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Drumatic 3

Drum Synth Plugin by E-Phonic
Free (Donationware)
Drumatic 3 by E-Phonic is a Virtual Instrument Audio Plugin for Windows. It functions as a VST Plugin.
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Drum Sounds:

  • Bassdrum.
  • Snare.
  • Toms ( High/Low ).
  • Clap.
  • Hihats (Closed, Pedal, Open).
  • Rimshot / Sidestick.


  • Graphical envelopes.
  • 6 stereo outputs.
  • Bitcrusher or distortion effect for each sound.
  • Ultra punchy sounds.
  • Load and save single sound presets.
  • Supports Automation.
Made with SynthEdit

Latest User Reviews

Average user rating of 4.00 from 8 reviews

Drumatic 3
Reviewed By BlackWinny
June 3rd, 2014

Excellent! One of the best free drum kits I've heard.

Superbe sound.

Totally subtractive synthesis (it doesn't use any sample).

All what you could need to tweak each element of the kit. Knobs, harmonic modifiers (and graphically!), management of the characteristics of the noise oscillators, etc.

Multi-Segment-Graphical-Envelopes (MSGE) for each element of the kit with many options for each envelope.

A stereo output for each element of the kit.

A section of effects.

It can to be used to emulate a true drum kit as well as a drum-machine.

It NEVER crashes.

It is not at all real "donationware" since there are absolutely not any limitation. It is in fact totally freeware! The donation is just suggested but not imposed by any limitation.

And there are extra patches available here at the Download tab above (direct link here) but also still other patches at Patcharena here.


And for those who would be allergic to SynthEdit, it is good to know that there is now a new version (version 4) which is no longer made with SynthEdit, which uses ses a mix of subtractive, FM and wavetable synthesis, which provides still much more different sounds... which works on Windows 64-bit native and on OS X! But that version 4 is not free, its price is €30. A bargain.

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Drumatic 3
Reviewed By vata44
March 27th, 2011

The ultimate drum machine? I think not...

The ultimate synthetic drum machine? I think so!

For me it comes down to three things.

1. GUI if you can easily understand and make the thing create the sounds you desire in a logical and straight forward way that is easy to replicate or explore, then you have a winner and it's easier to go onto number 2.

2. The sound! It is easy to dial just the right amounts of everything with this drum synth. A little noise? A little more umph or pop? You got it... It is full, deep, thin and crisp. Whatever you need.

3. Stability... it's no good if your inspiration is interrupted every few minutes or randomly in the middle of your groove. This thing is solid as a rock as far as I can tell.

To be fair I have not tested many other commercial drum synths, but if I compare it to the drum synth in LinPlug's RMV, this little freebie puts it to shame in my book.

Compared to Sonicharge's uTonic I find it hard to make the tone/musical type drum notes like in uTonic, but for straight 909, 808 and others Drumatic 3 is always my top choice. :)

Only weak point is the lack of presets... but it's FREE.
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Drumatic 3
Reviewed By Xiritam
June 12th, 2007

This is just simply AWESOME.
This has to be the best Drum synth ive used in my life i mean how can such a fine drum synth be free?
Its defntly worth the download.
Tight snare and pumping kicks for DnB music? or Deep Kicking kicks for your flour-to-flour House track?
Its all there in this little synthie.
I even used it to create Glitchy drums out of it.SuperB Quality.
Didnt cut anything nor i did used fx or something, all i did was just a tweak on the knobs and the noise amp( very and very handy).
It became my go-to drums synth and i deleted all my synthetic drum samples after i realized the potencial that this wonderful synthie had.
Iam Happy i found this.
Big thanks for E-Phonic for creating such a fine freebie.

GUI - Very clean, stylish interface.One of the best guis i ve seen so long. Check the picture above.

Sound - As mentioned above, 1 word can describe it all. B-E-S-T

Feature - From punchy kit to pumping kits, fx kits to glitch kits. Suitable for any genre!

Documentation - 0.Doesnt come with any anyways you dont need a doc to teach whats this knob and that does or how this waveform is changed, do you? Interface is the doc!.

Presets - I gave it 6 as it had only a few number of presets.

C.S - Hmm..did not have any problems so i did not ask for help.

Stability - Did not crash and very little cpu use.
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Drumatic 3
Reviewed By hseiken
December 19th, 2004

This has to be THE best sounding pure synthesized drum VST I've used. Just going by it's sound, CPU load and interface you wouldn't think that this was a SynthEdit creation by ANY means (when was the last time you had a very nice and useful graph-based envelope editor from a SynthEdit creation?).

So far, this beast has been able to make any sound I'm going for; smooth and chilled or rough and tumble. As well, it's possible to make some of the punchiest drums this side of your speakers. I've tried quite a few so-called drum synths out there (pretty much all the free ones available) and compared to this, they sound like a cheap Casio keyboard.

