LoopDrive3 is free beat slicer

LoopDrive3 enables you to slice and process your beats.
LoopDrive3 enables you to slice and process your beats.

A beat slicing plug-in is a great addition to any software-based studio, and you can now pick up a free one in the shape of LoopDrive3.

Designed specifically for drums, this cuts loops into fixed-size lengths and enables you to rearrange slices with a step sequencer. The reverse sequencer, meanwhile, does as its name suggests and lets you play selected beats backwards.

As is customary with these things, LoopDrive3 also features a selection of effects that you can use to further mangle your beats. Bit-crushing, distortion and overdrive processors are included, and there's a filter, too.

Developed in SynthMaker (you can also download the schematic), LoopDrive3 is available now as a Windows VST from the developer's website.

Ben Rogerson

I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it.