free percussion software?

Discussion in 'Recording Gear and Equipment [BG]' started by BillytheBassist, Jan 15, 2006.

  1. BillytheBassist


    Aug 18, 2005
    I was wondering if someone could suggest a good drum program I could download for free?
    Thanks & Peace
  2. I have been looking at several freeware solutions for drum/perc and there are a couple that are great.

    Hammerhead is OK for simple patterns only, and specialises in 'jungle' or hip hop type rhythms. You can't program a song with this, and can't do simple things like triplets without resorting to hacks like four bar waltzes and the like. However, if you are after simple single drum patterns it has some great drums sets and a huge user contributed database of patterns. I use this program for click track or basic practice beats.

    The next one up would be Rhythm Rascal, which is actually shareware. It is pretty simple but the biggest improvement is that it allows chaining patterns together into songs, so you can program patterns, fills, etc.

    Perhaps the best program I have found, but also the most unreliable, is Hydrogen. This is a free drum machine that is simple to use, has up to 16th triplets, individual volume on each beat (makes a massive difference to the realism of the song), ability to make songs, a small but great set of drumkits, and a very intuitive interface. The reason it is unreliable is that it is originally a Linux application and I am using the very latest version of the Windows port, and the Qt graphics library it uses is flaky on Windows. If you go with the stable release on the earlier Windows library you will find it much better.

    I currently have both HammerHead and Hydrogen on my machine - if I'm doing scales I use HammerHead, if I'm doing extended jamming on blues or funk I use Hydrogen.