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
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
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
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
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
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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