Autocomp attempts to generate simple bass/drum/keys accompaniment parts from chord sheets, suitable for practising with. It takes as input a text file containing chord changes, plus time signature and bpm information, and outputs a csound .sco file containing a simple arrangement of those changes. A sample .orc file containing a bass instrument, a selection of keyboard instruments and
a small sample-based drumkit is provided.
Drum count is software to count drum hits in real time. It's a useful practice tool for drummers, and is easy to use.
Gneutronica is a MIDI drum machine software for linux with a gnome based user interface to allow easy creation and play back of drum tracks to external MIDI devices
Hydrogen is a software synthesizer which is able to be used either by itself, emulating a drum machine based on patterns, or via an external MIDI keyboard/sequencer software. Read more
jdkdrum supplies a simple back end drum machine syntheses engine using raw 16 bit mono drum samples and reads stdin for an ascii drum pattern description.
JTrigger is a sample player/drum machine intended for use with hardware trigger pads, but it works fine with any sort of external MIDI sequencer as well. It supports up to 2048 samples, has velocity sensitivity, and can load anything supported by libsndfile. It attempts to keep resource usage low.
The LDRUM is an open-source drum machine that offers ten channels, realtime control, a simple pattern sequencer and a graphical user-interface. It currently runs under Linux only, it is developed in C++ and uses JACK, ALSA, Qt and LADSPA (it's a JAQL app;).
Open Beat Box
Open Beat Box is a virtual drum machine. It is a program to make songs with music sample in loops instead of the traditional method with scores and instruments.
pyTrommler is a cross platform drum machine that is loosely based on the now defunct Trommler project. It supports WAV files as samples and features real-time audio playback.
RhythmLab is a drum-machine-like program which allows you to compose and visualize polyrhythms. It needs a soundcard, an OSS driver, and GTK 1.2.
The Slag project is a pattern-based audio sequencer that can currently be used as a simple drum box. It features real-time editing, optional JACK support with individual ports for tracks, volume settings for pads and tracks, a virtually unlimited number of tracks and patterns, the ability to link song parts together, and real-time audio file output.
thud is a drum machine application. It can sequence a drum pattern using 8 WAV file tracks in the style of a drum machine.
Trommler is an X-windows based drum machine distributed under GPL. It supports complex rhythms, with realtime (stereo) audio output using the OSS API.
TromVSpacer is an extension for the excellent rhythm machine called Trommler that allows you to build a rhythm from a set of samples, which originally intended to be drum samples.
Virtual Drum Machine
Virtual Drum Machine takes a rhythm file, translates it into C code, and compiles the C code. You then can replay the rhythm or save it to a file.