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How do you make MIDI Drums sound real?

Discussion in 'Recording' started by ccr_harris, Jun 12, 2011.

  1. ccr_harris

    ccr_harris Member

    Jun 12, 2011
    I write my own drum beats and save them as MIDI files. What's the best way to get them sounding real and awesome (without using a real drum kit)?

    I use SONAR X1 Studio on a Windows 7 32-bit O/S.

    Do I need to be using something like BFD2 or Superior Drummer 2?

    Any advice on this matter is welcomed. Thanks
  2. lostindundee

    lostindundee Active Member

    Mar 25, 2008
    Hi there

    Nice to see another Sonar X1 user here.

    You're absolutely correct. You would need to look at other sample libraries. I use Superior Drummer 2 and couldn't be happier. It allows you to control almost everything - even the bleed. EZ Drummer isn't too bad either. However, the drum sounds are more processed. Both products can be expanded with additional libraries.

    For what you're wanting, either would suffice. Before, you decide on what to get, you may wish to consider the difference in price between them and also BFD2, and their features. Research them thoroughly and buy once wisely instead of wishing you'd gone for another.

  3. hueseph

    hueseph Distinguished Member

    Oct 31, 2005
    Vancouver, BC, Canada
    Sonar comes with Session Drummer which is pretty good already. You just have to spend some time working with the sounds. Add some room reverb.
  4. audiokid

    audiokid Chris Staff Resource Member

    Mar 20, 2000
    Prince George, BC
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  5. BusterMudd

    BusterMudd Active Member

    Aug 13, 2004
    New York City
    ime the most important thing to making programmed drums sound "real" is to make sure the part is something that a human drummer both could and would play.

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