What's really interesting and provides a great increase to the types of sound you can get out of this baby are the lofi bitcrushing filters and the fact that there ARE multiple filters (low/band/hi) that aid you in getting the exact sounds you want. To say this thing jams would be an understatement. In every style of music I've applied this machine to, it quickly made fast friends with it, fitting in with the mix just nicely...electro, drum and bass, house...it doesn't matter in the least. Not to mention if you make a nice snare or hihat you want to mix with another kit, it allows you to save/load individual drum part settings instead of having to write down all the peramaters of whatever part of whatever kit you want to use. Very nice.

There's a couple of drawbacks, though. Most notibly is it's use of multi track outs. There's not an option to select the number of tracks you want it to use up; it automatically creates 6, even if you route all parts of the kit to one out, which makes for an unecessarily messy mixer if your host uses that format (i.e. Orion). The second major gripe is the fact that velocity when programming a sequence for it controls nothing more than the volume of whatever part of the kit you trigger. A little more expression when changing velocities would be very nice. The only way around this is to make soft and hard versions of the kick and snare and to do this, you must omit the toms (which, personally, i rarely use toms in my electronic music).

Minor gripes include the fact that you cannot separate the oscillators used for a drum part from each other spacially, such as setting the 'metal' pan to the right and 'noise' pan to the left. It's also not possible to fine tune some of the kick/snare/tom tone modulation too well since the values it can have are so wide, which means sometimes you have to settle for either less or more than you want. It's rare this happens, but it does.

These are extremely minor gripes and I encourage everyone who loves designing their drums from the ground up rather than taking samples and mangling and trying to make them into something else, or those who just want a good solid drum machine should definately download this amazing piece of SynthEdit magic. And to those who think SynthEdit can't do anything worthwhile, just imagine you didn't see the name anywhere in here. You'll be happy with this thing too.

I knocked the docs rating because it doesn't come with any (not that you'll need them if you know your basic synth functions). Presets are set low because they dont' by any stretch show the full capabilities hidden within.
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Drumatic 3
Reviewed By Holandes
December 16th, 2003


This one remind me of the reaktor drumsynhts. This small vst drum program is pretty cool. It is free. It sounds great. And it is easy to use. The basssounds are wicked. great for teckno or hardcore or electronic music. The hats are standard and tons of knobs let you modify them at your own taste. The snare sounds a bit dry and sometimes a bit harsh, but very standard. The toms are useless I think. They sound too hollow and too stressfull. The claps sound standard and very cool indeed. This is a trance thing, ladies and gentleman.

The only think it needs is:

-midi controller list
-better toms
-user wave import

i cannot seem to automate the midi data using the knobs with my mouse. I can automate using the midi controller I have (novation remote control). I don't know. My fault maybe.

download it...that is all
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Comments & Discussion for E-Phonic Drumatic 3

Discussion: Active
3 July 2016 at 1:27pm

Does anyone know if Drumatic, Drumatic 2 and Drumatic 3 work on a X64 system?

3 July 2016 at 1:51pm

It's x86, but you can certainly run it on a x64 system. I have x64 system and a x86 DAW that supports bridging. Everything works fine.

3 July 2016 at 3:42pm

Thanx man! I'm gonna try without crashing my bridge. I'm working with Cubase 5 x64 but for some reason the bridge crashes with the use of some x86 stuff. Unfortunately also with some stuff I used a lot like Topaz Klang LFO filter. Would it help if i put the .dll files in the x64 plugin folder in programfiles?

3 July 2016 at 5:49pm

No, doesn't help. Try jbridge.

Or if your 32-bit plugins are in the majority... run all plugins in 32-bit in Cubase 5 x32.

3 July 2016 at 8:19pm

No way! Then I can only use 4 gigs instead of all my 16 gigs memory.

3 July 2016 at 8:36pm

Do you really hit that ceiling that often? :)

Besides, just using the nature of bridges you can "delegate" some of your plugins to outer memory just by bridging it.

4 July 2016 at 5:51pm

Maybe not the full 16 but I'm often somewhere around 7 or 8.. so yes, I need the x64 setup.

3 July 2016 at 9:16pm

Well, jbridge it is then. ;)

3 July 2016 at 9:18pm

jbridge crashes Cubase as soon as I start ANY plugin, so I uninstalled it.

4 July 2016 at 5:53pm

Does anyone know maybe another drummachine like drumatic for x64?

5 July 2016 at 12:35am


Simply Drumatic 4 ! That's all.


8 July 2016 at 1:46pm

And pay 30 Euros for something I already have... uhmmm.... let's see.... NOPE.

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