Free: Steven Slate Drums SSD5-Free

Good quality, free drum kit VSTIs are few and far between. We’ve covered a couple in these pages, but none compare to the thoroughly excellent free SSD5 demo from Steven Slate Drums. It’s a full working kit, free of limitations, except one: the free version comes with just one kit, instead of the myriad instruments…

FREE: MyDrumset VST

The maker of this drum VST, Bjarte Ludvigsen, insists it’s nothing special. “The recording of the drums was done very quickly,” he says, “with only me on everything from drumming to engineering. As you can imagine that is not a perfect way to record a drum kit…the drums weren’t tuned, one of the cymbals had…

Free: LA-2A clone AdHd Leveling Tool

There are few compressors more coveted than the legendary LA-2A compressor by Teletronix. The electro-optical compressor is famous for its gentle transparent compression, making it the perfect choice for pristine vocal levelling, bass and drums, or anything that requires gentle dynamic reduction or additional warmth. Free plugin versions are rare, so this is a sweet…

The 9 Most Useful Metallica Isolated Tracks

Isolated tracks. They’re great for figuring out parts, getting inspired, getting a sense of what techniques have gone into the recording and mixing of a track, as well as showing just what your favorite musicians are capable (or not capable ) of. Here we take a look at the best of the best isolated Metallica…

FREE: Voxengo Sound Delay VST

The Sound Delay VST from Voxengo is a beast. While it’s a super simple, stripped-down unit, what it does do, it does in highly-accurate, transparent ways. Here’s the limitation: a basic signal delaying function only, without signal feedback or modulation capabilities. Strange as it may sound, that’s what I love about this delay. It doesn’t…

FREE: Hydrogen Drum Machine

Here’s a free open source drum machine. According to the hype, it offers “professional yet simple and intuitive pattern-based drum programming”. Essentially, Hydrogen is a sample-based machine that’s capable of a lot. You can import/export drum kits (and download drum kits from the Hydrogen site) or assemble your own from your sample collection (a whopping…

FREE: GrooveMonkee Free MIDI Drum Loops

The cool peeps at GrooveMonkee are giving away over 700 MIDI drum loops absotively free! The loops cover every style conceivable style, are available for both Mac and PC and work with just about every bit of drum software out there (click the download link for the full list). PROS: Royalty free MIDI drums for…