So many drums
We've been doing this for more than 5 years now: Every month there's a new ltmLab on the cover CD (now a download area) of the German Sound & Recording magazine.
LtmLab is a very simple but fun drum machine, with a new set of samples and patterns every month. The original design was a Max/MSP device by Joker Nies, and the magazine editors asked me whether I could convert it into a plugin for Mac and Windows. Sure, I said! ;-)
Each LtmLab unit has 64 patterns in 8 banks, and up to 4 patterns can be linked to play in series. There are 8 instruments, each pattern using up to 16 steps per instrument. All steps have individual accent, pan, volume and tune settings. Some instruments play an alternative sample instead of an accent (notably the hi-hat). To add variety and more than a little weirdness, each step can play the sample in reverse.
It's simple, it's fun, it has become a bit of a cult classic.
At present, LtmLab is only available via the German magazine, but they sometimes do reissues and best-of collections... so watch that space!