Top Drum Machine VST Plugins
Top Drum Machine VST Plugins

Top 10+ Drum Machine VST Plugins 2021

We have created for you a rating of the Best 10 Drum Machine VST Plugins as the most downloaded and according to the excellent reviews of musicians

VST list navigation:

  1. 808 Machine
  2. Groovemate ONE
  3. AIR Drum Machine Pack
  4. VICE
  5. Atlas 2
  7. Symphonic Elements Bundle
  8. PunchBox
  9. Not Your Average Drums VST
  10. Beatmaker GLORY

1. 808 Machine

808 Machine

New Nation Software and StudioTrap presents 808 Machine VST! The hardest hitting bass plugin of 2020 influenced by Top industry artist & producers.

This plugin was designed for making influential trap beats but can be used to create any genre.

It includes:

  • Dynamic Parametric EQ
  • ADSR Controls
  • Glide Knob
  • Low & High Pass Filters
  • Compressor
  • Velocity controls
  • Secret “Slap Knob Effect” that will give your 808s that extra Sauce!

With dozens of Hard Hitting Instruments to choose from there are endless possibilities as to what you can achieve.

As a Bonus we included a Pack of (50) 808/Bass MIDI Patterns that are drag and drop ready into your DAW of choice for instant beat making inspiration!


  • Designed for making Influential Trap Beats
  • 30 808 Sample Presets
  • 10 Synth Bass Presets
  • 50 Bonus 808 MIDI Loops

2. Groovemate ONE

Groovemate ONE

Groovy percussion for popular styles Make your tracks move and shake with guaranteed feel

The missing ingredient
You’ve cooked up your track, you’ve got bass and drums, melodies and chords and yet there’s something missing. Why does it still lack taste? Percussion!

Think of salt as a spice – working dutifully in the background, a little bitter when consumed in masses. But no dish will come to full expression of flavours without it. Same goes for pop songs and percussion.

  • 30 Styles – Combi Style and Solo Styles
  • 4 Sounds (Shaker, Claps, Tambourine, One Shot shaker)
  • 9 Mix & 4 Ambience Presets
  • MIDI Drag and Drop

ONE…2, 3, 4

Groovemate ONE quickly and easily spices up your tracks with that important feel. Just select one of the ready-made phrases and adjust them to your needs. Or play the contained instruments yourself, directly via MIDI input: Claps, Tambourine, Regular Shaker, One-Shot Shaker.

Easy, yet complex

The secret of the vibe-machine: Percussionists often use sophisticated patterns that work against or around the basic beat and emphasis, such as 3-over-4 and syncopations. Playing or programming these yourself might be tricky unless you’re a percussionist yourself. With Groovemate ONE, you just browse through the presets and pick what works for you.

Features at a Glance
Get to know the Groovemate ONE features.

Pick a Preset
Create your music without overthinking! Pick any inspiring preset and get to work instantly.

In Sync
Trigger patterns that are instantly and perfectly in sync with the rest of your session.

Make your songs shine
Get ready to move, shake, rattle, and roll!

3. AIR Drum Machine Pack

AIR Drum Machine Pack

This Bundle Features Drum Synth 500 & Boom!

A $229 Value for just $39.99!!

►Drum Synth 500

Building upon Air Music Technology’s heritage of creating Strike—considered “The reference Drum Instrument” for Avid Protools—Air has teamed up with music legends Akai Professional and Alesis Drums to carry on this legacy of excellence.

In the style of the popular 500 series synth modules comes an all new software drum synthesizer that delivers full control of all electronic drum sounds in an easy-to-use, comprehensive interface.

Drum Synth 500 from AIR Music Technology has everything needed to create an endless variety of custom electronic drum sounds for all styles of music. 


  • 8-channel electronic drum synthesizer with fully programmable drum sounds in the style of 500 Series rack modules.
  • Individual instrument channels for Kick, Snare, Hats, Clap, Toms, Percussion and two Sampler channels for any mono or stereo .wav audio file.
  • Load your own sounds into two separate Sampler channels, including loop, forward and reverse playback!
  • Easy to use interface with no hidden panels.
  • Randomize feature for quickly generating new electronic drum sounds with just one button press.
  • Works with any MIDI keyboard, pad controller or drum kit controller.
  • MPC Full Level and Note Repeat for each instrument channel
  • Three distortion effects (including new Bitcrusher and Decimate), 5 filters and 2 compressors per instrument channel!
  • Two reverb sends and two delay sends per instrument channel.
  • Huge Master channel includes three saturation effects, a convolution reverb, an algorithmic reverb, a stereo delay, a mono delay, a compressor and a unique Kill EQ circuit.

