Re:Smart Loops (or Xpansion) for Session Drummer 2
It's been a while since I ordered anything from SmartLoops, but when I got the Reference Kit from them it came in a .zip file. After unzipping, the main folder had some .sfz definition files in them, along with a number of sub-folders that contained the various drum content. All I had to do was copy the files to the appropriate Cakewalk/VstPlugins/Session Drummer 2/Contents folders and I was good to go. The .sfz files I mentioned above went to the Kits folder, and all the other files went into the Kits/Bass Drums, Kits/Snares, Kits/Hats, etc. folders. Take a look at how the Session Drummer 2 folder is set up before you start copying so you have a good understanding of how things are arranged, but it's really pretty simple. They also included a .pdf file with some instructions, but the instructions didn't seem to make a whole lot of sense at the time ... maybe they upgraded them or I was just dense that day.
Any MIDI patterns that you might order could go in the Cakewalk/VstPlugins/Session Drummer 2/Contents/Patterns folder, or I believe you can put them wherever you want to and reference them from inside Session Drummer - it's been a while since I've used it, but I'm pretty sure it's possible.
You also mentioned the Midi Drum Loop volumes, which I don't know anything about, but if they are just straight loops in .wav format then *I think* you would have to set up .sfz definitions to use them in Session Drummer. However, you can also put loops wherever you want on your system and use the Loop Explorer in Sonar to grab them and play them.
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