Here are some useful links for you all. It is a work in progress. This is NOT a random assortment of links but stuff that we fully endorse as important and immensely useful in today’s digital music production :
LINKS RELATED TO SM DRUMS
Reaper. The best DAW ever made , by a long shot. Unlimited trial, 11 MB download and completely customizable.
TX16WX Sampler. The best free multi-purpose soft sampler (with the Pro version with even more bang).
SForzando. Excellent free SFZ player from Plogue.
Kontakt. The king of commercial soft samplers.
KVR Audio. If you are going to use 1 plugin database and forum, make it this one.
Another fantastic resource for budget minded bedroom producers :
FREE SAMPLE SETS
One of the best places on the net for free sample sets (usually done in Kontakt).
Another amazing resource for lovingly sampled instruments (mapped in SFZ) by D. Smolken (the guru who did our SFZ files).
Pure metal drums for free (kicks, snares and toms). If you want modern extreme metal drums, this is the place. Combining with the hats and cymbals of SM Drums gives a superb kit.