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Straight Ahead! Jazz Drums

Straight Ahead! Jazz Drums is SAS's flagship sample library. Featuring the first sampling of authentic and playable classic jazz loops and samples. Channeling the essence, sound, and the swing of great jazz drummers like Max Roach, Elvin Jones, Phillie Joe Jones, Billy Higgins, Roy Haynes, Jimmy Cobb and other legends, SA!JD features the amazingly swingin’ skills of young jazz phenom Billy Williams Jr.  Straight Ahead! Jazz Drums gives you the tool you’ve been waiting for to create genuinely swingin’ jazz tracks.


Note: this library requires the full version of Kontakt 5 or higher, and will not run on the free Kontakt Player.

Straight Ahead! Jazz Drums

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    – Mixer

    – Double-time keyswitch.

    – Purge sample groups for drums and feels.  Only have loaded what you need.

    Samples Included in Straight Ahead! Jazz Drums


    – Right-hand ride patterns in multiple intensity levels including:
    4/4 swing
    3/4 swing
    6/8 swing
    2-feel hihats
    4/4 swing hihats
    straight-swing (Sidewinder groove)
    open-feel straight 8ths (ECM)

    – Left-hand comping including:
    rimshots w/ toms
    snare comping (multiple intensity levels)
    snare/kick comping (multiple intensity levels)
    latin patterns (samba, bossa, songo, bolero, etc)

     kick feathering (4-on-the-floor)

    – multiple fills (downbeats and anticipations)

    Samples (up to 7 velocity layers & 4 round-robins)

    – Snare (Left and Right hands)
    w/snares off (Left and Right hands)
    long snares (mod wheel sensitive)
    hit stick on snare
    rolls (press roll and triplet {synced} roll)

    – kick

    – Hi Tom (Left and Right hands)
    triplet (synced – for fills)
    rolls (press and triplet)

    – Lo Tom (Left and Right hands)
    triplet (synced – for fills)
    rolls (press and triplet)

    – Hihat (Left and Right hands)
    4 levels of openness

    – 2 rides w/bell (crashes in highest velocities)

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