Free Drum Software (in no particluar order)

Andreas Ersson - ersdrums

Drum Machine

VST ~ Windows only

Freeware. Rated best free drum machine by Computer Music Magazine.

Nexoft Software - LoopAZoid

Drum Machine

VST ~ Windows only

Freeware. Similar paradigm to Native Instrument's Battery. With LoopAZoid, you get an easy to use and powerful tool for playing one-shot samples in your songs. One instance holds up to 48 different samples, which can be freely assigned to up to 96 different MIDI notes - two each, for forward & reverse playback.

Odo Synths - Live Tweaker

 Drum Sampler / Drum Synth

VST ~ Windows only

Freeware. One 12-slot drum sampler, one drum synth, one monosynth. Donationware (donations are appreciated if you like it and use it a lot). Scroll down their page to locate this VST.

DFH - EZplayer Free

Drum File Organizer

VST, AU, RTAS ~ Windows / Mac

Freeware. MIDI bridge, organizer, and wrapper.

DIRECT DOWNLOAD

for EZplayer Free.

XLN Audio - Addictive Drums

 Drum Studio

VST, AU, RTAS ~ Windows / Mac

Similar to BFD and DKFH.

Non-expiring, fully functional demo with

one drum kit instead of many.

BlueNoise - My Drumset

Drum Studio

VST ~ Windows only

Freeware. Individual outputs for all kit

pieces, overheads, and room mics. Tracked

with top of the line mics and mic preamps.

EFM - Drumkit2

Drum Machine

VST ~ Windows only

Freeware VST with 4 modes of operation: Sample Player, Live Pattern Player, Free Run Pattern Play, & Sync To Host Play.

DIRECT DOWNLOAD - EFM DRUMKIT2

Thomas Nömaier - TR-909

Drum Machine

VST ~ Windows only

Freeware drum machine trying to

capture the vibe of the Roland TR-909.

Nassen Software - Matryx

Step Sequencer

VST ~ Windows only

2006 KVR Developer Challenge entry. The

current version is $150 but this version is

the one entered in the Challenge so it's

license is free.

DIRECT DOWNLOAD

Jun's Factory - JM-1

Drum Machine

VST ~ Windows only

Freeware. Individual outputs for all kit

pieces, overheads, and room mics.

Psychic Modulation - Minimal

Hybrid Groovebox

VST ~ Windows only

Freeware. Mini groovebox with

drum machine and onboard bass synth.

Has note and step sequencers.

Psychic Modulation - Cubix

Drum Synth/Sample Player

VST ~ Windows only

Freeware. 4 drum modules, bass synth,

arpeggiator, crossfader, auto BPM.

Psychic Modulation - Optik

Drum Machine

VST ~ Windows only

Freeware. 7 channels, multiple outputs,

onboard drum mixer, 16 kits included.

Psychic Modulation - Wavtransit

Loop Sampler

VST ~ Windows only

Freeware. Designed to manipulate longer

samples and recordings.to be looped and

mangled with the loop vector and various

sequence modulators.

Le Barrail - Bigbadabom

Drum Machine

VST ~ Windows only

Freeware. There are 4 versions available.

  Extremely full-featured for a free drum machine!

Majken - Grizzly

Drum Machine

VST ~ Windows only

Freeware. Drum machine features eight

drum pads with built-in filters and effects.

Audiosonic - DigiDrum Pro

Drum Machine

VST ~ Windows only

5 parts, 5 outputs, 27 waveforms, load user

wav files, supports layering, all parameters

can be automated, humanize beats by

tweaking amp, pitch, and filters.

Hammerhead Rhythm Station

Drum Machine

Standalone ~ Windows only

Freeware. Roland TR-909 simulation.

6 channels, 29 built-in drum sounds. Aimed

at techno, jungle, house, hip-hop, rap, and

other dance-oriented producers.

Inneraktive Networx - X-Razor/2

Loop Editor

VST / Direct X ~ Windows only

Tool for processing, mangling, creating,

reverse engineering, decimating, and

reconstructing drum and percussive loops.

