Drum Machine VST

Top 25 Drum Machine VST plugins 2020

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We have collected for you the top 25 VST plugins Drum Machine according to PluginBoutique.

VST list navigation:

  1. BreakTweaker Expanded
  2. Beat Machine 2
  3. Microtonic
  4. Geist 2
  5. Nerve
  6. Nepheton
  7. SR-88
  8. Spark 2
  9. DrumComputer
  10. MDrummer
  11. Punch 2
  12. Boom
  13. Liquid Rhythm
  14. Beat Machine 1
  15. BreakTweaker
  16. Drumazon
  17. Hats
  18. Heartbeat
  19. Latin Percussion
  20. Elecktroid
  21. StiX
  22. DrumSpillage 2
  23. Groove Machine
  24. Nithonat
  25. Armory

1. BreakTweaker Expanded

by iZotope

BreakTweaker Expanded

Future Beat Machine

Make beats you’ve never heard before. Built on a futuristic MicroEdit Engine, BreakTweaker turns everything you know about rhythm on its head.

Designed by BT and developed by iZotope, BreakTweaker is not just a drum machine: it’s a drum sculpting and beat sequencing environment that blurs the line between rhythm and melody. Give your beats an ever-evolving depth that gets better the longer they play. Use rhythmic slicing to drive everything from pitched melodic lines to sweeping rhythmic overtures. Top it all off with the best drum sample library in existence, curated by BT, iZotope, and top producers today. Explore a new era of rhythmic possibilities with this forward-thinking and forward-sounding instrument.

Key Features

  • Manipulate audio at a molecular level: Reinvent any beat by controlling pitch, rhythm, and texture at the finest resolution on the market.
  • Free yourself from traditional drum grids: Create complex polyrhythmic beats with unique isorhythm and playback speed settings.
  • Experiment with stunning content: Explore presets, drum samples, and wavetables designed by today’s top musicians and DJs, including BT.
  • Craft the perfect drum sound: Blend drum samples with robust synthesis features to generate compelling hybrid sounds.
  • Take control of your beats: Easily trigger and sequence complex patterns and samples using any MIDI controller.

What is BreakTweaker?

BreakTweaker is the beat machine of the future. Powered by three distinct modules, the Sequencer, the Generator, and the MicroEdit Engine, it’s a wildly creative rhythmic instrument that can be used with any DAW and MIDI controller. For instant gratification, get started with the diverse presets and content in the Factory Library, a showcase of BreakTweaker’s breadth and sonic capabilities. When you want to get deeper, forge new sonic weaponry with BreakTweaker’s paradise of tweaky controls and settings.

The Sequencer

Assemble pattern-based beats in the Sequencer, which features six tracks for layering your sounds. The Sequencer can store up to 24 different step patterns, launchable via MIDI for on-the-fly remixing. Design beats that evolve over time with BreakTweaker’s advanced isorhythmic step sequencing, which makes it possible for each track to have a unique tempo and step length. Ever heard a 7/8 rhythm against a massive 4/4 breakbeat? You can here.

The MicroEdit Engine

Once you’ve perfected the ultimate set of drum sounds and sequenced your patterns, it’s time for a whole new method of sound design. Enter the MicroEdit Engine. A “MicroEdit” is the division of a single step within your pattern into potentially thousands of slices. These slices can then be contoured and shaped to create harmonic, pitched, and rhythmic effects, resulting in new textures that add maximum ear candy to your ever-evolving beats. By pushing the limits of the brain’s ability to perceive sound, the MicroEdit Engine blurs the line between rhythm and pitch, inspiring beats you’ve never heard before.

The Factory Library

Bringing sounds, patterns, and MicroEdits together into mind-boggling beats, the BreakTweaker Factory Library comes with over 80 global presets that are ready to kickstart your next project. The Factory Library also features over 2 GB of royalty-free sample content designed by electronic production pros. Specializing in a wide variety of percussive sounds, sample categories range from studio essentials like “Kick” and “Snare” to intriguing possibilities like “Glitch” and “Film.”

Who Is It For?

BreakTweaker is for anyone looking to create truly original and dynamic beats, both drum-driven and melodic. It’s a new platform that inspires different people in different ways, and there’s nothing quite like it out there.

EDM Producers

Get “that” drum sound. As a producer, you know the sonic signature of your music is an integral part of what makes it go off in the club. BreakTweaker offers you powerful building blocks for building thrilling beats, like kick and snare hits that have been carefully layered, tuned and synthesized by EDM pros from the Electronica, House, Trance and Dubstep worlds.

Beat Aficionados

Give your beats new, fresh perspective. Whether you want to add BreakTweaker’s striking content library to your collection of drum and percussion samples, or find new ways to manipulate and reimagine your existing content, BreakTweaker is for you.

Composers

Create epic percussive rhythms. Combine the isorhythmic Sequencer, MicroEdit glitching, cinematic sample content, and MIDI triggering to create the intense musical effects that underpin many successful film and video game scores and trailers. BreakTweaker is a new breed of rhythmic compositional tool.

The BreakTweaker Story

With their creative forces combined, BT and iZotope bring you an instrument that will change the concept of rhythm, beat and drum programming as you know it. A prodigious producer, technologist, and GRAMMY®-nominated composer, BT is renowned for inventing the “stutter edit” as a musical technique, as found in Stutter Edit, the first product release from BT and iZotope.

BT and iZotope are now back again with BreakTweaker, featuring BT’s patented micro edit technology based on pioneering rhythmic sound design research. Fascinated by the brain’s cognitive limits, BT has always been intrigued by the way we perceive rhythm, particularly the threshold point of where our ears perceive rhythm as pitch. The idea of exploring and exploiting this threshold inspired BreakTweaker, a tool where BT could finally realize rhythmic possibilities that he had once imagined but had never before been able to hear.

Features

MicroEdit Anything

Traditional sequencing is so 1984. With BreakTweaker, you can slice and manipulate audio at a resolution that would blow MIDI’s mind (and your DAW’s). Thanks to the MicroEdit Engine within BreakTweaker, each step can be repeated or chopped at an infinitesimally small rate, allowing you to create buzzing musical harmony, texturize a step with extra rhythms, or even use rhythm as a synthesis tool, locking drum hits to individual pitches. Even the most ordinary of drum hits can be transformed into a thing of the future.

  • Glitch and revolutionize any drum sample or rhythm with hi-res pitch, arp, and texture control—all the way down to a micro-slice level.
  • Take a wild ride through the audio space/time continuum by dividing a single sequenced event into up to thousands of unique slices that pulse with sonic movement, as defined by Division, Pitch, Time or Speed.
  • Create the most unique drum sound you’ve ever heard: add tension, slopes and curves to shape the contour and rotation of the slices, then apply additional FX.
  • Quickly change the entire sound of a beat with the Randomize feature, which automatically MicroEdits the selected step in your Sequencer pattern.​

Create Evolving Sequences

Whether you’re working with drums, bass, or abstract noises, BreakTweaker is driven by the patterns you define in the Sequencer. Freed from the constraints of a pre-defined time signature, BreakTweaker’s Sequencer can program anything from basic patterns to unique tracks of patterns with individual lengths and speeds.

  • Build exciting beats with the 32-step Sequencer, with up to 24 patterns synced to your DAW. Launch, trigger, latch, and switch your way to full-fledged drum sample and synth productions.
  • Evolve and transform your patterns by giving each Sequencer track a unique tempo and step length, allowing the entire beat pattern to develop into new musical ideas over time.
  • Create entire productions, then route the individual Sequencer tracks to separate outputs for optimum mixing with BreakTweaker’s Multi-Out mode.

Explore Stunning Content

BreakTweaker comes with an extensive Factory Library of samples to choose from for building your next custom kit. Get the latest in cutting-edge drum sound design, as well as an entire suite of carefully produced classic sounds that no self-respecting drum library could be without. Why spend hours building the basics from scratch when BreakTweaker already has it all?

  • Explore today’s top sounds, designed by today’s top musicians and DJs, including BT—available royalty free for use in BreakTweaker or your sampler of choice.
  • Wield dubstep power with multi-layered kicks and snares for earth-shattering presence.
  • Elicit cinematic drama with Booms and Hits, Metals, Cymbals and Bells, as well as Vocal Breath one-shots.
  • Kickstart your next track with over 80 beat presets that showcase BreakTweaker’s power.

Sculpt Next-Gen Drum Sounds

The Generator is a powerful tool for drum synthesis. At its core are two Morphing Wavetable Oscillators—capable of reproducing anything from the simplest to the most complex sounds a synth can pump out. An entire library of custom waveforms by BT and other top producers gives you the building blocks you need to make compelling synthesized timbres.

  • Sculpt the next generation of drum sounds with unique-sounding wavetables, including BT’s prized wavetables (never before available!).
  • Go far beyond traditional synth textures—choose from five wavetable synthesis modes: Single, Additive, Ring Modulation, Amplitude Modulation (AM), or Frequency Modulation (FM).
  • Morph and modulate away with quadruple LFO and Envelope modulation routing, perfect for adjusting pitch, wavetables, amplitude and more.
  • Get a start on advanced drum design with inbuilt Generator presets that you can tweak and adjust to taste.

Add Movement

Make every step of your next track sound more exciting, more musical, and more dynamic. BreakTweaker’s custom-designed LFO and Envelope provide some of the most creative modulation you’ll find anywhere. Each modulation source can manipulate the settings of any Generator parameter, moving the parameter between a modulation range of two values.

  • Modulate anything in the Generator window with one of four LFOs or Envelopes. Assign up to two Modulators per parameter to create new movement, add harmonics, and enhance your productions.
  • Create previously unheard textures with innovative wavetable LFO control, featuring LFO shapes that have never before been available for synthesis.

Get Effective

To dirty up, filter down, spread out, or otherwise mangle your sound, BreakTweaker’s Generators come fortified with an array of distortion effects, as well as vintage-modeled New York and Tokyo filters for shaping your sound.

  • Smooth samples and meld layers together with the custom-modeled, analog-style New York and Tokyo High Pass, Band Pass, and Low Pass filters.
  • Distort, mangle and transform with dual-stage distortions inspired by the iZotope’s cult classic Trash 2, featuring algorithms such as Warm, Transistor, Hard, Digital, Raw, and Aliasing.
  • Enhance width, add stereo space and create lush drum hits with individual Chorus effects for every sequenced step via the MicroEdit Engine.

Discover the Perfect Sound

The Discover feature in BreakTweaker is a novel way to narrow down your search for just the right drum sound. Powered by iZotope’s MediaMined™ technology, Discover will analyze and display similar-sounding samples when you’re browsing the Factory Library. No more scrolling endlessly through sample lists when your drum sound is close, but not perfect.

  • Easily search the vast Factory Library with an audio intelligence engine that will match complementary drum sounds: not based on meta-data, but on actual musical analysis.
  • Discover new sounds. Click “Discover” and you’ll instantly be shown intelligently-selected, similar-sounding drum hits from the BreakTweaker collection for quick auditioning.

Expansions Included

Expand your sonic palette with BreakTweaker’s add-on Expansion libraries, well-suited to a variety of production styles. Experience analog punch with Vintage Machines, rhythmic tension and release with Cinematic Textures, and industry-defining percussion with Kicks & Snares by Beatport Sounds.

Vintage Machines

Browse through a treasure trove of heavy, dusty vintage beats and revisit hip hop, trap, upbeat techno, two step, dilla-style off-kilter beats and much more. Vintage Machines delivers an eclectic range of over 200 samples from the greatest drum machines out there, assembled into a unique collection of throwback fun. With 50 kits to choose from and 12 patterns each, you can mix and match your favorite lo-fi goodness and drop some vintage style into your track. Crunchy beats, head-bobbing sub and just a hint of old-school vibes take you back to the era of the greats.

  • 200+ Samples
  • Kick Crispy Fried, Snare of the Month, Hat Dirty Dirt, Ride Clear, Kick Chop Chop…

Cinematic Textures

The Cinematic Textures Expansion is a collection of rhythmic gestures ranging from esoteric patterns to dense pulses and beats. Designed to enhance film and television scores, and to intensify the texture of electronic and electro-acoustic music, this expansion is geared towards composers, producers and sound designers alike. With 71 presets and over 700 samples, Cinematic Textures was made with sonic exploration in mind. Delve into both percussive and tonal elements to inspire new ideas for your future musical works.

  • 700+ Samples
  • Dark Pulse, Broken Autoharp, Bass Harmonic, Orch Slap Stab, Rolling Synth…

Kicks & Snares by Beatport Sounds

If anyone knows what makes a track pulse, it’s Beatport, the world’s largest DJ and electronic music community. Exclusively created for iZotope’s BreakTweaker, this impressive-sounding drum sample collection from Beatport Sounds is perfectly suited for modern drum production. With solid kicks, snares, and a little percussion thrown in for good measure, Kicks & Snares will augment your already-stellar Factory Library with fresh flavors from the labs at Beatport.