Drum Synth 500’s exclusive library has been produced by the sound design veterans behind the highly-acclaimed Air Music Tech Strike, Air Structure, Sonivox Big Bang, Akai Professional’s MPC and Alesis e-Drums. The goal was to provide an incredible mixture of vintage and all-new effects that pay homage to classic sounds while also pushing into new territory.

Using a MIDI keyboard, pad controller, electronic drumkit, or the user’s favorite Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) software, Drum Synth 500 brings modern electronic drum sounds into musical productions or live playing.

To get you started, Drum Synth 500 gives you over 500 drum sounds, 500 drum samples, 50 drum kits and 500 MIDI drum loops which can be loaded into any DAW and used to kick-start your song or production. 

It’s a simple step to start shaping your own electronic drum sounds. Dig in deep with individual parameter control for all instruments or use our randomizer which make a drum sound for you with just one press of a button.  Advanced users will find this to be a tweaker’s paradise to produce your own one-of-a-kind sound.

Drum Synth 500 is built on powerful all-new engine for live performance or studio use.  For live performance, you can simply fire up our PC or Mac Desktop app and perform with no DAW required for distraction free performance.  For studio use, all popular plugin formats are supported.

Drum Synth 500 is packaged into a beautiful user interface with no hidden panels for quick, fun creation of your own electronic drum sounds.

You deserve your own custom drum sounds and now you have the perfect tool to create them: Drum Synth 500 from AIR Music Technology.


Boom features a slick modern interface that pays homage to the most popular vintage drum machines of the past.

Boom is a Virtual Drum Machine.

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 is now available on its own by popular demand, available to anyone who demands instant creativity in AU/VST formats.

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 modeled 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 on-board 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 color ‘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.

The Riser’s Chord oscillator introduces you to an uncharted creative continent. Use it to match The Riser’s sonic structure to your song’s key (or a contrasting one) and blend it to taste; it can be as musical as you want.



’80s Drums for the 21st Century – Nostalgia Arcade

Maximum retro-futurism for digital drums: Everyone knows and loves the vibe of science fiction and horror movies from the 1980s. VICE delivers the perfect drum tracks for music that captures the sci-fi atmosphere. But it’s not only a flash from the past! It’s the aesthetics of a golden era, revived with today’s top-notch sound quality. The 1980s are back in mainstream music, particularly Synthwave – bigger and better than before! Take the fast lane to top chart positions with Beatmaker VICE.

What’s In There?

  • Drum kits built from the most legendary analogue drum machines.
  • MIDI Drag and Drop to DAW.
  • Multiple Audio Outputs.
  • 30 Styles.
  • Proprietary Time Machine algorithm.
  • Legit 1980s vibes.
  • Pristine 21st century sound.

Retro? Future? Both!

Which sounds pop into your head when you think of the 1980s? Cheesy pop music with big synths, punchy digital drums and lots of gated reverb? Recently those sounds have been re-invigorated by 2010s producers and turned into genres like Synthwave, Retrowave, or Futuresynth. These EDM genres are influenced by 1980s film soundtracks and video games. Inspired by composers like Jean-Michel Jarre, Vangelis, and Trevor Horn, they contain 1980s clichéd elements such as electronic drums, gated reverb, and analog and early-digital synthesizer sounds. VICE delivers exactly these drum parts you need to create anything from authentic ‘80s to Synthwave.

Stranger Things Might Happen

VICE turns your drum programming into an ultra-modern adventure with a retro touch. Inspired by some of the most legendary classic drum machines from companies like Linn, Roland, Simmons or Korg, VICE feels a bit like a time machine.

Frustration-Free Design

This virtual drum machine is suitable for 80s veterans and aspiring Insta-producers alike. VICE’s transparent interface turns your tracks into cheesy pop music in a glimpse. Easy macro controls and no hidden menus; everything is clearly laid out for you!


With 10 separate kits, 12 smart-mix presets and a built-in FX to make punchy digital drums with lots of reverb, VICE is the perfect tool to glue together your refined 21st century sound integrity with legit 80s vibes.

Special Control: Time Machine

Let your drum tracks travel in time: from the sound of 80s tape recording and early sampling artefacts to a full and heavily pumping future of the imaginary year 2080.

