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Kick Drum Generator by D16 Group
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Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 10
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10.7.x, 10.8.x, 10.9.x, 10.10.x, 10.11.x
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Voucher / Code for redemption on other website
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PunchBOX is a virtual instrument designed for creating high-quality kick drum sounds. The heart of the plug-in is comprised of four sound generators, each of them standing for a key component of the final kick sound:

  • Click - Sample-based, produces Kick accent.
  • Tops - Sample-based, produces e.g. hihats, percussion and noise.
  • Tools - Sample-based, produces almost full Kicks without sub.
  • Kick - Sample-based or Synth-based, produces the Kick's body. The generator working as synthesizer offers four Bass Drum generating algorithms to select from; D16 emulations of classic drum machines; 606, 808, 909 and one additional, custom designed, Sine-based percussive synthesis.

Further sound processing enables built-in FX rack equipped with 5 different algorithms working in series. The effects are re-orderable via simple drag'n'drop action and whole fx chain is fed by generators independently (with different amount set per generator).

Included vast factory content was delivered by industry-standard sound designers Sounds of Revolution and CFA-Sound; A collection of 1100 samples and 800 presets suitable for pretty much all contemporary sub-genres of electronic music. Additionally a user can import its own samples to expand already substantial sound source.

Key features:

  • Sound source:
    • Up to 4 generators, operating in parallel, activated/deactivated independently
      • Click - Sample-based, produces Kick accent.
      • Tops - Sample-based, produces e.g. hihats, percussion and noise.
      • Tools - Sample-based, produces almost full Kicks without sub.
      • Kick - Sample-based or Synth-based, produces the Kick's body. 4 synthesis engines for Synth Mode to select from:
        • 909 Kick model.
        • 808 Kick model.
        • 606 Kick model.
        • Sine wave based Kick model.
    • Audio-to-effect send per generator.
    • 1 voice of polyphony.
    • Optional MIDI velocity sensitivity and pitch tracking.
  • Built-in effect rack:
    • 5 algorithms operating in series, may be independently turned on/off and reordered by drag'n'drop
      • Equalizer.
      • Bit Crusher.
      • Distortion.
      • Filter.
      • Limiter.
    • Controllable connection point in the effect chain for the generators' direct output (Mixdown after).
  • Samples and presets:
    • Vast factory content designed by CFA-Sound and Sounds of Revolution
      • 800 presets
      • 1100 samples
      • Suitably tagged.
    • Tag-based Preset and Sample browsers:
      • Preview option.
    • User may import own samples.
    • 7 preset categories (hierarchically ordered):
      • Global / Master presets.
      • 909 Synth engine.
      • 808 Synth engine.
      • 606 Synth engine.
      • Sine Synth engine.
      • Bitcrusher Effect.
      • Distortion Effect.
  • MIDI Learn option.
  • Flexible Randomizer.
  • Direct Export function (export your final kick as WAV file).
User Reviews Average user rating of 5.00 from 3 reviews Add A Review

Reviewed By n2077 [all]
March 1st, 2023
Version reviewed: 1.0.6 on Windows

Every single day, I find myself trapped in a life consumed by dread and despair. The darkness that surrounds me is unimaginable, and I feel as though I am suffocating under its weight. There's no longer any room for emotions in my heart, leaving me feeling empty and hopeless. Regret weighs heavily on my shoulders, and I can't help but think about the day I sold my license for Punchbox – it's my biggest mistake in life. It's a crushing realization that has left me feeling utterly defeated, and I will never be okay.

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Reviewed By DiBase [all]
January 9th, 2022
Version reviewed: 1.0.6 on Windows

This is probably one of the most detailed Kick making plugins out there. I like this synth based version because it's accurate and with a few tweaks from the presets you can make the kicks that you dream of with not much effort. Nice plugin that is verry suited to make a good basis for any kick related tracks. Thanks2KVR&D16.

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Reviewed By tommyzai [all]
September 12th, 2016
Version reviewed: 1.0.1 on Mac

PunchBox by d16 Group is the ultimate bass drum synthesizer, combining synthesis, sampling, and FX into a modular structure.

As with all d16 plugins, this one has a cool name — "PunchBox!" The purchase, download, install, and authorize procedure is painless — without any dongles. The GUI looks like a vintage rackmount modular system. At first, it seems like there's a lot of parameters for a bass drum synth, but once you break it down, module by module, it's actually very straightforward, user friendly, and powerful.


Finding the right bass drum is important in any genre, especially for EDM. Dance tracks live and die largely based on the pound of the beat. Producers, whether it be a million dollar studio or simple bedroom setup, endlessly search for the perfect kick. We look in sample folders; we scan synth presets; we experiment with effects. We may even layer sample, synths, and FX to create something unique to drive a beat. There are a few good bass drum generator synths on the market, and there are loads of sample libraries out there. I have a modest collection of over 100k bass drum samples, and I know a few producers who have much, much more! So, how do I find the perfect kick drum? My Typical workflow: Create a basic kick sound via synthesis, find a sample for layering fatness, and then use an assortment of effects to bring it to life. This process takes a long time and rarely nails the sound on the first try. Wouldn't it be cool to have it all in one place — one plugin? Enter PunchBox.

• Genres using a standard acoustic drum kit with corresponding (matching) snare, toms, etc.

• Everyone else.

This modular system plugin features sound generators that work independently and can be used in parallel. The center module, called KICK is the foundation of the sound. PunchBox provides a wide variety of 1100 samples and synthesis that features 909, 808, 606, and sine sources. This is where the meat of the madness is created. *It should be noted that user have a great deal of control over the sounds, especially the synthesis choices. From here, other modules can be employed to further shape/layer the sound — Click (short attack samples), Tops (high frequency samples), and Tools (longer mid-range samples). There are also built-in FX units that boast state of the art algorithms. Users can choose between bit crusher, distortion, EQ, filter, and limiter. Punchbox gives users lots of control over the amount of FX for each layer, and generators can be placed in any order via drag-n-drop. In total, there are over 800 presets created by a pair of infamous sound designers — Sound of Revolution and CFA Sound. The presets sound great out-of-the-box or serve as an excellent start point by which users can tweak and twist to their ear's desire.

• Flexibility and possibilities
• Randomizer
• Multiple instances — multiple uses for this single instrument
• Drag-n-drop into DAW
• Clear, concise manual
• Priced right
• Great developer.

• Overall, the knobs and sliders are responsive and easy to manipulate; however, I have a little trouble toggling the Velocity off/on and Keytrack off/on. I contacted the developer about this issue, and they assured me it would soon be addressed.
• Browser is easy to use and reveals neatly labeled patches, but the way it scrolls from page to page might take a little time to get used to.

PunchBox combines virtual analogue technology, high quality samples, and otherworldly effects to deliver a powerful, dedicated bass drum workstation. Despite the complexity and flexibility, it's fast and fun to create zillions of bass drums from scratch with this fine instrument. According to another, "[PunchBox is a] beautiful fusion of synthesis & sampling." I completely agree, and best of all — the sound is fantastic, which comes as no surprise for anyone who has used d16 Group's high quality drum machine emulations, i.e., Nepheton, Drumazon, Nithonat, etc.. All-in-all, PunchBox is another excellent release — these guys never fail to impress and inspire.

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