The bedrock of nearly all modern productions is the beat, and the drum machine the cornerstone of many people's studio. But let's not let the hardware drum machines take all the credit, as there are some fine tools in the virtual realm.
Whether you want to serve up a complete beat or just craft the perfect kick drum, this year's selection of drum plugins has been very impressive indeed.
Whatever your workflow, you'll probably have a favourite, so let us know all about it in the box below.
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