OrDrumbox Review

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Provides an open-source drum machine software with various features that allow you to be as creative as possible with your drum music creation. Allows you to compose music automatically.


The complete setup is only provided for Windows, while the setup for other systems needs some preconditions before installation.


Provides a complete drum machine software that can emulate the real drum machine for you, with various useful features such as drum kits, automatic composition, sequencing, MIDI, and more.

Detailed Review

OrDrumbox is a free drum machine software which is created under the GPL2 license. The software is available for Windows, Linux, and Mac OSX, with the installer primarily use Java as its main software engine. The software is also available online as Online Drum Machine, which the users can use directly in their web browser without installing it into their system.

Provide Automatic Composition For Each Track

When you create a song track with OrDrumbox, you can either create the audio composition manually or automatically. When you create it manually, then you have to put each drum element into the track one by one, which can take a lot of time to complete. However, there is a feature that allows you to automatically compose your tracks just by defining the rules for each track. By applying some rules, you can let the software to determine the best notes and melodic scales for your tracks. It can also create multiple beat variations for your song. In this way, you can still control how the software is going to create your tracks using this automatic composition feature.

Import, Create, And Modify Drum Kits

Drum kits are like the sound library that you can use for your songs. There are many drum kits that you can find on the internet, or you can just create your own version of drum kits. This software allows you to import, create, and modify drum kits easily. If you have your own drum kits, you can use it with this software by simply importing it to the software. If you want to create one, this software also provides the necessary tools to create your drum kits. Also, if you have drum kits that you want to modify, you can also do it with this software. It uses the standard WAV files for the sound samples.

Create Songs By Creating Patterns For It

The thing that you need to know about OrDrumbox is that it is pattern-oriented. It means that you can create song tracks with this software by establishing certain patterns for each track. Then, you can add various effects to your sound pattern to make your song better. With this feature, you can assign how many bars that you want to use for each pattern. You can also assign how many steps that you want to use for each bar. It provides a comprehensive tool to create your preferred pattern, and you can add some effects like polyrythm, pitch effect, loop point, and more.

Assign Sound Automatically

This software can assign sound automatically, which means that it can assign your tracks to the most relevant category. This feature is actually an advanced feature that uses the technology of Natural Language Processing, which has its own method to categorize your tracks based on the sounds that it produces. When you name your track with the standard instrument name, such as “bass 1” or any other names, it can then match your track with the relevant instruments that are available in your drum kits. In this way, it is easier for you to find the tracks that you want to play or modify.

MIDI Export And Import Is Available

While OrDrumbox usually uses the regular WAV files for the sound samples, you can still play MIDI tracks with this software. This software has a built-in GMKit that allows you to import or export MIDI files to the software interface. Moreover, this software can also send MIDI message to your standard MIDI device that is connected to your computer. It can also receive the MIDI message sent from your MIDI device, so it’s a great way to work with your MIDI device directly using this software.


OrDrumbox is all about drum music creation. It focuses on the drum part of your music, and you can use it to create any kind of drum songs that you want to combine with other songs or play it as standalone tracks. It gives you a lot of features that help you to create your drum songs in the best way, including automatic composition, drum kit creation, song pattern creation, MIDI import/export, and so on. There are various effects that you can assign to your songs as well, ensuring that you get the most for your music creation. All in all, if you want to create the best drum tracks or songs, this is just the right software for you to use.

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