Free Drum machines, drum romplers, drum samplers & synthesizers, the selection is small, but I picked out for you the best plugins available in 2018.
Many classic Synthesizers or effects plugins are available in a free or commercial form. If you look at the beats section with free drum machines or drum synths, it will be much small. Here you can find instruments which are based on samples or even on synthesis.
Even if the selection is very small, I have picked the best plugins available in 2018 from this drum area. This selection includes only plugins that are compatible with PC & Mac with 32-bit and 64-bit systems!
(Updated December 2018)
The underlying signal processing is based on a detailed analysis of the original 808 Bass Drum circuit. With the MIDI-Control it is also possible to use the plugin as a Bass Synthesizer. Originally the 808 Bass Drum has the following parameters for soundshaping:The BD-808 by Synsonic Instruments is a drum plugin that emulates the famous bass sounds from the Roland TR-808 drum machine.
The BD-808 features the original parameters of the TR-808 (accent, level, decay and tone) but also new additional soundshaping parameters:
- Tune: Tuning in halftones
- Fine: Tuning in cents
- LongDecay: Extends decay range
- MidiSync-Tune: Tune depends on played Midi-Note
- MidiSync-Accent: Accent depends on Velocity of played Midi-Note
More information here: Synsonic Instruments BD-808
The Synsonic BD-909 is a model of the TR-909 Bass Drum.
They have analysed the original circuit and created an accurately digital model. There are also more soundshaping possibilities like distortion, noise decay, tune depth and hold and pitch. The plugin includes factory presets and you can also create your own presets now.
More information here: Synsonic-Instruments BD-909
Sample Science Vintage Drum Elements
Vintage Drum Elements is a virtual drum machine featuring the sound of the Yamaha RX5. This seminal drum machine of the eighties is the perfect companion to any synthwave, vaporwave, synthpop and chillwave enthusiast who seek that eighties vibe in their drum patterns.
The RX5 has been use by such artist as the Cocteau Twins, Bomb The Bass, Masters At Work, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, Louie Vega, Chromeo, Vangelis, Depeche Mode, The Pet Shop Boys among many other professional producers.
More information here: Sample Science Vintage Drum Elements
Maxproject T.REX 606
The T.REX 606 is a drum rompler plugin that features 7 classic sounds from the Roland 606 drum machine.
The samples are packed inside a vintage inspired interface that features knobs for the main volume and a simple reverb.
More information here: Maxproject T.REX 606