Hydrogen is a powerful, Open Source, virtual drum machine that works without any additional plugins and has a good selection of samples and patterns to play around with. Hydrogen can be played via a PC keyboard, interfaced with an external Midi controller or it can be linked to sequencing software such as Sternberg s Cubase.Key Features include:
- Quick and responsive graphical interface based on QT 4.
- Sample-based stereo audio engine.
- Supports .WAV, .AU and .AIFF formats.
- Supports samples compressed in FLAC.
- Pattern-based sequencer.
- Multi layer support for instruments (up to 16 samples for each instrument).
- Advanced tab-tempo.
- Single and stacked pattern mode.
- Import/export drum-kits.
- Export tracks to .WAV, .aIFF,.MIDI, .FLAC or .OGG format.
The app is really simple to get to grips with. It has four main windows that comprise of a Song Editor, a Pattern Editor, a Sample Editor and the Mixer. The Song Editors is where you get to organize the overall composition of your work. You can make new patterns in the Pattern Editor; either altering existing patterns or modifying generated ones. The Pattern Editor can be viewed through either a Drum view or a Piano view. From the Drum view Hydrogen is basically used as a drum machine, whilst in Piano view it is used as a general synthesizer.Hydrogen s sound editing interface lets you hack up and play around with various samples. It has three sections that consist of a sample visualization, a time modification area, without altering the frequency, and a third area for previewing your final work. The Mixer is based on a classic electronic mixer with a Fader, a Mute and a Solo button, etc. This is where you mix your samples and drum beats to make your work.
Hydrogen: Hydrogen is a powerful, Open Source, virtual drum machine that works without any additional plugins and has a good selection of samples and patterns to play around with.
Publisher: Hydrogen Dev Team