Open Source Hydrogen Alternatives

    The best open source alternative to Hydrogen is LMMS, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 25 alternatives to Hydrogen and nine of them is open source so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting open source alternatives to Hydrogen are Qtractor (Free, Open Source), Bosca Ceoil (Free, Open Source), LinuxSampler (Free, Open Source) and drumkv1 (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated May 20, 2021

    1. LMMS is a free cross-platform alternative to commercial programs like FL Studio , which allow you to produce music with your computer.
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    2. Qtractor is an Audio/MIDI multi-track sequencer application written in C++ with the Qt framework.
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    3. Bosca Ceoil is all about looping, and designed that way at its heart. Songs are built up from lots of tiny 16 note patterns – the intended workflow is that you loop over these single patterns until you have something you like, then you start making variations.
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    4. LinuxSampler - free, open source pure software audio sampler with professional grade features.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      • BSD
      A drum-kit sampler with stereo effects.


      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • BSD
      DrumGizmo is an open source, multichannel, multilayered, cross-platform drum plugin and stand-alone application. It enables you to compose drums in midi and mix them with a multichannel approach.
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    5. HTML-909 is a very accurate simulation of the classic Roland TR-909 drum machine, created with HTML5 and accessible using any modern browser. Formerly available through its own domain, the app is now available through a GitHub repository, though audio samples are not included.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      The orDrumbox is a free drum machine software, creative, with unusual features : auto-composition, polyrythmes, arpeggiator, automatic sounds/track , custom softsynths, lowfi rendering, etc. This tools can compose bass line and complete songs!.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Online
      • Self-Hosted
      • GitHub
      Rhythm composer modeled after Roland's TR-808 drum machine.
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