VST4FREE have released Cherry Snare, a free Audio Unit and VST instrument acoustic snare drum plug-in for Mac OS X and Windows.
This custom snare drum was hand crafted by Ebenor Percussion into cherry wood. This is a warm sounding 14x7 inches snare drum with a 1/2 inch thickness and a 45 degree chamfer, mounted with triple flange hoops dressed by a 2 plies coated drumhead.
It was recorded using 5 microphones (2 on top, 1 at the bottom and a stereo matched pair for the room sound), giving the possibility to mix the final sound from 4 channels. Top and bottom condenser mics were recorded through a tube preamp using NOS vintage 12AX7 tubes driven to a class A digital converter. Top dynamic mic and the stereo room condenser mics were picked up from a top notch soundcard's transistor preamps.
Each channel features a Punch knob which controls the sustain level set with a fix decay setting, this mimics what can be expected from a compressor or an expander to sculpt the transient sharpness. Release and Pan controls are also available on the 4 strips. The master section features a Velocity Dynamic knob to adjust the amplitude range delivered in function of the MIDI velocity.
A tuner is provided to pitch the snare drum up or down and a Vari-pitch (an LFO applied to the pitch) can produce from very subtle to totally unrealistic pitch variations:
- 208 samples, 24-bit / 44100 Hz.
- 5 stroke techniques.
- Up to 3 velocity layers.
- Up to 5 round-robin samples by layer.
Get it at www.vst4free.com