Plugin Boutique Bigkick, drum synth pluginsPlugin Boutique BigKick

£39.95

Like KickR, Plugin Boutique’s BigKick is a specialist – no prizes for guessing that it also focuses on kick drums. Plugin Boutique’s debut instrument uses a combination of samples for character and synthesis for body, but the options are quite a lot more advanced than what we saw in KickR.

We really like the attention to detail here. For a start, you’ve got a library of more than 300 attack samples to choose from before you even think about loading your own custom sounds. Add to that the fact that you can switch the body synth section between Original and Tough modes and you’re immediately capable of programming a huge range of kicks, from ultra-tight, aggressive hits through to looser, softer sounds.

At a shade under £40, BigKick is a hugely appealing option for anyone looking to take complete control of their kick drums. It may only do one thing, but it does it very well indeed.

 

We can’t ignore Sonic Academy’s KICK here, either. It takes a similar approach to BigKick, but with a few subtle differences that make it worth a look if you’re after a kick-focused plugin.

 

 

22nd May, 2015

Comments

  • I think Drumatic 4 deserves to be on that list! http://www.drumatic.info/
    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.

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  • vive le Drumazone

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  • 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.

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

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  • 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…

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

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

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

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  • 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.

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

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  • 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.

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  • Spark?

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  • You need to add Drumspillage 2 to that list.

    Seriously!

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

    http://www.musicradar.com/news/tech/future-music-gear-of-the-year-readers-choice-award-612743

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