Speedrum Lite is a streamlined drum sampler plugin. It features sixteen drum slots and up to sixteen individual audio outputs. This means that you can connect each drum channel to a different audio channel in your DAW’s mixer for further processing.
Each drum slot features a volume envelope with attack, hold, and release times that can be adjusted. This is handy for tightening up a kick drum with too much room decay or softening the transient of a hi-hat for a shaker-like effect. The user can also edit the loaded sample’s start and end, as well as its volume, pan, and pitch. A pair of filters is provided for tone-shaping purposes, and the “Velocity” knob controls the dynamic response of each pad.
Most of these adjustments are clearly in the large waveform display above the control knobs. This is a nice touch, and the user interface as a whole is neatly designed. The user can change the GUI size between 60% and 200% from the drop-down menu.
Another cool thing about Speedrum Lite is browsing all samples in a folder using the arrows in the top-right corner on the interface. Drop a sample into a drum pad, and then simply go through the sounds in that same folder to find the perfect one for your track.
If you’re reading all this and the word Sitala came to your mind, you’re officially a drum sampler geek. Kudos to you! If not, all is not lost, young Padawan. Read our article about Sitala, which is another streamlined and workflow-oriented drum sampler plugin. It is also featured in our lists of free sampler plugins and beat making software.
All that said, Speedrum Lite is worth checking out if you’re in the market for a drum sampler plugin. I’m not sure if the word “Lite” in the plugin’s title suggests that we should expect to see a more powerful (and potentially non-freeware?) version of Speedrum. Maybe this is something that’s on the horizon for Apisonic Labs, or perhaps the developer simply intended to indicate that Speedrum is a simple and lightweight drum sampler.
Speedrum Lite can load samples in WAV, AIF, FLAC, MP3, and OGG file formats. It works as a VST, VST3, and AU plugin in any compatible host on all three major operating systems. There are various download options available, including a portable version of the plugin with a manual installer.
More info: Speedrum Lite (6.64 MB download size, ZIP archive, 32-bit & 64-bit VST/VST3/AU plugin formats for Windows/macOS/Linux)