The team at AIR Music Technology, who were behind the Pro Tools drum instrument Strike, have teamed up with Akai and Alesis to create Drumsynth 500. As the name suggests, the eight-channel AU, AAX and VST drum synthesizer plug-in (which can also be used stand-alone) offers over 500 drum sounds, 500 drum samples and 500 drum loops (as well as 50 kits), all of which can be tweaked with the on-board sound engine using distortion, delay, reverb, compression and saturation processing. It works with any MIDI keyboard, pad controller or drum kit controller. It’s available to download for $149.99, although until the end of July, it will retail for just $99.
Drumsynth 500 virtual instrument offers 500 sounds and 500 rhythm loops on eight channels