Vintage Drum Elements is a free virtual drum machine by SampleScience. It has samples from Yamaha RX5, which is a vintage drum machine from the eighties.

The plugin is perfect for producers who look for synthpop/new wave sounds, since Yamaha RX5 was part of the setup of many artists such as Depeche Mode, Vangelis, Pet Shop Boys and more. It’s a simple but enjoyable virtual drum machine.

The interface is quite easy and straightforward. A display at the top opens a drop down menu with 5 drum kits, 1 FX set and 4 instruments (DX Bass, DX Orchestra, DR Marimba and DX Clavecin). Low and High knobs will set the pads sensitivity for low and high frequencies – the harder you play, the louder it will sound. There’s a control for pitch and also for main volume.

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There are 12 pads with individual volume and pan knobs. At the right, 4 Global effects are available for setting: FX, Vinyl, Tremolo, and Sub. On FX it’s possible to add a simple reverb, with a Trim parameter, which works as a decay button. The Vinyl will add a vinyl effect with also a decay knob. Tremolo has rate and depth controls and Sub will add a low frequency by gain and decay buttons.

A Punch knob will work as a compressor, and as the previous parameters, has a global effect.

Features:

– Virtual drum machine with Yamaha RX5 audio samples;

– 12 pads with independent volume and pan controls;

– Global effects including reverb, vinyl, tremolo, sub bass and punch;

– 5 drum kits;

– 1 FX set;

– 4 instruments;

– VST and AU formats;

– 32 & 64 bits;

– PC and Mac compatible.

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