Experiments with Hydrogen

March 7th, 2009 by

Hydrogen is a free and open source drum machine for multiple platforms. Since I have used Fruity Loops quite expensively, I decided to give Hydrogen a shot and came out with this decent piece of drum loop in about 15mins.

You can listen to it here

The software is quite impressive but far from perfect.


  • Does a decent job.
  • Free!


  • Very few inbuilt drumkits
  • Synthesis is limited to drums and does not have other instruments and the output audio quality is not as good as Fruity Loops.

But still, I like it and really appreciate the effort put in by the developers to deliver a free and open source music composing experience!