For the uninitiated, drum sequencers can be intimidating devices, a wild maze of buttons, knobs and dials that seems to offer limitless possibilities–and patience-crushing quirks. One tweak of an oscillator can turn a smooth beat into a clatter of cold noise, but thankfully a new web browser-based program is offering us all the chance to get in a little free practice.
The new WebXOX drum sequencer from Irritant Creative functions similarly to the other online HTML drum machines we’ve sampled recently, but with one key difference: there’s no sampling involved. The sounds produced are entirely new and unique to it, meaning that no matter how nostalgic it might make you for an old SPS-1 or Roland TR 606, the noise you make with the WebXOX will be fresh (and mighty damn useable, we might add).
Users can play around with four different voices on the drum sequencer, and keep tweaking and fine-tuning their heart out on the blessedly simple and minimalist interface. Those voices travel through two paths, dubbed “Tone” and “Noise,” and each can be blended using a “Mix” knob. Kick, snare, hi-hat and cowbell are all customizable on the XOX, which appears to work well on Chrome, Safari and Firefox browsers. Try it out for yourself, but don’t blame us if your workday productivity takes a nosedive as you craft that perfect beat.