Stomper Hyperion

Drum Machine

Standalone ~ Windows only

Freeware drum machine sounding

similar to the Roland TR-909, TR-808, and

Simmons drums.

License is free but you should read it.

Bram Bos - Tuareg

Phrase Sampler

Standalone ~ Windows only

Use in conjunction with the aforementioned

Stomper Hyperion for a complete tool.

Tuareg is full featured; click link to see more.

Little Drummer Boy (LDB)

Drum Loop Creator

Standalone ~ Windows only

Former shareware, developer decided not

to develop it anymore so he released it as

freeware since it's "getting along" in years.

See page for more info.

Terrorsoft - Gabber-O-Matic 

Bass Drum Synth

VST ~ Windows only

Freeware. All this one says is that it is for

"hardcore kicks". Nuff said.

Spirit Conspiricy - Cyclick Drumkit

Drum Sampler

VST ~ Windows only

Freeware. Loads six samples. Features

modulation and filters.

g200kg - Freqatic

FM Drum Synth

VST ~ Windows only

Freeware. Has Kick, Snare, Hi Tom, Low

Tom, Hi Hat (open, pedal, close), and

cymbal. The FM synthesis uses 3 operators.

Apari - Tenpan

General MIDI Drum Module

VST ~ Windows

Freeware. For anyone without a GM drum

kit. This one includes 8 full kits.

Angular Momentum - VirtuaDrum

Drum Sample Player

VST ~ Windows only

Multi-channel drum sample player with 250

samples included plus 60 more available.

8 stereo channels; supports 16 & 24 bits.

Udokorn - Voc-Drum

Drum Machine

VST ~ Windows only

9-channel drum machine.

Udokorn - FlexSnare

Snare Drum w/FX

VST ~ Windows

Freeware. Ultra-flexible snare drum module

with vocoder, reverb, and echo effects.

This is not only for snare drums.

Udokorn - 101 Drums

Drum Machine

VST ~ Windows only

Freeware. 10 channel drum machine with

frequency analyzer to assist in fine-tuning

timbre of each drum. Has pitch, attack,

decay, release, frequency, & resonance.

Acquit Music - xxdr8008

Drum Synth

VST ~ Windows only

Freeware. Analog-style drum synth with a

mixer, mute buttons, FX section, instant FX

buttons, filter SV, and 16 presets.

You must scroll down the page for the link.

Acquit Music - SD 2100

Drum Sampler

VST ~ Windows only

Freeware. 8 sample slots, filter on each

channel, pan, host-syncable delay, hi

pass filter, low pass filter, MIDI support.

Angular Momentum - Pitchblack

Drum Machine

VST ~ Windows only

This is the first incarnation of Angular

Momentum's awesome "10-track Drum"

synth. It has less featues, but it is free

(unlike the new version).

DIRECT DOWNLOAD

Tweakbench - Toad

Drum Machine

VST ~ Windows only

Freeware. Drumkit based on the Nintendo

Classic Entertainment System. No joke!

You'll love it or hate it!

dblue - Glitch

Audio Chopper

VST ~ Windows only

Freeware. This one is hard to describe and

isn't really even a drum program per se, but

it does extremely cool things to drums. Go

to the site, read their description, watch the

video. This is a VERY popular plug-in!

Thomas Weber - Kickdrum Player

Sample Player

VST ~ Windows only

Freeware. Made by Thomas Weber

(Angular Momentum) using the

Synthmaker programming tool. It has

an ADSR envelope, filter, saturator,

10 samples (909's, 808's, etc.)

e-phonic - Drumatic Vintage Edition

Drum Synth

VST ~ Windows only

Freeware. Uses virtual analog & wavetable

synthesis to produce it's drum sounds - no

samples used whatsoever! 8 channels, 4

stereo outs. 2 kicks, 2 snares, claps, more.

e-phonic - Drumatic 3

Drum Synth

VST ~ Windows only

Freeware. Sounds: Kick, Snare, Clap, 2

Toms, Hihats and a Rimshot / Bell. Since

all sounds are generated with synthesis,

it affords enormous flexibility & variation.

