What Do The Different Sounds For Each Trigger Instrument Represent?

Trigger comes stock with a library of the industry standard Steven Slate 3.5

drum samples.  These samples were recorded  to 2 inch analog  tape, and were

processed with the finest analog gear in order to sound polished and ready for

the mix with little to no need for extra processing. The Steven Slate library has

several types of Trigger instruments:


Z1: The Z1 mono samples are the most commonly used default sample. They

have just the right amount of overhead mic’ing combined with close mic’ing,

which gives them a three dimensional, full, and punchy sound. The Z1s have air,

depth, dimensionality, and impact making them a great all around place to start

when using Trigger.


Z2: The Z2 mono snare samples are similar to the Z1 snare samples, however

they have been further processed with a smooth compression to lessen the

attack and enhance the decay. This will make them “sit” very well in a mix with

even less need for further processing.


Z3: The Z3 samples are only printed with the very closest mic’s. They are very

dry and do not have air but are processed to retain the punch of the Z1.

Common uses for the Z3 are when mixing in with real drums, or to use for ultra

dry drum mixes in certain music genres such as heavy metal.


SSDR: The  SSDR  samples are stereo,  real room ambient mic’d samples,

recorded in a large concrete warehouse.  They are processed heavily with

compression,  EQ,  and even modulation. When mixed in with the Z1 samples,

the mixer can adjust the amount of stereo room sound in the drum mix.


Note: Listening to the SSDR samples soloed may sound strange, but combining them

with their corresponding Z1 samples in a mix should present the listener with a

very rich, deep, and natural sound.


NRG: The NRG samples are a set of ambient  mic’s  from  the  famous  NRG

Recording Studio A room. This room is big and open sounding with great depth

and detail. The NRG  samples are completely unprocessed allowing  the user  to

compress, EQ, or leave them untouched.



Attention: Do  not  mix  the  Z1  and  Z3 samples,  as  they  will  cause phasing issues. It is

recommended to use either Z1 + either NRG or SSDR room samples, or Z3 + NRG

or SSDR room samples. If you load, for instance, Z1 + Z3 or NRG + SSDR from the

same snare drum, you may hear some phase distortions and other unwanted

artifacts.  You can, however, easily mix any Zs  and any room samples from

different drums using all six instruments channels. For instance, you can mix the

Z1 from Snare21 and Z3 from Snare10, or you can mix the SSDR from Snare10a

and NRG from Snare9a.


Dynamics Settings for Different Types of Samples

Optimal Dynamics curve settings:

Z1, Z2, Z3 – 80%

NRG – 80%

SSDR – 100%

Recommended Dynamics curve settings:

Z1, Z2, Z3 – from 65% to 100%

NRG – from 75% to 100%

SSDR – from 90% to 100%

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