Vengeance Sound Metrum


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.



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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