Kick-n-Snare VST/AU Plugin Released By Minimal Instruments(9.46 MB download size, ZIP archive, 32-bit & 64-bit VST/AU plugin format for Windows & MacOS).
Minimal Instruments has announced the release of Kick-n-Snare, a freeware sample-based drum virtual instrument in VST and AU plugin formats for PC and Mac.
The samples can be pitched up or down using the provided pitch control, although this results in clearly audible artifacts which degrade the sound considerably. The plugin also features a multi-mode filter (high-pass and low-pass) and a built-in reverb effect. As for the envelope, the impact can be softened with the attack control parameter, but the knob is very badly calibrated (a drawback shared across all instruments made with Maize Sampler). One tiny push to the right and the sample will become almost completely inaudible.
As for the quality of the included samples, it is fine but nothing more than that. The provided kicks and snares will work best in an EDM track, yet they’re certainly nowhere near being top notch for this purpose. One thing worth noting is that the majority of the snares are rather quiet, probably because they’re meant for layering on top of a kick in your typical four on the floor beat. It is not possible to control the volume of the different samples separately apart from playing them at a different velocity.