Bram Bos confirms iOS reboot of the HammerHead Rhythm Station of 1997

The software drum machine is back this month.

Software developer Bram Bos has confirmed the reincarnation of his 1997 drum machine, HammerHead Rhythm Station. The beloved beatmaking software will return as an iOS app this month with some features fit for modern music production.

Bram Bos tweeted out a demo clip of the new HammerHead in action, elaborating on the new features. “Hammerhead will let you trigger entire patterns using MIDI as if they’re sampled loops (clip launching!)”, reads the tweet. “Except they still adapt to tempo changes and mutations”. Check out the clip below.

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Synth and music app creator, Matthew Fecher of AudioKit Pro, has also spoken about the new software drum machine. It appears he’s been testing it out ahead of the launch, stating that “the upcoming app from Bram is epic. Better than any of us could have hoped. Nostalgic and modern, it’s the pinnacle of usability on the iPhone.”

Bram Bos has kept further details of HammerHead on the down-low until 17 June. It’s likely to be released under his Ruismaker brand, which is home to music-making apps such as WOOTT, Rozeta, Mononoke and more.

The original HammerHead Rhythm Machine of 1997 featured sounds inspired by Roland drum machines in a range of genres. The software also featured a collection of drum breaks for hip-hop, jungle, breakbeat, and other genres known for their incorporation of dusty beats. Here’s a clip of the classic drum machine in its prime.

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