Best drum synth?

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17655 posts since 11 Apr, 2010 from Germany

Post Wed May 16, 2018 11:58 am

TBH, i like creating drum sounds with "general purpose" synths much more than with dedicated drum synths, because i feel like the synthesis is more flexible, and it sounds better to me as well. Dune CM is capable of some great drum sounds, for example.

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1233 posts since 16 May, 2004 from Soviet Union

Re: Best drum synth?

Post Wed May 16, 2018 3:19 pm

I think Microtonic is the best what was made out among software drum machines, by different criteria, beginning with sounds variety (despite such a simple configuration), ending with a lack of bugs, convenient and no cpu consumption. Some astonishing coding. But I agree with the above think about the fact that it would be great to make this device more complex.

783 posts since 11 Aug, 2012

Re: Best drum synth?

Post Wed May 16, 2018 5:50 pm

Yeah, I prefer general synths, especially if they have MSEGs and FM. Zebra makes some awesome stomps, Serum EDM kicks thud your heart, then there's stuff like Chromaphone 2, which is great for uncanny valley sounds. Battery is fast and smooth for layering sounds. Nothing like stealing a transient from an acoustic bass drum and marrying it with an electronic body.

However, creativity can be sprung from limits, and things like Microtonic are a joy to use, especially with the Patternarium, and if you have a PO-32 to take it on the go. But there is no "best". For fast workflow, there's stuff like Sonic Academy Kick 2. But honestly, I got tired of it during the demo, since it prescribes how to make a kick a little too strictly and I saw its limits. I much prefer my preset templates in Serum, Avenger, Zebra, etc., because I can break out of them if I want to.

Last year I spent a day making kicks, claps, and snares and I'm set for a while. A lot of them pitch tuned as well. So which would you rather have, an explicit drum synth you'll use rarely or a general synth you'll not only use all the time but master in the process? You have Synthmaster, have you tried making drums in it? It's not the best workflow but it's gonna feel weird constricting yourself in anything less.

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3446 posts since 21 Sep, 2005

Re: Best drum synth?

Post Wed May 16, 2018 7:59 pm

Tremor. If you have the CPU.

Drumatic. Very under-rated. Very good. Fantastic in fact.

Image-Line DrumSynth. Free in FLStudio, extra as a VST. Great softs.

Drumaxx. Also by Image-Line. Works very well with Drumatic.

Drumatic really can cover all those 909 and 808 and 606 sounds though. Not too expensive either.
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1165 posts since 23 Jun, 2006 from Hungary

Re: Best drum synth?

Post Wed May 16, 2018 8:28 pm

RP Punch

15 posts since 28 Mar, 2007

Re: Best drum synth?

Post Thu May 17, 2018 4:34 am

Sytrus, for full screen graphic envelopes and FM.

263 posts since 15 Jan, 2003 from USA

Re: Best drum synth?

Post Sat May 19, 2018 10:07 am

FXpansion Tremor and Rob Papen Punch are the best drum synth plugins I own, but the workflow of both products could use some improvement. Punch can also load audio files.

With that said, I rarely use either plugin at this time.

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10534 posts since 13 Jun, 2004 from Alberto Balsam

Re: Best drum synth?

Post Thu May 31, 2018 11:22 am

I know you're looking for something specialized, but the old hideous freebie Voyager I find unbeatable for synthesizing hihats until you get into semi/modulars, or xoxos' drum synths.

Old school analog synth hats are 4+ pulsewaves through two parallel bandpass filters, Voyager's 4 oscillators and parallel filters can whip them up in a hurry.

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Mea Thrills
10 posts since 30 May, 2018

Re: Best drum synth?

Post Fri Jun 01, 2018 4:19 am

D16 Punchbox and Tremor are pretty god. Tremor is a CPU beast though.

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