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HammerHead Rhythm Station

By Bram Bos Free Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Feb 27, 2009
Most music-creation software is mired in overly complex interfaces and indecipherable jargon. HammerHead Rhythm Station 1.0 couldn't be more different. The percussion tool makes beat composition an effortless endeavor, even for those who have never used a drum machine. Although the software doesn't have much in the way of features, it doesn't need to. Six channels, 16 beat tracks, and basic tempo control provide a straightforward way to make unique beats. Any track worth saving can be exported as a CD-quality WAV file. Experienced beat aficionados may tire quickly of the minuscule sample library and effects tools, as well as the complete lack of integration with other music software titles. However, the software couldn't be more perfect for beginners who want to learn the drum-machine basics. Best of all, it's 100 percent freeware.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 1.0

General

Release November 8, 2008
Date Added March 16, 1999
Version 1.0

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows, Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT
Additional Requirements Windows 95/98/NT

Popularity

Total Downloads 1,157,219
Downloads Last Week 21
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Developer's Description

Aimed at the dance scene, HammerHead is a simple software drum machine similar to the Roland TR-909. You can use it to create techno loops and jungle patterns, and record your actions to a high-quality, noise-free WAV or RAW file for use with your sampler or sequencer. It includes 23 separate drum patches and six complete loops, plus a feature to implement banks with six samples of your own, making a total of 35 samples that can be used at one time. HammerHead also features adjustments for tempo, shuffle, feedback, and distortion, as well as the ability to export drum loops by measure or by entire session.