  • 100+ Samples
  • Kick Thumpin Trap, Kick Housey, Snare Dubstep Hit, Perc Hat, Perc Crash…

Modern Grooves

Modern Grooves is produced by electronic musician and sound design guru Toby Emerson aka Black Octopus and serves up modern but retro, crisp yet slick, Modern Grooves. Modern but retro, crisp yet slick, Modern Grooves serves up full-fledged starting points for jamming out new track ideas. Prefer to start from scratch? We have you covered there, too. With 300 new audio samples and 40 Generator presets, there’s plenty of rich material for customizing your own productions

Take a tour through Electro, Breaks, Deep House, House and more, then spice up any track that needs a lift. Get fresh beats for any genre with Modern Grooves.

System Requirements

Operating Systems:

  • Mac: OS X 10.6.8 (Snow Leopard) – macOS 10.15 (Catalina)
  • PC: Windows XP (32-bit Service Pack 3) – Windows 10

Plugin Formats:

  • AU
  • VST
  • VST3
  • AAX (64-bit)
  • RTAS (32-bit)

Supported Hosts:

  • Ableton Live 9–10
  • Cubase 9.5
  • Digital Performer 9
  • FL Studio 12
  • Logic Pro X
  • Nuendo 8
  • Pro Tools 10 – 12
  • Reaper 5
  • Reason 10
  • Studio One 3 –4

2. Beat Machine 2

by DopeSONIX

Beat Machine 2

Beat Machine 2.0 – VST/AU – Hip Hop Drum Machine

Beat Machine 2.0 is a completely brand new Hip-Hop drum machine VST/AU plugin for MAC or PC. This has been specifically designed for producers who require the huge range of Hip Hop drum sounds made famous over the last 30 years.

All 600 kits are already pre-mixed and eq’ed to improve your beatmaking workflow. No more spending hours looking for the perfect Kick, Snare and Hi-Hat combination, with Beat Machine 2 we’ve done all the hard work for you!…buy, download and take your beats to the next level.

Three Decades of Hip Hop Drums

Firstly, this isn’t a replacement for Beat Machine 1, we intended this to be a companion to that fantastic plug-in. Beat Machine 1 was designed purely for the Hip Hop producer looking for that old school dusty vibe while Beat Machine 2 covers the entire range of Hip Hop drums sounds used over the last 30 years.

1990’s

The 1990’s, for many people are the golden years of Hip Hop production. The fat dusty beats were usually made by chopping live kicks, snares and hi-hats from 70’s funk and soul records then reconstructing those elements to make new distinctive drum patterns. The end result sounded raw, punchy and very very dope.

The first 100 presets in Beat Machine 2.0 are influenced by greats such as Lord Finesse, Pete Rock, The Bombsquad and J Dilla, so be prepared for heavy kicks, cracking snares and dusty live hi-hats all featuring that 12bit sound made possible by the EMU-SP1200 and the Akai-MPC 60.

2000’s

As the Hip Hop world entered the 2000’s, the sound of the beats evolved into a whole range of different styles. While Boombap was still represented by heavyweights such as Alchemist, Havoc and DJ Premier, the emergence of a new breed of producers such as Timbaland and The Neptunes shifted the genre into a cleaner, more syncopated sound while the south emerged with Lil Jon pushing the 808 driven style and Dr Dre bringing the West Coast vibe into the public conciousness.

The second 100 presets in Bass Engine represent this unique era in Hip Hop with a massive variety of drum sounds ranging from hard hitting East Coast drums, funky West Coast Kits and Timbo-esque snaps and claps.

2010’s

With the dawn of a new decade, the Hip Hop drum sound also transitioned into a whole new vibe. The 808 became king and the sound of the south and Toronto seemed to dominate the genre. Its true, many underground beatmakers did still utilise the Boombap heavyness but producers such as Lex Luger and DJ Mustard brought the Trap sound from the hoods while Noah “40” Shebib introduced a more ambient and sparse soundscape into our studios.

The final 100 presets included reflect the contemporary sound of Hip Hop, 808/909 inspired drums, huge Justice League style live kits and OVO influenced sounds are all catered for.

Features

  • 600 Brand new pre-mixed quality drum kits that cover the entire spectrum of Hip Hop
  • 300 Stereo & 300 Multi-Out Kits
  • 1200+ dope drum samples included, already EQ’ed and treated for instant use
  • 30 years of Hip Hop drums in one unit inc Boombap, East Coast, West Coast, Trap and more!
  • 50 Brand new Hip Hop MIDI drum patterns included
  • Easy stereo or more flexible sub-mix output options
  • Separate kick, snare, hi-hat & percussion volume and pan controls
  • Built in flexible pitch and drive controls
  • Includes a built in analogue style reverb
  • NEW Five drum pads for tablet and touchscreen users
  • NEW 12 Segment output level meter
  • NEW Global Hi & Low Pass Filter Control
  • Ultra low CPU usage [perfect if you own a  laptop / tablet / low spec PC/MAC]
  • Ultra fast patch loading [flick through patches in lightening quick times]
  • Program your drums manually or use a MIDI/USB controller/keyboard/MPD

Available DopeSONIX Beat Machine 2 Expansion Packs:

  • Beat Machine Expansion: The Knock 01
  • Beat Machine Expansion: Live Elements 02

System Requirements

Mac:

  • OS X 10.4 – 10.14 (MacOS 10.15 Catalina is now supported)
  • 410 MB disk space required
  • 2 GB RAM
  • Audio Units (AU) or VST DAW compatible host required (64-bit only)

Windows:

  • Windows XP / 7 / 8 / 10
  • 410 MB disk space required
  • 1 GB RAM
  • VST compatible DAW host is required (32 or 64-bit)

Optional USBs / MIDI Controllers:

  • Native Instruments Maschine
  • Behringer
  • Novation
  • M-Audio
  • Arturia
  • Line 6
  • Alesis
  • Korg
  • Akai
  • and more!

Important Note: This software is not compatible with Pro-Tools!


3. Microtonic

by Sonic Charge

Microtonic

Sonic Charge Microtonic is a VST / AU plug-in for Windows and Mac featuring a unique drum and percussion synthesizer combined with a pattern based drum-machine engine.

You can use Microtonic as a sound module to play drum sounds from your MIDI keyboard or sequencer, or you can use the built-in pattern engine to play drum patterns in sync with your sequencer. The sound of Microtonic is 100% synthetic and rendered in real-time. No samples or pre-rendered waveforms are used.

Sonic Charge Microtonic was created by Magnus Lidström. Magnus is known for his work with Propellerhead Software and XLN Audio. In particular, he was the brain behind the highly acclaimed Malström synthesizer introduced in Reason 2.0.

Microtonic is thoroughly unlike anything you have heard or worked with so far.

Features

  • Eight-channel drum and percussion synthesizer.
  • Pattern-based drum-machine engine, synced to the host.
  • 100% synthetic sound, rendered in real-time. No samples!
  • Over-sampled oscillators and sample-accurate triggering.
  • Extremely low CPU utilization, less than 5% on any low-end system.
  • Easy to use interface with context menus, popup hints etc.
  • Plenty of creative editing options like morphing, smart alteration and randomization.
  • Comes bundled with loads of factory sounds and patterns.

System Requirements

Windows

  • Microsoft Windows XP or later
  • A host application that supports VST 2.4 32-bit plug-ins

Mac

  • Mac OS X 10.9 or later
  • Intel-based Mac
  • A host application that supports VST 2.4 or Audio Unit 2 32-bit plug-ins

Available Interfaces

  • VST
  • AudioUnits

4. Geist 2

by FXpansion

Geist 2

Beat Production System

Please Note: If you currently own Geist1, you can upgrade to Geist2 HERE.

Geist2 is a streamlined environment for beat creation and sound sculpting that provides instant inspiration and new ideas for your productions. It combines deep sample manipulation, arrangement and modulation capabilities for intuitive and fast workflow. Geist2 is designed so that nothing gets in the way of your creativity.

Features 

  • Sample direct to pads, slice loops, intuitively sequence beats and manipulate your sounds with unprecedented speed.
  • Trigger scenes and retro-capture performances to take the pressure out of the recording process.
  • Create evolving polyrhythmic beats with individual track lengths, event probability and the new TransMod modulation system.
  • Reworked vector interface can be resized, rescaled and reconfigured to your needs.
  • Circuit-modelled filters, new effects, loop point modulation, 64 pads for slicing longer loops and much more.
  • Vintage sampler emulation mode for authentic old-school crunch.
  • Quality sounds and loops to inspire your creativity.

Sample

Geist2’s sampler makes capturing your own samples fun again. Whether recording multiple loops or threshold-based single hits, the integrated browser and ability to record directly to pads provides an intuitive environment for building your perfect kit.

Slice

The integrated slicer allows fast, non-destructive chopping of beats with automatic pattern extraction. Drag and drop MIDI and audio export makes it a breeze to create custom loops.

Modulate

The TransMod modulation system lets you automate any parameter with interacting modulators like LFOs, step-sequencers, envelopes, maths functions and macro controls to morph and evolve your sounds in new and creative ways.

Sequence

Each of Geist2’s 8 engines features a 64-track sequencer with 24 pattern memories – all with individual track lengths. Also included are event probability, micro-timing shifts for ‘off-the-grid’ organic grooves, and parameter step-automation for adding new dimensions to your beats.

Arrange

Build complex, evolving arrangements is easy and fun; record scene changes live or just start playing – and capture it all afterwards with retro record.

Transform

Geist2’s sampling and effects engine can twist your sounds into new forms. Layer samples with individual filters and effects, use crossfaded loop point modulation and Zynaptiq ZTX time stretch for new textures. New effects include:

  • Bloom and Maul algorithms
  • Low-fidelity DAC modelling
  • High-quality reverb
  • Frequency shifting
  • Granular freezing
  • Classic DCAM compression
  • Filters and drive.

Additional Features

  • Sampling rhythm production environment
  • Streamlined slicing, sampling & resampling
  • Pattern and scene sequencing
  • Integrated song mode
  • Real-time record & retro capture
  • Powerful sample layering and sculpting
  • Diverse high-quality built-in effects
  • New algorithms from Bloom and Maul
  • Zynaptiq ZTX time-stretch/pitch-shift
  • Intuitive TransMod modulation
  • Parameter step-automation
  • Intelligent built-in browser
  • Full MIDI and audio export
  • Retina/4K-compatible scalable interface
  • Sound library by Splice Sounds
  • AAX (64-bit only), 32/64-bit VST, AU and Standalone versions.
  • Geist2 includes all content from Geist1 and NEW content from Splice Sounds.
  • Geist2 owners can select 2 FREE expanders directly within their FXpansion user account after they’ve registered.

System Requirements

  • Windows 10 64-bit (PC)
  • macOS 10.12 or above (Mac)
  • Intel i3 or greater (recommended)
  • 4GB RAM (minimum)
  • Directx 9+

5. Nerve

by Xfer Records

Nerve

Powerful Beat Manipulation and Creation

Plugin Power

Nerve runs as a VSTi or AudioUnit plugin. Nerve was designed and coded by veteran dance music producers, with a diverse sample library included from many of todays top sound designers. Create your own beats entirely from scratch using sounds you already have (AIF/WAV/REX/RX2/AKAI .SND), or utilize the factory-included Drum Kits, Presets, Patterns, and Sounds.

Powerful Internal Step Sequencer

Nerve has an ergonomic mouse-driven Step Sequencer which allows you to program beats visually or by clicking rhythmically, with minimal mousing.

Compact, Hassle-Free Interface

Everything you frequently want to control is instantly accessible in Nerve – no fumbling and excessive paging around to get things sounding how you want, in a window which won’t consume your entire screen real-estate.

Thousands of Original Sounds Included

Nerve contains a large, comprehensive 2-Gigabyte library containing full presets, drumkits, patterns, one-shots, and loops made by a variety of world-class sound designers, including SampleMagic, PowerFX, Richard Devine, Dom Kane, SampleSquad, Bitword, Noise Inc.,, and many others, catering to a wide variety of musical genres.

Sculpt your own Original Sounds

you can drag-and-drop soundfiles you already have on your hard disk (WAV/AIF/REX/RX2/AKAI SND format) and audition different samples instantly using navigation buttons. Random sample selection from the current folder (for one or all pads) is possible with hotkeys, for exploration of new sound combinations effortlessly. On-board editing with 22 simultaneous pre-calculated DSP types allows you to slice/trim, sculpt, stretch, and bend and re-synthesize sounds into completely new sounds, with no play-time CPU expense.

Slice and Re-Arrange Loops

Nerve allows for a single pad to contain up to 16 slices of a loop, with adjustable slice points, which will automatically get read from REX/RX2 files. For traditional WAV/AIF loops, three different user-selectable time-stretching options are available (slice+fill, granular stretch, resample) to get your loop to match your host sequencer.

