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Synth Drums

Synth Drums

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Ten Vintage synthesizers expertly programmed to create a ground-breaking Drum Library, our most comprehensive and intricately designed to date. Incorporating all-time classic analogue machines with modern High-End processing hardware and production techniques...

Introducing Synth Drums, offering over 5900 cutting edge, totally unique drum samples and percussive hits, each carefully crafted by hand, on a sound-by-sound basis.

Synths used in the creation of Synth Drums:

  • Roland Jupiter 8
  • Roland System-100 (101, 102, 104)
  • Sequential Circuits Prophet 5 Rev 2
  • Sequential Circuits Pro One
  • Korg MS-20
  • ARP Odyssey MK1
  • Moog Minimoog Model D
  • Oberheim OB8
  • Roland Juno 106
  • Roland SH-09

We’ve designed this library to be as flexible as possible: as well as the extensive processed section, the unprocessed source samples are also included as they were originally recorded - straight-from-the-synth. A third section includes selected samples bounced through special processes to add character, tone, warmth and punch, using Vinyl and Reel-to-Reel ¼ inch Tape with multiple saturation levels.

We feel that this attention to detail will translate into a unique, creative and useful addition to any electronic music producer's toolkit.

What’s included in the sample pack?

  • 5930 24-bit, 100% royalty-free drum hits arranged into 4 main sections:

1. Processed Drum Section

  • 2714 processed drum and percussive hits - enhanced individually on a sound-by-sound basis using our extensive collection of high-end hardware processors and sound shaping tools
  • 444 kick drums arranged by type across 9 sub-folders: ‘almost real’, ‘classic’, ‘deep’, ‘fat & punchy’, ‘knocks’, ‘clicks & pulses’, ‘thumping’, ‘ultra heavy’ and ‘unusual’
  • 336 snare drums arranged by type across 6 sub-folders: ‘classic’, ‘low & mid-frequency’, ‘noise’, ‘smacks’, ‘synth’ and ‘tight’
  • 450 cymbals arranged by type across 5 sub-folders: ‘closed hat’, ‘open hat’, ‘crash & splash’, ‘ride’ and ‘effect cymbals’
  • 408 percussion sounds arranged by type across 7 sub-folders: ‘blocks & cowbells’, ‘dissonant hits’, ‘plucks’, ‘pop snaps & rim shots’, ‘shakers’, ‘soft & dark hits’ and ‘tubes’
  • 271 imaginary (synthetic) percussive sounds/drums arranged by type into 3 sub-folders: ‘hand’, ‘mallet’ and ‘stick’
  • 246 toms arranged by type across 5 sub-folders: ‘fat & punchy’, ‘huge’, ‘pulse & laser’, ‘short’ and ‘unusual’
  • 129 claps
  • 93 conga & bongo sounds
  • 83 exotic percussion hits and sound effects
  • 73 percussive strikes
  • 71 swells and sweeps
  • 65 bass hits arranged by type into 3 sub folders: ‘bass bombs’, ‘percussive’ and ‘sub bass’
  • 45 synth stabs

2. Unprocessed Drum Section

  • 1818 24-bit unprocessed drum and percussive hits
  • Identical in folder structure to the processed drum section, the unprocessed section includes all of the raw unprocessed source samples as they were recorded, straight from the synth!

3. Special Processed Drum Section

  • 1398 24-bit ‘special processed' drum and percussive hits
  • Identical in folder structure to the processed drum section, the special processed folder includes a selection of samples bounced through Vinyl and ¼ inch Analogue Tape for added character, tone, warmth and punch!
  • 723 Tape processed drum samples with multiple saturation levels, recorded via a classic Studer A80 MK1 tape machine
  • 675 Vinyl processed drum samples recorded via a classic Neumann VMS 70 vinyl mastering lathe

4. Drum Kits

The drum kits folder contains a number of ready-to-play drum kits, conveniently mapped to the following software sampler formats:

  • Battery 3 – 102 kits
  • Halion – 105 kits
  • Kong – 51 kits
  • Kontakt – 105 kits
  • NN-XT – 105 kits
  • SFZ – 105 kits

