Artists' testimonials, paper and blog reviews, awards etc.
Elektronische Musik Produzieren 2022/02
The kick plug-in Punchbox from D16 Group combines everything you need for assertive kicks: A virtual analog drum engine, three sample slots for layering, as well as distortion, compressor and filter to prepare the kicks perfectly for the mix.
Elektronische Music Produzieren 2021/02
This plug-in is a versatile supplier of bass drums for all kinds of electronic music: hard techno kicks, short pulses for IDM or boomy 808 sounds for electro. Punchbox masters them all.
Audio Assemble 2020/11
Building a successful career as a music producer can take so much out of a person’s creativity. That’s why I love companies like the D16 Group for making products like the Punchbox. They make it fun and easy to create while still maintaining a professional sound that is recognized for its capabilities. Punchbox alone has received multiple awards and that isn’t even looking at their other fantastic programs
Magnetic Mac 2020/05
It's a straightforward tool that is both flexible and fun to use and works with any genre. Whether using as a layer or as my main kick, PunchBox delivers on both fronts. The randomize feature can help spark some interest if you're looking to get very unique sounds. I would definitely recommend this plugin to anyone looking to craft their own signature sounds with ease.
Professional Composers 2018/07
PunchBox by D16 is a Swiss army knife for all your kick drum needs. I personally added this instantly into my DAW template, replacing sample players mapped to pads, into my own kick drum creation track. That’s how valuable I found this plugin to be.
Making Music 2018/01
PunchBox now provides the kick for almost every new track I create, and long may that continue. D16, thank you, and keep up the good work!
Music Nation 2017/10
A complicated instrument with an unusual signal flow, yet surprisingly easy to navigate and use. The interface looks gorgeous with its time-faded and rusting modules and bakelite dials. [...] Plenty of scope for creating a signature sound and huge….huge sub-bass slammers. Any serious producer of electronic music should have a kick designer, PunchBOX has a straightforward workflow that makes sense, sounds great and looks pretty amazing – I would put this at the top of the list.
Puchbox lets it rip. D16 has long been the instance for x0x emulations of any kind. It's hard to find better software, although StiX from Xils-Lab also comes across as very fat. The closest competition, however, would be Rob Papen's BD-Punch, which is a bit cheaper and comes with 6-fold drum stacking and is hard to beat in terms of features. Vengeance Metrum, Sonic Academy Kick2 or Plug-in Boutique BigKick also pack a punch. But I don't think any of them struck the balance between immediate access and sound-shaping possibilities as well as D16 Group Punchbox. The complete MIDI-fication of really every parameter makes it more of an expressive instrument than the other plug-ins.
DJ Mag 2016/12
All in all, this kick-drum instrument from D16 Group is fun and easy to use. The large amount of factory content is definitely helpful, but as the instrument relies on a ‘building block’-type of operation, users will have no problem achieving the desired kick-drum sound.
I am absolutely convinced of PunchBox and can recommend it with a clear conscience to anyone who is not satisfied with sampled kick drums or lax synth kicks. PunchBox is a versatile kick drum generator that truly rises to a powerful kick instrument with a MIDI controller. The exemplary sound quality, the broadband sample selection and last but not least the possibility to import your own samples make PunchBox an uncompromising partner for impressive kick drums.
The bass drum synthesizer PunchBox from the D16 Group provides the most flexible and extensive equipment of bass drums for the hottest club genres at the moment. In addition, other pop and rock projects can also benefit from the extremely crisp, fat and powerful kicks that are offered here - among other things.
Computer Music 2016/09
Coming from the developers of the Nepheton and Drumazon TR-808/909 emulations, it’s no surprise that the four synths of PunchBox’s Kick module sound fantastic. [...] There’s quite possibly no conceivable kick drum sound for electronic music that PunchBox couldn’t create !
Whether you want to use the production-ready presets or program the bass drum of your dreams: With its powerful and variable sound, PunchBOX shows itself ready for all types of electronic music. The high-quality sample content also adds a modern touch to the classic sounds of Roland drum machines. The diverse and expressive sound generation, the musical effects and the intuitive operation ensure a high fun factor when creating your own kicks (Rating: 6/6)
PunchBOX is a plug-in for creating individual bass drums, it can be used across genres from trap to pop to techno. Through authentic emulations of popular drum machines from Roland, combined with a well-stocked sample library, the bass drum hybrid allows elaborate layerings in no time. The effect modules are not changeable, but offer a solid basic equipment for screwing a fat kick. The practical import and export features as well as the random functions are the icing on the cake of this extremely affordable plug-in at 79 euros.
Bedroom Producers Blog 2016/07
PunchBOX by D16 Group is a very complete toolkit for making modern kick drum sounds. It can give you anything from punchy analog style kicks to heavily layered house kicks, trap 808s, pitched 808 basslines, and even distorted industrial and hardcore kicks.
Resident Advisor 2016/06
I could imagine someone like Peder Mannerfelt making an entire track of power electronics with this thing. What's more, you can also load your own samples into it. While a drum layering master probably has these techniques down, I found Punchbox to be an easy means to get to grips with it.