Black Noh Snare
by Chokehold
3.8 / 5     (20 votes)
Win32 Win64 OSX
Black Noh Snare is a sampled snare drum with 9 velocity layers, every velocity layer has 8 random-robin samples.

This snare drum was recorded with a sm57 mic on top and a sennheiser 421 mic at the bottom. Most controls can be set independently for both microphones.

Play MIDI note D1/38 and that's it. There are rim-shots, they get triggered by velocities of 121 and above, so don't go painting 127s and come complaining about the clicky sound...

This particular snare model is generally relatively bright and has little low end, the +punch module will bring some serious thump into its sound.

The Silk controls let you torture the attack phase of the snare, for each microphone independently. Turn to the left for more click, turn to the right for more silk.
KK May 01 2024
May 01 2024
How to add this to Ableton as a plugin?
Anonymous May 28 2023
May 28 2023
I have copy and pasted it into and it shows up, but it does not make any noise at all, I have copied and pasted both the folder containing the mse and the dll into my program's folder but the plugin shows up and I can click on it, but it does not make any noise.
IanPB Oct 21 2022
(0 / 5)
Oct 21 2022
Horrible. It sounds like it's been sampled from a car repair workshop while someone has been attempting to remove a brake disc with a mallet. Nothing like any snare that I've ever experienced but should have at least included the option of mixing in a snare rattle. I deleted it ASAP.
I can dig it Mar 01 2022
(5 / 5)
Mar 01 2022
Very nice sound, clean, easy to use. I like the snare and the kick a lot. Thanks!
Anonymous Legion Oct 19 2021
(5 / 5)
Oct 19 2021
This is AMAZING. The best acoustic snare.
FelynX Jun 04 2020
Jun 04 2020
Doesn't work on macOS Catalina
FelynX Jun 05 2020
Jun 05 2020
Solved: click Cancel (not Move to Trash), click on the Apple Menu, System Preferences, Security & Privacy, Allow Anyway
reha May 28 2020
May 28 2020
You said don't come crying, but I don't even hit full velocity, but a clicky sound follows. I want to use this so bad but, that sound ruins everything.
XOR Aug 05 2018
(5 / 5)
Aug 05 2018
Plays fine but each time you close it and open it the sliders are all the way at the top (using reaper), the sound has changed and is saved. Minor issue or that's the way it should work and I'm a dumb ass :>)
Timur Jan 28 2021
Jan 28 2021
Just use JS: MIDI filter (default reaper plugin) before this plugin. Sometimes some MIDI events change FX parameters (I know it is strange).
Sean pandy Oct 15 2017
Oct 15 2017
I just saw you'd turned my files into a plug in, I'm going to have to try this. Btw I go under the name dean pansy when I don't want to be recognised All the best Sean/dean/andy
Chrismjh Apr 22 2017
(5 / 5)
Apr 22 2017
Love all the great Sounds you Developers have given us, the spirit of your creativity lives on through us in our music. It's inspirational, and brings new life the closer I get to a real sound. And so far all the Drum VST's here at VST4Free have been stellar.
PONG the STRONG Nov 23 2016
Nov 23 2016
Admiration and big thanks for your great plugin /hard work. My best wishes to you and your projects
SoaP. Jul 30 2016
(4 / 5)
Jul 30 2016
Hands down, one of the best snares I've ever used. Great job. If I were to change anything, I would make the root note middle C or I'd make every note on the keyboard play the same thing. Otherwise, I have to transpose it in FL Studio to use it in a sequencing pattern.
Anonymous Mar 27 2016
Mar 27 2016
Plugin does not work for me. I loaded the .dll file, the UI shows up, but no sound.. I am guessing it can't find the samples?
Anonymous Mar 27 2016
Mar 27 2016
You need to copy and paste the whole zip content, not only the .dll file.
Anonymous Feb 12 2022
Feb 12 2022
I have the same problem and I have both files on my computer
Five-P Mar 21 2016
(5 / 5)
Mar 21 2016
This is THE SNARE! :) The "silk-meter" function is a miracle :)
steve Jan 16 2016
Jan 16 2016
Copy and paste it where? Every time I download a vst it says "cant find instrument" even though I extracted other files to the same location as the Dll.
Anonymous Jan 16 2016
Jan 16 2016
You should have the .dll along the "Black Noh Snare.instruments" folder that contains a .mse file. Keep the exact structure from the zip to your vst folder and it should work...
STEVE Jan 16 2016
Jan 16 2016
I extracted the dll and the mse file to a specific"BNS" folder and it still says " cant find instrument. Very frustated... lol, Steve Hunt.
Anonymous Jan 16 2016
Jan 16 2016
Be sure to let the mse file inside the "Black Noh Snare.instruments" folder and don't rename anything of course. Like I said before, extract the zip to your plugin folder just like it is...
Aiden Jun 21 2015
Jun 21 2015
When i load it up, it says 'Cannot find Instrument'?? Have i installed it correctly, please can i have some instructions??
Anonymous Jun 21 2015
Jun 21 2015
Copy and paste all the extracted content from the zip file.
Bob Ludwig May 29 2015
(5 / 5)
May 29 2015
Thank you very interesting concept.
This is good! Feb 17 2015
(5 / 5)
Feb 17 2015
This and Chokeholds kick are good. I guess we get hihats and toms too? *Greedy*
Ezion May 01 2014
(3 / 5)
May 01 2014
I feel that having the rimshot at a separate note number would be a more elegant solution. Idea for an update?
Joel Feb 15 2014
(5 / 5)
Feb 15 2014
It's demo sounds amazing but remember to use the velocity layers wisely as the high peaks of velocity are reversed for rimshot, it says on the page don't come crying to me because you are hitting the 127 layer of velocity and are hearing a rimshot.... more or less in other words, it has 9 velocity layers which are each it's own sample, I want to give this one a whirl since i play metal like in the audio demo's and lack the skill set to be a drummer.
Rob Chokehold Aug 29 2013
(3 / 5)
Aug 29 2013
I know, it's very limited. But it's predestined for modern metal, here's a really bad demo mix using only (!) the Black Noh. :)
Jaime Am�lcar Jul 11 2013
(3 / 5)
Jul 11 2013
Not bad sound but it doesn't have too many options.