DrumKid is a lo-fi aleatoric drum machine. It generates rhythms using random numbers. You can buy it from the online store. Below is a tutorial video showing how it works.
- Battery powered (3xAA) (or optional USB mini cable)
- 3.5mm audio output (headphones/aux)
- MIDI clock/CC input
- MIDI note/clock output
- 16 adjustable parameters
- Tap tempo
- 36 save slots
- Open source design with editable firmware
- Hackable case and circuit board, designed for customisation
You can download the latest DrumKid manual below:
Please see the manual for details on how to update your firmware to the latest version.
Using your own samples
You can upload your own samples to DrumKid using this online tool: https://mattbradshawdesign.com/drumkidtools/samples.html
Frequency asked questions
Can I use DrumKid to trigger a Nord Drum (or any other device) directly?
Yes, DrumKid allows you set the MIDI output note and channel for each of the five drum channels so you can tailor these settings for any device.
Can I load my own samples?
This feature is coming very soon - keep checking this page over the next couple of weeks.
What cables do I need?
While DrumKid doesn’t have any stereo features, it does require a stereo 3.5mm cable. If you are connecting straight to a device with a 3.5mm stereo input, you can use a basic 3.5mm stereo aux cable. If you are connecting DrumKid to an audio interface with separate mono inputs, try searching for something like “3.5mm stereo to 2 x 6.35mm mono” or “3.5mm stereo to 2 x RCA”.
You will also need a USB cable (USB A to mini-B) if you want to run DrumKid without batteries, or if you want to edit/update the firmware, and 5-pin DIN MIDI cables or converters to connect DrumKid to other gear via MIDI.