Review: Steven Slate Trigger
Positives:Incredible versatility, incredible sounds, EASY to use.
Negatives:Multi outs would be nice
I have a small drum room in my studio. It’s well treated and actually doesn’t sound bad to spite the lowish ceiling and small size if a really good drummer is playing. But, let’s face it, the amount of times I get a really killer drummer in the studio is far and few between. Which means I’m having to record a mediocre kit at best, and an even more mediocre drummer. Barring, timing issues what can be done about a crappy $100 snare drum or toms that contain more glue and bonding material than wood? The answer is Slate Trigger. I used to use digidesigns sound replacer for years, which allowed you to pick 3 dynamic levels and thats it. Then I went to drumagog which was certainly better and allowed for random articulations and sounds per velocity, but that software was just TOO convoluted and annoying to use. Finally, Slate released his ultimate weapon against crap drums. The interface is nothing short of sexy and easy. Pick a sound (or a bunch of sounds) dial in your trigger level, retrigger time, adjust your dynamics to taste and you’re done… run it, print it, you’re good! The ONLY down side to the interface is there are no assignable outputs besides the stereo channel that it sits on. Why is that a problem? Well, if you’re re-triggering a snare and you want a separate top and bottom sound and maybe a room sound, you have to run 3 instances of this plugin to do so… would be a lot better if you could run ONE, and out put the samples to different channels. If this is able to be done, I apologize and please drop a line on HOW exactly to do it. That being said, the sounds that you get with the software are taken from Slates SSD (Steven Slate Drums) which are phenomenal to say the least. The software also comes with software that allows you to make your own trigger programs with your own sounds and is infinitely expandable. Want a duck instead of a snare drum? DONE! (hey, some times you need a little quack on a track!) If that werent enough, there is an export feature that allows you to (after you’ve run a track through the plugin) send the trigger notes as MIDI to further surgically correct anything mis-triggering. There is probably not a session that I’ve done in the last few years, since getting SST, that a live drummer that was recorded, hasn’t gone though this plugin! Even if my live drums sound great, trigger is a great tool to use to add some amazing room sounds to your snare drum (I actually use it more as a snare reverb plugin than anything). A 100% solid plug that I couldn’t do without!