How to use SSD5.5 in Reaper

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: 

     Windows installation

     Mac installation


How to use SSD5.5 in Reaper


This article will go through the following steps: 

  1. How to add SSD 5.5 to a new track
  2. How to load a kit/individual instruments
  3. How to set MIDI input from a controller/E-Kit
  4. 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".

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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. 

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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.

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                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. 

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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. 

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On the pop-up screen, make sure that "Enable Input from this device" is checked. Then hit "OK".   Screen Shot 2023-08-03 at 4.04.58 PM.png

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. 

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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.

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