Steven Slate Drums Releases SSD 5.5 Free Virtual Drum Kit


Steven Slate Drums has released the updated version of SSD Free, a freeware drum kit virtual instrument based on the premium SSD 5.5 software.

SSD Free is a virtual drum instrument based on the full version of SSD. It is available in VST, AU, and AAX plugin formats for compatible digital audio workstations on PC and Mac.

See also: Download FREE Drum Samples By 99Sounds!

The freeware version of SSD was updated to version 5.5, introducing a number of new drum kits and several new features. Also, the new version of SSD Free comes with an improved installer and an overhauled user interface. The introduction of a new installer is great news since the old one was somewhat cumbersome to use.

The three new kits in SSD Free take advantage of the plugin’s new functionality. For example, the improved amplitude envelope controls were used to tighten up the sound of the Deluxe Free 2 Free Tight kit. All three drum kits sound exceptionally good and these are definitely among the best acoustic drum samples you can download for free. As for the music genre compatibility, SSD Free drums are mostly suitable for use in rock and heavy metal music.

The best thing about SSD Free is that it puts a wide palette of drum editing tools at the user’s disposal. You can fine-tune each drum channel via the built-in mixer and enhance the drum samples using a hefty selection of mixing tools. SSD Free comes with adjustable envelopes, dynamics, articulation controls, microphone volume, and more. The users can save their custom drum kit settings as presets for later use. Check out the demo video below to see the new user interface and hear the SSD Free plugin in action.

SSD Free is available for free download via Steven Slate Drums. A valid email address is required to receive the download link. You will need to download and install the Slate Audio Center license manager which will be used to install your Steven Slate Drums software. Keep your registered email address and password handy because you will need to log in when running the Slate Audio Center for the first time. Please note that only 64-bit plugin hosts are supported.

More info: SSD Free (84.1 MB installer download size, 131 MB additional download, EXE installer, 64-bit VST/AU/AAX plugin format for Windows & macOS)

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  1. Chaitanya Bhagwat


    this is great news.
    ESPECIALLY since the Sennheiser Drummica VSTi isn’t completely free anymore
    (no longer compatible with Kontakt Player, though still allegedly compatible with full Kontakt).

    Kt Power drum kit is decent, but very simplistic in comparison and not tweakable beyond simple leveling.

    I didnt know SSD had a free offering since i’ve been using Drummica on all my demos. The timing is therefore impeccable ;)

  2. As you was so kind to add a note about required free space, could you please update it and mention that it requires another 200+ MB for the beautiful download center? Oh god! It is so minimalistic yet requires more space than the plugin itself.

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