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Straight Ahead Jazz Drums

Version: Kontakt 5.0.1 / WAV / V1

Authentic, Playable Classic Jazz Drums



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Product Overview

Straight Ahead! Jazz Drums is Straight Ahead Samples’ 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,

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True Variations In Grooves

One of the main features of SA!JD is that we conceived of a way to separately sample ride/hi-hat loops and authentic snare comping patterns to create truly playable variations in swing grooves.

We’ve also included fills and other specialty loops, like kick-feathering, for example, to allow the composer to create truly genuine jazz drums tracks to use in his/her compositions.

As well as a fully sampled set of drum hits, that includes such elements as rolls, triplets, snares on/off, side sticks, etc

Billy Williams Jr.

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.

Loops Included

  • Right-hand ride patterns in multiple intensity levels including:
  • 4/4 swing
  • 3/4 swing
  • 6/8 swing
  • 2-feel
  • 2-feel hihats
  • 4/4 swing hihats
  • bossa
  • samba
  • songo
  • straight-swing (Sidewinder groove)
  • open-feel straight 8ths (ECM)
  • Left-hand comping including:
  • rimshots
  • 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 Included

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)
  • rimshots
  • 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
  • pedal
  • 2 rides w/bell (crashes in highest velocities)
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  • Mixer
  • Double-time keyswitch.
  • Purge sample groups for drums and feels.  Only have loaded what you need.


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Straight Ahead Drums and Straight Ahead Brushes

So Glad i didn't pay full price for these two. Lovely playing i have to say... but.....Limited functionality, very little in the way of mixing and the GUI looks nothing like the picture on them both! For me, the brush swirls are pretty loud and just merge into one another on ballads, the HITS within the swirls, particularly on a slow 3/4, ballad and mid tempos, are too loud. I would have loved to have lifted the hat a bit within the loops but of course you can add a hi hat via the manual drums.. but I'm still disappointed in the limited variations of the loops in each genre. The jazz drums are basically a ride cymbal and hat all the way on most swing patterns, and you can add comping and hits via the manual kit. Air Strike (yes, I know what you're thinking!) does it so much better re the brush patterns and you have a huge amount of control over everything, and it's always on offer somewhere. Disappointed customer

Alan McPike

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