best drum vst plugins

Best Drum VST plugins for music producers

The relation between the kick, bass, and drums is the most critical aspect of music production. In order to have a professional-sounding mix, you need to have a solid foundation carrying the whole track. Out there, are many great resources offering drums samples but the best ones are still coming from real drums. Below, you’ll find 8 of the best drum VST plugins, mostly recorded and sampled from real drum parts.


Best Drum VST plugins for music producers


1. Toontrack Superior Drummer 3

Superior Drummer 3 can be seen as a whole software on its own. This massive library holds on to 230 GB of drum samples including 350+ drum sounds, categorized into 7 kits, 25 snares, 16 kicks, and 25 effects. All of these sounds are pre-processed and engineered by George Massenburg. Be the drummer yourself by playing around with your mouse and be the producer while arranging all of the different sounds.


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2. Native Instruments Battery 4

NI’s Battery has been one of the most used digital drum machines for years. Its layout lets you load up to a total of 48 different samples at which you can change the length, starting point, tune, key, and movement of each sample. Furthermore, you can add different main effects to every sound including a volume envelope, pitch envelope, velocity, filter, compressor, and sends. You’ll also be able to add additional effects, modulation, an extended editor, and control the master output.


3. XLN Addictive Drums 2

Get your hands on professional-sounding drums, high-class effects, and live performances straight away while using this drum plugin. All of the drums are recorded in professional studios all around the world. Expect a massive range of drum kits, beats, and single drums compiled into 1 single vst plugin. Control the kick, snare, overhead, hihat, and room of your drums in order to mix your performance into your own track.


4. Native Instruments Studio Drummer

Studio Drummer brings more than sampled drums to the table. Select the right instruments for your kit and control the room mix, tune, attack, decay, and hold. Head over to the included grooves tab to access over 3300 authentic grooves and mix all of the instruments individually in the mixer tab. Over 3500 different drum samples are included, suitable for a broad range of different genres.


5. Heavyocity Damage

You’re at the right place if you’re seeking dramatic & industrial drum samples. Damage holds on to 30 GB of hard-hitting drums, particularly suitable for orchestral music and Trap. Get your hands on 200+ percussion samples and 500+ single shots, and heavy explosive FX. Heavyocity’s Damage can go from subtle organic to complete devastation. Use this plugin to add bite and color to the sound design of your next production.


6. Native Instruments DrumLab

Drum Lab is specialized in improving workflow for maximal output through its layout. Every instrument has its own space, in which you can control the mix (electronic/acoustic), tune, sub, room, filter, offset, trash, attack, hold, decay, and add a range of additional effects. Furthermore, you can choose a suitable groove and change its pattern, tightness, grid, swing, velocity, and tempo (:2, normal, x2).


7. Spitfire Hans Zimmer Drums

This ultimate orchestral percussion library is curated by non-other than the Oscar award-winning producer Hans Zimmer. Expect an impact of instruments ranging from softly to deafening loud. This plugin holds on to a range of instruments such as Taiko ensembles, Paper djun, Bombo ensembles, Surdo ensembles, Low booms, Gong drums, Timpani, Tamtam, Buckets, and so much more.


8. Spitfire originals drumline

Drumline’s samples are recorded in the Newman Stage, 20th Century Fox by Russell Emanuel. Included within are different ensembles, snare hits, tenor drum hits, bass drum hits, cymbals, rolls, swells, hairpins, 9 different presets, 5 controls, and multiple effects. This 1.5GB-sized library is packed with drums suitable for creating tension in your tracks or to use as a layer on top of your original drum section.


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