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(the title needs to be reprhased somehow...)

I currently own : - a Godin guitar - a Roland GR-20 - a Novation UltraNova - a Yamaha V50 - a computer :)

What device would it be the most wise to buy to add the ability to tap into a very large library of percussion / drum samples ?

A physical sampler ? A software sampler (how about latency problems in that case ?) ?

What would be the best source to get thousands of free high-quality samples ?

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Check out the free and open source Hydrogen drum sequencer. Makes high quality drum sounds. –  naught101 Sep 14 '12 at 9:46
    
@naught101: thanks ! Reminds me I had used it just for playing a few years ago... Gonna givit a try again :) –  Skippy Fastol Sep 14 '12 at 10:10
    
Also, for thousands of free drum samples (of varying quality), see freesound.org/browse/tags/drum. Everything's open licenced, and you can submit your own. –  naught101 Sep 14 '12 at 11:29
    
@naught101: sublime ! Thank you so much. –  Skippy Fastol Sep 14 '12 at 12:07
    
Haha my first thought when I read the title: ".... A drum set...?" –  AsianSquirrel Feb 15 at 21:02
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There are a few cool drum samplers out there like:

EZ Drummer

Addictive Drums

Rayzoon Jamstix

I have EZ Drummer and it's quite cool. You can also get lots of midi drum loops from Groovemonkee.

I've also used Rayzoon which has quite a cool algorithm for simulating 'real' drummers.

They are becoming more and more popular these days and are sounding better and better (addictive drums is better sounding IMO)

You'd need a vst host as well.

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I'll give these a try ! Thanks !!! –  Skippy Fastol Sep 21 '12 at 15:35
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can't your Ultranova or V50 do drums?

Any less than 5 year old pc with modern softsynth (that uses windows WASAPI api) should not have any latency probs. WASAPI (on Vista or better) let's your soundcard tell your softsynth the best it can do so you shouldn't even NEED to config latency.

and you can find free drum .WAV files all over the place on the web.

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In fact, I've fallen in love with Roland's SP 555... Thanks for the PC tricks & Wasabi. –  Skippy Fastol Sep 13 '12 at 21:19
    
That looks pretty cool! Even if you end up going the softsynth route later, you've got some great pads and knobs. I've got those on my Edirol PCR-800. Good for sound tweakin n such (Top keyboard in this rig - pianocheetah.com/piano/rig.html ) (updating url in this comment) –  Stephen Hazel Nov 6 '12 at 21:23
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