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Review: Steven Slate Trigger

Submitted On May 27, 2013 by Contributor:



Build Quality

Ease of Use


Overall Value

Total Score

95/ 100

Review Details

Price: $199


Incredible versatility, incredible sounds, EASY to use.


Multi outs would be nice
My Review

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!

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About The Contributor


Full service boutique studio in Nassau County, Long Island, New York. In addition to recording media services, the studio also builds a great deal of custom studio equipment.

One Review


    "Purchased Trigger for a horrid snare that needed desperate replacement. Have always been hesitant with drum replacement software but my worries were soon thrown out the window.

    Snare sounds are amazing and a variety of options available with just the basic trigger. The kick sounds were not to my taste but the maple toms were nice.

    The great advantage of snare replacement is the zero bleed, which correct some phase issues and opens the drums wide up.

    All sounds are mixed well and is hard to find a bad frequency within a sample

    Have just purchased the CLA pack and eager to try out"

    "Great value

    Expandable with renowned artists packs

    Can add own samples"

    "Ghost note snare rolls take a lot of fiddling to try to make accurate, still not quite there yet."


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