GTG - DPC 3

Drum Sampler

VST ~ Windows only

Freeware. 8-channels with individual

volume, tuning, panning, and reverb per

channel. 3 slots available for hi hats to

accomplish realistic velocity layering.

GTG - DS 7

Drum Synth

VST ~ Windows only

Freeware. 6-channel drum synth with

volume, pitch, body, modulation, noise,

and a filter per channel.

GTG - Drum Sampler 1

Drum Sampler

VST ~ Windows only

Freeware. 10 channels with multiple outs.

Visual feedback on each drum. Comes with

one set of samples. Scroll down this page

for more full kit drum samples.

GTG - Drum Sampler 2

Drum Sampler

VST ~ Windows only

Freeware. 10 channels with individual

volume, pan, and reverb. Visual feedback

on each drum. Programmable reverb unit.

GTG - Zapkit

Drum Synth

VST ~ Windows only

Drum synth ala Kraftwerk. Pitch, decay,

and mod controls on every channel. There

is a stereo version and a multi-out version.

Freeware.

GTG - Freedrum

Drum Synth

VST ~ Windows only

Freeware. User programmable drum synth.

Create your own unique sounds using the

easy subtractive synthesis tools. This was

the precursor to the GTG DS 7.

delamancha - Erratic

Drum Sampler / Step Sequencer

VST ~ Windows only

Freeware. 8-slot sample player. Single out

and 8 stereo out versions. Step sequencer

with a randomizing feature (thus "erratic")

to humazine the drum patterns.

De La Mancha - Subatomic

Drum Synth

VST ~ Windows only

This synth performs one function - it

created that earth-shattering sub-bass

that you're either dying to hear or dying

from hearing. Fatten your kick today!

De La Mancha - Dynamite Cowbell

Sample Player

VST ~ Windows only

Freeware. 6 cowbells for when the band

is yelling for more cowbell. 5 velocity

layers, blend room mics with close mics,

damping control, really an amazing tool!

Andre Michelle - FL-909

Drum Synth

Flash ~ Windows / Mac / Linux

Freeware. Roland TR-909 clone (again?)

Did you notice that it's Flash? You can play

it in your browser to get extra functionality,

or you can download it for extra portability.

DIRECT DOWNLOAD (right-click, then save)

Oli Larkin - Beat Morpher

Drum Machine

VST ~ Windows only

Freeware. Sample playback drum machine

that lets you morph between two rhythms.

Just specify start and end points, then you

are free to morph between the two.

DSK Music - DrumZ MachineZ

Drum Sampler

VST ~ Windows only

Freeware. 8 channels with individual level

and pan control. 8 stereo outputs for full

control at mixdown. 18 kits, 226 samples

included. Automation and a preset selector.

DSK Music - Mini DrumZ

Drum Machine

VST ~ Windows only

Freeware. Vintage drum machines rompler.

You get all the well-known drum machines

here (one kit from each). It a very cool VST

and educational all at the same time!

Scroll down the page to find this VST.

easy#toolz - easy drum X8 SE Free

Drum Synth / Step Sequencer

VST ~ Windows only

Freeware. 12 channel with pitch, decay, crunch,

reso, tuning, tone, noise, panning, frequency, lofi,

timbre, more. Don't forget it's step sequencer!

easy#toolz - easy-beat-box o1

Drum Machine

VST ~ Windows only

Freeware. Use your mouse to control 4

drum slots, a 16 channel step sequencer,

and 4 soundbanks. There's also an X-Y grid

that controls pitch (horizontal) and cutoff,

res, drive, flanger, and lofi (vertical).

easy#toolz - easy#kick o1

Drum Sampler

VST ~ Windows only

Freeware. Ten bass drum samples. You

control tuning, 4 filters, a bitcrusher and

overdrive, A-D envelope, and reverb.

easy#toolz - easy#drum o4 SE 9o9

Drum Sampler

VST ~ Windows only

Freeware. 4-slot sampler with overdrive,

flanger, bitcrusher, moog filter, 3 LFO's, and

modulated tune, cutoff, and panning.