Micro Timing

Lets you control the speed and timing of your beats. Dial-in the tempo of your host from half to normal to double speed.

MIDI Drag and Drop

Export patterns to your DAW. Simply drag them from the on-screen-keyboard and drop them into your track.

Individual Instrument Controls

Edit and control the volume, decay, pitch and filter of individual instruments per drum kit.

5. Atlas 2

Atlas 2


From samples to songs. Atlas 2 is a Sample Organiser and Drum Machine combined. It has been designed with one goal in mind, to bring as much inspiration as possible to writing drum beats and rhythm elements.

The Atlas workflow consists of each major stage of beat-making:


Our AI scans your sample folders and finds and categorises your samples. Samples are grouped by their characteristics (eg. deep long kicks, snappy snares) so you can quickly use your ears to move around the map and find what you’re looking for.

Drum Kit

Either fill in the drum slots yourself or let Atlas suggest a whole kit for you with one button press.


Pitch, Pan, Filter, change the volume envelope, reverse the sample + more.


Feels fast to use like a step sequencer but lets you mix and match different timings (eg. put a hi hat triplet fill at the end of the beat). Generate variations of your beat with a button press.


Build your own library of beats or use the in-app download to get free content packs. Quickly load random Drum Kits/Sequences/Loops and mix and match to quickly create new beats.


AI finds and categorises your samples.
See your sample library as zoomable 2D maps organised by sample characteristics.
Drum Kits can be 8, 16, or even 64 channels. The UI can match your hardware controller.
Multi-channel output.
Powerful Drum Sequencer combines the speed of a traditional Step Sequencer with the flexibility of a Piano Roll.
Import MIDI. Export MIDI and Audio loops.
Mix and Match saved Drum Kits and Sequences to quickly create new beats.
Variation Engine for adding humanisation/randomisation to sample parameters.
In-app free content pack downloads.  
Embed samples in DAW projects. (no more missing sample files)

System Requirements

Available as Standalone, VST2, VST3, and AU.
64 bit only.
Mac (Intel): macOS High Sierra 10.13 and above
Mac (Apple Silicon): macOS Big Sur 10.16 (via Rosetta)
Windows: windows 7 and above



Cyberpunk Beats – Broken, Dark and Intense
Put on your exoskeleton and gear up for dystopian adventures with Beatmaker NEMESIS. The action-packed drum machine has everything you need for creating powerful, dark and complex music.

Raise a Fury
The heavy-hitting drum sounds in NEMESIS have been designed to be aggressive and futuristic. The Mix presets provide different types of distortion and compression for beats so tough and punchy, they’ll cut through any mix. NEMESIS really shines in any situation that requires heavily processed, broken aesthetics.

Dark & Atmospheric
Inspired by contemporary film and game scores, NEMESIS brings the rhythms of dystopian cyberpunk scenes and epic space battles: A range of sounds from mysterious, dark and cold to explosive and intense.

Made by Rusher
Veteran Drum and Bass producer and DJ Rusher is the Musical Director and sound designer behind NEMESIS. Rusher’s mastery for dystopian soundscapes and staccato beats is at the red-hot pulsing heart of this Beatmaker.

For Sci-Fi Soundtracks
Beatmaker NEMESIS is already being used in game development. Rusher is working on the soundtrack for the upcoming title Kato by Imagine Dreams.

Features at a Glance

Take a look at the NEMESIS inventory for producing the most intense broken beats.

Mix Presets

Create your music without overthinking! Select and adjust one out of 12 custom mix templates. Each is a complete multi-bus mixing desk under the hood with multiple effect chains per channel.

Special Control

Push sounds in different directions: Hypercharge uses multi-band distortion for a more aggressive, electrified sound. It can really be driven over the top, especially in combination with the Mix Presets. Pressurize uses multi-band compression to condense the signal, and cut through the mix.

Let’s Go to Space!

Grab the Beatmaker equivalent of an intergalactic battleship and start producing today!


  • 60 Plug-in Presets
  • 10 Drum kits
  • 30 Styles
  • 12 Mix Presets

7. Symphonic Elements Bundle

Symphonic Elements Bundle

World-Class Orchestral Phrases – Drums and strings from Hans Zimmer’s library

Creative performance and sound design engines

DRUMS & STRIIIINGS deliver Hans Zimmer’s personal collection of percussive phrases and legendary string recordings. Tried and tested in Hollywood, these exclusive plug-ins make cinematic drums and strings accessible for anyone.

