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SM Drums Sforzando 1.0

It has finally arrived :

A Plogue authorized SFZ version of SM Drums for Sfrozando !

What’s so special about it ?

Before going into hyperbole, here is an unedited demo of a few seconds :

No eq, just dry drums. So yes.

‘Authorized’ means it has a proper GUI with some spiffing controls for all the kit pieces / buses. That’s right, it has a one stop for all controls right there in Sforzando. And Sforzando has a pretty neatly implemented DFD (direct from disk streaming). And the Sforzando vst/standalone is free, as is this drum library. Do I need to draw you a road map here ?

What’s in there ?

There’s around 2.2 GB of beautifully multi-sampled collector’s drum kit insanity (many velocity layer and plenty of round robins) , the sfz files, the GUI files, plus a manual and track templates for Reaper and FLStudio.

There is a version for a single instance of sforzando, that lets you play the whole kit and control some crucial parameters from there, for a stereo out.

There is a version for every single drum bus, where you can have multiple instances of Sforzando on separate tracks in your DAW to apply external FX on each drum bus.

But really, talk is cheap so just read the wonderfully done attached manual.

Links :

Samples , SFZ related files (Yeah , this is the big one : 2.2 GB)

Manual, Track templates , Project files for Reaper & FLStudio



Scott McLean
Engineered & Recorded all the drum and cymbal samples.

Tod Stillwell
Edited the SMDrum samples
Co-authored User Guide for Sforzando

D. Smolken
SFZ Programming and GUI in Sforzando
Co-authored User Guide for Sforzando

Suleiman Ali

Website / Testing


SM DRUMS – SFZ Version With Stereo Samples

(This is superseded by the SFZ Sforzando Version 1.0 with GUI, but has been preserved for historical reasons).

Here it is , after much effort, and scripting excellence by the one and only D. Smolken (of KVR Forum and the rather excellent free samples website ).

The package includes the sfz files for the whole stereo set of drum kit samples, the manual and projects for both FL Studio and Reaper.

The samples used are here (if you have not downloaded them already, since these are the same samples used in Tod’s RS5K and Suleiman’s TX16WX version) :

SMD Stereo Cymbals Samples (Hats, Rides, & Crash). [1.8gig]

SMDrums Stereo Drums Samples (Kiks, Snares, & Toms)… [446M]

Please read the included manual to understand how it works.

MIDI Map is here :

Or you can just view the map below :

36 – kick
37 – sidestick
38 – snare 65 NR
39 – rimshot
40 – snare 67 NR
41 – floor tom
42 – tight hi-hat
43 – low tom
44 – loose hi-hat
45 – mid tom
46 – open hi-hat
47 – high tom
48 – foot hi-hat
49 – foot open hi-hat
50 – snare 65 reg
51 – close open hi-hat
54 – 13″ crash
55 – 15″ crash
56 – 16″ crash
57 – 17″ crash
59 – china
61 – 17″ ride
62 – 17″ ride bell
63 – 20″ ride
64 – 20″ ride bell