Exc!te Cymbal

A free VST3 (and AU) plugin for a rich and intuitive cymbal synthesis triggered by MIDI notes...


This free cymbal plugin features ultra-realistic sound through physical modeling. Use MIDI notes to trigger the in-built exciter and change tip hardness and bell intensity parameters. For added realism the MIDI triggered values can be adjusted with a probability curve. The exciter feeds into a waveguide resonator algorithm which lets you change tuning, decay and damping.

System Requirements

64-bit VST3 and AU plug-in. Requires a 64 bit CPU and Operating System.


Minimum System :

  • Memory: 4 GB RAM, we recommend at least 8 GB.
  • Free disk space for installation: ~25MB

Operating Systems

  • Mac OS 10.12 and greater (M1 / Apple Silicon processors are compatible)
  • Windows 10 (other versions untested)
  • Linux (64 bit Intel/AMD processors, tested in Ubuntu 21.04 and 21.10, there is no reason why it wouldn’t run on any other distro/version)

Plugin Hosts / Digital Audio Workstations

Any Virtual Studio Technology v3 or AudioUnit compatible plugin host should work. We have tested:

  • Ableton Live 10.1 and greater
  • Bitwig 3.3 and greater (earlier versions untested)
  • Reaper 6.28 and greater (earlier versions untested)
  • Ardour 6.5 and greater
  • Cantabile
  • Cubase (user reported it working)
  • PlogueBidule (user reported it working)
  • FL Studio (user reported it working)
  • Cakewalk by BandLab (PRO version: see below how to configure Cakewalk)
  • MOTU Digital Performer
  • Apple GarageBand and Logic
  • Other DAWs or plugin hosts which support VST3 plugins should work but are not tested. Reports are welcome.