The Center for Haptic Audio Interaction Research has released a virtual instrument that delivers an ultra-realistic snare drum sound through physical modeling algorithms.
EXC!TE Snare Drum‘s algorithms are tuned by ear to resemble snare drums of different sizes, different tip hardnesses, rimshot sounds and adjustable snare rattle.
The instrument is available to download for free as a VST3 plugin.
There’s also a Pro version ($19.99 USD) which adds a side-chain input, frequency shift for playing different resonances with external input, and a crunch parameter to change the timbre of the snare rattle sound.
If you are into sound experiments, or you are seeking for more intimate control over a complex sound generator, you should definitely get the PRO version. You will love to play the snare drum with your hands or drum sticks just as we do!
More information: The Center for Haptic Audio Interaction Research