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Getting Started with SPACES: The Muted Room
Getting Started with SPACES: The Muted Room

Learn how to get the most out of your new drum samples

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Written by Daniel Ferguson
Updated over a week ago

Thank you for purchasing SPACES: The Muted Room

The Muted Room is all about opposites. Unlike the rest of this series, where I set out to find the biggest spaces possible, these drums were sampled in a tight, dry, muted space. You might be fooled into thinking that these samples just use close mics, but they’re mixed with a stereo pair of overhead mics to ensure that the drums sound punchy, tight and yet still have an amazing stereo width.

Your new samples are available to download as standard WAV files, Steven Slate Trigger presets, or as an EXS24 instrument.


The WAV folder includes all 102 drum samples separated by kit piece. You can load these files in to any DAW, Sampler or Hardware that supports WAV files.


1. The included EXS24 file will allow you to quickly load these sounds inside Logic Pro or MainStage. Quit all instances of Logic Pro or MainStage before proceeding.

2. Once downloaded, unzip the folder named SPACES: The White Room and drag the entire folder to the following location:

Mactintosh HD > Users > Music > Audio Music Apps > Sampler Instruments

3. Launch Logic Pro or MainStage and create a blank software instrument.

4. Add the Sampler plugin to the blank instrument and use the menu at the top of the window to navigate to your preset

Steven Slate Trigger

1. Load the Steven Slate Trigger 2 plugin in your chosen DAW. If you are using this on a mono source (for example, a snare top channel), please choose the mono > stereo option.

2. Choose the ‘Settings’ tab. ‘Select Base Dir’ within Trigger 2 to locate where your Trigger files or samples are located. You may want to create a ‘samples’ folder on your computer for this purpose.

3. Navigate to the samples location in your folder, I’ve selected Kick_Ludwig_Big from ‘Vintage Oyster Drums’

4. Drag this .tci file (or a WAV file if you prefer) to an empty slot at the bottom of the window. There are 8 slots, allowing you to layer different samples all within Trigger 2.

5. Select the Trigger tab. Here you can see the pan, tuning, phase and level for your sample as well as global settings to fine tune the triggering. Here are a few useful tips:

  • You want the input volume to be a fairly strong level when the drums are at their loudest, however you don’t want it to be clipping (as seen in this screenshot).

  • Unless you want to trigger from fast playing (for example in heavy rock or metal music), you can decrease the ‘Retrigger’ speed. This will prevent mis-fires.

  • Use the detail knob to control which hits allow the sample to be triggered and which don’t. This is useful if you have a lot of spill from other drums on a particular microphone.

  • Adjust the ‘Mix’ knob if you want to retain some of the original recorded sound.

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