ultra-Sleek New Resizable GUI.
  • New Smart-Velocity Triggering Algorithm for One-Shots.
  • Analog Processed and Raw Samples Recorded to 2-Inch Tape.
  • Import & Use 3rd Party Samples and Grooves.

Steven Slate Drums 5:

  • Master Volume Engine Control.
  • SSD5 Physically Modeled Drum Playback Algorithm.
  • Deluxe 2 Drum Library Adds 50 New Instruments.
  • 77 Snares, 84 Kicks, 58 Toms.
  • 11 Hi-Hats, 14 Crashes, 6 Rides, 4 Splashes, 3 Chinas.
  • 9 Percussion Instruments (1 Clap, 1 Tambourine, 1 Cowbell).
  • 4 Sound Effect Instruments.
  • Analog Processed and Unprocessed Samples.
  • Famous "Artist Modeled" Kits.
  • Drumkit or Pad Cells View Allows Up To 32 Drum Instruments.
  • Completely Reworked Routing/Mapping System.

SSD5 Free Overview:

  • Experience a taste of SSD5 with full functionality and one incredible Deluxe 2 kit for free.
  • Non-expiring demo.
  • All New User Interface Built from the Ground Up.
  • New Master Volume Control.
  • New SSD5 Drum Playback Algorithm.
  • Drumkit or Pad Cells View allows up to 32 drum instruments.
  • Completely reworked Routing/Mapping System.
  • Supported on macOS in AAX/VST/AU formats.
  • Supported on Windows in AAX/VST formats.

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Latest User Reviews

Average user rating of 4.50 from 2 reviews
Steven Slate Drums

Reviewed By MardukAU [all]
November 28th, 2020
Version reviewed: 5 on Windows

I have found that a collection of different drum VI's gives you a great selection of different drum sounds depending on the genre you are playing. The sounds included in SSD5 seem to be very good so far. I have not been able to go through all of them just yet but im very happy with the purchase. They will suit some rock and metal very well. SSD5 is a good purchase to get when its on sale.

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Steven Slate Drums

Reviewed By zisser [all]
November 13th, 2019
Version reviewed: 5 on Windows

Using SSD5 mainly with my E-Drums (Alesis Crimson II).

Sound quality is amazing and the articulations are great.

Overall it does great job and especially the mapping that match my E-Drum.

Here is an overview which is basically a tutorial.


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Discussion: Active
25 August 2014 at 1:55pm

I was trying all drum samplers around like Groove Agent 4, EZ Superior Drummer, FXpansion BFD3 and others. To me SSDP4 is a little bit better than BFD3. Sounds realistic. Worth to buy.

12 December 2014 at 10:25pm

...as long as sync to host while auditioning grooves isn't important to you. Made me furious when I discovered that. Don't bother with the SSD forum. Was dead for months after I left polite, constructive suggestions. Not even an acknowledgement. I knew I was on my own at that point. Yep. I'm bitter.


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