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Best Free Drum VSTs: The Ultimate List

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Looking for free drum kit VSTs and samples to use in your productions? Look no further—we’ve got the ultimate list with no added filler.

Free Acoustic Drum Kit VSTs

SSD5 Free by Steven Slate Drumshttps://stevenslatedrums.com/SSD5/#SSD5FREE
MT Power Drum Kit 2https://www.powerdrumkit.com/download76187.php
ML Drumshttps://ml-sound-lab.com/pages/ml-drums
Sean Pandy Drumshttps://free.chokehold.net/sean-pandy-drums/
Perfect Drums Playerhttps://theperfectdrums.com/pdplayer/
Naked Drumshttps://wilkinsonaudio.com/collections/free/products/naked-drums
Wilkinson Audio CC Drum Sampleshttps://wilkinsonaudio.com/collections/free/products/wilkinson-audio-cc-drum-samples
SM Drumshttps://smmdrums.wordpress.com/
Drummers Paradisehttps://bigcatinstruments.blogspot.com/2016/08/drummers-paradise.html
Big Monohttps://www.analoguedrums.com/drumkits/big-mono/
Scott Drumshttps://www.ivyaudio.com/Scott-Drums
Slingerland Kithttps://www.indiedrums.com/2015/10/10/slingerland-kit/
Unruly Drumshttps://shop.karoryfer.com/pages/free-unruly-drums
Big Rusty Drumshttps://shop.karoryfer.com/pages/free-big-rusty-drums
Swirly Drumshttps://shop.karoryfer.com/pages/free-swirly-drums
Virtuosity Drumshttps://versilian-studios.com/virtuosity-drums/
AVL Drum Kitshttps://www.bandshed.net/avldrumkits/
G&S Custom Work Drum Kitshttps://www.autodafe.net/free-stuff/g-s-custom-work-drum-kits-for-kontakt-2-0.html
Real Drums Vol. 1 from George Renniehttps://www.mediafire.com/file/fa8hczvkd2kkuvc/Real_Drums_Vol._1.zip/file
Salamander Drum Kithttps://rytmenpinne.wordpress.com/sounds-and-such/salamander-drumkit/
Jazz Funk Drum Sample Libraryhttps://www.orangetreesamples.com/blog/free-jazz-funk-drum-sample-library
Drum Gizmohttps://drumgizmo.org/wiki/doku.php?id=kits
MODO Drumhttps://www.ikmultimedia.com/products/mododrum/?pkey=modo-drum-cs-15#choseversion

Free Producer Drum Kit VSTs

Straight From Da Trap V1https://producersources.com/product/straight-from-da-trap-v1-drumkit
Real Drum Samples Freehttps://realdrumsamples.com/
Drumatic 3https://www.kvraudio.com/product/drumatic-3-by-e-phonic
GB Drumboxhttps://bedroomproducersblog.com/2019/11/14/gb-drumbox/
Grooove BPBhttps://bedroomproducersblog.com/2016/12/23/grooove-bpb/
Trap Gods Kontakt Libraryhttps://beats24-7.com/product/trap-gods-free-kontakt-library/
KPR-77 Drumshttps://www.wavealchemy.co.uk/product/kpr-77-drums/
C4 Drum Kithttps://vstbuzz.com/freebies/c4-drum-kit/
Pierre Bourne Type Drum Kithttps://bvker.com/pierre-bourne-drum-kit/
99 Sounds Drumplayerhttps://99sounds.org/free-drum-vst/

Free Drum Machine VSTs

DRM Drumshttps://www.wavealchemy.co.uk/product/drm-drums/
Drum Prohttps://www.studiolinked.com/drum-pro/
Lel UDS Drums Freehttps://www.kvraudio.com/product/lel-uds-drums-free-vsti-by-softrave
Axon by Audio Damagehttps://plugins4free.com/plugin/3728/
Boxxy Dhttps://plugins4free.com/plugin/1605/
BPB Cassette Drumshttps://bedroomproducersblog.com/2016/11/23/drum-machine-vst/

Sound Effect/Cinematic Drum VSTs

Kick Makerhttps://teragonaudio.com/KickMaker.html
Punching Percussionhttps://vstbuzz.com/freebies/punching-percussion/
Cling Film Frame Drumshttps://vstbuzz.com/freebies/cling-film-frame-drums/
Toaster Percussionhttps://vstbuzz.com/freebies/toaster-percussion/
Cinematic Synthetic Drumshttps://impactsoundworks.com/product/cinematic-synthetic-drums/

My favorite free drum plugins

1) ML Drums

ML Drums is the newest addition to the list. Mikko Logren, owner of ML Sound Lab, spent nearly two years perfecting this sampler, making it the most ideal free drum kit in the roundup. The aim? To create the easiest virtual drum sampler.

The stock preset sounds great right away and you can easily tweak settings in the mixer tab if you don’t like as much room sound, reverb, compression, EQ, etc.

ML Sound Lab offers both a free and paid version of the software and will be releasing additional sounds via the shop tab in the plugin. The current paid version retails around $30 USD.

2) MT Power DrumKit 2

MT Power DrumKit 2

The list begins with one of my favorite free drum kits. MT Power DrumKit 2 from Manda Audio is easily the best free sample library you can find on the internet.

Audio Demo

The drum kit is pre-processed, meaning they are mix-ready. You don’t need to waste time using EQ and compression to get great-sounding drums right after installation.

For electronic drum set owners, the MT Power Drumkit 2 is perfect for using samples instead of your included module’s sounds.

Included as well is are grooves, composed of thousands of different rhythms (MIDI packs) to fit any genre. The patterns sound surprisingly great, despite this library being completely free.

MT Power DrumKit 2 is available for both Mac and PC.

If you enjoy the plugin, consider donating to Manda Audio via PayPal on the website’s right sidebar.

3) Sean Pandy Drums

Chokehold.net hosts a free drum kit called Sean Pandy Drums. The library is a VST drum rompler with a kick, snare, four toms, and a Sub Blower gives your mixes extra punch.

Each drum contains six velocity layers and up to ten round-robin samples, eliminating the possibility of drums sounding unrealistic. Sean Pandy is a metal producer that posted some drum samples online many years. According to Chokehold, the samples are completely free to use.

Frustrated with no way to use the plugins easily with Kontakt or Drumagog, they went ahead and created a free plugin utilizing the samples.

Nick Cesarz

Nick is a drummer, percussionist, and blogger from Milwaukee, WI. He toured extensively with Vinyl Theatre, opening up for acts like twenty one pilots, Panic! at the Disco, and more. Now no longer touring, his passion lies in gear and playing the kit as much as time allows.


  1. Well, Drummica sounds quite good — unfortunately it took me about three hours to install it and get it running, and even MORE unfortunately, it requires you to pay for a full version of Kontakt, otherwise it times out after 15 minutes. I REALLY wish you had mentioned that.

  2. Thanks for providing these resources! I tried going to the DrumMic’a By Sennheiser link but there’s nothing there about a drum kit. Is there a different link available?


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