Virtual Drum Pad, free virtual drum pad software downloads.
Onboard crossfade sequencers let you blend between the drum sections for easy live performance, and there’s randomisation and the ability to mix, match and manipulate beats. Having an integrated bass synth and being able to use sampled or synthesised drum parts makes this a clever little box for building electronic sequences. W: – Platform: PC Hahaha DS-01 – Drum machine and synthesiser Electronic drum machines were always more flexible than sample-based ones because their sounds were generated using synthesis rather than sampling, and therefore much more open to manipulation. The curiously-named ‘hahaha DS-01’ isn’t particularly hilarious, but it is a straightforward drum synth that the developer claims “would have existed in 1983” if it had been a real product. The look is sparse, and you get eight synth sections, one for each drum type, from kick and snare to hi-hats and toms.
The results are as you would expect: thoroughly 80s. Each sound can be extensively tweaked and has panning and volume controls. W: – Platform: Mac, PC TS-808 – Emulation of Roland TR-808 Roland’s classic TR-808 has been emulated a lot, but if you can find a free version, so much the better. This Windows-only instrument takes original samples, analyses them and matches their waveforms as closely as possible to the real thing. As you might expect, the voices have more tweakability than those on the original hardware, but it’s still pretty simple to use. Controls vary a little, depending on the channel, but most have tuning, tone and decay knobs as well as velocity, level, pan and selectable output. There are 15 channels available and you can create cool-sounding retro drum patterns with it.