AudioThing Hats GUI Hi Hats and Cymbals Plugin VST/AU/AAX


Hi Hats and Cymbals synthesizer



Hats is a drum synthesizer plugin dedicated to hi hats and cymbals sounds.
It features two independent sources: synthesized noise and sample section. Instead of generic white or pink noise, the noise section features 6 square wave oscillators with different pitches and phases, like the famous TR808. The result is a noise sound with a controllable metallic character.

The factory bank comes with more than 50 samples, ranging from rare analog drum machines to real acoustic hi hats and cymbals. Some of the samples were also processed with a classic Aphex Aural Exciter and recorded to tape with a vintage Revox B77 MkII.

Both sources can then be processed with 4 effects: Ring Modulator, Bit Crusher, Filter, and Reverb. The effects can also be arranged in any order with a simple drag and drop. The filter section features an HighPass and BandPass in series; both filters are 12dB/oct with zero delay feedback.


Two Sources: synthesized noise and custom sample
55 Samples / 80 Presets
Ring Modulator, Bit Crusher, Reverb, Filter (SVF/ZDF)
Preset system with randomizer
Formats: VST, AU, and AAX (32/64bit)
Platforms: OSX, Windows

Download Manual (.pdf)

A powerful option for electronic hi-hats, cymbals and FX. Dedicated to the creation of hi-hat and cymbal sounds, AudioThing’s new instrument combines a synthesised noise generator with a sample layer, each offering its own set of parameters, and a bank of four effects for processing their mixed output.

9/10 – Computer Music Magazine review on Music Radar: link
Minimal Requirements    

Windows XP SP2 or later / OSX 10.6.8 or later
Intel Core 2 Duo 2GHz or equivalent
2 GB RAM / 500 MB HD
Screen resolution: 1024×768
VST2, AU, or AAX 32-bit or 64-bit host

Video Demo
How does it sound?
Video Review

2016/05/04: v1.1.0
– Added second sample slot
– Added Autoplay feature
– Added new LFO destination: Ring Mod Depth