Odo Synths - Psy-Drums 5

Drum Synth

VST ~ Windows only

Freeware. 2 bass drums, 2 snares, 2 hi-hats,

zap, tom, crazy tom, and clap. Also features

BPM panners for the synths, BPM filter, drive, & distortion.

This link is the last source on the web for this one!

DIRECT LINK

Odo Synths - DrSid

Drum Sampler

VST ~ Windows only

The Commodore 64 is still adored by many

for it's SID soundchip and has been

recreated in many forms over the years.

This is a freeware recreation.

Odo Synths - Dr-Fusion 2

Drum Sampler / Drum Synth

VST ~ Windows only

7 layered samples of kicks, snares, perc,

hi hats, rides, and crashes. You can also

load your own samples. Effects = Bit

Crusher, Distortion, Filter, and Clipper.

Scroll down their page to find this VST.

Odo Synths - Rhythms

Drum Synth

VST ~ Windows only

Freeware. Uses FM synthesis to create

it's drum sounds. Has 2 kicks, snare, toms,

wood, 2 hi hats, rim shot, and claps. Has

6 stereo outputs.

Odo Synths - Rhythms SA pack

Drum Synth

VST ~ Windows only

Freeware. This is the bass drums, snares,

hi hats, and toms from the full Rhythms drum

synth. Why load the whole beast if you only

need a few sounds?

Odo Synths - Kick Me Too

Drum Synth

VST ~ Windows only

Freeware. Has 5 drum sounds which are all

synthesized and very tweakable. There are

two version: 1 w/ stereo out, 1 w/ multi out.

Les Productions - ZAMP

Drum Sample Player

VST ~ Windows only

Freeware. Designed for Les Productions

by Psychic Modulation and based on their

Cortex drum sampler. 3 slots & lightweight.

Les Production - QUAD ZAMP

Drum Sample Player

VST ~ Windows only

QUAD ZAMP is a one-shot drum/sample player

consisting of 4 "ZAMP"-style multi WAV players, 12

WAV players in total. Includes Rhodes samples.

Bram Bos - Lunchbox Battles

Drum Computer

Standalone ~ Windows only

Created for live jamming on any PC. It is supposed

to be pretty addictive, so be warned!

DIRECT LINK

Drummer Modus Team - Dr. Modus

Drum Module

VST ~ Windows

Freeware. It was entered in the 2007 KVR

Developers Challenge and came in 16th,

which is really good considering the stiff

competition in that contest.

DIRECT DOWNLOAD

D-Animator - The Kick

Drum Machine

VST ~ Windows only

Freeware. It obviously does only one thing -

kick drum. This one is different, however, in

the fact that you can manipulate the sound

while it's being played to make it alive.

DIRECT DOWNLOAD (no longer released)

XOXOS - Clap of Luxury

Clap Synth

VST ~ Windows only

Freeware. A syncable noise algorithm is

amplified and applied to 3 filters to create

virtually any clap sound in existence.

XOXOS - ClearDrum

Snare Synth

VST ~ Windows only

Freeware. A simple introductory percussion

synth useful for analog snares.

XOXOS - Dystopia

Cymbal Synth

VST ~ Windows only

Freeware. A Roland 808 hihat and cymbal

emulation to accompany the XOXOS Utopia.

XOXOS - Expodrum

Drum Synth

VST ~ Windows only

Freeware. Two separately filtered and

pitch-enveloped noise, sine or sample

oscillators. Super-flexible drum synth.

XOXOS - Power

Drum Synth

VST ~ Windows only

Freeware. A 4-part phase modulation

(similar to FM synthesis) percussion synth.

This was created for his own use and has

cursory labeling and documentation.

XOXOS - T Osc

Percussion Synth

VST ~ Windows only

Freeware. An attractor-based percussion

oscillator perhaps similar to the T-circuit used

in Roland's classic T-Series drum machines.