Let your Rhythms Groove + Gel

Nerve allows you to extract the timing + level information from a REX/RX2 loops, and have this apply to all of the rhythms with a single mouse gesture. You can store swing presets for future use.

Performance-Oriented Features

Nerve features a unique Repeater control which allows you to re-trigger one or more pads on-the-fly to create fills and variations on-the-fly. Trigger / Re-trigger patterns with the mouse or MIDI notes. Re-triggered portions can be automatically ‘sent’ to a different output pair for additional external processing on those specific moments. Unlike audio-based buffer-repeating effects, Nerve’s Repeater will follow swing/groove feel on a global level, maintaining your groove. Furthermore, re-triggered steps will also generate new MIDI-out notes, if using Nerve for controlling external samplers, etc.

Realtime Sculpting Control

Each pad contains a unique ‘fat’ 2x-oversampled State Variable Filter. Flexible LFOs allowing you to make parts vary over time (pan/level/cutoff/reso/sample start), allowing for parts to sound more fluid. MultiStage Envelopes with tension curves allow for dynamic sculpting with high precision. A unique GATE parameter allows the envelope length to rescale, sequenced per-step and/or controlled/automated externally. * Internal Sidechain-input Compressor – get your beats to pump without all of the in-host bussing hassle.

Pad Independence

Each pad can optionally run its own pattern chain, length, and randomize, making it very easy to create polyrhythms / polymetric beats giving your music productions interesting, unique flair.

Multiple Output Capability

(8 stereo pairs) allow you to separate various parts of the beat for external mixing/processing.

MIDI Support (both Input and Output)

Control Nerve from a MIDI controller using assignable MIDI notes. Control Nerve parameters from MIDI CC messages. MIDI Out control allows you to use Nerve as a “sequence engine” to generate notes/CC’s in unique ways / control or layer other synths and samplers.

Available Expansion Pack:

  • Check out Chris Cowie’s Re-Nerve Expansion Pack for more samples, kits and patterns.

System Requirements

Mac

  • OS X 10.5 or later (for 10.7 or later Nerve 1.01 is required)

Formats:

  • Audio Units (AU)
  • VST

Windows

  • Windows 7 SP1

Formats:

  • VST

6. Nepheton

by D16 Group

Nepheton

A completely synthesized emulation of the famous 808 drum machine

Synthesis

Nepheton contains 17 fully synthesized modules that work together to emulate the original 808 drum machine. All the sounds and detailed nuances of the original are captured perfectly. Nepheton’s modules are equipped with additional controls for deep tone and envelope tweakability. Listen to the audio examples or just download the demo and start beat making today!

Outputs

Take advantage of Nepheton’s flexible output configurations – every module’s audio signal can be routed to any of the 12 outputs. This means you can route each source to a separate aux and sculpt its sound with your favourite plugins! Each individual output can be set to mono or stereo. For the real 808 fans, D16 have also included the original Trigger output (fully configurable, of course).

Every module also has a Mute, Solo and an Activity indicator. Mute does not silence the module but stops it from being triggered. Solo stops all other modules from being triggered and only activates the selected module(s).

Control

Nepheton has extensive midi control. It can be used to trigger individual modules as a modern alternative to the internal sequencer. This can be set to play using Nepheton’s internal clock, or set to sync to the host sequencer.

Most of Nepheton’s parameters can be automated within the host and can be controlled via MidiCC using virtually any external controller. An easy-to-use “Midi Learn” function allows instant parameter reassignment.

Internal Sequencer

The internal sequencer contains two banks of patterns: simple and extended. There is 16 extended and 96 simple patterns which both can be edited traditionally using the step buttons or using the tap function.

Simple patterns are used in Host Mode where each pattern location has a midi note number assigned to it. By drawing in notes in your DAW, you can map out and trigger full drum patterns.

Extended Patterns* differ in that they have 4 segments (variations A & B and parts 1 & 2). The whole bank of 16 extended patterns is divided into two groups of Basic Patterns and Intro/Fill In Patterns. You can choose from played patterns, use variations, and fill in modes (triggered automatically or manually). You can also precede the starting pattern with an intro pattern, and much more.

For that creative boost, D16 have added a Randomizer. It can be used to make simple changes to a pattern or to create whole new ones – ideal when you’ve been stuck on that bridge instrumental for too long! Randomizing can be applied to drums independently and with variable frequency – its odds of recurrence.

Twist the knob: The shuffle knob goes way past triplets. Set the balance between order and janky chaos: add subtle rhythmic hiccups or throw your beat into a blender.

Sharing is Easy: All external files are stored in the XML format. This allows single patterns or whole banks to be exchanged between users easily. XML allows the files to be edited in a text editor. Ideal if you want to post or share your pattern online – just post the text!

Features

  • 17 fully synthesized instruments
  • Perfectly scaled knob ranges
  • Enhanced control of modules’ sounds
  • Flexible, dynamic output reassignment including Master Out and Trigger Output
  • True “disable/off” mutes & solos for each module: save on CPU!
  • Fully controllable via MidiCC
  • Quick midiCC assignation with MidiLearn function
  • Multiple control variations:
    • External mode (note mode)
    • Internal sequencer (pattern mode) with 2 submodes
  • External mode:
    • User-defined midi map (default set equal to General Midi)
    • Note velocity controls modules’ levels
  • Internal sequencer:
    • 96 simple patterns
    • 16 extended patterns (12 basic rythms and 4 intros/fill ins) with 4 segments per pattern
    • Each segment can be defined with one of four available measures
    • Each step can be defined normal or accented
    • Ridiculously fun “Shuffle” mode
    • Tap mode
    • Built in Randomizer (module-specific, with frequency of occurrence)
    • Patterns can be imported and exported as user-readable xml files
  • Two sync modes:
    • Precise DAW tempo sync
    • Internal clock sync – ranges from 30-303 BPM (+-0.1)
  • Simple preset manager

System Requirements

Windows PC

  • OS version Win 7, Win 8, Win 10
  • CPU 1.5 Ghz with SSE (Multicore system 2.0 Ghz recommended)
  • RAM 4 GB (8 GB Recommended)
  • Software VST compatible host application (32bit or 64bit)

Mac OS X

  • OS version 10.7 and later
  • CPU Intel based 1.5 Ghz (2.0 Ghz recommended)
  • RAM 4 GB (8 GB Recommended)
  • Software AU / VST compatible host application (32bit or 64bit)

Please note: This is not a standalone program – a host application (DAW) is required to use it.


7. SR-88

by AudioThing

SR-88

SR-88: Analog Drum Machine from the 80s

SR-88 is a sample-based plugin emulation of the Sound Master Memory Rhythm SR-88, a rare analog drum machine from the 80s.

The instrument features 5 classic analog sounds: Kick, Snare, Hi Hat 1, Hi Hat 2, and Cymbal, which can be pitched, panned or mixed independently. You can additionally shape the sound with the Low Pass Filter (Zero Delay Feedback), Overdrive, Compressor and Reverb. The sequencer lets you easily build patterns that can be dragged and dropped to your DAW/host.

Features

  • 5 classic analog drum sounds
  • 15 Factory Presets / 15 Factory Patterns
  • Low Pass filter with Zero Delay Feedback
  • Overdrive, Compressor, and Reverb Effects
  • Sequencer with MIDI Drag to DAW
  • Preset system with randomizer
  • Size: MAC 158 MB / PC 110 MB
  • Formats: VST, AU, and AAX (32/64bit)
  • Platforms: OSX, Windows

System Requirements

Mac:

  • OSX 10.6.8 or later
  • Core Duo 2GHz
  • 2 GB RAM / 500 MB HD
  • Screen resolution: 1024×768
  • VST2, AU, and AAX (64-bit only)

Windows:

  • Windows 7 or later 
  • Intel Core 2 Duo 2GHz / AMD Athlon 64 or equivalent
  • 2 GB RAM / 500 MB HD
  • Screen resolution: 1024×768
  • VST2 and AAX (64-bit only)

8. Spark 2

by Arturia

Spark 2

Premiere Beat Creation

Spark is an innovative drum production solution. Its cutting edge sound library, multiple synthesis engines and advanced sequencing functionalities will get you creative on your beatmaking tasks. Real-time performance tools and effects are here to explore new sonic territories, in the studio or on stage.

Spark Main Features:

  • 16 tracks drum machine
  • TAE® virtual analog, sampling and physical modeling sound engines
  • Powerful pattern-based sequencing : Real-time sequencer and classic TR-style step sequencer
  • Full-featured mixer with studio effects
  • Modular synth engine for in-depth sound editing
  • Real-time performance loopers and effects

Impressive Library:

  • Covering all musical genres
  • More than 2800 instruments: Drums, one-shots, synths, fx…
  • Multiple banks of patterns for each drum kit
  • Created by professional sound designers

What’s New in Spark 2.0 ?

All New Graphics:

  • Tabbed pages
  • Expanded Pattern edit screen
  • New mixer
  • Enhanced Library page for better data management

Extended REX Support:

  • REX file playback per pad
  • Manipulation of REX File slices.

Modular Drum Synth Editor:

  • Create your own patches
  • Edit existing patches

Create Custom Instrument Macro Controls Modules Including:

  • Oscillators
  • Multimode filters and Karplus strong filter
  • ADR envelopes
  • LFOs
  • Mixers
  • RingModulator
  • Bode Frequency Shifter
  • Spring mass
  • CV processor

Song Mode:

  • NEW 16 song segments
  • Song segment triggering from hardware

Ultimate Drum Machine:

  • Spark 2 is arguably the most powerful and creative drum solution available today.
  • It takes the best elements from analog drum machines, sample based beat boxes and cutting edge physical modeling; all of this is rolled into one easy to use, elegant package.

Exceptional Work-Flow:

  • When designing Spark 2 a simple, intuitive workflow was one of the highest priorities. The brand new user interface builds on the best parts of the previous GUI and improves the overall experience by providing a simplified, more elegant solution. We have laid out and organised the new interface to make it as user friendly as possible by placing all the major features at the users fingertips.
  • The new tabbed layout drastically reduces scrolling and provides the user with faster access to all the features contained in Spark 2. 

Multiple Synthesis:

  • Spark 2 includes an extremely powerful audio engine which contains multiple synthesis modes. The included sample engine provides advanced sample playback capabilities in an easy to use package. 
  • Spark 2 also includes multiple physical models, which were developed with great care, to deliver the best in acoustic drum sounds.
  • At the heart of Spark 2 is a truly modular virtual analog drum synth, based on the one developed for our flagship synthesizer, Origin. 

New Layout

We have updated the look and feel of Spark to allow for faster workflow, and created a layout that will allow Spark to grow well into the future. New tabbed pages give a cleaner look, more screen space and fast access to features you need the most.

Modular VA Drum Synth

Spark has always been built on a fully modular Virtual Analog sound engine but only developers had access to this until now. You can add and subtract modules, create your own patch routings, and assign up to 6 macro controls for immediate control. The modular engine that you now have full access to makes Spark the ultimate in drum synthesizers.

REX File Playback

We have added an advanced REX file player into Spark. You can still import REX files and split them across your pads but what if you like the REX loop and want it to play back on a single pad? Now you can open or drag-and-drop your favorite REX file to pad and have it play in sync. With REX file playback, Spark 2 opens up a world of live loop playback and DJing.

Song Mode

The Song mode has been updated to allow for song segments to be configured and then played back at the touch of a button. Now you can create song sections that will play from one pattern to another and then recall these sections, via the step buttons on your Spark or SparkLE controller.

50 New kits

Spark 2.0 adds 50 new kits (that is 800 new instruments) that span many musical genres. Trap, Hiphop, Tech House, Nu Disco, etc. These new kits come with 32 patterns that can be used by themselves or used as the basis for you to make your own beats.

System Requirements

Windows:

  • Windows 7+ PC
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 2 GHz CPU
  • 8GB free hard disk space

Mac:

  • OSX 10.8+
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 2 GHz CPU
  • 64 bits only
  • 8GB free hard disk space

Required Configuration:

  • Works in Standalone, VST and Audio Unit, AAX (Pro Tools 11), NKS

Protection:

  • The software is protected by the Arturia Software Center

9. DrumComputer

by Sugar Bytes

DrumComputer

Synthetic Beats

Calculating Beats…

DrumComputer is the new specialist for synthetic drums, combining classic and modern synthesis with flexible modulations and luxurious sequencing. Intelligent randomizers, elegant pattern editing and import of your own samples are just a few of the mind-blowing possibilities. Enjoy new drums every day and get inspired by all the creativity that DrumComputer sets free. Just because, there still is all the unheard of.

