Krakli has announced the release of KR5, a virtual drum synthesizer instrument in VST plugin format for 32-bit host applications on Windows (made with SynthEdit).
KR5 is the Krakli team’s take on a drum synthesizer. All the sounds it produces are created in real-time by the VST plugin itself. This differs dramatically from using conventional drum samplers because the user is able to adjust all facets of the sound such as, but not limited to pitch, ring, harmonics, width, drive, and something called shrill. There are even controls for creating time-based effects such as room ambiance and tempo-synced delay.
This free drum machine can be controlled with your standard MIDI controller and also with the built-in four-track sequencer. You even have the ability to tap the drum hits in manually using the pads provided for each channel. The KR5 comes stock with 17 drum kits to choose from. The user also has the option to create, save, and load their own custom kits as well.
The unprocessed output of this plugin is somewhat raw and harsh at times. You may need to add some compression and EQ after this virtual drum synthesizer to help warm up some of the sounds. In the style of music I work with, I wouldn’t be able to create an entire beat with the KR5.
However, if it is dialed in correctly, KR5 could potentially create some very cool and unique sounds to compliment a pop or EDM track. For producers and beatmakers striving for unique percussion and drum sounds, they may find this drum machine quite useful. It’s worth noting, though, that they’ll have to be PC users since this VST plugin is compatible with 32-bit hosts on Windows only.
On a related note, Krakli has recently relaunched his website. It now hosts a large selection of freeware VST plugins that the developer has released on his Facebook page recently. Make sure to take a closer look at the available plugins, just in case you’ve missed some of his previous releases.
KR5 is available for free download via Krakli (3.9 MB download size, ZIP archive, 32-bit VSTi plugin format for Windows, made with SynthEdit).