XOXOS - Utopia 2

Cymbal Synth

VST ~ Windows only

Freeware. His emulation of older analog

hihat and cymbal circuits found on

drum machines like the Boss DR-110.

Maximum Digital Audio - DrumSynth 2

Drum Synth

Standalone ~ Windows only

Freeware. FXpansion's DR-008 uses technology

from the Maximum Digital Audio Drumsynth 2.

It can reproduce sounds from classic analog

drum machines and make entirely new drums,

pitched sounds and sound effects.

DIRECT DOWNLOAD (for the newer version 2)

Propellerheads - Rebirth RB-338

Drum Synth

Standalone ~ Windows / Mac

Freeware. If you don't know what this

amazing software is, please click the link

above because they'll explain in better.

Also check out this Wikipedia link.

Wahnsyn - Ginger B Free

Drum Sampler

VST ~ Windows only

Freeware. This was a gift from Wahnsyn for

Christmas 2006. It was a single drumset version

of the full Ginger B (12 sets included in that one!)

It is no longer available on the Wahnsyn site so|

this mirror is the only place I know of to get it.

DIRECT DOWNLOAD (no longer distributed)

NuSofting - PingDrum

Drum Machine

VST ~ Windows only

Freeware. Retro sounding drum machine with

3 voices and a step sequencer that syncs to

your VST host. Extra features are a fractal

pattern generator and a ping-pong stereo

delay. This is no longer distributed by NUSofting

so get it while you can from the above link!

ER-0 Drum Synthesizer

Drum Synth

Standalone ~ Windows only

Freeware. This drum synth is based on the Korg

Electribe ER-1 rhythm synth. Analog and old

school sounding. Basic, user friendly interface.

Bram Bos - Moonfish

Groove Box / Tracker

Standalone ~ Windows only

Freeware. This tool is purposefully limited to

force the user to be creative in using it. Also

has a song sequencer with 128 patters per

song. 3 mono channels with effects on each.

Hotstepper Drum Sequencer

Drum Sequencer

Standalone ~ Windows only

Freeware. 12-channel drum sequencer that is

packed with a lot of features, regardless of it's

old age.

Tom Robinson - Moron Sound Studio

Drum Machine

Standalone ~ Windows 95/98, DOS

Freeware. DOS? Yes, you read it right, folks!

And Win 95! This one is for those of you with a

dinosaur laying around with nothing to run on it.

RRAMM DRRUMM 1.2

Drum Machine

Standalone ~ Windows 95/98

Freeware. Another drum machine for those with

less than current hardware. 16 sample

polyphony with 5 velocity layers per note, all

loaded into RAM! Sounds insane for the amount

of RAM that probably sits in a Windows 95 box.

Natural Studio - ns_kit7free

(Presets for common samplers & software here)

Drum Samples

Windows, Mac, Linux (WAV)

Freeware. This multi-sampled drum set is raved

about all over the web. It is one of the few great

sounding fully multi-sampled and multi-miked

sample sets available for free. Load it into one

of the sample players (Nexoft Loopazoid would

be great at this) and trigger it with a hardware

controller or a MIDI sequence. Contains a Pearl All Maple Snare (used by Dennis Chambers), Gretch Bass Drum and Toms, and UFIP cymbals (handmade Italian jobbers!).

Natural Studio - ns_minikit

Natural Studio - ns_kit7free lite

 Drum Samples

Windows / Mac / Linux ~ WAV only

Freeware. A way striipped down precursor to

the gigantic ns_kit7free. This one weighs in at

only 20 MB after extraction. No toms. Sounds

really good for what it is. It won't work on every

song, but it will surely be used.

Drums used: Pearl 'All Maple' 7"x12" Snare, Meinl 'One of a Kind' 14" Hi-hats, UFIP Handmade Earcreated 'Natural toms.Series' 20" Ride, UFIP Handmade Earcreated 'Rough Series' 18" Crash, "found on a beach"-style bass drum (actually a Premier).

Natural, clear, open sound. NO TOMS – great for breaks!

