A handy program for a spare laptop...
Some of you might recall that I used to write articles for one of the original music gear creation meta-sites, Darwin Grosse's CreativeSynth.com. That site has succumbed to entropy in recent years as a result of Darwin's increased responsibilities at Cycling '74, but he keeps quite a few of the articles from the original site on the current truncated iteration. I wrote a column about using an otherwise useless laptop as a sidebar for your main DAW, in which I come up with what I think are several good reasons as to why I never throw anything away, and keep coming home from yard sales with more stupid shit. (My wife disagrees, but that's another entry for another time.)
I have several laptops lying around the studio (as well as one iOpener) which were at one time useful, but are now not, at least for their original intended purpose. On each of these laptops, for the most part, is a different operating system. I think, right now, I have one laptop each for FreeDOS, BeOS, System 7, Win 3.1.1, and Linux. The latter is where I finally come to my point. (And the blogosphere breaths a collective sigh of relief, because it has a short attention span.)
Pictured above is a screenshot from a new kid on the block, Hydrogen, from Hydrogen Music. I haven't downloaded or installed it yet, as just booting my Linux box makes my eye tic a little bit, never mind installing a program and getting it to actually work, but this looks pretty slick, and is getting slicker. I'd certainly take issue with the adjective "classic" being applied to the TR-626, but otherwise there is a fairly comprehensive collection of samples for this program, and it seems to be reasonably sophisticated. If you, like me, have both a fond memory of "real" drum machines and a Linux laptop, drop this bad boy in and put that erstwhile doorstop to work.