Broadly speaking, drum machine plugins fall into two categories. Some are designed specifically to emulate the classic hardware beatboxes of the past - perhaps adding a few new features to aid tone-shaping and flexibility - while others offer an original take on the concept and are capable of producing sounds of the type that won’t be so familiar.
This being the case, you might decide that you need more than one of the things: it isn’t really the case that there’s one drum machine out there that can do absolutely everything.
We asked MusicRadar users to nominate and then vote for their favourite beat making software in 2013, leaving us with the list of the best plugin drum machines in the world today that you’re about to dive into.
Note that we haven’t included drum samplers/modules here: in order to qualify for this list, a plugin has to have its own sequencing capabilities.
With that stipulation made clear, let’s get into the results…