Leaf Digital - leafDrums

Drum Machine

Standalone ~ Windows only

This is one of the few drum machines around

that natively supports OGG files (as well as

WAV). This one is NOT freeware. The only

reason this was included is because you

download the fully-functional demo with no

time limits and you "pay when you're ready".

I'm sure the developer would appreciate you

actually paying, but it would make no difference

in the functioning of the software. I'm leaving

this decision in your hands - do what you will.

XT Software - Machine II

Drum Sampler / Step Sequencer

VST ~ Windows only

Freeware. By the developers of the fantastic

energyXT. 10 individual drums, unlimited

samples, 16 steps per pattern, 128 patterns.

Also download their extra kits here.

Scamme - Ds1

Drum Sampler

VST ~ Windows only

Freeware. 8 pad drum sampler. Each pad has it's own pitch, panning, LP/HP filter, delay, and volume fader.

DIRECT DOWNLOAD

Scamme - Ds2

Drum Sampler

VST ~ Windows only

Freeware. 8 drum pads, each with it's own MIDI

trigger note selector, pitch, distortion, flanger,

global reverb, and more.

Soma Software - Ta-Ta-Poum

Drum Sampler / Step Sequencer

VST ~ Windows only

Control over volume, velocity, pitch, tone,

and sample start point as well as ability to

route each channel to any of 4 stereo outs.

Softrave - Hang

Percussion Sample Player

VST ~ Windows only

Freeware. This is a VSTi version of Softrave's Hang

samples. The Hang is an exotic metal percussion

instrument originating from Switzerland and samples are rare and are expensive.

DIRECT DOWNLOAD

Softrave - Hang

Percussion Sample SoundFont

Soundfonts ~ Windows / Mac / Linux

Freeware. Same as the previous Hang but in the more universal (albeit more cumbersome) SF2 format. If you need a free Soundifont player, try the EFM SF Engine or the Scamme Soundfonter.

DIRECT DOWNLOAD

Falkelab - Puff & Pys

Drum Synth

VST ~ Windows only

Freeware. This drum synth uses Physical Modeling to achieve flexible drum sounds. Has filters, pads, and a few presets to give you a good starting point for tweaking. This synth is not available on the internet anymore, so use this direct link to get the Falkelab Puff & Pys.

DIRECT DOWNLOAD

JustJ - Robodrum

Drum Synth

VST ~ Windows only

This freeware drum synth features 2 oscillators per voice,

pitch, volume, ring mod, and hi pass, low pass,

and Moog-style filters.

SynthPlug - tRaP

Drum Sampler

VST ~ Windows only

Freeware. Sounds include kick, click, snare, clap,

hi hat open, hi hat closed, crash, & low, mid and hi toms.

All instruments have editible parameters (pitch, LPF

cutoff, pan, and volume).

Wollo -Wollo Beat

Drum Sampler

VST ~ Windows only

Freeware. The Wollo Beat is a 808 style virtual drums

and percussion machine. Key features include

2 drumsets, each with 15 velocity-sensitive sounds

with gain, pan, and filters to alter each instrument.

Tweakbench - Minerva

Drum Sampler

VST ~ Windows only

Freeware. Minerva is a granular generator for creating

percussive sounds. There are 80 source wavelets

for each channel, 40 short and 40 long, all short wave

sources are velocity sensitive and pitch-shiftable.

Jago - Oktasampliz

Drum Sample Player

VST ~ Windows only

The Oktasampliz in an 8-channel drum sample player

with each channel featuring: MIDI note selector (supports multiple layers, velocity controlle pitch for realism, pitch, decay, EQ, reverb send (there is a master reverb), delay, panning, and LED's for the volume faders.

XOXOS - Snare

Drum Sampler / Step Sequencer

VST ~ Windows only

From XOXOS - "Cylinder33 with 4 'snare' vectors. This low number is closer to a gut snare. Tabor than modern snares, both may have similar damping dynamics." Huh?

XOXOS - Steps

Drum Synth

VST ~ Windows only

A VST emulation of Hammerhead (above).

