Geonkick is a free drum synthesizer plugin for VST3 and LV2 plugin hosts on Windows and Linux.
We’ve talked a fair bit about synths this year, but Geonkick is a novel one. While you can certainly use any sort of synthesizer for generating percussive sounds, few are freely available that have drum sound synthesis as their main purpose.
Geonkick is a free software synthesizer that specializes entirely in creating your own percussive noises, and it does so with a great amount of flexibility. If you’re on the hunt for unique and fresh-sounding drum sounds, this might be the way to go!
So, what exactly is Geonkick?
It is a drum synthesizer, first and foremost, and comes with 16 stereo channels of output with a potential 16 instruments to create.
Each instrument has three layers, with a pair of oscillators and a noise generator. This gives a fair amount of flexibility in terms of how you approach the design of a particular percussive sound.
Each instrument also has an assigned MIDI key, so you can play an instance of GeonKick much like a typical drum machine plugin.
I wouldn’t go so far as to say it has the same degree of flexibility as something like Microtonic, but there’s certainly plenty to explore when making your own percussive sounds with GeonKick.
The overall sound of the instrument is very much catered towards electronic music, although you could undoubtedly mold it to fit whatever sort of genre you make.
All said, Geonkick is a wonderfully impressive free instrument, which is filled with a plethora of sound design options when it comes to creating your own unique drum sounds.
Geonkick is also open-source, meaning any enterprising developer who wants to do a little work and contribute to the project is free to do so. You’ll need a Windows or Linux computer to run GeonKick. Supported Linux distros include Arch, OpenSUSE, Fedora, Manjaro, and others.
Available plugin formats for GeonKick are VST3 and LV2. You can also run the standalone application for sound design and exploration.
Geonkick is an instrument that invites experimentation. I’m certainly looking forward to giving it a thorough workout in VCV Rack.
Download: Geonkick (FREE)