NOTE: This article goes over setting up and using SSD5.5 in Reaper, after installation. If you need help installing SSD5.5, please refer to this one of these links:
How to use SSD5.5 in Reaper
This article will go through the following steps:
- How to add SSD 5.5 to a new track
- How to load a kit/individual instruments
- How to set MIDI input from a controller/E-Kit
- How to use SSD 5.5 in Multi-Out
1. Add SSD 5.5 to a new track:
Open a new project and go to your Reaper menu bar at the top of your screen. Go to Track → Insert Virtual instrument on new track. Then, from the menu, search for and add "SSDSampler5".
You will then get a message that says "Build Routing Confirmation". Only hit "Yes" if you wish to use SSD 5.5 in Multi-Out format.
2. How to load a kit/individual instruments
Open the SSD 5.5 plug-in and go to the "Create" tab (Upper left). Next to "LIBRARY", user's will notice two buttons: "Inst" and "Kits".
The "Inst" menu is used for loading individual instruments. You can load instruments by dragging them to the corresponding pieces on the drum-kit GUI.
Not all libraries shown are included with SSD5Library. Some are expansions that can be purchased separately.
NOTE: SSD 5 Classic Vol 1/2, and SSD 5 Classic Signature libraries only contain Kicks, Snares, and Toms.
The "Kits" menu is used for loading an entire kit preset at once. You can load kit presets by double-clicking on them.
3. Set MIDI input from a controller/E-Kit
NOTE: User's who are writing in MIDI notes/just using MIDI grooves can skip this step.
Go to your Reaper Preferences → Audio → MIDI Devices. Under devices, you should see your controller/e-kit. If it says "Enabled" under mode, you can skip this step as your controller is already configured for Reaper.
Note: If your controller doesn't appear on the list, please try un-plugging/re-plugging your USB cable, and closing/re-opening Reaper.
If it says 'Disabled', double-click where it says 'disabled' for your device's out.
On the pop-up screen, make sure that "Enable Input from this device" is checked. Then hit "OK".
Now under "Mode", your Device should read "Enabled". Hit "Apply" and close your Reaper preferences, and you should be able to play SSD with your controller/e-kit now.
Once the controller is set up, user's can map different keys/pads to the SSD instruments of their choice by going through the SSD 5.5 mapping process.
4. How to use SSD 5.5 in Multi-Out
Users can to route different instruments/mics in SSD to different channels in Reaper, in order to apply different plug-ins/processing to different channels. To set this up, please refer to this link.