Tweakbench - Papaya

Mallet Synth

VST ~ Windows only

Freeware. Papaya is a physically modeled mallet

synthesizer. It features a nice chorus module, and does a very good job of simulating steel drums and other Carribean-style percussion.

A0 - DKL

Drum  Sampler

  VST ~ Windows only

Freeware version of the commercial A0 DK1.

16 drum pads, 1 mute group, samples tuneable to

+/- 7 half-tones, samples easily loaded on front panel.

This DIRECT DOWNLOAD is the only source

left for obtaining this plug-in.

XOXOS - Surface

Percussion Synth

VST ~ Windows only

Payware turned Freeware. Models percussion

resonances on a virtual surface. Modal characteristics produce a timbre similar to hand drums such as doumbeks and congas. Use of the x-y position varies parameters and provides realistic harmonic variations. Download HERE and watch this.

XOXOS - Cylinder33

Waveguide Drum Model

VST ~ Windows only

Freeware. Cylinder33 is a drum model where the body is not the physical body of the drum, but the ‘column of air’ vertice between the middle of the drum head and the far end of the cylinder. If you like to settings and experiment, you will love Cylinder33!

DIRECT DOWNLOAD

ImageLine - FL Studio

Drum Sampler

VST ~ Windows only

Demo. I hesitantly list the venerable Fruity Loops here for you to consider downloading. This is why: the demo is the exact same as the retail version in every way except for one - it doesn't save the project file. While this may sound unusable to some of you, to others, you are able to use the many drum, sample, and sequencer tools and export any creation to WAV or other audio file! The demo versions also never expire.

XT Software - Cyber FREE

Sampler

VST ~ Windows only

The XT Cyber FREE isn't a dedicated drum sampler like

the others on this page, but it is one of the best free

samplers available. I primarily listed this because it would be ideal for loading the Natural Studio ns_7kit or other drum samples. It plays unlimited samples, is multi-timbral, supports splits and layers, and has 32 note polyphony.

Rhythym In Mind - Pearl Master Custom

Drum Samples

WAV ~ Windows, Mac, Linux

Free. These are high-quality samples of a Pearl

Master Custom series dtum set with Zildjian cymbals. They were recorded dry, with no EQ or compression. Recorded at 24-bit and with multiple dynamics.

Soniccouture - VA Brush Kit

Drum Samples

Kontakt, Battery, WAV ~ Windows, Mac, Linux

Free. Variable Ambience Brush Kit was recorded at

Peter Gabriels Real World Studios in England on an

SSL 9000 series console and a huge collection of mics including Neumann U87’s, Sennheiser 421's, AKG D12’s, and other top of the line drum mics.

DIRECT DOWNLOAD

Warren Street Studio - Acoustic Drum Samples

Drum Samples

AIFF ~ Windows, Mac, Linux

These sample libraries were recorded at

Warren Street Studio. They are offered for

download to anyone who wishes to use them

in any type of production, free of charge.

All samples are 24-bit, 44.1kHz stereo AIFF audio files and contain close mics, room mics, and combined audio.

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Yellow Tools - Independence FREE

Sampler

VST ~ Windows / Mac

This has some great sounding drums. Although the full

library is 2 GB, you can download the drum part only.

Full version - no demo or tryout, based on the powerful

Independence 2 audio engine, no Yellow Tools

Authorization Key required, beside audio file import,

all Independence software features are enabled,

no time or save restrictions.

discoDSP HighLife R1

Sampler

VST ~ Windows only

This amazing sampler now has an open source version and is a no-brainer to download (much like the Independence sampler!). VSTi sampling, sample editor, 5 built-in FX, flexible modulation, parameter morphing, highest resampling quality using 512 point SINC.

Ultimate Sound Bank - Plugsound Free

Sound Module

AU, MAS, VST, RTAS, DXi, Standalone ~ PC / Mac

The player itself is free. They provide free samples to load in it.  There are a few drums, not many.

