99Sounds released Drumplayer, a free drum VST plugin in VST, VST3, and AU plugin formats for Windows and macOS.
Drumplayer is a free drum rompler developed by SampleScience and released by 99Sounds. It uses the drum hits from a free 99Sounds sound library called 99 Drum Samples and additional sounds from BPB Cassette Drums and Samplefino.
As most BPB readers already know, 99Sounds is my indie sound design label. It is a website where I release free sounds and VST plugins.
I wanted to turn the 99 Drum Samples library into a user-friendly drum plugin. The main goal was to make a plugin that would help producers start making drum loops instantly after loading the plugin.
I also wanted it to be versatile enough to fit a variety of music styles, from hip-hop and lo-fi to techno, dubstep, and beyond. To make this possible, I created a set of 20 drum kits, each consisting of 14 drum sounds (kicks, snares, percussion, hi-hats, and cymbals).
The kits cover all sorts of drum types, from sampled 808s and 909s to heavy dubstep hits, dub sounds, and lo-fi game console drums.
The plugin was developed by SampleScience, a talented Maize Sampler developer who makes incredible sample-based instruments. I reached out to him to ask if he could help out with the plugin framework, and thankfully, he accepted.
Drumplayer is a result of this collaboration, and I absolutely love how it turned out.
You can fine-tune the included kits using the 14-channel mixer. Each drum channel lets you tune the drum’s volume, panning, decay, and pitch.
The plugin also includes numerous built-in effects that apply to the entire kit. You’ll find a reverb, delay, distortion, multi-mode filter, and more. An LFO can be used to modulate the pitch or the volume.
As seen in the demo video, pitch modulation works great for creating wonky-sounding drums.
Drumplayer can be useful for sketching new songs, offering immediate playability. There is no need for sample imports or building kits manually.
If you’re looking for a free drum plugin that you can load on a channel and start playing right away, definitely check this one out. I will soon release a similar plugin on BPB.
Drumplayer is available in VST, VST3, and AU plugin formats. It is compatible with digital audio workstations on Windows and macOS.