Plugin Boutique takes a look at some of best virtual drum machines in a round-up of plugins for modern drums, 80s drums, 808/909 drums, acoustic drums, and more.

Whether you’re a classic hardware fan, a modern innovator or a sample-tweaker – there’s a drum machine for you.

The drum machine is one of the most important and influential instruments in modern music. Classic hardware drum machines like the LinnDrum and Roland 808 would come to define genres and eras in the latter half of the 20th century, making a permanent mark on the popular and underground music landscape.

These vintage bits of gear now cost thousands of pounds and are out of the price range of most producers, however, there are plenty of affordable software options available. Read on to discover the best modern drum machines, 80s drum machines, 808 and 909 plugins, acoustic drum plugins and drum machines for sample tweakers.

The round-up includes XLN Audio’s XO, Sugar Bytes DrumComputer, D16 Group Drumazon, XLN Audio Addictive Drums 2, and many more.

Check the full article for the best drum machines for every budget, including free.