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A drum machine which generates rhythms using probability. Imagine a traditional step-based drum machine, but where various dice are rolled for each step, with the resulting numbers used to determine the behaviour of the beat.

DrumKid is based around an Arduino, and coded using the Arduino IDE. Audio is produced by the Mozzi library. You can build a version of DrumKid using an Arduino, a breadboard, and standard electronic components, or you can build/buy the “full” version described below.

DrumKid is a portable, handheld, battery-powered instrument with a minimalist design. It consists of a PCB (printed circuit board) for the front panel, featuring knobs, buttons, LEDs, a power switch and a headphone/line output. The electronics are protected/enclosed by two laser-cut pieces and six metal standoffs.

Open Source
This project is almost entirely open source. The code, breadboard layout, schematics, Gerber (PCB) files, and laser-cutter files are all included in the repository, with the aim of making this project easy to duplicate and adapt. Please note that the project depends on the Mozzi library, which is released under a Creative Commons non-commercial licence. I have used it here with kind permission from its creator, but please be aware that if you create a commercial product using this code, you will need to request permission from him. Go to for more details.”

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