Key Features

  • 8 Sound Engines, each one layering a Resonator, Wavetable and Resynth
  • Filter, Compressor, Overdrive and 2 kinds of Send Reverbs: Room and Hall
  • 2x Env/LFO, plus Synth-Engine-Modulators, Sequencer-Modulators, ModMatrix
  • Intelligent Randomizers for endless Drum Sounds
  • 16 Step Sequencer and Pattern Generator, Probability, Rolls, +/- Step Delay, Swing, Humanize
  • Auto- und Manual Remixing/Fills
  • Easy Keyboard Mapping for Patterns, Mutes and Engine Triggers
  • Key zones for Rolls, Pitch and Modulation
  • MIDI File Drag & Drop
  • Multiple Audio/MIDI Outputs

Sound Engines

8 individual sound engines contain all the DSP goodies and share presets, so you can exchange sounds between engines. 3 synthesis layers cover a broad variety of timbres, from a classical analog Resonator to Wavetable, plus the awesome Resynth, which brings you liquidized cymbals, snares and synths.

Multimode filter, Compressor, Distortion and 2 kinds of Send Reverbs provide a vast toolset to carve the drums of tomorrow. Enjoy the 2 included ENV/LFO hybrids with lots of waveforms and the flexible modulation matrix with sources and targets all over the instrument.

Easy Access

The Kit Page provides the most important functions of the sound engine. Each of the eight kit channels provides a preset browser for the individual sound, controls for global pitch and decay, a modify knob and a profiled random function. Define a Mute group in order to make a trigger on one engine choke the sound on another engine and use Choke Groups for open/closed hi-hat choking, but also for interesting synth sounds.

The Finalizer is a well-balanced recipe of transient shaper, compressor, maximizer and saturation. Use it to bring out the Attacks of your drums and let the room breath.

Millions of Drum Sounds

Drum sound randomizers with profiles and the MakeKit button will keep on surprising you with new drum sounds and kits. Simple patterns turn into livid tracks with the Auto Fill feature, which inserts fills and parameter changes at certain song positions. The revolutionary Remix control creates crazy fills and covers lots of groove and fun.

The Pattern, Mute & Mapping section offers you extensive live-performance-oriented control over DrumComputer. Enjoy total freedom when it comes to assigning drum sounds to your keyboard and use Key zones for rolls, pitch, and modulations. 8 keys are reserved for the mute function, perfect for live-re-arranging of your beats. 16 pattern keys plus pattern chain allow for easy pattern editing and sequencing.

Sequencer

The 16-step/16-pattern sequencer is packed with features. While it provides Tempo, Direction and Step Length per track, it’s also capable of generating complete, complex patterns with more than just triggers, you have to try it to believe it.

Modulation sequencers for probability, rolls, step delay and also pitch- decay- and mod sequencers are included. And the best part: A complete MIDI drag and drop feature generates a MIDI file that contains everything from triggers, modulation sequences to auto fills and their related CCs.

System Requirements

Mac

  • OS X 10.9 or higher (64-bit only)

Formats:

  • AAX
  • Audio Unit (AU)
  • Standalone Application
  • VST2

Windows

  • Windows 7 or higher (64-bit only)

Formats:

  • AAX
  • Standalone Application
  • VST2

Important note: Ths software is only available in 64-bit format for both Windows and macOS and will not function on 32-bit systems.


10. MDrummer

by MeldaProduction

MDrummer

MDrummer is simply the ultimate drum machine and virtual drummer. It makes arranging drum tracks and real-time performances quick and simple and the possibilities are just endless…

Sound Limited Only by Your Imagination

MDrummer’s sound engine can cover the entire wide range of percussion instruments from drums to scratches. Any number of drumsets, drums in each drumset, layers and effects in each drum, with sampling, synthesis and some completely unique generators. Whether you are interested in acoustic drums, electric drums, percussion or effects, or any kind of combination, MDrummer can do it.

Quick and I

MDrummer can generate infinite number of new drumsets by pressing a single button, analyze and import your sample libraries, merge multiple drumsets and much more. MDrummer is perfect whether you are looking for a traditional style, a truly unique sound available by a few clicks, or if you are ready to get dirty and explore the depths of the most advanced drum machine in the world.

Rhythms Limited Only By Your Imagination

MDrummer truly understands what a rhythm is the way humans do and you have access to everything he knows. It can cover any style and any percussive instrument. MDrummer can play pop, drum’n’bass, rock, r’n’b, salsa, jungle, jazz, rumba on congas, progress-metal in 11/4 signature…anything you can imagine. MDrummer can generate new rhythms for you, merge multiple rhythms, add shakers and other background percussion. Humanization, shuffling, halfe/double tempo & feel and many more advanced features let you transform your ideas into reality by few mouse clicks.

Unique Way to Control the Performance

You can command MDrummer to play intro, groove, add fills, play more notes at different velocities… MDrummer is just like an incredibly great human drummer, except it will obey any orders! You can tell him what to do using our unique MIDI command method, integrated sequencer or he can even jam with you! No more clumsy automation, MIDI file drag & drop… You can make a great drum track for your arrangement in just a few minutes.

Ground Breaking Rhythm Generator

We taught MDrummer what humans do when creating new rhythms. All you need to do now is to create a single loop, which suits your song. Or, well, MDrummer can generate a unique one for you. Rhythm generator then takes megabytes of resources and creates the whole rhythm for you. Just the way real drummers do it.

Flexible User Interface

We make music, but the visual side may inspire or not. MDrummer’s user interface is resizable, stylable, contains context help for everything and the workflow is optimized for maximum speed. All for the ultimate user experience and creativity.

Features

  • VST/VST3/AU/AAX plugin
  • More than 6GB of samples, multisamples, subsample libraries and more
  • 300+ drumsets, 2400+ drumset components, 900+ samples, 600+ multisamples, 300+ rhythms, 200+ base-rhythms, 12000+ loops
  • 5 ultimate sound generators – MSampler, MMultiSampler, MSynthesizer4NN, MSubSampleSynthesizer and MScratcher
  • 30 versatile effects – equalizers, compressors, distortions, modulations…
  • Drumset generator & merger
  • Effect generator & merger
  • Ultimate human-like rhythm technology
  • MIDI command method
  • Integrated arrangement sequencer
  • Jamming functionality
  • Rhythm generator & merger

System Requirements

Windows

  • Windows Vista / 7 / 8 / 10 (32-bit or 64-bit)
  • VST / VST3 / AAX compatible host (32-bit or 64-bit)
  • Intel/AMD processor with SSE2 support

Always use 32-bit plugins in 32-bit hosts, or 64-bit plugins in 64-bit hosts!
 
64-bit plugins can’t work in 32-bit hosts even if the operating system is 64-bit. Do NOT use 32-bit plugins in 64-bit hosts. They would have to be bridged and can become slow and unstable.
 
MAC OS X

  • Mac OS X (10.7 and newer, 32-bit or 64-bit)
  • VST / VST3 / AU / AAX compatible host (32-bit or 64-bit)
  • Intel/AMD processor with SSE2 support

Note: Please check your product PDF documentation for more information and installation instructions.


11. Punch 2

by Rob Papen

Punch 2

The original Rob Papen Punch virtual drum machine made its mark on the map through a combination of professionally designed drum synthesis/samples and the built-in pattern sequencer. Now, by adding even more drum synthesis models, and introducing a fresh, re-designed new main screen which allows you to quickly form unique new drum kits, Rob Papen Punch 2 continues its legacy to be a cutting edge drum machine… but with lots of extra added punch!
 
It doesn’t stop there though; the interface and the synthesis sound options have been expanded greatly. Rob Papen Punch 2 now allows you to import your own samples and REX files so you can create your own loops using whatever samples you’d like. You can map out REX files or sample slices to individual pads and combine these creatively with the sounds & pattern sequencer found inside Punch 2 for ultimate usability. Further editing of REX files or Sliced pads is also possible by using one of the many additional features such as filters, envelopes or routing into one of the 4 FX modules. And yes, you can even use granular synthesis on the REX and Slice pads!
 
Feature-wise there is almost too much to mention here! For instance, there is a full new ‘Master’ section with EQ, Compressor, Limiter, Stereo/mono split filter, and layout mixer. Last but not least, Punch 2 also comes with a vast amount of included sounds, ready to groove into your music and productions!

System Requirements

PC

  • Windows 7/ Windows 8/ Windows 10 (32 & 64 bit)

Formats:

  • VST
  • AAX (Note: PC AAX for PT 12 or higher)
  • Compatible with NI NKS system

Mac

  • OS-X 10.9 – 10.15 (64 bit only)

Formats:

  • AU
  • VST
  • AAX
  • Compatible with NI NKS system

Notes:

  • Serial/licence system with activation whilst registering the product
  • 2nd serial for a secondary computer/laptop is available after you have registered the product’s original serial/license.

12. Boom

by AIR Music Technology

Boom Box Shot Image

Crossgrade Note: Customers who already own Pro Tools, AIEP 3, AKAI VIP or MPC Software can Crossgrade HERE.

Air Music Technology originally created Boom as part of the Creative Collection of instrument plug-ins included as part of Avid™ Pro Tools™.  As the popularity of Pro Tools grew, more and more musicians and producers relied on the incredible sonic firepower of this amazing Drum Machine. Boom continued to evolve, and demand grew. Boom is now available on its own by popular demand, available to anyone who demands instant creativity in AU/VST formats.  

Boom features a slick modern interface that pays homage to the most popular vintage drum machines of the past.  Boom has been used on many famous projects since its launch, ranging from hit albums, feature films and radio projects. It’s one of the most loved Pro Tools Plugins.  

Boom includes a diverse collection of 10 different classic electronic drum kits, offering variations on the classic 808 and 909 kits, more aggressive Dance and Urban-style kits and a powerful retro-style kit modelled on the concept of a ‘CR78 merged with a 606’.  Each one has been created with great attention to detail and provides serious sonic impact. 

Each kit contains 10 different drums, and you can adjust the panning, volume, tuning and decay of each drum within a kit. Each drum channel also contains a special tuning screw that can be turned to make a sonic adjustment, specific to a particular drum. This tweaking ability provides for nearly limitless possibilities with a user-friendly interface.  

You can mix and match drums from different kits to make your own custom kit, and the drum sounds can be triggered individually via standard MIDI pitch mappings. 

For instant inspiration, over 50 presets are included cover contemporary, classic electronic/urban musical genres. Boom also has an onboard sequencer that enables you to create and trigger your own patterns, which can be saved and recalled as presets.

You can select different patterns using the keys along the bottom of the interface when you’re in Pattern Select mode, and these are conveniently colour coded to show you how they map to a MIDI keyboard from middle ‘C’ upwards for remote selection.

The Matrix display in the top left enables you to program a pattern, but if you prefer you can also use the keys along the bottom, this time with Pattern Edit mode selected. You’ll find some nice touches, such as the ability to copy one pattern to another, and some simple controls for adjusting the way in which the pattern plays back within your host: normal, double, half or triplet time, and there’s even a swing control mirroring classic MPC’s and other vintage drum machines/samplers.

System Requirements

Mac: 

  • Mac OS X 10.8.5-10.14 (10.15 Catalina not yet supported); Core Duo Processor (Core i5 or i7 Recommended)
  • VST64 is qualified for Cubase 6 (64-bit) and Ableton Live 9 (64-bit). AU64 is qualified for Logic X (64-bit)
  • FREE iLok account & Licence Manager is required to authorise this software (a physical USB iLok is not required).

PC: 

  • Windows 10, 8 or Windows 7 Service Pack 1; Minimum Dual Core 2GHz (Intel Core i5 or i7 Recommended)
  • VST64 is qualified for Cubase 6 (64-bit) and Ableton Live 9 (64-bit)
  • FREE iLok account & Licence Manager is required to authorise this software (a physical USB iLok is not required).

Formats:

  • Compatible with AU and VST only.

Important notes: 

  • FREE iLok account & Licence Manager is required to authorise this software (a physical USB iLok is not required).​
  • This software is not yet compatible with macOS 10.15 Catalina.
  • An internet connection is required to authorise this software.

13. Liquid Rhythm

by WaveDNA

Liquid Rhythm

Powerful Beat-Making Software

Liquid Rhythm lets you create intricate, interesting beats with unprecedented speed and precision. It’s the first sequencer that lets you make beats using note clusters and patterns instead of individual notes. And it completely streamlines your workflow. Get started using the built-in sample library, trigger your virtual instruments, and experiment with new rhythmic patterns. Whether you use a Mac or PC, Ableton Live or other DAWs, Liquid Rhythm will help you realize your music’s full potential.

  • Visualize your beats with WaveDNA’s intuitive Music Molecule technology
  • Make complex, unique beats instantly using a collection of rhythmic building blocks
  • Tweak and customize beats in real-time with powerful editing tools
  • Use Liquid Rhythm standalone, with your DAW, or fully integrated with Ableton Live Suite via the Max for Live bridge
  • VST / AU / Max for Live

Features

A Revolutionary Pattern-Based WorkflowLiquid Rhythm uses an intuitive pattern-based musical language to transform your workflow and let you visualize beats in a whole new way. It’s the first and only sequencer that lets you create fresh, unique beats with note clusters and patterns instead of individual notes.       

