When comes to make a drum track using our DAW, many producers are accustomed to use Drum Samples packs that includes one hits sounds in Wav format. Others use soft samplers, such as Kontakt with some free or commercial Drum Libraries added. This choice is based primarily, I think, because of the affordable price compared with a Drum Machine VST Plugin. But who want more originality, flexibility and to really dive into drum creation and drum sound design this list of best virtual drum machines worth a look.
Virtual Drum Machines plugins can be divided in two categories, those designed to emulate a specific classic hardware drum machine and others that features original concepts and innovations capable to create new drum sounds. All drum plugins listed in this post are available for purchasing at PluginBoutique.com, one of the biggest plug-ins distributor on Internet.
1. EZDrummer 2 by Toontrack
EZ Drummer 2 is the latest version released by Toontrack for their big success with the first version of this virtual drum machine. EZ Drummer 2 brings powerful innovations that, we can say, erase any technical barrier between you and your creativity when comes to make drum on your computer. You can customize any groove in real-time, write an entire drum track without leaving the program and more awesome features, all sustained by a powerful audio engine. Priced at £99.00 is A MUST HAVE for any producer.
2. Break Tweaker by iZotope
Break Tweaker is built on a futuristic MicroEdit Engine and turns everything you know about drums and rhythms. With this virtual drum plugin you can manipulate, re-invert any beat by controlling pitch, rhythm or/and texture with maximum resolution and quality. Break Tweaker brings powerful wavetables designed by today’s top producers and also includes some great presets and drum samples. This virtual drum machine available at PluginBoutique for £138.99.
3. Punch by Rob Papen
As has accustomed us, Rob Papen has released over time some amazing plugins and Punch is not an exception. His virtual drum machine delivers synthesized drums in the finest audio quality for today’s producer. Punch features classic samples taken from some of the most popular classic analog drum machines. Punch has 2 envelopes, 2 LFOs and 8 modulation slots , which allow you to use a wide variety of modulation sources to control Punch’s parameters and is priced at £39.94. Also read Punch-BD Review
4. SPARK 2 by Arturia
Among many big names in industry, Arturia certanly has a top place in many producers heads. Arturia is a reference for quality and innovation in this filed, whether it’s about hardware tools or music software. Spark 2 Drum Machine features a cutting edge sound library, multiple synthesis engines and advanced sequencing functionalities. Spark 2 is prefect suitable for real- time live performaces and also for studio use. Also supports REX files. Spark 2 is one of the most innovative virtual drum machine released this days using latest audio engines and programming technology. Priced at £137.43.
5. Nerve by Xfer Records
Nerve has earned a leading position in our “Best VST Drums” list, being as one of the best and high rated software drum machine for both Windows and MAC producers.
Featuring a huge sound bank of over 2GB, Nerve offers everything you need: one-shots, drum kits and even drum loops created by world-class sound designers like SampleMagic, Dom Kane, SampleSquad, PowerFX, Richard Devine, Bitword and more.
6. Groove Machine by Image Line
This Groove Machine allow you to automate every parameter of the sampler, synth and effects channels on a PER-step basics. If you want to use Groove Machine live, Image Line recommend to use this plugin along with a MIDI controller for best performances and efficiency. As main highlight this drum virtual instrument features 5 hybrid (Subtractive/FM) synthesizer channels, 8 flexible sampler channels, each with 4 sample layers, 10 DJ-style effects + EQ and Stutter PER channel and many more. At PluginBoutique.com, Groove Machine is available at £113.95.
To not create a “big sausage” on this post and to bother you, check the last 5 drum machines plugins directly at PluginBoutique.com store where you will find more details about each one.
7. BIG Kick by Plugin Boutique – £39.94 (Check BigKick Review)
8. Nepheton by D16 Group – £81.94
9. Drumazon by D16 Group – £81.94
10. MicroTonic by SonicCharge – £71.04
11. DrumSpillage 2 by AudioSpillage – £75.00
Prices listed on this post are the regular prices. Plugin Boutique runs many promotions each month, so you can find this plugins at much better prices.
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