DrumSpillage 2.1 Update + Winter Sale!


Today we are releasing the 2.1 update for DrumSpillage. The update brings native Apple Silicon support along with new features and performance improvements. To celebrate we are also running a 30% Winter Sale.

Apple Silicon

This is the first version of DrumSpillage compiled natively for Apple Silicon so it runs smoothly on the new range of Macs with M1, M2 and M3 processors. Rosetta 2 is no longer required!

New Presets

We’ve added hundreds of new kick, snare, clap and hi-hat presets especially for this release along with new kits and a completely re-tuned kit library for you to use straight away.

Improved Preset Browser

The kit and pad preset browsers are now much more flexible and allow for nested folder structures so you can organise your presets however you like. This is a huge improvement, especially for pad presets. You can still access kits and pads from anywhere on your system using the native OS dialogs.

There is also a new ‘Show Kit Library in Finder..’ option which opens the root kit folder in the Finder – great for when you want to re-organise your preset menus.

Audio Export

You can now export entire kits and individual pads to audio files (WAV and AIFF). This feature streamlines the process of getting sounds out of DrumSpillage and into your favourite plugin or hardware sampler. Supported bit depths are 24/16 bit and there’s even an 8 bit option for extra crunch!

Velocity Modulation

DrumSpillage 2 introduced velocity modulation for parameters. In 2.1 we’ve refined this process by adding a useful on/off toggle switch, V. Mod, so you can quickly hear the effect velocity is having on each sound.

Faster Kit Loading

Kit loading in Ableton Live took way too long and usually involved the spinning wheel pointer. What a drag. In 2.1 we’ve improved kit loading times. The original problem, we believe*, was caused by Live and appears to relate to MIDI control surface support. It’s not perfect yet but it’s a huge improvement.

*In our tests the recent Live update 11.3.2 also appears to help.

Performance Improvements and Bug Fixes

On top of the new features we’ve also been busy cleaning up a few outstanding issues and improving performance.

We are thrilled to have this plugin running well on the latest Macs again. We look forward to continuing the DrumSpillage journey!

DrumSpillage Development Update (1st Jan 2023)


DrumSpillage2 was released in 2014 but apart from a few minor bug fix releases there’s been no major update since then. That’s a fairly long time now.

The original DrumSpillage was only available as a Mac AU format plugin. V2 did nothing to change that. The UI code was written in with Apple’s Cocoa framework which I hadn’t used for many years. The DSP was tightly coupled to Apple’s Audio Unit implementation (which was pretty nice at the time) and probably the reason why it still runs quite well in most Mac DAWs today.

The work required to move DrumSpillage away from this Apple centric code base was significant and is worthy of a whole blog post in itself. I’m excited to write that post but this isn’t the place for it.

Amazingly there is still demand for this cult classic plugin and I still receive regular requests from people who lost their serial number and want DrumSpillage back in their life. I still get new customers and of course I still get asked about updates.

Will there will be a DrumSpillage update?

Yes. I’m not going to give too much away at this point but I wanted to try to reassure people that an update is being seriously worked on now. The key goals of the next update are:

  1. Native Apple Silicon support (M1, M2, ..)
  2. VST3 and AAX support
  3. Bug fixes and overall stability

At the time of writing this work is already complete. I’ve been happily running the Apple Silicon build for a few months now.

Is that everything?

No. There’s a slew of new features coming in the update including many of the top requests from long time users (anyone remember sample export in V1?). The final feature set isn’t fixed yet so I won’t be diving deep into the details for now but I’m very excited to see the new DrumSpillage taking shape. I look forward to releasing it. Soon.

Happy New Year 2023!

Stephen | AudioSpillage