Loopcloud Music App from Loopmasters.com

Build Any Beat Imaginable

Liquid Rhythm offers a collection of rhythmic building blocks that allow you to create up to 10 quadrillion unique rhythm patterns. Craft complex, intricate beats and experiment with rhythmic hooks in seconds by dragging-and-dropping bar-long and beat-long patterns into the arranger. The software gives you a musically informed palette of patterns that automatically updates based on the type of beat you’re creating. With so many rhythms to choose from, you’ll never run out of new directions to take your music in.

Deep Integration with Ableton Live Via Max For Live

Liquid Rhythm and Ableton Live Suite combine to create the ultimate solution for MIDI-based beat creation. Liquid Rhythm’s powerful MIDI sequencing and editing tools integrate seamlessly with Ableton Live’s production and performance workflow to make it quicker and easier to experiment with new rhythmic ideas and craft complex, memorable beats. Thanks to the Max for Live bridge, you can build, explore, and manage tracks in real-time while your MIDI data constantly updates between the two programs.

As an added bonus, Push users benefit from our custom user script designed to specifically enhance the speed of workflow. Your Push controller will even light up with Liquid Rhythm’s distinctive colours.

The End of Piano Roll Editing

Editing drum tracks on a piano roll can be time-consuming, or even tedious, depending on your disposition. Liquid Rhythm lets you create unique, elaborate beats using note patterns and clusters—entire bars at a time. It’s the fastest way to experiment with new sounds and grooves. Assemble rhythm patterns for any instrument four notes at a time. Convert a straight-ahead hi-hat track into triplets, instantly.

Easy to Use Operation

Based on years of cognitive response research, Liquid Rhythm works the way musicians think. The intuitive pattern-based workflow and seamless operation make it easier than ever to create unique and complex beats—quickly.

Plugin Mode & Standalone Mode

Ready to see what your DAW can really do? Use Liquid Rhythm as an external sequencer and breathe new life into your virtual instruments and sample libraries. Program new, unique drum parts for tracks, experiment with new rhythmic patterns to discover new grooves, or enhance existing parts to make them more interesting and fresh. Whether you’re using Ableton Live, FL Studio, Logic Pro, Cubase, Pro Tools, Studio One, Cakewalk, or Garageband, Liquid Rhythm has you covered.

Sometimes you’re in the mood for a lightning-quick writing session. Use Liquid Rhythm in standalone mode and access the same powerful beat creation tools in seconds, without any additional software.

Powered by WaveDNA Technology

Years of research and development went into creating a modern musical language that synthesizes MIDI and traditional notation—we call it the Music Molecule. It’s a showcase of shapes and colours that helps you visualize the rhythmic structures of music. These structures provide a way to group notes together into little note clusters that you can play with—they can be sequenced, edited and painted. 

The Music Molecule allows you to group notes together and create beats entire bars at a time, without requiring any theoretical understanding of music or the piano. It’s a fresh intuitive way of visualizing music that lets creativity take centre stage, and it’s the lifeblood of Liquid Rhythm.

Powerful Editing Tools & Effects

Liquid Rhythm gives you unprecedented control over your drum patterns. You can fine-tune your beats with a suite of razor-precise editing tools and powerful MIDI effects.

BeatForm Tumbler

The BeatForm Tumbler lets you isolate any region of your beat and turn up the complexity with a simple turn of a knob. Looking to simplify a beat? It’s just as easy. Simply click on the region you would like to change and turn the knob to cycle through an array of note clusters to find the one that best suits the music.

BeatWeaver

The BeatWeaver is a rhythm design tool. Based on your choices, it generates rhythmic patterns you can play with. It’s made up of three parts: the BeatForm Circuits, the Step Sequencer, and the BeatWeave List. Select a series of BeatForms and drag them into the BeatForm Circuit. From there, the BeatForms are automatically sent through the BeatForm Step Sequencer and into the BeatWeave List—a table that shows every possible combination of your selected BeatForms. Choose your favourite beat from the list and drag it into the Arranger, and you’re done. It’s an intuitive way to get the creative juices flowing again and discover new and unique beats you may have never thought of.

BeatSeeker

BeatSeeker is the perfect tool for exploring new instruments and navigating the infinite rhythm options in BeatWeaver. BeatSeeker automatically looks at every possible beat and highlights the most commonly occurring patterns for whatever instrument you’re working with. Not sure what to do with the hi-hat? Click on a region in the hi-hat track and BeatSeeker will highlight the most frequently used patterns—the darker the highlight colour, the more frequently it’s used. BeatSeeker automatically runs intelligent algorithms to help you find just the right groove.

Maps

The BarForm and BeatForm maps display every combination of rhythmic patterns possible in a 4/4 bar in organized wheel charts. Whether you’re looking for a simple four-on-the-floor kick drum beat or a complex frenzy of instruments, it’s all on the map wheels—simple beats are organized near the centre of the wheel, with the beats becoming more complex as you move out toward the edge. Once you find the beat that best suits the song, simply drag it into the Arranger and keep writing.

GrooveMover

The GrooveMover is a way for you to instantly remix your beat. It’s a MIDI effect that alters the arrangement of the notes in a bar. In the arranger, select the regions of the beat you want to remix and press the GrooveMover arrows up or down. Based on the underlying colour patterns, the entire beat will transform into something somewhat closely related to what you originally had. Use it as a songwriting tool to discover variations of your favourite beats.

Randomizer

For all those brainstorming sessions at the beginning of a new project, there’s Randomizer. Quickly dial in what you’re looking for on the BarForm, BeatForm, Collaborate, and Velocity & Groove sliders to point the Randomizer in the right direction: Do you want a simple or complex beat? Should the notes have different accents? Then hit “Surprise Me!” and see what the Randomizer comes up with. As with all Liquid Rhythm tools, playing around with the Randomizer may lead to some unimaginable beats, so have fun with it!

Loop Library

Built to accommodate any musician, the Loop Library contains an array of MIDI loops that are organized by genre. From Dubstep to Blues, Motown to Trap and beyond, the Loop Library brings intricate and unique beats to any project. Drag and drop or double click on the beat to load it into the Arranger and start down the path of your new project.

System Requirements

Mac

  • macOS / OS X 10.7.5 through to OS X 10.14
  • 4 GB RAM (recommended 8 GB)
  • 1 GB hard disk space
  • Processor: recommended Intel i5 or better
  • Apple’s legacy Java version 1.6

Windows

  • Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, or Windows Vista
  • 4 GB RAM (recommended 8 GB)
  • 1 GB hard disk space
  • Processor: recommended Intel i5 or better
  • An ASIO-compatible sound card recommended for optimal audio performance
  • Java 1.8 JDK

Liquid Rhythm can be run as a standalone application, or in a DAW:

  • Any DAW hosting VST / AU / RTAS
  • AMXD plugin (Ableton Max For Live Device):
  • Ableton Live 9 Suite: Max 7 is required, in the same architecture as your Live 9 installation (64-bit).

AMXD plugin (Ableton Max For Live Device)

  • Ableton Live 9 (recommended latest 64-bit build)
  • Ableton Live 10 is not supported
  • Max 7 (recommended latest 64-bit build)

Please note: 

  • WaveDNA does not provide tech support for 32-bit configurations.
  • When you update Max, please reinstall Liquid Rhythm. Otherwise, the Max for Live plugin will not operate properly.

14. Beat Machine 1

by DopeSONIX

Beat Machine 1

Beat Machine – VST / AU – Hip Hop Drums Plug-In

Beat Machine 1.0 is an innovative authentic raw Hip-Hop VSTi/AU plugin for MAC or PC. This has been specifically designed for  Hip Hop producers who require that gritty 90′s Boom Bap sound, notorious for its fat crunchy drums and dusty beats.

This amazing software includes a huge library containing some the finest drum sounds ever heard in Hip Hop,  sourced directly from legendary producers responsible for some of the worlds most famous beats and instrumentals.

All 500 kits are already mixed and eq’ed to improve your beatmaking workflow. No more spending hours looking for the perfect Kick, Snare and Hi-Hat combination, with Beat Machine we’ve done all the hard work for you!…buy, download and take your beats to the next level.

Features

  • 500 Pre-mixed classic BoomBap drum kits including 100 legendary producer signature kits
  • 1000+ Gritty drum samples included, already EQ’ed and treated for instant use
  • An unrivalled collection of the Finest USEABLE Hip Hop drum kits ever!
  • 50 Classic Boom Bap MIDI drum patterns included, copied from some of Hip Hop’s most famous beats
  • Easy stereo or more flexible sub-mix output options
  • Separate kick, snare, hi-hat & percussion faders
  • Built-in flexible pitch and drive controls
  • Includes a built-in, analog-style reverb
  • Ultra-low CPU usage [perfect if you own a laptop/tablet / low spec PC/MAC]
  • Ultra-fast patch loading [flick through patches in lightening quick times]
  • Program your drums manually or use a MIDI/USB controller/keyboard/MPD

Available DopeSONIX Beat Machine 1 Expansion Packs:

  • Beat Machine Expansion 01: The Knock
  • Beat Machine Expansion 02: Live Elements

System Requirements

Mac:

  • OS X 10.4 – 10.15 (MacOS 10.15 Catalina is now supported)
  • 280 MB disk space required
  • 2 GB RAM
  • Audio Units (AU) or VST DAW compatible host required (64-bit only)

Windows:

  • Windows XP / 7 / 8 / 10
  • 280 MB disk space required
  • 1 GB RAM
  • VST compatible DAW host is required (32 or 64-bit)

Optional USBs / MIDI Controllers:

  • Native Instruments Maschine
  • Behringer
  • Novation
  • M-Audio
  • Arturia
  • Line 6
  • Alesis
  • Korg
  • Akai
  • and more!

15. BreakTweaker

by iZotope

BreakTweaker

Future Beat Machine

Make beats you’ve never heard before. Built on a futuristic MicroEdit Engine, BreakTweaker turns everything you know about rhythm on its head.

Designed by BT and developed by iZotope, BreakTweaker is not just a drum machine: it’s a drum sculpting and beat sequencing environment that blurs the line between rhythm and melody. Give your beats an ever-evolving depth that gets better the longer they play. Use rhythmic slicing to drive everything from pitched melodic lines to sweeping rhythmic overtures. Top it all off with the best drum sample library in existence, curated by BT, iZotope, and top producers today. Explore a new era of rhythmic possibilities with this forward-thinking and forward-sounding instrument.

Key Features

  • Manipulate audio at a molecular level: Reinvent any beat by controlling pitch, rhythm, and texture at the finest resolution on the market.
  • Free yourself from traditional drum grids: Create complex polyrhythmic beats with unique isorhythm and playback speed settings.
  • Experiment with stunning content: Explore presets, drum samples, and wavetables designed by today’s top musicians and DJs, including BT.
  • Craft the perfect drum sound: Blend drum samples with robust synthesis features to generate compelling hybrid sounds.
  • Take control of your beats: Easily trigger and sequence complex patterns and samples using any MIDI controller.

What is BreakTweaker?

BreakTweaker is the beat machine of the future. Powered by three distinct modules, the Sequencer, the Generator, and the MicroEdit Engine, it’s a wildly creative rhythmic instrument that can be used with any DAW and MIDI controller. For instant gratification, get started with the diverse presets and content in the Factory Library, a showcase of BreakTweaker’s breadth and sonic capabilities. When you want to get deeper, forge new sonic weaponry with BreakTweaker’s paradise of tweaky controls and settings.

The Sequencer

Assemble pattern-based beats in the Sequencer, which features six tracks for layering your sounds. The Sequencer can store up to 24 different step patterns, launchable via MIDI for on-the-fly remixing. Design beats that evolve over time with BreakTweaker’s advanced isorhythmic step sequencing, which makes it possible for each track to have a unique tempo and step length. Ever heard a 7/8 rhythm against a massive 4/4 breakbeat? You can here.

The MicroEdit Engine

Once you’ve perfected the ultimate set of drum sounds and sequenced your patterns, it’s time for a whole new method of sound design. Enter the MicroEdit Engine. A “MicroEdit” is the division of a single step within your pattern into potentially thousands of slices. These slices can then be contoured and shaped to create harmonic, pitched, and rhythmic effects, resulting in new textures that add maximum ear candy to your ever-evolving beats. By pushing the limits of the brain’s ability to perceive sound, the MicroEdit Engine blurs the line between rhythm and pitch, inspiring beats you’ve never heard before.

The Factory Library

Bringing sounds, patterns, and MicroEdits together into mind-boggling beats, the BreakTweaker Factory Library comes with over 80 global presets that are ready to kickstart your next project. The Factory Library also features over 2 GB of royalty-free sample content designed by electronic production pros. Specializing in a wide variety of percussive sounds, sample categories range from studio essentials like “Kick” and “Snare” to intriguing possibilities like “Glitch” and “Film.”

Who Is It For?

BreakTweaker is for anyone looking to create truly original and dynamic beats, both drum-driven and melodic. It’s a new platform that inspires different people in different ways, and there’s nothing quite like it out there.

