Vengeance Sound are, of course, best known for their samples. Manuel Schleis’s company also produces a sample-based drum instrument in the form of Phalanx, but if you’re looking for full control of your kick sounds, Metrum is the way to go.
The first thing you might well ask before buying Metrum is whether it justifies the expense. It’s a fair question considering the fact the other kick drum synths on our list can be had for less than half the price. The simple answer is that Metrum takes the idea of a feature-packed kick drum synth to the next level. With 1,800 attack samples (up to three can be layered simultaneously), an oscillator, a full-on modulation matrix and a wide range of effects, this is a very capable setup for those who want to roll up their sleeves and get dirty.
It’s fair to say that Metrum won’t be for everyone. If you want instant results and don’t care about digging into the finger detail of programming, layering and fine-tuning your own kick drums, it’s fair to say you probably won’t get the most out of this endearingly complex plugin. But if you’re serious about getting hands-on with every last detail of your sound, this represents the best option on the market for truly custom kicks.