The Center for Haptic Audio Interaction Research released EXC!TE SNARE DRUM, a freeware virtual acoustic snare instrument based on physical modeling algorithms.

EXC!TE SNARE DRUM uses physical modeling algorithms to emulate an acoustic snare drum. The software is available as a VST3 plugin for compatible digital audio workstations on Windows (10 or later), macOS (10.12 or later), and Linux.

The advantage of using a snare drum “synthesizer” instead of samples is the ability to customize the source sound to your liking.

EXC!TE SNARE DRUM lets the user finetune the drumhead tuning, snare tension, and the hit position. The velocity response, tip hardness, and rimshot volume are also customizable.

The plugin’s paid version adds two more features: sidechain input and “extra crunch” mode. It is called EXC!TE SNARE DRUM Pro, available for €19,90 via Center for Haptic Audio Interaction Research’s online store.

So, how does EXC!TE SNARE DRUM sound?

It emulates acoustic snares quite well. More importantly, the instrument can simulate different snare drum sizes, snare ratlle, and other parameters that define the sound of a snare drum.

This makes the plugin ideal for substituting a non-ideal snare recording or for crafting a custom snare drum that is a perfect fit for a particular project. I also like the ability to customize the sound through automation, applying subtle changes throughout the track to add interest.

The instrument’s interface is streamlined and easy to use. The controls are self-explanatory, and it only takes a couple of mouse clicks to fully transform the snare’s sound.

Here’s some additional information from the official website:

“Our free snare drum VST plugin features ultra-realistic sound through physical modeling algorithms. The algorithms are tuned by ear to resemble snare drums of different sizes, different tip hardnesses, rimshot sounds, and adjustable snare rattle.”

You can download EXC!TE SNARE DRUM completely free of charge from the product page linked below. You won’t be asked to sign up or activate the software.

Keep in mind that the plugin is only compatible with Windows 10 or older and macOS 10.12 or later. If you’re using Linux, it should be an x86 distribution.

Download: EXC!TE SNARE DRUM (3.58 MB download size, EXE installer, 64-bit VST3 plugin format for Windows, macOS, Linux)

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