EDM Producers

Get “that” drum sound. As a producer, you know the sonic signature of your music is an integral part of what makes it go off in the club. BreakTweaker offers you powerful building blocks for building thrilling beats, like kick and snare hits that have been carefully layered, tuned and synthesized by EDM pros from the Electronica, House, Trance and Dubstep worlds.

Beat Aficionados

Give your beats new, fresh perspective. Whether you want to add BreakTweaker’s striking content library to your collection of drum and percussion samples, or find new ways to manipulate and reimagine your existing content, BreakTweaker is for you.

Composers

Create epic percussive rhythms. Combine the isorhythmic Sequencer, MicroEdit glitching, cinematic sample content, and MIDI triggering to create the intense musical effects that underpin many successful film and video game scores and trailers. BreakTweaker is a new breed of rhythmic compositional tool.

The BreakTweaker Story

With their creative forces combined, BT and iZotope bring you an instrument that will change the concept of rhythm, beat and drum programming as you know it. A prodigious producer, technologist, and GRAMMY®-nominated composer, BT is renowned for inventing the “stutter edit” as a musical technique, as found in Stutter Edit, the first product release from BT and iZotope.

BT and iZotope are now back again with BreakTweaker, featuring BT’s patented micro edit technology based on pioneering rhythmic sound design research. Fascinated by the brain’s cognitive limits, BT has always been intrigued by the way we perceive rhythm, particularly the threshold point of where our ears perceive rhythm as pitch. The idea of exploring and exploiting this threshold inspired BreakTweaker, a tool where BT could finally realize rhythmic possibilities that he had once imagined but had never before been able to hear.

Features

MicroEdit Anything

Traditional sequencing is so 1984. With BreakTweaker, you can slice and manipulate audio at a resolution that would blow MIDI’s mind (and your DAW’s). Thanks to the MicroEdit Engine within BreakTweaker, each step can be repeated or chopped at an infinitesimally small rate, allowing you to create buzzing musical harmony, texturize a step with extra rhythms, or even use rhythm as a synthesis tool, locking drum hits to individual pitches. Even the most ordinary of drum hits can be transformed into a thing of the future.

  • Glitch and revolutionize any drum sample or rhythm with hi-res pitch, arp, and texture control—all the way down to a micro-slice level.
  • Take a wild ride through the audio space/time continuum by dividing a single sequenced event into up to thousands of unique slices that pulse with sonic movement, as defined by Division, Pitch, Time or Speed.
  • Create the most unique drum sound you’ve ever heard: add tension, slopes and curves to shape the contour and rotation of the slices, then apply additional FX.
  • Quickly change the entire sound of a beat with the Randomize feature, which automatically MicroEdits the selected step in your Sequencer pattern.​

Create Evolving Sequences

Whether you’re working with drums, bass, or abstract noises, BreakTweaker is driven by the patterns you define in the Sequencer. Freed from the constraints of a pre-defined time signature, BreakTweaker’s Sequencer can program anything from basic patterns to unique tracks of patterns with individual lengths and speeds.

  • Build exciting beats with the 32-step Sequencer, with up to 24 patterns synced to your DAW. Launch, trigger, latch, and switch your way to full-fledged drum sample and synth productions.
  • Evolve and transform your patterns by giving each Sequencer track a unique tempo and step length, allowing the entire beat pattern to develop into new musical ideas over time.
  • Create entire productions, then route the individual Sequencer tracks to separate outputs for optimum mixing with BreakTweaker’s Multi-Out mode.

Explore Stunning Content

BreakTweaker comes with an extensive Factory Library of samples to choose from for building your next custom kit. Get the latest in cutting-edge drum sound design, as well as an entire suite of carefully produced classic sounds that no self-respecting drum library could be without. Why spend hours building the basics from scratch when BreakTweaker already has it all?

  • Explore today’s top sounds, designed by today’s top musicians and DJs, including BT—available royalty free for use in BreakTweaker or your sampler of choice.
  • Wield dubstep power with multi-layered kicks and snares for earth-shattering presence.
  • Elicit cinematic drama with Booms and Hits, Metals, Cymbals and Bells, as well as Vocal Breath one-shots.
  • Kickstart your next track with over 80 beat presets that showcase BreakTweaker’s power.

Sculpt Next-Gen Drum Sounds

The Generator is a powerful tool for drum synthesis. At its core are two Morphing Wavetable Oscillators—capable of reproducing anything from the simplest to the most complex sounds a synth can pump out. An entire library of custom waveforms by BT and other top producers gives you the building blocks you need to make compelling synthesized timbres.

  • Sculpt the next generation of drum sounds with unique-sounding wavetables, including BT’s prized wavetables (never before available!).
  • Go far beyond traditional synth textures—choose from five wavetable synthesis modes: Single, Additive, Ring Modulation, Amplitude Modulation (AM), or Frequency Modulation (FM).
  • Morph and modulate away with quadruple LFO and Envelope modulation routing, perfect for adjusting pitch, wavetables, amplitude and more.
  • Get a start on advanced drum design with inbuilt Generator presets that you can tweak and adjust to taste.

Add Movement

Make every step of your next track sound more exciting, more musical, and more dynamic. BreakTweaker’s custom-designed LFO and Envelope provide some of the most creative modulation you’ll find anywhere. Each modulation source can manipulate the settings of any Generator parameter, moving the parameter between a modulation range of two values.

  • Modulate anything in the Generator window with one of four LFOs or Envelopes. Assign up to two Modulators per parameter to create new movement, add harmonics, and enhance your productions.
  • Create previously unheard textures with innovative wavetable LFO control, featuring LFO shapes that have never before been available for synthesis.

Get Effective

To dirty up, filter down, spread out, or otherwise mangle your sound, BreakTweaker’s Generators come fortified with an array of distortion effects, as well as vintage-modeled New York and Tokyo filters for shaping your sound.

  • Smooth samples and meld layers together with the custom-modeled, analog-style New York and Tokyo High Pass, Band Pass, and Low Pass filters.
  • Distort, mangle and transform with dual-stage distortions inspired by the iZotope’s cult classic Trash 2, featuring algorithms such as Warm, Transistor, Hard, Digital, Raw, and Aliasing.
  • Enhance width, add stereo space and create lush drum hits with individual Chorus effects for every sequenced step via the MicroEdit Engine.

Discover the Perfect Sound

The Discover feature in BreakTweaker is a novel way to narrow down your search for just the right drum sound. Powered by iZotope’s MediaMined™ technology, Discover will analyze and display similar-sounding samples when you’re browsing the Factory Library. No more scrolling endlessly through sample lists when your drum sound is close, but not perfect.

  • Easily search the vast Factory Library with an audio intelligence engine that will match complementary drum sounds: not based on meta-data, but on actual musical analysis.
  • Discover new sounds. Click “Discover” and you’ll instantly be shown intelligently-selected, similar-sounding drum hits from the BreakTweaker collection for quick auditioning.

System Requirements

Operating Systems:

  • Mac — OS X 10.6.8 – macOS 10.15 (64-bit only)
  • PC — Win XP (32-bit Service Pack 3) – Win 10

Plug-in Formats:

  • AAX (64-bit), AU, RTAS, VST, VST3

Supported Hosts:

  • Ableton Live 9 – 10, Cubase 9.5, Digital Performer 9, FL Studio 12, Logic Pro X, Nuendo 8, Pro Tools 10 – 12, Reaper 5, Reason 10, Studio One 3 – 4

16. Drumazon

by D16 Group

Drumazon

Drumazon synthesis emulates all the sounds of the original 909

Synthesis

Drumazon synthesis emulates all the sounds of the original 9O9. All the instruments are synthesized in exactly the same way as the original. All the nuances and detail of the original are captured perfectly. In addition, all Drumazon instruments have enhanced controls. This extra functionality allows the user to adjust the sounds further than on the original unit. This opens up a whole new world of sound creation.

Outputs

Drumazon has a flexible output configuration. Every instrument’s audio signal can be routed to any of the 11 outputs. This allows users to further shape sounds individually or in groups via their favourite plug-ins. Each individual output can be set to mono or stereo. Every instrument also has a Mute and Solo button. Mute will not just silence the sound, it will stop the sound being triggered. Solo will stop all other instruments from being triggered and only allow the selected sound(s) to play.

Control

Drumazon has extensive midi control. Midi notes can be used to trigger each individual sound. Alternatively, the internal sequencer can be used. This can be set to play using Drumazon’s internal clock or set to synchronize perfectly to the host sequencer. Most of Drumazon’s parameters can be automated within the host and also controlled using MidiCC with an external controller. An easy-to-use Midi Learn function allows reassignment of any of the parameters.

Internal Sequencer

Within the internal sequencer, patterns are stored in 8 banks. Each bank can store up to 12 patterns. Each pattern consists of 16 steps. Each pattern location has a midi note number assigned to it. The patterns can be edited traditionally using the step buttons or using the tap function.

The internal sequencer has various modes of operation. In Chain Mode, a range of patterns are selected from the internal banks and are played through in a circular fashion. Patterns can also be triggered freely by selecting the corresponding midi note (for example, from a midi controller keyboard). External controllers can be used in any mode to provide full control over pattern playback.

A Randomizer function is also provided within the internal sequencer. It can be used to make simple changes to a pattern or create a whole new one – ideal when your creativity needs a boost! Randomizing can be applied to specific instruments and specific steps. The frequency of occurrence can also be adjusted to give you just the right amount.

Files are stored in the XML format. This allows single patterns or whole banks to be exchanged between users easily. XML allows the files to be edited in a text editor. Ideal if you want to post or share a pattern on a web site – just post the text!

Presets

The settings for each instrument can be stored in its own preset. Each instrument preset can be loaded in individually. This allows maximum flexibility when putting kits of instruments together. A dedicated Preset Manager is provided to help the user manage the sounds within their own unique library.

Features

  • True emulation of each individual module
  • Scaled knob ranges: small modifications offer deep tone variations.
  • DSP-exclusive controls of modules’ sound
  • User-defined routing preferences
  • Mutes/solos for each instrument (affect triggerring not just the signal)
  • Fully controllable via MidiCC
  • Quick midiCC assignation with MidiLearn function
  • Multiple sequencing options:
    • External mode (note mode)
    • Internal sequencer (pattern mode) with 3 submodes
  • External mode:
    • MIDI map equivalent with the classic drum machine’s map
    • MIDI tune and velocity controls instruments’ levels and tunes
  • Internal sequencer:
    • 8 banks with 12 patterns per bank
    • Each pattern up to 16 steps of length
    • Each pattern defined with one of four available measures
    • Each step can be defined normal or flamed and accented or not
    • Shuffle mode
    • Flam mode
    • Tap mode
    • Chain mode
    • Shuffle, Flam and TotalAccent values defined globally and per pattern
    • Scale function and intelligent Rescale (automatically stretches pattern to the chosen measure)
    • Tweakable randomizer (module-specific, step-specific and chance)
    • Patterns import/export via super simple xml files
    • Tempo Sync to internal clock (30-303 BPM +-0.1) or to host
  • Individual presets per instrument with a preset manager to easy control

System Requirements

Windows PC

  • OS: version Win 7, Win 8, Win 10
  • CPU: 1.5 Ghz with SSE (Multicore system 2.0 Ghz recommended)
  • RAM: 4 GB (8 GB Recommended)
  • Software: VST compatible host application (32bit or 64bit)

Mac OS X

  • OS: version 10.7 and later
  • CPU: Intel based 1.5 Ghz (2.0 Ghz recommended)
  • RAM: 4 GB (8 GB Recommended)
  • Software: AU / VST compatible host application (32bit or 64bit)

Please note: This is not a standalone program – a host application (DAW) is required to use it.


17. Hats

by AudioThing

Hats

Hi-Hats and Cymbals Synthesiser

Hats is a drum synthesizer plugin dedicated to hi hats and cymbals sounds, which features two independent sources: synthesized noise and sample section. Instead of generic white or pink noise, the noise section features 6 square wave oscillators with different pitches and phases, like the famous 808 – the result is a noise sound with a controllable metallic character.

The factory bank comes with more than 50 samples, ranging from rare analog drum machines to real acoustic hi hats and cymbals. Some of the samples were also processed with a classic Aphex Aural Exciter and recorded to tape with a vintage Revox B77 MkII.

Both sources can then be processed with 4 effects: Ring Modulator, Bit Crusher, Filter, and Reverb. The effects can also be arranged in any order with a simple drag and drop.
The filter section features an HighPass and BandPass in series; both filters are 12dB/oct state variable filters with zero delay feedback.

