Recommend a cheap but good Drum vst

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KVRist
345 posts since 31 Dec, 2020

Post Fri Jun 18, 2021 9:53 am

I have Djinn drum which is a really good Linn emulation.

I have another an 808 emulation, which was free and is also pretty good.

I also have the drumkits that come with the M1 vst.

What I'd like is something electronic but not dancey dancey (like the 808, don't really need another). Not really looking for a perfect real drum kit emulation either.

Must be affordable. Around £30 or so (license transfers can be included).

I don't really know drum synths.

KVRAF
13015 posts since 13 Oct, 2009

Post Fri Jun 18, 2021 10:04 am

There are so many drum samples online and in plentiful supply for cheap or free. What exactly is it that you expect from a drum plugin that your DAW doesn't already provide?

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KVRAF
3978 posts since 16 Aug, 2017 from Land of The Charity Shop

Post Fri Jun 18, 2021 10:34 am

Free drum machine samples.
https://www.drumkito.com/
Drum sample on Reverb. Free account needed.
https://reverb.com/software/samples-and ... rice%7Casc
MT Power Drum Kit 2
https://www.powerdrumkit.com/download76187.php
Free Drum Samples (Acoustic Drum Kits)
https://bedroomproducersblog.com/2010/0 ... full-kits/
Free Drum Machine VSTi/AUi Plugins For Windows & Mac
https://bedroomproducersblog.com/2010/0 ... #post-1645
Drum Machines
https://plugins4free.com/instruments/Drum_machines/
Don't overlook the 32bit offerings, there are some good ones.
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KVRAF
6305 posts since 13 Nov, 2015 from Norway

Post Fri Jun 18, 2021 11:09 am

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KVRist
463 posts since 28 Jan, 2003

Post Fri Jun 18, 2021 11:18 am

And of course Drumatic 4, at €29,99+VAT:
https://www.e-phonic.com/drumatic.html#/
It's great

KVRist

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345 posts since 31 Dec, 2020

Post Fri Jun 18, 2021 11:35 am

What do people think of the beatskillz stuff? Synthwave Drums and Retro Hit are massively on sale right now and seem half decent variety of sounds.

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KVRAF
3978 posts since 16 Aug, 2017 from Land of The Charity Shop

Post Fri Jun 18, 2021 11:43 am

ghostwhistler wrote:
Fri Jun 18, 2021 11:35 am
What do people think of the beatskillz stuff? Synthwave Drums and Retro Hit are massively on sale right now and seem half decent variety of sounds.
Definitely worth a try for $9 (no-brainer price). It would be nice to have every drums consolidated into one plugin.
Sitala is a free drum plugin and standalone app, use it with free real drum machine samples
https://decomposer.de/sitala/
SUB is a vintage analog drums module recreating many classic drum sounds and a Sub-frequency oscillator for extra fun!
https://sampleson.com/SUB-free-analog-drums.html
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KVRAF
13015 posts since 13 Oct, 2009

Post Fri Jun 18, 2021 12:21 pm

The Noodlist wrote:
Fri Jun 18, 2021 11:43 am
ghostwhistler wrote:
Fri Jun 18, 2021 11:35 am
What do people think of the beatskillz stuff? Synthwave Drums and Retro Hit are massively on sale right now and seem half decent variety of sounds.
Definitely worth a try for $9 (no-brainer price). It would be nice to have every drums consolidated into one plugin.
Sitala is a free drum plugin and standalone app, use it with free real drum machine samples
https://decomposer.de/sitala/
All of those super simple drum plugins like beatskillz are really just containers for samples so it's like buying a sample library of vintage drum machine samples for $9. If they're the sounds that you want then it's probably worth the time savings. Otherwise, Sitala plus all of the free downloads that you have time to find is probably the better bet.

What you get with the beatskillz style plugins is an easy way to audition kits that someone else has put together.

