updated 12:25 pm EST, Thu December 28, 2006
SL Reference Kit released
Smart Loops has released the SL Reference Kit for SoundFont 2.0-compatible software samplers and sound cards. SL Reference Kit includes more than 350MB of 24-bit drum samples performed live on a Pearl Reference kit, which were recorded at the Platinum Labs in Nashville. All samples are recorded 'dry,' with no processing, EQ, or compression to provide ideal 'reference' drum samples. Users can customize SL Reference Kit samples for use with any style of music, according to Smart Loops, using custom effects processing to mix unique sounds on the drum tracks. The SL Reference Kit SoundFont Edition drum sample set is available for $20.
The package includes the complete 350MB 24-bit SoundFont along with a smaller 'Lite' 16-bit version for improved compatibility with older SoundFont devices or machines with low system resources. Smart Loops says SL Reference Kit is compatible with all major Mac and PC software samplers, and all drum samples were performed live by a pro session drummer.
The complete drum sample set includes sounds from a 20-inch bass drum; 24-inch bass drum; 14-inch snare; 8-, 10-, 12-, and 14-inch toms; 16- and 18-inch floor toms; 16-inch Zildjian custom crash; 16-inch Sabian K crash ride; and more.