What’s in it for me?

  • Two extensive collections of world-class phrases
  • Ready to rumble: creative performance and sound design engine
  • More than 100 playing Styles, 500 sound designer presets
  • Recorded at Hans Zimmer’s Remote Control Studios, produced by Boris Salchow

Million-dollar sound

UJAM is happy to count Hans Zimmer – one of the world’s great film composers – as one of its co-founders. Hans generously gave us access to his legendary drums & strings recordings, amassed over decades, for use in DRUMS & STRIIIINGS.

Born from art & technology

Programming realistic cinematic tracks can be daunting. That’s why the UJAM performance engine provides ready-made sequences and creative controls. With Symphonic Elements it’s fast and easy; instantly synced to your DAW’s tempo. They take care of the details, so you can focus on your music!

Finisher FX

The custom-made Finisher effect section is a one-knob sound design delight. Transform the character of your DRUMS or STRIIIINGS track to match any genre or mood.


Perform your tracks with the crossfader. DRUMS is made up from two independent low and high sections like bass drums or snares, STRIIIINGS comes with low and high string sections. Seamlessly blend between them, or add subtle variations by automating.

8. PunchBox

By: D16

PunchBOX is a virtual instrument designed for creating high-quality kick drum sounds. An equally vast and exquisite factory content delivered by industry-standard sound designers Sounds of Revolution and CFA-Sound gets you started in no time. Synthesis & sampling shaking hands in one plugin PunchBOX easily brings together the best of the two worlds. The expressiveness of synthesized sounds next to the richness and complexity of samples end up delivering top-notch, never-heard and dancefloor-crushing kick sound. Each of the onboard samples is a little diamond in itself, crafted with professional experience, precious pieces of studio equipment, top-shelf instruments and vintage analog gear. The kick sound synthesizers, originating from highly acclaimed D16 emulations of classic Roland drum machines, were taken to the next level and customized to perfectly fit the purpose of PunchBOX. The very heart of PunchBOX is comprised of four sound generators, each of them standing for a key component of the final majestic kick sound. Factory settings were created to allow influencing the sound in a unique, intuitive and inspiring way. Vast quality factory content The best sound designers out there prepared an arsenal of 1100 samples and 800 presets suitable for pretty much all contemporary subgenres of electronic music. It’s never been easier to keep up or even exceed the most recent trends in music production and sound quality standard. Organized using the reknowned D16 tagging system makes browsing for the right (base) sound easy, efficient and smooth.

  • Sound source
    • Up to 4 generators, operating in parallel, activated/deactivated independently
      • Click – Sample-based, produces Kick accent
      • Tops – Sample-based, produces e.g. hihats, percussion and noise
      • Tools – Sample-based, produces almost full Kicks without sub
      • Kick – Sample-based or Synth-based, produces the Kick’s body. 4 synthesis engines for Synth Mode to select from:
        • 909 Kick model
        • 808 Kick model
        • 606 Kick model
        • Sine wave based Kick model
    • Audio-to-effect send per generator
    • 1 voice of polyphony
    • Optional MIDI velocity sensitivity and pitch tracking
  • Built-in effect rack
    • 5 high-quality algorithms operating in series, may be independently turned on/off and reordered by drag’n’drop
      • Equalizer
      • Bit Crusher
      • Distortion
      • Filter
      • Limiter
    • Controllable connection point in the effect chain for the generators’ direct output (Mixdown after)
  • Samples and presets
    • Vast factory content designed by CFA-Sound and Sounds of Revolution
      • 800 presets
      • 1100 samples
      • Suitably tagged
    • Tag-based Preset and Sample browsers
      • Preview option
    • User may import own samples
    • 7 preset categories (hierarchically ordered)
      • Global / Master presets
      • 909 Synth engine
      • 808 Synth engine
      • 606 Synth engine
      • Sine Synth engine
      • Bitcrusher Effect
      • Distortion Effect
  • MIDI Learn option
  • Flexible Randomizer
  • Direct Export function (export your final kick as WAV file)

9. Not Your Average Drums VST

Not Your Average Drums VST

Who’s tired of the same old Drum Sounds? We know we were.

That is why we created the Easy-to-use & fully loaded ‘Not Your Average Drums’ VST with 800 not-so-average Drum Samples!

Designed by New Nation & Pyrit Music, we wanted to create a tool that was quick, simple & powerful to add some real flare to your productions.

