When FXpansion’s Geist plugin replaced the company’s much-loved GURU back in 2010, it was business as usual: the plugin’s combination of drum sampling, loop slicing and beat sequencing represented a new take on familiar territory. But when the company’s next drum plugin, Tremor, followed two years later, the approach was altogether different.
Tremor isn’t a replacement for Geist. Both remain on sale alongside each other. Instead, Tremor is the synth-based option for the hands-on producer. Based around FXpansion’s DCAM (discrete component analogue modelling) approach, Tremor contains no samples. Everything’s generated in real time by the synth engine, which must rank as one of the more complex example on this list thanks to the presence of a ‘cloud oscillator’ (a take on additive synthesis, with eight oscillators tuned at intervals) and the accompanying Harmonics controls.
Thankfully, Tremor isn’t as tricky to use as its spec might suggest. You can dive deep into the modulation options if you like, but even relative newcomers to synthesis will be able to figure out the basics and get involved with creating new sounds from the plugin’s polished, analogue-sounding synth engine.
At £99, you get a hell of a lot of features for the money, and that’s before we’ve even mentioned the built-in sequencer. Tremor might just be the best bang for your buck on our entire list. A real all-rounder with something to please everyone.