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BDE-01 by Synsonic Instruments is a Virtual Instrument Audio Plugin for macOS and Windows. It functions as a VST Plugin and an Audio Units Plugin.
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The Synsonic Instruments BDE-01 (Bass Drum Engine) plugin is a versatile and powerful plugin specialized on bass drum synthesis. It offers a wide range of styles and a lot of effective soundshaping possibilities. There are three sections: The Sound Section which creates the body of the bass drum, the Noise Section which adds a click, noise or sample sound and the Master Section, which allows general settings.


  • Sound section with aliasing free waveforms, harmonic enhancer, pitch and amplitude envelopes.
  • Noise Section for additional sound layers with sampler, click and noise, lowpass/bandpass filter and cutoff/amplitude envelopes.
  • Very general architecture allows recreating sounds from analog hardware or finding completely new sounds.
  • MIDI learn / automation for all controls.
  • Easy to use preset system.
  • A lot of factory presets.
  • Factory samples for sound layering.


The BDE-01 contains the best of both worlds – analog and digital.


  • The enhancer shapes the sine and triangle waveforms like an analog diode clipper, used in the 909 bass drum.
  • The pitch envelope onset is derived from the bass drum circuit of the 808 bass drum.
  • The click sound is modeled after an analog filtered trigger impulse.


  • Precise, aliasing-free VCOs.
  • Interpolating sampler for additional layering sound.
  • Inaccurate behavior when a new note is triggered before the previous one has died out is avoided by a reset mechanism, but controllable randomness can be added with the human parameter.

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