Loaded with 800 house recorded drum samples including Kicks, Snares, Claps, Hats, Percs & FX, you’ll have tons of new & exclusive content to spice up those drums!

The ‘NYAD VST’ has 16 drum pads, just like your classic Drum Machine.

Included are 50 complete Drum Racks with 16 samples in each. Each Drum Rack has 1 Kick, 2 Snares, 2 Claps, 4 Hats, 4 Percs & 3 Extras. Extras include FX, more percs, more hats, etc.

Each rack is in that specific order to make scrolling through them as easy as possible. These sounds are paired and matched to ensure you can find sounds you like together within each Drum Rack.

Don’t stop there though! You can Mix & Match samples from each Drum Rack to create even more unique sounding drums!

We’ve combined the simplicty of classic Drum Machine Pads with some powerful Controls & Effects to give you quick & easy manipulation of your sounds. First, you’ll have a full set of AHDSR Controls (Attack, Hold, Delay, Sustain, Release) to really fine tune & dime in on your samples. Secondly, you will have a Degrade Effect to give your sounds a more LoFi experience whenever you see fit. Next, you will have our SECRET Slap Effect which will add punch and character to your samples. Then, you will have easy to use High-Pass & Low-Pass filters. Lastly, a Dynamic Parametric EQ to really customize your samples & make them shine through the mix.

Although these Drum Samples are very unique & exclusive, they can be used in basically any genre you see fit. They are perfect for Modern Hip Hop & Trap, Lofi, RnB, Glitch, Alternative & more! Although the Samples were not crreated with any particular artists in mind, they would work great for proudtions inspired by Lil Baby, Jack Harlow, DaBaby, Travis Scott, Eevee, Pharell, Flying Lotus, Chilled Cow, Knowlxdge, Eminem, Glass Animals, Barnacle Boi & more!

Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort drums zone, these sounds could help you inspire the next generation of Producers!


  • 800 Total Drum Samples
  • 50 Full Drum Racks
    • 50 Kicks
    • 100 Snares
    • 100 Claps
    • 200 Hats
    • 200 Percs
    • 150 Extra (FX, Percs, Hats, etc)
  • Powerful FX
    • AHDSR Controls
    • Degrade Effect (Lofi)
    • Secret SLAP Effect (Punch/Character)
    • Hi/Lo Pass Filters
    • Dynamic Parametric EQ
  • 20 FREE MIDI Drum Loops (Created specifically for ‘NYAD VST’)
  • Easy Installers for Mac/Windows (Video Demos Included)
  • Easy To Use Functions & Controls
  • Not Compatible with Pro-Tools

10. Beatmaker GLORY

Beatmaker GLORY

Trap? Pop? Both!

BIG Beats for Fame and Glory

Current Mood: #ATL

GLORY is the virtual beat maker for all kinds of trap and modern hip-hop. Where heavy, tuned 808-kick drums meet frantic hi-hats at the top of the billboard charts. Create beats that bounce and roll with GLORY!

What’s in it for me?

  • 20 styles, 60 presets
  • 10 drum kits, 460 patterns
  • MIDI Drag and Drop
  • Special control: Bass Tune
  • Ice Cold Sound

It’s all about that beat. For many tracks in these genres, the beat is so essential that they do away with most other elements, if not all. Start with a beat, maybe layer some melodic loop on top, and leave plenty of space for the vocals. Done.

Tough, Yet Shiny

The drum sounds of GLORY are gritty and heavy. They can cut through a mix and provide plenty of bass. However, they’re carefully sound designed to give you that production-value-feel right out of the box.

Always on Time

GLORY is part of UJAM’s Beatmaker series, which makes producing outstanding beats for your music fast and easy. It instantly syncs to your DAW’s tempo, and you can play a near-infinite variety of beats.

GLORY features 10 kits with 16 drum instruments each. There are 20 Styles with 23 ready-made patterns each, for a total of 460 patterns.

Plus: Easy access to all the effects you need to make punchy contemporary beats that will – quite literally – leave an impression.

Bass Tune

Tune the bass drum to match your song’s key or melody. Much easier than with an actual 808. 

Mix Presets

Create your music without overthinking! Select and adjust one out of 12 custom mix templates. Each is a complete multi-bus mixing desk under the hood with multiple effect chains per channel.

Join the Gucci gang – Get Beatmaker GLORY for the fame.

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