Oblivion Sound Lab has announced the release of Hex Drum, a virtual instrument inspired by synth drum machines of the 1980s.

The plugin takes its name from the distinctive hexagonal drum pads on the Simmons SDS series of electronic drum kits.

Simmons drums were used on countless recordings during the 1980s across many genres, from disco, to reggae, to chart-topping pop hits. In recent years their distinctive sound has been given new life in synthwave and other ‘80s inspired genres.

For Hex Drum we took inspiration from the architecture of the SDS “drum brain” and made it more flexible by adding deep editing controls, and some unique twists of our own.

Hex Drum lets you easily dial in that classic vintage drum sound, but still feels right at home in a modern mix.

Hex Drum features

  • 7 drum voices.
  • Stereo or Multi-channel output.
  • 3 analog inspired oscillator shapes.
  • Tone, noise, click, LFO and output modules.
  • MIDI mapping with MIDI learn.
  • Assignable voice labels.
  • Copy & paste drum voices.
  • Choke groups.
  • Preset system.
  • 40 drum kits presets.
  • All parameters can be automated from the host DAW.

The plugin is available in 64-bit VST3 and AU formats for Windows and Mac, priced $29 USD until December 15th, 2020 (regular $39 USD).

More information: Oblivion Sound Lab