Ableton Live 9 Pack

  • 51 pre-mapped drum racks for Ableton live 9, carefully mapped with full Push compatibility
  • 46 ‘modular’ drum racks – Quickly select and scan through thousands of drum sounds from within drum racks or Ableton’s Push controller, build kits quickly and efficiently!
  • Each drum sound has 8 pre-assigned macros for quick editing and tone shaping – tune/pitch, gate/decay, tone, multiple distortion parameters and volume
  • Each pre-mapped drum rack has a global effects section with editable reverb and delay
  • Fully compatible with Ableton’s Push Controller

Click here to download in-depth product info and library credits.

Special Note to existing Synth Drums customers: Your FREE Synth Drums Live Pack has been deposited into your account and is ready to download.

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5930 24-bit, 100% royalty-free drum hits including a carefully crafted processed drums section, unprocessed drums as they were recorded, straight-from-the-synth, a special processed drums section including analogue tape and vinyl sounds, 105 ready-to-play drum kits and Ableton Live 9 pack with Push compatibility

Waveformless Blog Review - Synth Drums

By: Tom Shear (Waveformless Blog) - 08/05/2013

Wave Alchemy is a developer I've really enjoyed watching grow over the past few years. They've always provided great sound quality and useful sounds, but what I like about them the most is that you can hear them continually getting better. The cynic in me keeps waiting to be disappointed by something they put out, but it hasn't happened yet. When I heard their new release was to be of nothing but synthesized drum sounds, I was a bit sceptical. Don't get me wrong... I love synthesized drum sounds and all manner of Teutonic bleeps and blorps, but often times these types of sounds are quite light sounding and less appropriate for modern styles of music. If anyone could do a convincing library of this type, I was convinced it was Wave Alchemy, but proceeded with a healthy dose of scepticism.


Synth Drums is a drum sample library that consists of drum and percussion sounds synthesized on 10 different classic synths: Roland Jupiter-8, Roland System-100, Sequential Circuits Prophet 5, Sequential Circuits Pro One, Moog Minimoog, Korg MS-20, Arp Odyssey, Oberheim OB8, Roland Juno-106, and Roland SH-09. The sounds are then processed with a variety of high end outboard gear. 5900 samples in total consist of identical sounds in unprocessed, processed, and tape/vinyl variations. Mappings of the sounds are available in most major sample formats, although Logic EXS-24 is notably missing.


Synth Drums is exceptionally well organized into folders for Cymbals, Conga & Bongo, Claps, Bass, Imaginary Drums, Exotic, Kicks, Snares, Percussion, Toms, Swells, Strikes, and Stabs. Many of these folders are further broken down into folders describing the characteristics of the sound. For example, the Kicks folder has subfolders for Snaps Clicks and Pulses, Knocks, Fat & Punchy Kicks, Deep Kicks, Classic Kicks, Almost Real, Unusual Kicks, Ultra Heavy Kicks, and Thumping Kicks. This is tremendously helpful if you're in the middle of a session and need to find a specific type of sound quickly. The fact that the sounds are provided in dry, compressed, and tape/vinyl versions is pretty awesome too and lets you choose from a variety of characters or add your own.


As I said before, I was a little sceptical of how useful these sounds would be for modern styles, but after playing with these sounds, I was completely blown away. Truly, I think this may be the best library Wave Alchemy has released so far. If you're familiar with Wave Alchemy, you know they have a reputation for excellent sound quality, and that is no different here. In fact, I think they raised the bar for themselves in terms of punchiness and clarity.

What is most impressive, however, is the sound programming itself. Yes, there is plenty of retro-sounding analog goodness, but there are just as many current and forward-sounding timbres. There is an incredible spread of sounds here and many were good enough to make me want to re-examine the percussive qualities of more than a few vintage synths I'd sort of written off for that purpose.

If you're like me, chances are you already have a million and one drum sounds. Even if that's the case, however, I'd encourage you to check this library out. The sound design is creative, the sound quality is beautiful, and once you start mixing, matching, and layering the samples, the possibilities become even more impressive.

Rating: 10/10

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