Drums and percussion are the spine in most of the musical tracks. Selecting the right drums and percussion in music production is critical and can make a difference in the end. If you don’t have the essential experience to play drums, then you should use drum sounds from a free drum library or use a free virtual tool plugin. So that why today after test many best free drum VST plugins we made this list.
List 20 Of Best Free Drum VST Plugins :
We have made a list for you with some of the best free drum VST plugins you can discover on the Internet. Some of them are more tough for the most advanced and need some knowledge about synthesizing, others are easier to use and intuitive, but all provide very good drum sounds and can be applied in a vast variety of musical genres.
SL Drums 2 by Beatmaker
SL Drums 2 is the latest version of Beatmaker ‘s freeware drum VST, AU plugin offered for Windows and MAC OS. Having 118 new drum kits, new controls, over 450 drum samples, and new GUI design, SL Drums 2 is the best virtual drum machine to keep into your DAW. The Best thing is it free.
Impakter by de la Mancha
Impakter is a strong drum tool and one of the best free drum VST plugins tested, having over 300 drum samples created by analog synths such as Kakken SX-150, Korg MS20, Roland Juno60, and drum machines like Korg KPR-77, Yamaha MR-10, Mattel Synsonics, and Antonelli Organ 2377 rhythm box.
Impakter contains 4 modules for kick, hats and percussion sounds, snare, 52 presets covering a range of sounds and styles plus more. It can be used on Windows 32bit version.
MiniSpillage by AudioSpillage
MiniSpillage is a high-quality drum synth plugin containing 6 oscillators and also an open Hi-Hat Generator with a noise source and dual resonant filters. It also comes with 3 fully editable drum pads and 3 exclusive AudioSpillage drum synthesis models i.e. Woodrum, BassDrum, and ElectroHiHat. It is very flexible and capable of making a vast variety of original drum and percussion sounds. MiniSpillage is a free plugin only for Apple Mac OS X music apps.
EXD-80 is a free VST plugin for Windows. It has 4 stereo output pairs, 8 drum modules, and also containing 128 drum kit patches with 16 preset drum kits. You can use EXD-80 in any EDM music style from Electro, Dubstep to Ambient, Industrial, Bass, Hip Hop and more. It is free and can be used on windows 32bit version
Drumatic 3 by E-Phonic
Drumatic 3 is a best virtual analog drum synthesizer with all sounds fully synthetic: bass drums, 2 tom drums, hi-hats, snare drums, hand claps, and bells. It uses graphical envelopes for amplitude and modulation, having 6 Stereo outputs, assignable for every sound. Drumatic 3 is an effective drum virtual tool great for any producer or sound designer. Although the E-Phonic has released a newer version, Drumatic 4, the earlier version is still available for download and is 100% free. It can be used on Windows 32bit version.
Drum Boxx by SonicXTC
It is another great VST drum synthesizer with which you can make thousands of unique synthetic drum sounds for musical productions. Drum Boxx contains 12 individual signal channels, each with an individual drum synthesizer that can be filtered, equalized, tweaked, pitched, and distorted independently providing and a broad range of sound modulation and drum sound design. Also, it has 10 custom preset kits/128 user kits. It is free and can be used on Windows 32bit version.
Drum Pro by StudioLinked
Drum Pro by Studio Linked is made for Windows and Mac OS. It has a collection of 20 drum kits which can be expanded by purchasing new commercial drum expansions from the developer site. The graphical interface includes an ADSR envelope and 16 drum pads for the volume and pan controls for every drum pad. Drum Pro also contains a reverb mix control and a global volume control. You can play drums using your MIDI controller and Drum Pro plugin. It is free and can be used on Windows and Mac OS.
TS-808 by Tactile Sounds
TS-808 is a VST virtual tool that emulates the legendary drum machine Roland TR-808 and is one of the great plugins of this type. Using complete schematics for each voice and more parameters this plugin is an advanced drum machine. It is free and can be used on windows only.
MDrummer Small by MeldaProduction
MDrummer Small is a brother of the MDrummer Large and is one of the most versatile free virtual drum machine plugins. Even this plugin is the little brother still allows you to make very good drum sounds and includes more than 500 MB of samples, rhythms, multi-samples, and other data. MDrummer Small also contains MIDI Command Method, Integrated Arrangement Sequencer, Jamming Functionality, and several other useful features. It is free and can be used on Windows and Mac OS.
Line of Legends by VST4FREE
Line of Legends is a free plugin made by VST4FREE particularly for Hip Hop beatmakers. It uses free drum samples released by RealDrumSamples.com. The GUI is distributed in 8 sections i.e. Kick, Snare, Hi-Hat, Clap, Snap, Toms, Ride and Crash, each uses its output. It also comes with punch knobs for attack sculpting and Release, Pan knobs. Line of Legends includes a total of 47 high-quality drum samples. It is free and can be used on Windows and Mac OS.
