Best Free Drum Machine Software – Make Awesome Beats!

If you are looking for the best free drum machine software, look no further. I’m not going to give you a long list of lots of different drum machine programs you can try. I’m just going to tell you about one, and that is:

Hydrogen

Sorry if you find his voice and/or manner annoying, but aside from that, I just thought it was a good video that gives an overview of what Hydrogen can do. As you can see, it gives you a lot of control over the sounds and parameters. It can be used for many different styles of drums, both electronic and acoustic. You can use it for creating beats for EDM, or you can use it for creating rock drums. Whatever style you are into.

Really good for metal drums

So as you can see, even if you’re not into electronic music, this could be a really useful part of your studio setup. If you are a guitarist wanting to make a heavy metal song, but you can’t find a good drummer to play for you, why not just program your drums in Hydrogen. As you can hear in the video, the drums sound pretty realistic. Not perfect, but pretty good.

There’s not much more I can really say. It’s free, so why not download it and give it a try!

http://sourceforge.net/projects/hydrogen/

Alternatively, if you don’t want to install any software, why not try out the HTML-909 free online drum machine.

I hope you found this useful. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to post them in the comments section below, and I will reply as soon as I can.

All the best,
Marcus

P.S. You may also be interested in the Arturia iSpark, this free Roland TB 303 emulator, and also this free online music composing software.

24 Comments

  1. Viljoen

    It is always interesting to me to see some of these software’s that can make music for you. One of my friends have one of these machines and he is having a blast.

    I cannot remember which one he has, but for me it sounded very realistic. It will never replace a real drummer, but it can work great to practice with.

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    1. Marcus (Post author)

      Thanks for your comment, Viljoen.

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  2. tloneil75

    Me again. As with your loopmasters post this page is also well laid out. Its good to show a genuine interest in this freed drum machine software without trying to get commission as it proves that your site is not just about making money. I’ll try take that on board with my next website, if that is possible. Did you make the youtube videos yourself, this is something else I’d like to get in to?

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    1. Marcus (Post author)

      No, I didn’t make the videos myself. Thanks for your comment.

      Reply
  3. WMcNeal40

    I don’t believe this software could be used anything other than drum sounds. I’m just wondering if this software could be used for any other kind of drum beat; like jazz or rock, etc.

    If not. will there be any upgrades? Anyway, you should be able to have a lot of fun with it, if you are into metal drums.

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    1. Marcus (Post author)

      Yes, I think it can be used for all styles of drum sounds, but it can’t really be used for anything other than drum sounds, as far as I’m aware.

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  4. Andrew

    Yeah, I can see why you gave the disclaimer about the voice-over for this video! I actually found it quite amusing. But seriously, this is one cool piece of software. I love the second demonstration video, very good software and I’m blown away by the fact that this is fee!

    Thanks for sharing this!

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    1. Marcus (Post author)

      Yes, I was genuinely impressed that something so good could actually be free.

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  5. Holly

    This is amazing – admittedly I am not a big fan of drums but this does sound really good. The reason I am on your site is because I am looking for a prezzie for my little sister who loves the drums and it’s her birthday coming up. She is really good on the drums but wants to develop her skills… what would you suggest (she is 18) as I have no idea about this sort of thing. Thank you for your help 🙂

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    1. Marcus (Post author)

      Well, that really depends on what type of drums she likes?

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  6. Dave Sweney

    I had not heard of the hydrogen free drum machine prior to reading this review, but will definitely download it right away. I play the guitar (hobby) and having some percussion to back up my music will really add to my fun.

    This free software seems easy to use and the videos you included here are spoy on – they show the capabilites of the program clearly, and it sounds more than good enough for my purposes.

    Many of my muso buddies may be interested in this program as well. They are performing in the clubs and bars around Dubai, and many times they are limited to 2 or three musicians at the gigs…

    This free software could be a good addition to what they do, without using tracks, which I personally do not like as much as live…This is a compromise between the two perhaps for them.

    I will also pass on the site you have here so they can check out other posts and information you have added to the site, in looking around it is a great place to congregate! Thanks!

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    1. Marcus (Post author)

      That’s great, Dave, thank you!

      Reply
  7. Evan

    Great post Marcus!

    I have never heard of the Hydrogen software. I really liked that you included a few videos! I am a visual learner and you really made it easier for me to understand how it works. How much better would you say the drum machine software that isn’t free be?

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    1. Marcus (Post author)

      You do get a lot in Hydrogen considering it’s free. However, its limitation is not in terms of drums, but the fact that it is only a drum machine. So musicians wanting to make full pieces of music will need a full Digital Audio Workstation such as Propellerhead Reason.

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  8. Annie

    This Is a cool software…. It would be awesome in making beats… I like the video especially because it was very insightful and I makes the software seem easier to use and more authentic because I actually like the sound of the drums and I have an idea on how to work around the software. Nice work

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    1. Marcus (Post author)

      Hey, well maybe you could start having fun with beats, Annie. You never know until you give it a try.

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  9. kelechukwu22

    I just read your take on the Propellerhead Reason 8. It is very informative, and seems like the right thing to start making beats with. I have to ask you though I’m pretty sure you heard of it, but what is your take on fruity loops studio? I have a couple friends who use that to make beats, if you use that program to make beats can you still be serious about ithis?

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    1. Marcus (Post author)

      I have not personally used Fruity Loops, but from what I have seen of it, it is good but not as good as Propellerhead Reason.

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  10. Pete Williams

    Hi Marcus
    Thanks for this post, ’cause I’ve been looking for free drum software I can track down and use so I can improvise over different timings when playing my guitar.

    My Zoom Effects Box is on the blink at the moment so I’m looking for something I can have playing from my P.C and jam along to.

    I’ve tried EZ Drummer but I cant be bothered with all the product information keys and constant emails to buy this n that.

    Thanks for the pointers to Hydrogen and the vids here.

    Cheers,

    Pete.

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    1. Marcus (Post author)

      Oh, I’ve not tried EZ Drummer. I’ll have to take a look at that…

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  11. Hannah

    I must show my boyfriend this article. He’s very into his music so I’m sure he’ll be interested in it! I can’t believe this is free. It seems really quite advanced (not that I would know). I like the fact that you can come up with loads of different music styles and personalize it a lot!

    I can’t wait to show my boyfriend this! He’s gonna love it!
    Hannah.

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    1. Marcus (Post author)

      Thanks, Hannah. Yes, I’m sure he will love it.

      Reply
  12. Dan

    I just started looking in to having a drum machine to play while I am messing around on the guitar, to try and improve me timing and rhythm. I love that it’s free. I’ve download and used Sourceforge software before for adiuo ripping and tagging. I find they have pretty quility stuff. Thanks for the info.

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    1. Marcus (Post author)

      Yes, it’s realy quite amazing what you can do with free software these days. To think that a lot of these music programs just weren’t available 18 years ago when I was starting out making music. I would have made a lot more progress back then if they were.

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