Features

  • Two Sources: synthesized noise and custom sample
  • 55 Samples / 80 Presets
  • Ring Modulator, Bit Crusher, Reverb, Filter (SVF/ZDF)
  • Preset system with randomizer
  • Formats: VST, AU, and AAX (32/64bit)
  • Platforms: OSX, Windows

System Requirements

Mac:

  • OS X 10.7 – macOS 10.13
  • Intel Core 2 Duo, 2 GB RAM
  • VST2, AU, or AAX, 32-bit or 64-bit host

Windows:

  • Windows XP SP2, 7, 8, 10 (32/64 bit)
  • Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Athlon 64 X2, 4 GB RAM
  • VST2, or AAX, 32-bit or 64-bit host

18. Heartbeat

by Softube

Heartbeat

Classic drum synthesis is back with a vengeance! Flexible and tweakable—Heartbeat is your source for familiar, yet unique, drum machine sounds. Use the built-in effects and the innovative Auto Layer Machine to take your beats to unexpected places. Or use Heartbeat’s instrument and EQ modules in Modular. 

Heartbeat is likely to cause severe palpitations. It is the drum synth of your dreams, combining modeled analog synthesis of yesteryear with forward-thinking features and flexibility. The modeled analog sound engine, the Auto Layer Machine and the included top-of-the-line effects turns Heartbeat into a killer package for your beats.

The Synthesis Engine

While Heartbeat draws inspiration from the best analog drum synths from the 1980s, it does not emulate any existing drum machine. The sound mostly originates from Softube’s own modeled analog synthesis, which has been augmented with carefully selected waveforms.

The core of Heartbeat consists of the eight instrument channels. You will find two different bass drum channels, which can be as punchy and deep as you want them, but are also perfectly capable of producing snappy and hard hitting woody textures. The two dedicated snare drum channels have six parameters each which allows you to achieve anything from edgy rimshots, soft and whispery snare rolls to machine-like claps.

The percussion channels are identical and can be used to model anything from 80s style synthetic toms to cowbells and noise drops. And just like the other channels, the hihat and cymbal channels offer flexible synthesis engines—tweak to your heart’s desire!

The Effects 

In order to make Heartbeat your one stop shop for beat programming, we added a fully featured effects section. It includes slightly adapted versions of our beloved model of Valley People Dyna-mite and one of our top sellers of all time, the TSAR-1 Reverb. The Dyna-mite is a dynamic shaping Swiss army knife with a serious attitude. Limiting, compression, gating, sidechained ducking—Dyna-mite handles it all. And TSAR-1 is simply the most gorgeous plug-in reverb ever created.

The all new Filter Echo is a filtered delay effect with adjustable Cut Off and Resonance parameters. And finally, the output saturation can go from juicy to gritty and is not taken from any existing Softube product.

Each of the eight channels has a dedicated mixer channel with controls for volume, pan, ping-pong (auto panning), EQ (adapted specifically for each instrument) and send levels to the reverb and delay effects.

A Mind of its Own

Heartbeat is not only about sound, it’s also about inspiration and interaction. This is where the innovative Auto Layer Machine comes in. The Auto Layer Machine has four channels that can each be used to layer sounds or trigger a chain of events. This can be used to create new sound textures or create automatic fill patterns in up to four steps.

If things still get too predictable, move the Chaos sliders to the right—these add an element of randomness, ranging from subtle variations to massive trigger-riot mayhem!

Flexible global velocity parameter knobs for volume, pitch, attack and decay can make Heartbeat responsive to velocity changes. Time Gate shortens the overall decay to create a stuttery and stiff machine sound.

Features

  • Eight channels of drum sounds, mostly based on modeled analog synthesis
  • Mixer with volume, EQ, effect sends and panning for each channel
  • Four channel Auto Layer Machine for layering sounds or triggering beat patterns
  • Chaos slider adds randomness to the behavior of Auto Layer Machine
  • Adapted versions of TSAR-1 Reverb and Valley People Dyna-mite included, as well as Filter Echo and output saturation
  • Use Heartbeat’s instrument and EQ modules in Modular (this applies only to these components, not TSAR-1 and Dyna-mite)
  • No iLok USB dongle required

System Requirements

  • Mac OS X 10.12 or newer (older OS versions may work but are not tested (64-bit only).
  • Windows 64-bit, versions 7, 8 or 10 (64-bit only).
  • Intel Core 2 Duo, AMD Athlon 64 X2 or newer.
  • Screen resolution 1280×800 or larger.
  • Supported sample rates: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4 and 192 kHz, in both mono and stereo.
  • 8 GB RAM or more is recommended, as well as at least 8 GB hard disk space for installation (individual plug-ins take less space, while sample libraries may require additional disk space).
  • A Softube account is required to register and install the software.
  • An iLok account is required for authorisation of the software.
  • Internet access for downloading installer and managing licenses.
  • iLok generation 2 and up, if you intend to use a physical iLok dongle for authorizing your plug-ins (note that an iLok dongle is not a requirement).
  • In theory, any 64-bit VST, VST3, AU, or AAX (11.0.2 or higher) compatible host application should work.
  • The most recent maintenance release of the DAW application is recommended.

However, due to plug-in host differences between DAWs – and our own rigorous testing standards – we only officially test our plug-ins and instruments in the most recent versions of Pro Tools, Logic Pro, Cubase, Live, Studio One, Digital Performer, Reaper and Sonar. Softube plugins are not tested in the non-listed systems, but they most likely work as long as the system requirements are met. We cannot guarantee a solution for issues in unsupported systems.

Important note: make sure that you always use the latest iLok License Manager. It is not included in the Softube installer but can be downloaded from www.ilok.com​


19. Latin Percussion

by AudioThing

Latin Percussion

Analog Drum Machine from the 80s

Latin Percussion is a sample-based plugin emulation of the Sound Master Latin Percussion, a rare analogue drum machine from the 80s.

The instrument features 6 classic latin sounds: Bass, Low Conga, High Conga, Bongo, Claves, and Maracas, which can be pitched, panned or mixed independently. You can additionally shape the sound with the Overdrive and Reverb. The sequencer lets you easily build patterns that can be dragged and dropped to your DAW/host.

Features

  • 6 classic latin sounds
  • 20 Factory Presets / 9 Factory Patterns
  • Overdrive and Reverb Effects
  • Sequencer with MIDI Drag to DAW
  • Preset system with randomizer
  • Size: MAC 108 MB / PC 70 MB
  • Formats: VST, AU, and AAX (32/64bit)
  • Platforms: OSX, Windows

System Requirements

Mac:

  • OSX 10.6.8 or later
  • Core Duo 2GHz
  • 2 GB RAM / 500 MB HD
  • Screen resolution: 1024×768
  • VST2, AU, and AAX (64-bit only)

Windows:

  • Windows 7 or later
  • Intel Core 2 Duo 2GHz / AMD Athlon 64 or equivalent
  • 2 GB RAM / 500 MB HD
  • Screen resolution: 1024×768
  • VST2 and AAX (64-bit only)

20. Elecktroid

by AudioSpillage

Elecktroid

PLEASE NOTE: This product is available as a Mac Audio Unit ONLY. No refunds will be issued for incorrect purchasing.

Elecktroid Drum Machine

Elecktroid blends synthesis and sample playback in a single integrated package. Combine the depth and power of drum synthesis with your existing sample collections and sync both to a brand new rhythm oriented step sequencer with more than a few tricks up its digital sleeves.

Synthetic Heart

Pulsing away deep inside Elecktroid you’ll find 4 of our exclusive drum synthesis models: BassDrum, WoodDrum, HiHat and Snare. The drum synths are 100% algorithmic and utilise high quality DSP code for a deep, powerful and punchy sound. The synthesis algorithms can be used as the basis of an entire rhythm track on their own or layered with samples to add weight, depth and character to your existing sound sets and rhythms.

Sampler Spine

The backbone of Elecktroid is a high quality low CPU sample playback engine. Load up your favourite samples via the simple drag and drop interface. Refresh and re-animate your existing collection with the pitch envelope, modulation, distortion, filter and graphic loop editing capabilities. Elecktroid can velocity cross-fade between 2 samples per pad and accepts WAV, AIFF and CAF format files.

Sequencer Brain

Forget about stale lifeless rhythms. Elecktroid features custom track lengths and step trigger probability controls opening the door to a world of non-repetitive poly-rhythmic beats. Inject groove and humanoid feel to suit. Elecktroid’s sequencer is a resolution-independent design so patterns play at the correct tempo regardless of step length (16th, 32nd etc). Elecktroid also features graphic velocity and parameter control graph editing.

System Requirements

  • Apple Logic Pro: 7.2.3+
  • Ableton Live: 8.0.5+
  • Presonus Studio One: 1.6+
  • Five12 Numerology SE/Pro: 2.0+
  • MOTU Digital Performer: 6.0+
  • Native Instruments Maschine: 1.6+ (64-bit*)
  • Plogue Bidule: 0.9690+
  • Cockos Reaper: 3.1+
  • Renoise: 2.1+
  • AudioMulch: 2.1+

21. StiX

by XILS Lab

StiX

Virtual Analog & MultiSynthesis Drum Machine with next level XoX Sequencer

StiX offers an incredible variety of drums sounds of different eras : Vintage analog drum machines, or early digital ones. And many sound of the next eras.

Combined with the most powerful and expressive XoX Sequencer.

Features

Synthesis:

  • Virtual Analog morphing oscillators, FM @ audio rate, Sine + Waveshaping, Samples, CroSS Synthesis. 4th Gen 0DF Filters, Macros Knobs, Step Modulators, LFOs, Unique R-Clap Evs and ADSR, exclusive PolyStep auto-modulator : A whole synthesizer to taylor each of the 10 drum sounds. 

Sequencing:

  • Variable number of steps per Beat. Per Step Divisi, Gate Time, Micro Position, Macro Modulators, Velocity. Song Mode to organize patterns.

Workflow:

  • FAST, intuitive. XoX Sequencer Multiline and SingleLine views, Synthesis Eazy And Advanced pages. Never more than a click away from your task. Exclusive Stretch and Modal Pitch Macro Controls, Global user defined Macros controls.

Presets:

  • 2000 presets : 120+ Global Presets, 720+ Patterns, 700 Drumpads, 60 Drumkits, 390 exclusive samples. And still growing. 

More Features – From Unique to Exceptional

  • Midi OutputControl your virtual instruments, or record the midi data in your Daw 
  • Midi Learn: Full automation of all synthesis parameters of all drumpads, mixer etc 
  • Drums of the Past: 15 Wave Alchemy Drumkits ( Roland TR-xox, EMU SP12, Drumtracks, Linndrum etc ) 
  • Multi criteria Database engine : Find the right preset in minute,  create custom tags 
  • Randomize: Drumkits, sequences, full patterns 
  • Live Control: Chain patterns, mute/unmute tracks on the fly
  • Swing: Sophisticated swing engine
  • Multi Output version: With volume, groups and pan preservation
  • Natural Reverb, Analog Delay & Phaser, Per drum crusher and distorsion
  • Sample Accurate synchro and audio engine: The tightest beats for your tracks
  • Envelope segments modulations, hundreds of modulation targets. Simultaneously
  • Gang Mode to edit Sequencer Lanes, mixer, effects sends

10 Full Featured Synthesizers 

Analog Engines

Morphing Oscillators, 4th Generation Zero-DelayFeedback-Filters, Fast and snappy Envelopes with time multipliers, LFO operating @ audio rate. All these components have been closely modeled after some prestigious and rare analog synthesizers for an unmatched authenticity of analog percussion and drum sounds. Sample accurate audio engine.

Beyond Analog & Multi-Synthesis

FM Sine Oscillators (With Wave Shaping), 3rd Oscillator can load Sample. Cross Synthesis Modulations between all components. User defined Macro Controls. Sequencer driven Modulations

Easy Synthesis Page

Populated with several Macro controls especially developed for Drum Synthesis control: Stretch, Global Pitch (Divergent, Convergent, Linear mode) Macro 1 and 2. Cut Off and resonance. Exclusive PolyStep Modulator (Steps Sequencer driven Macro Modulations, the place where magic will always happen).

Advanced Synthesis Page

Everything you could dream of on a Virtual Analog synthesizer. 3 multi Synthesis Oscillators with phase retrig. 3 envelopes. 2 LFO with cumulative waveforms, Midi Sync and Retrig. User defined Macros with plethora of sources and destinations. Vintage prewired Modulation Matrix with positive and negative intensity.

The XoX Sequencer

The MultiLine Editor

Custom number of steps per beat. Per Step Division Trigger (Stutter, Rolls). Custom number of beats per bar (Global). Global Swing. The multiline editor is as easy to use as any traditional XOX sequencer, its just much more powerful and fun to use.

The Single Line Editor

To edit in depth a sequencer line. Per Step: Micro Position (Flams, per line Swing, Reverse, Humanize) Gate Time, Velocity and Macro Control of Synthesis parameters. Gang Mode Control.

Pattern and Song Modes

12 patterns & BlockPatterns (Chains. Available in v1.0 ),and one Song, with their own preset system. Fast Song building. Lock Pattern display function.

