The Best Drum VST Plugins Every Producer Needs
Whatever you think about drum machine software, you must realize that it falls under two separate categories. Some are created to mirror the old school class beatboxing sound. While the other type of drum machine software is made to create a unique sound that is more original in nature. What we have noticed over the past few years is a blending of the two styles and concepts. I really think this is cool because music producers can gain inspiration from some traditional sounds while not losing the ability to be creative.
The list that you are about to read below are what we consider to be the best drum machine software or plugins on the planet today. Just as a disclaimer I want you to know that we are not looking at only drum sample machines. Everything on this list has the ability to perform its own sequencing.
Sonic Charge MicroTonic
The sonic charge micro tonic is an 8 channel drum machine that has developed a great reputation online over the years. The company responsible for this drum machine software is the same company who built Malstrom.
I like this plugin because each drum is produced by a module that comes with an oscillator and it can be run through an EQ filter. It does come with a step sequencer and a ton of patterns but the if you are looking for a drum machine that sounds like real drums this might not be the one for you. But if you are looking for that electric sound this is the perfect addition for you.
The D16 Drumazon was created with a ton of features that will allow you to create a ton of different and unique sounds. I like to compare the Drumazon to Roland’s classic, it’s not the same but it is a possible substitute fo it. I would actually prefer the Drumazon over any other 909 hardware.
Why? Because it simply gives you more options to create more sounds and quite frankly the sound quality is amazing.
All of the drums that come with the Nepheton have a controls that extend with more options. It does not have as many options like Drumazon but it is still very effective.
It has the Sweep knob to add that kick you need and it dictates your pitch envelope and range. You can also make a unique sound with the Decay knob. I must admit it’s not the most diverse drum machine software but it’s great for an electro sound.
Nithonat is Rolands TR 606 drum machine blasted with steroids. This drum machine is a beast. You get
all the bells and whistles like the kick, low toms, cymbals, snare and so much more. You also get a step sequencer that has pattern based arrangement options. You can create/synthesize all of your beats in real time. You really need to play with this plugin because it there are so many options that I can’t list all of them in this review. I will probably write a full review on this Nithonat separately.
What Audiorealism has done is to put all of the Roland classic TR beats into one plugin. This drum machine software has a step sequencer, 808 sounds and so much more. What you are going to discover after tinkering with Audiorealism is that it sounds completely authentic.
You can use analogue modeling for all the sounds and to add icing to the cake you can also mix and match your sounds from different kits. This is an amazing drum machine software.
If you want a ton of control over your sound then the Drumaxx drum machine plugin is agreat option. It is a physical drum machine that gives you the options to make changes to the properties of the drum head, striking action and mallet. You can add a lot of tones such as snares and cymbals, and sound effects. It even comes with a 16 button program shown on the GUI.
Who is this for?
If you are looking to replace a real drummer this is not the tool for you but it will help you produce some quality sounds. If you are looking to synthesize and do quick tweaks to make original drum sounds then you should check this out.
AudioSpillage is perfect if you are looking for just a drum synthesizer. It comes with 4 basic sounds you can work with. Those are hi-hat, bass, snare and wood drums. The track lengths can be altered in the sequencer and you can also assign a value to whatever step you’d like in the sequencer.
Another feature that I like is the ability to drag and drop samples in and then you can manipulate the pitch, distortion and modulation.
This drum machine software comes at a very good price for what it offers, just add some FX and realtime control options and you got yourself a powerful tool.
Audio Damage Tattoo
What the audio damage tattoo drum machine offers are 12 synthesize drum sounds. Each one comes with editing abilities and they are set up to be very user friendly. When you are ready to do sequencing it comes with 32 steps, all you have to do click on blocks to show where you would like the drum sound to hit. You can also add some variations as wells.
At a first glance you will probably think that this drum machine software is not that advanced but once you dig into it and start playing with it, you will quickly change your mind. It is an excellent drum machine plugin and I would recommend it.