This EDM drum machine provides great value. It is important to say that this plugin is made by experienced dance music producers. Versatility is its strongest point. You can either make your beats by using the sounds you already have or use some of the thousands of patterns, presets and sounds that are included with the product. You can count on rich effects section, and up to 8 stereo outputs. It is the best tool for every electronic music genre, which provides excellent sound quality. Despite various options, it does not seem to be complicated but very simple for use.
Native Instruments Battery 4
This is the latest version of the drum sampler that includes a renowned German company that is popular for its software and hardware for audio creation, recording, production, DJ-ing, etc. This plugin contains a lot to offer. First of all, you can use a huge library of samples, with 143 great-quality kits. Despite tons of choices, it seems easier to use, since key parameters such as L-R switching, Volume, Key Range, Reverse, Phase invert and similar things are accessible easier. It is the best tool for electronic music producers. You can purchase this one either separately, or as a part of the full NI Ultimate package.
Single Cycle Vintage Drum Elements Free
For most of us, there is nothing good than the sound of an old analog drum tool. This AU/VST plugin imitates the sound, and the appearance of the legendary Yamaga RX5 drum tool, which was used by various icons such as Vangelis, Depeche Mode, The Pet Shop Boys, Louie Vega, and many others. It includes 4 drum kits (Yamaha RX5 Kit 2, Synthetic Kit, Yamaha RX5 Kit 1, Ethnic Kit), 1 FX set and 4 instruments (Clavacin, Marimba, Bass, and Orchestra). It is very easy to use since it comes in a classic 12-pad layout. All preloaded samples are very nice. Not bad for a free plugin at all.
Arturia Spark 2
Arturia Spark 2 is one of the great vintage workstations that you can find around. It provides possibly the biggest sound collection of classic drum machines. Although this plugin is notable in pretty much all aspects, however, its powerful point would be an impressive library, which contains more than 2800 instruments, various banks, and patterns made by professionals, etc. Practically, it includes pretty much all music genres, so all can use it. It is the best tool for all those who need to spice up their music with a strong vintage flavor. This is the updated edition of the original software, which brings many novelties, having new graphics, a new mixer, tabbed pages and much more. Absolutely a great value for the money.
Superior Drummer 3
If you are a songwriter who looking for a hi-quality drum kit emulator for recording, this tool is for you. Made by award-winning engineer George Massenburg, this plugin provides a top-tier sound quality. It is also very easy to use since its graphics emulate conventional drum kits. There are 6 drum kits in total, as well as many other instruments. The sound library is vast, while MIDI conversion works better. Besides traditional drum kits, you can use more than 350 vintage drum machines, and on 35 mixer effects. Such added features make this product appropriate not only for traditional pop and rock genres but for electronic producers also.
This is a quite simple piece of software that emulates the iconic Linn LM-1. This drum tool was used by numerous pop icons, containing Michael Jackson and Prince. The graphics closely imitate the legendary unit, with almost identical controls and configuration. Although it is free, it provides pretty decent sound quality. It might be somewhat dry for some, but nothing that a good EQ cannot fix. Absolutely worth of trying.
The Drumazon is certainly of the most realistic sounding drum machines that you will find around. It mimics the iconic Roland TR-909 drum tool, both in terms of sound and appearances. Every single sound of the original has been captured flawlessly, so this software looks to be a real-time machine. Compared to the original version, it provides a few enhanced controls, which makes it easy to use. Still, you will require some time to get used to controls and that is possibly the only downside of this produces. Everything else works great, containing top-tier sound quality. Also, the cost is very attractive.
Dub Turbo DrumTROOP
This plugin absolutely could be a good substitute for expensive drum software. Although free, it provides pretty good quality and lots of features. First of all, it is pretty easier to use, thanks to its transparent control. Also, it is comprised of pretty nice 3D graphics with many skins in the offer. In terms of the sounds, there are 16 to 20 of them per kit. Still, the better thing about the plugin is that it works very smoothly on every computer. It does not have high system requirements at all. Just 2 or 1GB of RAM and 2 GB on a hard disc, despite lots of features, good-looking layout and up to 16 outputs. Above all, it provides pretty decent sound quality. It is worth of trying.
Ableton Live Drum Racks
The best thing about Ableton Live Drum Racks is its easy use. It contains everything simple which, along with a reasonable price, is the key reason why this software appeals to such a vast range of users. It is particularly designed for producers that need a rapid workflow. It consists of lots of samples. You can use more than 10 custom macro-mapped drum kits, 160 analog-sourced drum kits, as well as more than 200 slick drum groover that could be a better starting point for your work. Some of the classics that are comprised are Arp 2600, EMS VCS3, Moog Minitaur, Roland SH-101, and Juno-60. It is significant to mention that this plugin needs Ableton Live 9 software.
There are several plugins that emulate vintage drum machine but this one imitates three of them. It is a software that mimics three legendary drum machines from Roland i.e. TR-808, TR-909, and TR-606. It is the best tool for all Roland lovers who need to get an authentic sound of iconic units for the 80’s for a better affordable price. Furthermore, you can take better sounds from every unit and use them in a single interface, which gives various possibilities. It is a better way to make your own custom kits and patterns by picking out the most wanted sounds from each of these three iconic drum tools.
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