Let’s kick things off with a beautiful drum synthesizer that generates a range of drum sounds from algorithms rather than samples. It uses virtual analog synthesis to recreate the sorts of sounds you’d find on analog drum machines or that would be produced by modular and analog synthesizers.
Drumatic starts off with 7 sounds covering bass drum, snare, clap, 2 toms, hi-hats, and a rimshot or bell. And then each sound has a page of synthesis parameters to shape and craft your sound.
You have a Tone that defines the sound and then a Noise section to add bite and flavor. The Tone has pitch control and an envelope and then you can feed it a modifier that you can design yourself. The Noise can also be shaped with an envelope before being fed into a filter. The two sources are then mixed before going through a shaper and final filter.
You have similar controls over every sound in this synthesized kit which enables you to create exactly the sort of sounds you’re after. There’s a lot of detail here and loads of scope for sound design. There’s a new version 4 available which takes things a whole lot further if you have $30 to spend. But for free, Drumatic 3 is a fantastic source of synthetic drum sounds.
E-Phonic Drumatic 3: VST plug-in for Windows.