Drum8 is a free drum plugin (sample-based ROMpler) for DAWs and other plugin host software running on Windows and macOS.
Drum8 is a collaboration between audiolatry (software development) and Cool WAV (sound design). It features a total of 40 kits for various music genres: Hip Hop, Trap, Pop, Lo-fi, EDM, etc. There are 320 sounds in total, including kicks, snares, claps, toms, hi-hats (closed & open), percussion, cymbals, fx, and more.
The plugin sports a compact and easy-to-use interface with global controls (gain, lowpass filter, room reverb), individual controls per sample (gain, attack, pan, stereo channel output), and an 8-pad configuration. The samples are conveniently mapped from C1 to G1.
As mentioned above, all the samples were designed by our friends at Cool WAV. Most of them were made with 2 hardware analog drum machines ran through Radial JDI direct box, Warm Audio ToneBeast Black, and Antelope Audio Discrete 4 Synergy Core audio interface. For the acoustic drum kits, they used drum modeling software and a mass amount of effect plugins.
Drum8 is available as a VST/VST3 plugin for Windows and VST/VST3/AU plugin for macOS (El Capitan to Mojave, NOT compatible with Catalina and up).