AIR Music Tech Announces Drumsynth 500

AIR Music Technology has announced the immediate availability of Drumsynth 500, a virtual instrument of electronic drum sounds for use with any DAW or as a Standalone application for live performance.

Here’s what they have to say about it:

In the style of the popular 500 series synth modules comes an all new software drum synthesizer that delivers full control of all electronic drum sounds in an easy-to-use, comprehensive interface. Drumsynth 500 from AIR Music Technology has everything needed to create an endless variety of custom electronic drum sounds for all styles of music.

Drumsynth 500’s exclusive library has been produced by the sound design veterans behind the highly-acclaimed Air Music Tech Strike, Air Structure, Sonivox Big Bang, Akai Professional’s MPC and Alesis e-Drums. The goal was to provide an incredible mixture of vintage and all-new effects that pay homage to classic sounds while also pushing into new territory.

Using a MIDI keyboard, pad controller, electronic drumkit, or the user’s favorite Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) software, Drumsynth 500 brings modern electronic drum sounds into musical productions in the studio or live playing.

Drumsynth 500 offers over 500 drum sounds, 500 drum samples, 50 drum kits and 500 MIDI drum loops which can be loaded into any DAW and used to kick-start any song or production.


  • 8-channel electronic drum synthesizer with fully programmable drum sounds, in the style of 500 Series rack modules.
  • Individual instrument channels for Kick, Snare, Hats, Clap, Toms, Percussion and two Sampler channels for any mono or stereo .wav audio file.
  • Load your sounds into two separate sampler channels, including loop, forward and reverse playback
  • Includes over 500 drum sounds, 500 MIDI drum loops, 50 drum kits, and 500 drum samples from an exclusive vault of Akai Pro, Alesis eDrums and Air Music Tech sounds.
  • No hidden panels.
  • Randomize feature for quickly generating new electronic drum sounds with just one button press.
  • Works with any MIDI keyboard, pad controller or drum kit controller
  • MPC Full Level and Note Repeat for each instrument channel
  • Three distortion effects (including new Bitcrusher and Decimate), 5 filters and 2 compressors per instrument channel
  • Two reverb sends and two delay sends per instrument channel
  • Huge Master channel includes three saturation effects, a convolution reverb, an algorithmic reverb, a stereo delay, a mono delay, a compressor and a unique Kill EQ circuit.

Pricing and Availability

Drumsynth 500 is available online for $99.99 ($149.99 after introductory offer).

13 thoughts on “AIR Music Tech Announces Drumsynth 500

    1. Maybe the Roland 500 series? Or the Buchla 500? Or maybe they read your comment and collectively sighed and asked what the fuck they’ve just done.

      1. They definitely aren’t. Look on Modular Grid at the most popular modules and scroll down until you see the first Roland 500 pop up. To say that is “popular” and a “style,” is a bit of a reach on it’s own, and then look at the Air plugins and tell me you can see a similarity in either appearance or function. Look, I think these sound great and I’m probably gonna give them a shot. I just think it’s hilarious that they probably got API 500 and Eurorack switched up while naming their product.

    2. ‘500 Series’ refers to a standard format for audio devices – just like Eurorack or MU.’

      It’s commonly used for high-end pro audio gear. Manufacturers like Moog have also released synth modules in the format (500 Series Analog Delay).

  1. Air are such a weird VST company, they have made some realy interesting synths but then have almost zero updating (with exception of loom which had a small but realy expensive update), they also have little communication and a realy weird web site for downloading/checking for updates.
    They realy need to update their existing VSTs before putting anything new out, they realy need some attention (such as scalable GUIs, they are unusable in 4K for example)

    This VST looks interesting enough, but I have STiX which is similar but also has a great step sequencer, softube also do something like this ( ant remember the name, but it’s alwats on sale)

    I expect to see this synth on sale soon for just a few bucks as all the other Air Instruments are…..

    1. it’s not that weird if you see it something like an R&D department of inMusic, not an independent company of its own. Think AMG for Mercedes.

    2. The softube one is called heartbeat. In my opinion a very underrated drum machine, I use it all the time. Very easy to use and sounds fantastic. Its drum modules can be used inside ST Modular too.

  2. Got it from Plugin Boutique but honestly I expected much more!
    Presets are unuseful and sounds unusable… unless you do “Experimental Music”
    Just trashed Hundred bucks
    STiX is way better!

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