IK Mulitmedia - Sampletank 2 Free

Sampler Player

VST, AU ~ Windows / Mac

Freeware. This free sample player is unlike the full

version in that it can only load sounds specifically made by IK Multimedia to play in this version.  It comes with around 10 MB of sounds, and there are others that were released one at a time that are hard to find anymore. In fact, this is the last known link to the free version.

Leaf Digital - leafDrums

Drum Machine

Standalone ~ Windows only

This is one of the few drum machines around that natively supports OGG files (as well as WAV). This one is NOT freeware. The only reason this was included is because you download the fully-functional demo with no time limits and you "pay when you're ready". I'm sure the developer would appreciate you actually paying, but it would make no difference in the functioning of the software. I'm leaving this decision in your hands - do what you will.

XT Software - Machine II

Drum Sampler / Step Sequencer

VST ~ Windows only

Freeware. By the developers of the fantastic energyXT. 10 individual drums, unlimited samples, 16 steps per pattern, 128 patterns. Also download their extra kits here.

Hydrogen Music - Hydrogen Drum Machine

Drum Machine

Standalone ~ Windows, Mac, Linux

Hydrogen is an advanced drum machine for GNU/Linux, Macintosh, and Windows platforms. It's main goal is to bring professional yet simple and intuitive pattern-based drum programming. Hydrogen is Freeware.

Gneutronica Drum Machine

Drum Machine

Standalone ~ Windows, Mac, Linux

Gneutronica is a simple MIDI drum machine and sequencer program. Gneutronica lets you create patterns of melody or drum beats one measure long, allows you to divide up each measure into however many beats you like and then arrange those patterns into a sequence for playback.

gAlan

Drum Machine

Standalone ~ Windows, Linux

gAlan can perform as a drum machine, a sample-sequencer, a mixer or a synthesiser capable of emulating various analogue systems.

pyTrommler

Drum Machine

Standalone ~ Windows, Linux, BSD

Gneutronica is a simple MIDI drum machine and sequencer program. Gneutronica lets you create patterns of melody or drum beats one measure long, allows you to divide up each measure into however many beats you like and then arrange those patterns into a sequence for playback.

Distributed under the GPL license (free).

EFM - SF Engine

Drum Machine

VST ~ Windows only

The free EFM (Electronics For Music) SF Engine is a dedicated Soundfont player with built-in effects. This site is the only place left to grab it.

PowerFX - Miracle Beats Drum Looper

Drum Looper

VST ~ Windows

Freeware. Works as a VST plugin and also exports to WAV. The Miracle Beats VSTi can rearrange, split, morph and turn the 500 included loops into an infinite number of possibilities within any VST host application. It takes drum loops and creates individual slices, then automatically splits each element of the drum kit - hi hat, bass drum, snare, etc. - into individual tracks within each slice.

EFM - PreDrum

Drum Machine

VST ~ Windows only

The only thing I know about this software is that it only pops up at the above link with a Google search, and it later became freeware, as did all his software. This is, again, the only place to download it on the web.

Soundfonts.it - KTrancer

Kick Drum Generator

VST ~ Windows only

Trance-ize your music. Kick Drum generator, MIDI controllable audio compressor, stereo phaser.

Can't find this one anymore!

Storm Recording Studio - DrumTrig

Drum Replacer

VST ~ Windows only

By using this plugin on single drum tracks like Snare or Kick you can replace the sound with any sample (.WAV file) you like. Great if you've tried everything to salvage a poorly recorded drum sound and got nowhere!

GregJazz - Clap

Clap Machine

VST ~ Windows only

A clap player with adjustable parameters.


Arman Bohn - SKdrummer (cool!)


Denis Eisman - SuperDrumFX


Melda Productions - MDrummer


DSK - Mini Drumz (v2)


DSK - Beat Voize


        

DSK - Drumz AkoustiK


DJ Gigawatt - DrumBox 2


C. Hackl - Groovebox 1


C. Hackl - Groovebox 2


This software uses

your host's interface

2DGamesNL - 2D Drum3264 Drum Computer


Pethu - DS-01


Vember Audio - Short Circuit

10 out of 10!