Drum8, 8-Bit Drum Machine Sampler for the Apple II

Riccardo Macri has written Drum8, an 8-bit sample playback drum machine for the Apple II.

In the early 2000s I had quite a vintage computer collection. TRS-80 CoCo2, Apple IIe, Amiga 500, Commodore 64, a couple Atari XL series, and a couple others that I can’t recall. Sadly, I had to sell these off quickly (read: cheap) a few years ago. One of my prized possessions in my collection was the Mockingboard  sound card (with the speech synthesizer chip) in my Apple IIe. So when I saw this project, it immediately brought back fond memories of banging out 8-bit sounds (luckily I sampled a bunch of sounds from this collection, so I may release a sample library, eventually).

Drum8, is an 8-bit sample playback drum machine for the Apple II, written by Riccardo Macri.


  • Graphical editing
  • Mouse support
  • Live playback pattern editing and ability to play live on top of playing patterns
  • Patterns up to 256 steps
  • 16 8-bit samples pre-loaded
  • Ability to load your own samples (up to 40kB total)
  • 4 voice polyphony
  • Tempo and Pitch changes
  • Runs on Apple II+, Apple IIe

Riccardo has more info on his project on his blog.

Here is a video demo of the finished project:

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