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Straight Ahead! Jazz Drums

Straight Ahead! Jazz Drums
Straight Ahead! Jazz Drums by Straight Ahead Samples is Soundware (samples or presets that load into other products) for macOS and Windows.
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Windows 7 (latest Service Pack, 32/64-bit), Intel Core Duo or AMD Athlon 64 X2, 2 GB RAM
System Requirements
Mac OS X 10.6 or 10.7 (latest update), Intel Core Duo, 2 GB RAM
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Straight Ahead! Jazz Drums is Straight Ahead Samples' flagship sample library. Featuring the first sampling of authentic and playable classic jazz loops and samples. Channeling the essence, sound, and the swing of great jazz drummers like Max Roach, Elvin Jones, Phillie Joe Jones, Billy Higgins, Roy Haynes, Jimmy Cobb and other legends, SA!JD features the amazingly swingin' skills of young jazz phenom Billy Williams Jr. Straight Ahead! Jazz Drums gives you the tool you've been waiting for to create genuinely swingin' jazz tracks.

One of the main features of SA!JD is that we conceived of a way to separately sample ride/hi-hat loops and authentic snare comping patterns to create truly playable variations in swing grooves. We've also included fills and other speciality loops, like kick-feathering, for example, to allow the composer to create truly genuine jazz drums tracks to use in his/her compositions. As well as a fully sampled set of drum hits, that includes such elements as rolls, triplets, snares on/off, side sticks, etc.

Samples Included in Straight Ahead! Jazz Drums


  • Right-hand ride patterns in multiple intensity levels including:
    • 4/4 swing.
    • 3/4 swing.
    • 6/8 swing.
    • 2-feel.
    • 2-feel hihats.
    • 4/4 swing hihats.
    • bossa.
    • samba.
    • songo.
    • straight-swing (Sidewinder groove).
    • open-feel straight 8ths (ECM).
  • Left-hand comping including:
    • rimshots.
    • rimshots w/ toms.
    • snare comping (multiple intensity levels).
    • snare/kick comping (multiple intensity levels).
    • latin patterns (samba, bossa, songo, bolero, etc).
  • kick feathering (4-on-the-floor).
  • multiple fills (downbeats and anticipations).

All loops were recorded and are presented in 4 different tempo ranges (Slow, Medium, Fast, & Burnin'). They are all tempo-synced to your DAW.

Samples (up to 7 velocity layers):

  • Snare (Left and Right hands):
    • w/snares off (Left and Right hands).
    • long snares (mod wheel sensitive).
    • rimshots.
    • hit stick on snare.
    • rolls (press roll and triplet {synced} roll).
  • Kick.
  • Hi Tom (Left and Right hands):
    • triplet (synced – for fills).
    • rolls (press and triplet).
  • Lo Tom (Left and Right hands):
    • triplet (synced – for fills).
    • rolls (press and triplet).
  • Hihat (Left and Right hands):
    • 4 levels of openness.
    • pedal.
  • 2 rides w/bell (crashes in highest velocities).

New in V1.2

Any purchase after Jan 14th, 2013 includes the update. All users who purchased before this date, login to your account and get if free:

  • New Master Patch. With all tempos and feels (4/4 Swing, 3/4, Straight) all in 1 patch. Great for easily switching between swing and straight, or different meters, for example.
  • Double-time keyswitch.
  • Purge sample groups for tempos and feels. Only have loaded what you need.

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