There are many different ways people incorporate drums into their productions. There is the traditional way of recording live drums at a music studio, the sampling method using hardware such as the MPC or computer software, and there is newer VST method. The good thing about the VST method is that VST will normally simulate a hardware device to be used inside your favorite DAW.
Lets have a look at some of the Free VST Drums available.
Addictive Drums VST
If you are looking for very realistic sounding drums kits then look no further. This package has a very user friendly interface and allows you to select from 1000’s of kicks, snare, hats etc. Mic position and effect tweaking such as compression can also be achieved from this software. Please not that it is rather CPU demanding there a decend PC is required. I recommend that you convert your sound to audio once complete and then re-import as a WAV file to play along with other instruments if you have a slow PC.
This one is a five part drum and progression VST plugin.
GTC DPC 3
A very simple but solid FREE Drum VST here. Pads can be played by the mouse. You can send individual reverb to any of the pads, with a very clear and easy to use layout.
Impakter by de la Mancha
Impakter is a very powerful drum VST and one of the best free drum plugins tested and used by myself. This features over 300 drum samples which are generated by analogue synths like Kakken SX-150, Korg MS20, Roland Juno60, also drum machines such as Yamaha MR-10, Korg KPR-77, and Mattel Synsonics rhythm box.
Impakter comes with four modules for kick, snare, hats and general percussion.
I have used this quite a lot for electronic production. This is very fun to use and I was able to create some very interesting sounds and drums by randomly tweaking knobs.
Compatibility: VST 32-bit plugin format for Windows.