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Drum Synth Plugin by Third Harmonic Studios
EXD-80 by Third Harmonic Studios is a Virtual Instrument Audio Plugin for Windows. It functions as a VST Plugin.
System Requirements
Minimum Windows XP (Service Pack 2) or later
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Third Harmonic Studios EXD-80 is a VSTi drum synthesizer that uses subtractive synthesis to produce electronic drum and percussion sounds. EXD-80 can produce a wide variety of sounds ranging from emulations of classic drum machines to distorted, glitchy blips and zaps.


  • 8 Drum modules - kick, snare, (closed and open) hi-hats and five individual percussion modules.
  • 8 Outputs (4 x stereo pairs).
  • Each output pair has its own stereo effects section featuring a granulator and waveshaper.
  • User definable MIDI note mappings for each drum sound.
  • VST Host/MIDI automation of a large number of parameters.
  • Each percussion module features an oscillator with 7 waveforms (sine, saw, ramp, triangle, square, white noise, pink noise) plus an FM oscillator, state-variable filter (low pass, high pass, band pass and notch) with selectable cutoff slope (6dB - 36dB).
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Latest User Reviews

Average user rating of 5.00 from 1 review

Reviewed By S0210
September 6, 2020

Many years later it's still one of the best drum synths. It can be noisy, it can be smooth but is useful all the time.

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Comments & Discussion for Third Harmonic Studios EXD-80

Discussion: Active


7 July 2013 at 12:45pm

Very Good Drum Synth !!.

I am able to get very tight and modern electro synth drums. It has a nice set of features which allows you to design an interesting and new timbres. Especially I love the snare drum variability and the character of hihat. Thank you, I appreciate your effort you put in development.

Some useful feedback:

- PLEASE make the knob behaviour in vertical mode, not circle. It drives me crazy to control the knobs in circular mode, it's very uncomfortable.

- Add the Master volume knob. I didn't find it.

-Route waveshaper directly to drum modules instead of applying waveshaper on audio outputs.

- Add Dry/Wet for waveshaper on individual drum sections. I want to have a control over the mix of waveshaped and dry signal - it's a very useful feature when it comes to sound design.

- Improve the GUI. Highlight the headings of drum sections. I need to see that labels (Kick, Snare,etc.) clearly. At present they're lost in bunch of other labels. It's not intuitive. And a very nice feature would be visual blinking of the label when drum is triggered.

My rating of this plug - 9/10.

25 January 2014 at 7:12pm

Excellent sounding instrument.

Like Synthblaster, I too feel that vertical knob mode is 100 times better.

The FX routing is confusing, but with some time, starts to make sense.

It's not easy enough to see what instruments are where.

Its not always clear what the envelopes are doing, and if the ranges are from 0 to 1 or -1 to +1 for example. (knob dials with a middle marker usually imply they are -1 to +1 in value, but i suspect in the case of this gui, they are used as a design feature, which isn't so great.)

I love this plugin, which is why I chimed in to praise and offer loving critique.

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