Guda Audio KickR, drum synth plugins

Guda Audio KickR

€19 ($19)

The first plugin on our list is one of the most recent releases here and also one of the most simple. KickR is a very basic instrument from Guda Audio, aka David Gunnarsson. After a hard day working as a software developer, Gunnarsson likes to unwind by, er… developing software. Outside of his regular work, he gets to focus on his passion for music, creating a couple of neat music tools along the way (the other one is EuterpeXL, a quirky little synth plugin).

KickR is, as the name suggest, a kick plugin, which uses synthesis for the ‘body’ of the sound, samples for the ‘thump’ and then offers a noise generator for colour plus three-band EQ and a distortion effect for final tone shaping. The parameters are fairly basic, but they give you enough control over the sound to create a range of results.

With the ability to load custom samples as well as choose from the built-in selection, you can get a huge range of sounds out of KickR and really tailor your kicks to suit each track. At just €19, it’s a very inexpensive way to get a taste of what makes the hybrid samples-and-synthesis approach so effective.

22nd May, 2015


  • I think Drumatic 4 deserves to be on that list!
    Maybe even Maschine’s drum modules could be on the list.

    Other than that, great list! I learned that Kickr was for windows now as well.

  • vive le Drumazone

  • vive le Drumazon !!!, mais pour faire le râleur, il y a juste une différence de tonalité, mais sinon c’est le top quand on rêve d’acquérir une 909.

  • I agree with Sleepydog, Drumatic 4 is an amazing drum synth, would have like to have seen it on here

  • Can’t believe Audiospillage and their whole line of drum synths didn’t get included, especially with so many redundant entries that did make it in. Have to give them a plug, but I’m just as happy keeping these all to myself…

  • Yeah not sure why Drumspillage 2 and Elecktroid, both by Audiospillage did not make this list

  • Waldorf Attack was a great unsing hero of Drum Machine VSTs imo.

  • It would make sense to put Spark on the list as well.

  • Another vote for Drum Spillage. I’ve demo’d just about all of these, and Drum Spillage is easily at the #1 spot for me. For both sound, and the ability to dial in sounds and timbres.

  • Bazzism by Intelligent Sounds & Music – It’s my go to for kickdrums and its priced right!

  • Yeah, not sure why we’ve got two kick drum plug-ins on this list?
    I second Attack – It’s an oldie, but a goodie, for sure!
    Tattoo is okay, but pretty limited sonically, especially when compared to the Audiospillage stuff, which for some reason didn’t make it on the list.
    One omission I’m pretty surprised about is LinPlug’s RMV, which I think is totally underrated. I use it all the time… And it was one of the first plug-ins to combine drum synthesis and sampling – way before Punch or even Maschine!
    Anyway, my 2 cents.

  • Spark?

  • Report
  • You need to add Drumspillage 2 to that list.


  • ahem…
    Sonic Academy KICK was Future Music Gear Of The Year #1 and its not even in your list?


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