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KVRAF
3978 posts since 16 Aug, 2017 from Land of The Charity Shop

Post Fri Jun 18, 2021 12:32 pm

ghettosynth wrote:
Fri Jun 18, 2021 12:21 pm
All of those super simple drum plugins like beatskillz are really just containers for samples so it's like buying a sample library of vintage drum machine samples for $9. If they're the sounds that you want then it's probably worth the time savings. Otherwise, Sitala plus all of the free downloads that you have time to find is probably the better bet.

What you get with the beatskillz style plugins is an easy way to audition kits that someone else has put together.
Totally agree, real drum machine samples and player for free.
DRUM PRO free
https://www.studiolinked.com/drum-pro/
Speedrum lite
https://www.kvraudio.com/product/speedr ... -container
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KVRian
1053 posts since 9 Apr, 2012

Post Fri Jun 18, 2021 12:33 pm

Izoptopes BreakTweaker Expanded.

https://www.pluginboutique.com/product/ ... r-Expanded

Check out YouTube for some preset demos.
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KVRist
198 posts since 7 Dec, 2017

Post Fri Jun 18, 2021 12:34 pm

Wave Alchemy Revolution is awesome and on sale right now:

https://www.pluginboutique.com/product/ ... 297e055206

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KVRian
930 posts since 6 Jun, 2003 from Reading UK. (U rrrrrrs)

Post Fri Jun 18, 2021 12:56 pm

If you want a drum plugin for electronic music and want to create your own sounds plus use velocity and automation to control your sounds (every parameter is automatable as far as I have found) then I can definitely recommend Drumatic4 from E-Phonic. Has many great built in kits to start you off. Does the Roland machines really well but added flexibility with one OSC and two noise sections, FM etc. to create new sounds. Love it!! :love: Euro 29.99+VAT
https://www.e-phonic.com/drumatic.html#/
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KVRian
1303 posts since 2 Jun, 2003

Post Fri Jun 18, 2021 1:06 pm

ghostwhistler wrote:
Fri Jun 18, 2021 11:35 am
What do people think of the beatskillz stuff? Synthwave Drums and Retro Hit are massively on sale right now and seem half decent variety of sounds.
They're not the most versatile. It would be best to get their new one, Sequel, for $49 that loads user samples. Or better yet, you could buy Synthwave or Retro Hit for $9 and crossgrade to Sequel for $39. You'd save a buck, have 2 drum machines, and could build a library of 3rd party samples you like.

But if you don't need a drum sequencer, the free Sitala does as much as Synthwave or Retro Hit. Just add samples!
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KVRist

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345 posts since 31 Dec, 2020

Post Mon Jun 21, 2021 3:21 am

I bought the Sythwave and Retrohit plugins. Dirt cheap. Wouldn' tpay more for them, they are over processed sounds and not at all subtle. But that's what I wanted :D

Also the plugins aren't very stable, but they are quite flexible.

I have sitala, I also have the CMI V, I just wanted the convenience of not having to build my own drum kits from the thousands of samples that exist. Convenience really.

Thanks for the replies

KVRist
33 posts since 22 Sep, 2019

Post Tue Jun 22, 2021 6:31 am

ghettosynth wrote:
Fri Jun 18, 2021 12:21 pm
The Noodlist wrote:
Fri Jun 18, 2021 11:43 am
ghostwhistler wrote:
Fri Jun 18, 2021 11:35 am
What do people think of the beatskillz stuff? Synthwave Drums and Retro Hit are massively on sale right now and seem half decent variety of sounds.
Definitely worth a try for $9 (no-brainer price). It would be nice to have every drums consolidated into one plugin.
Sitala is a free drum plugin and standalone app, use it with free real drum machine samples
https://decomposer.de/sitala/
All of those super simple drum plugins like beatskillz are really just containers for samples so it's like buying a sample library of vintage drum machine samples for $9. If they're the sounds that you want then it's probably worth the time savings. Otherwise, Sitala plus all of the free downloads that you have time to find is probably the better bet.

What you get with the beatskillz style plugins is an easy way to audition kits that someone else has put together.
If you buy the Beatskillz drum plugins, you can actually choose to download just the samples.

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