Smells like mean drumming

For rock, grunge, punk, and cross-over styles

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From nineties to noughties

Contemporary hard-and-heavy music genres driven by a very specific drumming style: loud, wild, edgy and cutting through the mix. Both drum sounds and playing are rooted in aesthetics invented about two decades ago. Virtual Drummer BRUTE features the essential sounds and styles from Grunge to NuMetal.
In a nutshell: BRUTE is the Virtual Drummer for you, if HEAVY 2 is too Metal-ish and SOLID 2 not rocking hard enough.

Bring it on!

5 genre-specific drum kits

6 mix Presets

31 playing Styles, each with 23 phrases

Approved by the International 🤘 Association

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From Seattle with ̶l̶̶o̶̶v̶̶e̶̶ ̶ attitude

In the early 1990s, a guitar-heavy new musical category set out to conquer the hearts and ears of the audience. A new generation of artists would unleash distorted guitars, angry drums, and bucketloads of attitude onto an audience that was suddenly keen to rock out again. Influenced by classic rock of the 1960s and ’70s, and in opposition to the synthetic aesthetics of the prior decade, bands like Rage Against The Machine, Nirvana, Soundgarden, or Alice in Chains popularized the next incarnation of Rock music. Its playbook is still today the go-to for guitar-heavy hard rocking styles.

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Programming realistic drum tracks can be daunting. With BRUTE it’s fast and easy, so you can focus on your music!

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Punchy, crisp character

What makes BRUTE special? First and foremost it has been designed, recorded and processed to do one thing really well: Compete with layered walls of distorted guitars while maintaining character and detail. This was a tricky challenge… The solution was to record with three different sets of microphones that emphasize different aspects of the drum sound.

Each of the three microphone sets has a specific sonic purpose:

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The vintage Sennheiser MD21 from the 1960s emphasizes the attack transients. The source signal was processed with a Manley Voxbox.

Vintage tube and ribbon overhead mics. This is where the character is captured. All the organic noise and resonances that give a warm, coarse and natural quality.

Modern high-spec Schoeps microphones that capture the sound ’as is’. With as little colorization and distortion as possible. For an expensive and glossy character.

Virtual Drummer Brute Walkthrough

In this walkthrough, Derek von Krogh shows you how to make music with BRUTE, how to mix the individual instruments and why you should rather stick to the built-in Mix Mode features.

Richie Beretta Explains the Instruments Section

Punk-Rock-Nerd (is that a thing?!) and good friend of ours, Richie Beretta, explains all the features of our new Virtual Drummer BRUTE.

Richie Beretta Explains Styles & Micro Timing

Do you wanna rock, but don’t know how to play the drums? You’re in luck, because we got some great patterns in BRUTE and Richie is going to explain how they work!

Richie Beretta Explains the Mix & Master Sections

Choosing from different mix engineers for different mixes of your track sounds like heaven to you? Guess what, you can choose from 6 mix presets or “mix personalities” on the right side of the BRUTE user interface!

Richie Beretta Explains Kit Selection

If you only had the chance to watch one video about BRUTE, pick this one! Richie walks you through each of the 5 kits and on top of that explains how to switch out instruments like the snare in the kit.


Kit Rock

The five drum kits in BRUTE have been composed with specific styles in mind. Listen to these different drum kits starting from dry to wet, blending mixing presets and the “Smack” control into the sound of each kit.


Sound City

If you’d like to dive deeper into the history of this sound, we recommend Dave Grohl’s (Foo Fighters) documentary ’Sound City’ about the iconic studio.

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NOFX? Well, there are at least a few...

Mix Presets shape the overall sound by swapping out an entire multi-bus effect chain for every channel under the hood. Saves you time and nerves wrestling with the bus system of your DAW:


Polishing and pleasant, use this for ballads or power pop.


For that garage sound, too much compression. Pumping & cranked.


Less bass, more lower mids, aggressive. Super fast punk anthem anyone?


Distortion and saturation, think tape machine and valve distortion. Fast FOO’d, if you know what I mean.


More warmth, modern, Hip-hop-inspired, Rick Rubin might enjoy this one, if he’d ever touch a plug-in. Sound-designed by Richie Beretta in NYC.


Stadium-Rock, big and expensive, more subtleties, less punch.

Julian Grimm

It’s how I love my drum sound! Whenever I can’t record a drummer, I’m using BRUTE now.

– Julian Grimm, Music Producer & Punk Rocker
Features at a Glance

BRUTE features 5 Drum Kits, 6 mix presets, 31 Styles with 23 ready-made phrases each, for a total of 713 phrases.

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Make your drums stand out! Smack adds purpose-recorded and processed mic signals that focus attacks and transients while retaining the warm, organic qualities of the kit.


Crossfade between two sets of mics: basically from nice and clean to dirty and mean.

Made for you, not your stupid mom!

Fight for your right to keep rocking! Try BRUTE 30 days for free before buying.

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Smells like mean drumming

The Hard Facts

Operating SystemsWindows 7 or later
macOS 10.13 or later
64bit only

You may run it on earlier versions but we don’t support them.
Minimum Requirements4 GB of RAM
3.1 GB of Disk Space

1280x768px Display, Internet Connection.
If you want to move your .blob file to an external drive, we recommend the use of a SSD to prevent dropouts.
Plugin FormatsVST, AU 2 and AAX
AU 2 version only compatible with Logic Pro X and newer..
Delivery FormatDownloadable Installer File
AuthorizationE-mail and Password Within the Plug-in
Supported StandardsMIDI
User Guide
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