Sound Magic releases Drum One, a FREE acoustic drum kit plugin for digital audio workstations on Windows and macOS.
Since this free virtual instrument uses modeling technology to generate sounds (as opposed to sampling), it comes with a lightweight 80 MB installer. Compared to some deeply sampled acoustic drum kits such as the SSD 5.5 plugin with Steven Slate Drums, that’s tiny.
Another advantage of virtual instruments that rely on modeling is the ability to customize the sounds. One such example is the incredibly versatile EXC!TE SNARE DRUM plugin by The Center for Haptic Audio Interaction Research.
However, Drum One doesn’t let you tweak the drums in fine detail. Instead, it comes with several pre-made presets for each drum component. You can choose between several different kick drums, snares, floor toms, and so on.
You can also adjust the microphone levels (in, out, overheads) for each part of the drum kit. This lets you customize the drum kit and balance the mix according to your preference.
Drum One features a simple transient shaper and a reverb effect. The reverb only offers a dry/wet mix control. You can’t adjust the size, decay, or any other parameters.
Here’s more info from the product page: “Drum One is a free drum kits plug-in utilizing a lite version of Supreme Drums Engine. It is designed to provide high-quality, easy-to-use drum kits to musicians/producers. By using the latest modeling technology, it has a small size which is around 80MB.
Okay. We admit it. We’re giving this incredible drum kit away in hopes of luring you in, of getting you interested in our other products. Yes, surprising as it may sound, we actually would like you to BUY something from us so we can keep the virtual doors open and keep on developing cool new products like our other amazing products like below.“
Drum One is available in VST3 and AU plugin formats for Windows and macOS. Only 64-bit plugin hosts are supported.
The plugin is available for free download from the product page linked below. Read the installation instructions to get the password required to extract the downloaded archive.
Download: Drum One (78.9 MB download size)