Drumkits, Drumpads and Global Presets

More than 400 Drumpad presets, 22 Drumkits (v1.0 50 drumkits), and 70 Global presets with hundreds of patterns (v1.0 : 100). 400 exclusive drum samples, courtesy of Le Lotus Bleu. 15 Demo drumkits with 1rst class analog samples, courtesy of our partner Wave Alchemy (will be available in v1.0).

Random and Intelligent Random Kit functions, to create new drumkits efforless.

The Mix Desk

  • The Mixer – Always Visible. So that you never loose the focus on the balance of your rythm. Solo/Mute. Gang Mode.  Stereo or separate outputs versions.
  • The Effects – Analog Delay and Phaser emulation. Natural Reverb, and a per drum Crusher/Distorsion unit.

Live Control

You can control StiX Live, or record these events in your Daw – the drums (C1 octave), pattern Changes (C2 Octave) and mute/unmute drumpads (to build intro/outro with a single pattern).

System Requirements

Mac:

  • Mac OSX 10.5 and later : VST, Audio Unit,  RTAS (Protools 7.0 and later), AAX (32&64 bits, native)

PC:

  • Windows XP, Vista and 7,8,10 ; VST,  RTAS (Protools 7.0 and later), AAX (32&64 bits, native)

Minumum System Requirements

  • The StiX is a 32 and 64 bits plug-in.
  • 1 Gigabyte of RAM and a 2 GHz processor is required
  • The StiX is a plug-in and is not yet available in a standalone application
  • Internet connection required for activation via iLok License Manager

22. DrumSpillage 2

by AudioSpillage

DrumSpillage 2

12 / Synthesis Algorithms

DrumSpillage is a model based drum synthesizer plugin for Mac OS X featuring 12 exclusive drum models capable of synthesizing a diverse range of electronic percussion sounds.

The models implement a variety of synthesis techniques including classic analog, physical modelling and FM synthesis.

  • Bass Drum – Dual oscillators, multiple waveforms and FM enabled. Tuned for deep kick and bass drums.
  • Bass Drum 2 – Solid analog sounding kick drums with full control over pitch, decay and transient attack.
  • Snare Drum – Snappy electronic snare model. Fully customisable from classic TR sounds to modern snare timbres.
  • Wood Drum – Flexible wooden drum model delivering natural and synthetic timbres from rim-shots to congas.
  • Synth Clap – Synthetic hand clap with control over noise source, clap speed and ambience tail.
  • Hand Bell – Modelled bell sounds with overtone, edge, filter, partials and q controls. Multiple oscillator shapes.
  • Clave – Dual oscillator + noise combination. Fully tuneable with unique flam and presence controls.
  • Hi-Hat – Sweet closed and open hi-hat timbres with precision control over oscillators, noise and dual-filters.
  • Cymbal – Rich source of metallic cymbal and percussion timbres featuring dynamic filter control.
  • Membrane – Modelled after a suspended metal membrane. Generates dense inharmonic sound clouds and glass-like timbres.
  • Noise Drum – 4 band pass filtered noise oscillators with variable Q, pitch and lo-fi effects. Now includes sine generators!
  • FM Percussion – A mini FM synth in itself. Generates a huge range of electronic percussion from sub-bass to snares.

New UI

DrumSpillage 2 features a brand new user interface design. Whilst keeping the version 1 aesthetic intact we’ve tightened up the overall structure and improved workflow. Modulation and velocity controls are now ultra simple to set up. Extra large easy-to-hit sliders and clearer labelling simplify your drum design process

Upgraded Synthesis

DrumSpillage 2 adds new synthesis controls and significantly upgraded sound quality across the board. The hi-hat and cymbal models now use anti-aliased oscillators for a sweeter sound. Further upgrades include improved filtering, new distortion algorithms, 3-band resonator, frequency shifter effects and an optimised DSP chain to ensure a tight sound with low CPU overhead.

Modulation and Velocity Control

DrumSpillage includes 4 dedicated LFOs per pad and a new dynamic velocity system to control the synthesis parameters in real-time via MIDI velocity. LFOs can be cross-modulated and feature new waveform shapes. These new features combine to create extremely dynamic synthesized drum kits.

New Presets and Stability

DrumSpillage 2 includes a selection of new presets demonstrating the expanded sound design capabilities of the instrument. A lot of development work has gone into making DrumSpillage 2.0 a more robust instrument with respect to preset management and audio stability.

System Requirements

  • Mac OS X 10.5 or higher
  • AudioUnit Host (with Cocoa support)
  • (NO PC VERSION!)

Compatible Hosts

  • Apple Logic Pro 7.2.3+
  • Ableton Live 8.0.5+
  • Native Instruments Maschine 1.6+*
  • Five12 Numerology SE/Pro 2.0+
  • MOTU Digital Performer 6.0+
  • Presonus Studio One 1.6+
  • Plogue Bidule 0.9690+
  • Cockos Reaper 3.1+
  • Renoise 2.1+
  • AudioMulch 2.1+

*Ensure Maschine is running in 64-bit mode.


23. Groove Machine

by Image Line

Groove Machine

Groove Machine is a virtual groove box designed with live performance in mind, or use it as a synthesizer/drum-machine combination.

Get the Groove Happening.

Groove Machine’s power lies in its ability to automate every parameter of the sampler, synth and effects channels on a PER-step basis.Get a groove happening quickly and trigger samples, loops and bars/patterns on the fly from your MIDI controller or DAW software.

Focused to Live Performance.

We recommend a MIDI controller if you want to control Groove Machine live. However, it’s still possible to use Groove Machine with a computer mouse and keyboard, just less efficient.

Getting to know Groove Machine.

Learn to know all Groove Machine features in this 10 minute getting started video. Let our FL Guru guide you between the array of Groove Machine options.

  • Sampler & Synth channels
  • MIDI settings
  • Effects
  • Linking MIDI controllers
  • Sequencing & Loop Recording
  • Multiple outputs

10 Performance FX Per Instrument Channel.

Groove Machine comes with 10 FX (per channel) designed to work perfectly with controllers. The X/Y pad links to key features of each effect, ready to be tweaked.

Insanely Flexible.

Link track parameters to the 5 CTRL knobs on top-left side. During track progression, control 2 parameters with your 2 hands. Switch between tracks and control these parameters in each selected track. You can even press several tracks and set a parameter for them all at once.

Features

  • 5 hybrid (Subtractive/FM) synthesizer channels.
  • 8 flexible sampler channels, each with 4 sample layers.
  • Multiple independent outputs for the 5 synth & 8 sampler channels.
  • 10 DJ-style effects + EQ and Stutter PER channel.
  • Step sequencer with per-step automation allowing PER step note sculpting of all interface parameters.
  • Step / Drum sequencer / Piano roll views.
  • Optimized for live performance.
  • Internal link system for widest compatibility with MIDI controllers.
  • Ideal for dub-step, trance, house & hip-hop producers.
  • Available in VSTi, AU & Standalone.

System Requirements

PC

  • 32bit VST host program only
  • Windows XP (SP2), Vista, Win7, Win8, Win8.1, Win10 – (32 & 64 Bit)
  • 2Ghz AMD or Intel Pentium 3 compatible CPU with full SSE1 support
  • 512Mb RAM
  • 30Mb free disc space
  • DirectSound or ASIO compatible soundcard

Mac

  • 32bit VST host program only
  • OSX v10.7 (Lion)
  • G4 1.5 GHz or Intel Core Duo family
  • 512Mb RAM
  • 30Mb free disc space
  • CoreAudio drivers

Note – Groove Machine is a 32bit plugin only. It will not work on 64bit host programs like Logic and Cubase!

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24. Nithonat

by D16 Group

Nithonat

Pound for pound, the classic 606 sound

Nithonat is a fully synthesized drum machine based on the classic 606. The unique sound of this machine has been used by many artists over the years in the production of Electro, Hip-Hop and Rnb. The original 606 has been perfectly emulated. However, since Nithonat is software-based, D16 were able to enhance the original with extra functionality.

Expanded Controls? Yes please.

On the original 606, the only sound parameter was volume. In order for it to stand up to the flexibility of its bigger siblings (Ie the 808 and 909), D16 implemented extra controls which allow each sound to be shaped in ways never before accomplished by the original.

A whole spectrum of sounds is now at your fingertips – rumbling kicks, barky snares and completely unique, ear-grabbing toms and hi-hats. For the first time since its release in the 80s, you can explore what the 606 would have truly been capable of!

One of a Kind

Nithonat was designed completely from the ground up. Its synthesis is special, even when compared to Nepheton’s. It has very unique and characteristic hi-hat and cymbal sounds which are due to the emulated structure of the circuits in the original. The bass drum has unparalleled attack character and strong punch. The snare sounds sandy.

These unique attributes guarantee that our 606 is not a sub-standard 808 but is a great instrument with a unique timbre which will bring an old school feel to any track it is used on.

Proudly Different

Nithonat was designed from the ground up not only as a 1-to-1 emulator but as a standalone instrument in its own right. Its synthesis is quite special – even compared to D16’sother offerings such as Nepheton. Its quirky, characteristic hi-hat and cymbal sounds come from emulating the exact structure of the original circuits. The untouched bass drum has tons of attack and character, but add to that D16’s exclusive ‘Tune’ ‘Attack’ and ‘Decay’ parameters and you’ll be packing your mix with more kick than hot-sauce covered in ghost peppers. D16 followed the same ethos in emulating the snare; all the familiarities of the original, but with the added ‘Tune’ ‘Tone’ and ‘Snappy’ controls for a snare that really grounds a track and creates a sonic palette ready for production.

These unique attributes guarantee that this 606 stands apart with old-school timbres, squeezing its vibe to any track whether its progressive house or R&B.

Beauty in Flexibility

Nithonat has a powerful built-in internal sequencer with a clean GUI and simple, intuitive controls. In addition to having many internal sequencer modes, Nithonat can also be used as a sound module. All sounds and functions within Nithonat can be controlled via your host DAW, offering creative, familiar results. Operation of Nithonat is very similar to Drumazon and Nepheton – so if you’ve already delved into D16’s previous instruments you can skip reading the manual!

Another D16 Classic

D16 truly believe that this is a drum machine legend, not simply because of its exacting emulation but because of its expanded controls unique to D16’s design. It doesn’t rest its laurels on just “sounding the same.”

Features

  • Fully synthesized drum sounds – no samples, more flexibility.
  • Additional parameters to get never-before control over each module.
  • Multiple operation modes:
    • External mode (Drum MIDI triggers the modules)
    • Internal sequencer (patterns trigger the modules)
  • Internal sequencer:
    • 8 banks with 12 patterns per bank
    • Each pattern up to 16 steps of length
    • Each pattern defined with one of four available measures
    • Shuffle mode
    • Trigger out
    • Global accent track
    • Tap mode
    • Chain mode
    • Shuffle (swing) and tempo values defined per pattern
    • Built-in randomizer
    • Patterns import/export via human-readable xml files
  • Two modes of synchronization:
  • Precise synchronization to the host tempo
  • Synchronization to internal clock – tempo controlled in the range 30-300 BPM (+-0.1)
  • Mutes/solos for each instrument (affect triggering not just the signal)
  • 8 individual outputs available
  • Drum kits organised into groups
  • Quick MIDI learn function
  • 64bit internal processing

System Requirements

Windows PC

  • OS version Win 7, Win 8, Win 10
  • CPU 1.5 Ghz with SSE (Multicore system 2.0 Ghz recommended)
  • RAM 4 GB (8 GB Recommended)
  • Software VST compatible host application (32bit or 64bit)

Mac OS X

  • OS version 10.7 to 10.14
  • CPU Intel-based 2.0 Ghz (2.0 Ghz recommended)
  • RAM 4 GB (8 GB Recommended)
  • Software AU / VST compatible host application (32bit or 64bit)

Please note: This is not a standalone program – a host application (DAW) is required to use it.


25. Armory

by Stagecraft

Stagecraft Armory - User Interface

This drum plugin comes with all the professional control you would expect: ADSR, cue points, independent tempo and pitch-shifting for any sample, effects chaining, and a massive catalogue of drum sounds available.

Display

As with all of Stagecraft’s plugins, the displays they add are in-depth and powerful. Our design philosophy is that every knob should have a visible effect, as much as possible Stagecraft show you the effect every parameter has on the signal.

Effects Chaining

Need a kick with massive reverb? want to add a glitch sequence to the ride cymbal? Not a problem, because you can add any of our custom effects to any individual sample. Advanced effects chaining gives you millions of options on any kit.

Massive Catalogue

Armory has 30 Gigs of content, and growing! Browse Stagecraft’s massive catalogue and only pay for the samples and presets you want.

System Requirements

Mac OS X:

  • OS X 10.7 or newer (64-bit only)

Formats:

  • AAX
  • AU
  • VST
  • VST 3

Windows:

  • ­Windows 7 or newer (64-bit only)

Formats:

  • AAX
  • VST
  • VST3

Note: Windows 32-bit hosts are no longer supported.

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