A revolutionary way to design your own drums

Backbone is your new, innovative drum designer for single kicks, snares, hi-hats, percussion, rises, hits and more. Layer up to eight samples and shape them with classic subtractive synthesis, decompose samples into tonal and noise elements, re-synthesize samples to manipulate them in unheard ways and apply up to eight effects with two fully routable buses — all with a slick, extremely fast interface. Backbone takes your drums into a whole new era of sound design — the era of drum re-synthesis!

Intuitively design drums with up to eight layers

Re-synthesize one-shots and loops

Directly export audio for clip-based music production

Backbone supports VST 3, AU and AAX

What you can do with Backbone

Re-synthesize drum samples

Design cinematic hits, rises and swooshes

Make 808s fatter than ever

Warp drum sample libraries into the future

Modify tonal and noise parts separately

Craft your own signature drum sound

Listen to Backbone

New in Backbone 1.1

250 new groundbreaking presets

Explore our biggest collection of hand-crafted single drums sounds, yet — with 250 brand-new hand-crafted presets. Explore 60 avant-gardist snares, 25 astonishing claps, new crisp hi-hats, more than 35 fresh toms and lots more — all coming with individual layers.

Improved export options

If you like you can automatically export the last played note if activated on the Options page.

Export layers

Sometimes you only want to make use of a decomposed or re-synthesized layer in your arrangement — so now you can bring individual layers simply by drag-and-dropping into your DAW.

Tweak samples even faster

Small changes, big impacts: Edit the range of a sample or loop by moving start and end marker simultaneous. And Backbone now also shows the gain increase after normalizing a sample as parameter which you can adjust manually.

Improved re-synthesis

The re-synth algorithm now takes the stereo correlation into account — which highly improves the re-synthesis results for stereo samples. In the noise model of the re-synth, we also removed artefacts near the sample end marker.

Support for Windows scaling factors

Big steps forward: Backbone now supports Windows display scaling factors in 25% steps.

Six tricks to design unique drums

Bring the analog world into Backbone

Enjoy the best of both worlds: Take the sounds of your 808, analog drum machines or modular synthesizers into Backbone and layer, combine or re-synthesize them. This gives you a whole new creative toolkit like Resynth, Decompose, Purity, Inharmonicity, Acceleration and, of course, a lot of additional high-end effects.

Sound design tutorials

How to use Resynthesize Part 1

How to Use Resynthesize Part 2

How to Use Resynthesize Part 3

Overview of Revolutionary Drum Design with Backbone

Creating a huge 808 trap kick bass

Create larger-than-life hybrid-layered snare

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  • What Backbone brings to the table is an entirely new way of going about drum sound design, an approach that allows you to blend different characteristics of different samples in different ways, while remaining quick, intuitive, and fun throughout. There’s nothing like it, so be sure to try out the demo.
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