Epic Drum VSTs You Can Grab Right Now: For Free!

The internet is flooded with expensive drum plugins and VSTs, but there’s also some great free ones you can snap up and use to liven up your beats as well. Get them here!

It doesn’t matter whether you’re sampling, playing a real kit, or tapping beat patterns on a synth – drums are one of the most fundamental components when it comes to producing electronic music.

Of course melodies matter, as do the bass elements in your track. But, most seasoned producers will tell you that a good tune always starts with drums. This is why we’ve gathered a list of our top 10 free drum VSTs for spicing up your tunes which you can start using right now.

If you’re looking for other free plugins outside of drum kits, be sure to check out our list of the Top 10 Free VSTS which covers everything from synths and bass to effects plugins.

Drumatic

Drumatic is a highly-acclaimed plugin for its 100% synthesized bank of sounds. It features 6 stereo outputs which can be assigned to any of the 7 sounds included; Snare, Clap, Toms, Hats, Bassdrum and Rimshot.

Drumatic also comes complete with graphical envelopes to allow for variety and flexibility. Because there are no real-sounding drum elements in this VST, it’s better suited for electronic music producers rather than anyone looking for something more organic.

DrumMic’a!

DrumMic’a by Sennheiser is a drum sample software which works with the free Kontact Player created by Native Instruments. It allows you to alternate between both Nuemann and Sennheiser microphones for making better adjustments to the sounds.

This plugin also comes with a built-in mixer and individual controls for compression, EQ, and adding effects like reverb, pan, and delay.

Beat Factory

Beat Factory by Beatskillz is compatible with all operating systems. Each of the 10 kits included was created using top-shelf outboard gear including the famous MPC 2500 to make each sound punchy and gritty, making it a great addition to any hip-hop producers plugin collection.

There are 12 pads with individual faders, plus built-in reverb and ADSR envelope to give users the full ability to shape the sounds and drum samples how you want.

The MT Power DrumKit is packed with high-quality samples which simulate the sound of a real drum kit. Every individual sample has already been processed, meaning users will only need to make minor adjustments.

Included is a pre-programmed library of realistic grooves which can be dragged and dropped into your DAW or production software. All the levels in each component can be fully adjusted via the built-in mixer, which also allows full control over panning and compression.

Mini Spillage

AudioSpillage’s MiniSpillage is another Mac-only free virtual plugin synthesizer which features 64-bit DSP processing, along with 3 fully-editable drum pads and some great effects like distortion and resonant filters.

In addition, there is a 6 oscillator hi-hat generator, plus flexible wood synthesized toms and natural-sounding timbres. Plus a bass drum! You can also use the “Warp” function to modulate each sound within your mix.

DrumPro

With its simple MPC-style interface, DrumPro has been created with electronic producers in mind, and features 20 professional kits styled on the iconic Roland TR-808 AND TR-909.

Each individual kit comes with 12 unique sounds assignable to 12 different controller pads. There is also the option to add a touch of reverb for a more organic and spacious sound.

DrumTROOP

Another free MPC-style plugin is DrumTROOP by DubTurbo. It comes with 20 kits containing 16 individual pads. Every pad can be controlled for panning, volume monitoring, plus attack and release abilities. You can also adjust and fine-tune things like pitch and glide via another set of controls.

Even though the creators discontinued the brand the plugin is still available. It’s incredibly fun to use and provides plenty of flexibility for working the sounds into your projects.

The Drum Source

Complete with a built-in sequencer and browser, TheDrumSource by Witech is a clean and basic interface which features a variety of different samples.

The plugin sports separate output channels, resizable GUI, 24 unique patterns, pan, volume, pitch and length controls, step sequencer and more. It also supports most sample formats from 24-bit upwards.

EXD-80

EXD-80 by Third Harmonic Studios is a virtual analogue drum synth featuring everything from vintage drum machines to fragmented glitch samples. There are no samples, just pure synthesized drum and percussion sounds to work with.

This VST is only available for Windows, but it truly is ideal for deep electronic genres such as Drum and Bass, Dubstep, Hip-Hop and tracks with more ambient flavors.

Jamstix 4

A free plugin which emulates the sound of a real human drum kit. Jamstix doesn’t work with any MIDI patterns or grooves, instead you get a reenactment of a real drummers arms and their styles to produce realistic sounding performances.

If you’re not one for programming drums, this may not be the best VSTS for you, however, if you upgrade to the full version of Jamstix, you get loads more top-notch sounds which allow you to get much more creative.

Final Thought

There are some awesome free plugins out there which allow you to get really creative, even with the simplicity of the interface and controls, however, if you’re willing to spend a few bucks the full versions, you’re of course going to get much more to work with and use at your disposal.

Different types of DJ equipment

DJ Headphoes

You can’t DJ properly if you can’t hear what you’re doing or gauge what the audience is hearing. This is why a top-class pair of headphones is essential in any DJ setup. There are hundreds of great headphones on the market, but what you need to factor in when buying is whether they will be in-ear or over-ear, the cup size, orientation, comfort, and durability, among other things.

Different types of DJ equipment

speakers

 If you haven’t got some already and need to add speakers to your shopping list, you’ll want to avoid cheap brands and opt for some which are powerful but suitable for your DJing environment. You wouldn’t go out and buy a huge PA system if you live in a cupboard under the stairs, and you wouldn’t invest in some tiny desk speakers if you are mixing in a large room with thick walls and high ceilings. A set of speakers that fit somewhere in the middle is best.

Different types of DJ equipment

DJ Software

If you’re looking to play solely digital, you’re going to want to invest in some good software. Some DJs who play from USB still do not use software, but the truth is, it can seriously help you stay organized. Software not only allows you to prepare your tracks into neat and tidy playlists, but it also detects the BPM and key of all your tunes, lets you set hot cues, make loops, mashups, and other really cool stuff that wouldn’t be possible if you simply stuck all your tunes on a USB stick or burned them to CD. If you’re just starting out as a DJ, there’s no question that using a high-quality software program will make mixing easier and your sets sound better.

Different types of DJ equipment

Controllers

 DJ controllers are highly convenient because they are an all-in-one setup that you can carry around with you, then plug in and play right off the bat. They also eliminate the need to spend thousands on individual pieces of gear. There are many different types of DJ controllers that are ideal for beginners, each with different functions, personalities, and more. Some are fantastic for multi-deck mixing, changing the volume, tempo, track settings, looping, panning, playing drum pads, and even scratching.

Different types of DJ equipment

mixers

For any analog DJ setup, a mixer is an essential bit of kit. Besides being used to make seamless transitions from one song to another, they also have a wide range of other functions. The crossfader can be used to make epic scratch performances, while the vertical sliders control the volume levels, panning, and can be used in conjunction with effects. They also act as a soundcard to process the music signal you’re sending out to your audience, and let you cue up your next track in your headphones while the current song is playing.

Different types of DJ equipment

Turntables

As mentioned, mixing on turntables is the classic way of DJing, and even some digital DJs still have a vinyl player or two in their repertoire. Turntables are ideal for those who want to get into scratching. They also allow you to switch between songs and albums, slow down tempos, alter the pitch, and do other creative tricks. While laptops and digital DJ setups are the most popular in this day in age, we still recommend learning how to mix on vinyl, even if you don’t plan to buy turntables or use them in your setup. The saying is true – if you can play on wax, you can play on anything.