Steps is one of my "must-have" VSTi because with it you can quickly throw together loops using any one-shot samples you have lying around. The six slots are clearly laid out before you, one sample per slot. Per-slot you can turn the sound on/off, raise or lower the volume, reverse the sample or, by clicking "!", feed the sample through the bitcrush/distortion effect on the top right. The loop can be from 1-4 measures(top left)' and can start on any of the measures(top middle). Just above the sample slots you can adjust global volume, apply swing, humanize, and, in the middle, pitch the samples and use the Loop Start/End to really make the loop you've created sound strange. Vocal samples and phrases in particular can be creatively mangled in this way. I don't know what the Show/Track is for and don't use it, but I use most of the rest of Steps and would be lost without it for original loop creation. I give it a 9 instead if a 10 only because of the parts I don't know how to use and could maybe have been labeled better, but I don't think there's anything else in freeware that can do what Steps can.
I am a guitar player, and I am completely computer ignorant. I have downloaded both audacity and hammerhead rhythm station, and use line 6 pod farm, with a toneport gx for guitar. I am trying to make hammerhead rhythm station a plugin on audacity, and have no clue what I am doing. please help if you can. my computer is a laptop hp pavilion g6 windows 8.
Mark, as far as I know Audacity is an audio editor, not a sequencer. The original Hammerhead software was standalone IIRC, not a VST plugin. Steps by xoxos is a port of Hammerhead to VST. It is a VST instrument, and I don't think Audacity supports VSTi's, only VST audio effects, like reverb or flanger, or PodFarm.
To use Steps you will need to get yourself a Sequencer DAW which supports VST instruments: drum machines, synths, sampled pianos, etc. I'd recommend looking at Cakewalk's Music Creator 6, it's HUGE value for money and has a mellow learning curve, with instructional videos readily available. A DAW like Reaper may have an unlimited demo version, but is extremely daunting for a beginner to get into.