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How to do rolls with snare on keyboard?

Discussion in 'Drums' started by qwerty11, May 27, 2009.

  1. qwerty11

    qwerty11 Guest

    So i have a triton and cubase. How do you do rolls with a snare drum? I can possible hit the keys that quick. Am I missing something?
  2. Codemonkey

    Codemonkey Well-Known Member

    Strumming is something you do with guitars, I thought...
  3. IIRs

    IIRs Well-Known Member

    I'm guessing he means a roll...?

    Yes you are missing rather a lot. Cubase provides midi editors in various flavours: open your part in the drum editor and draw your notes in with the mouse.

    Alternatively, if you are using a drum sample library such as BFD there will probably be 'articulation' samples of snare rolls. Triggering one of these will probably sound more realistic than triggering a normal snare sample rapidly.
  4. qwerty11

    qwerty11 Guest

    I racked my brain trying to figure out what it is called. Thanks.

    Are there any free VST's that can do this for me?
  5. IIRs

    IIRs Well-Known Member

    No. You need to learn how to use your midi editor! You tried reading the manual...?
  6. hueseph

    hueseph Well-Known Member

    Pretty tough to do. It's easier to do if you have a controller like the M-Audio Trigger Finger. Otherwise, read up on velocity.
  7. song4gabriel

    song4gabriel Active Member

    it is very hard to do on a triton because of the weighted keys. huespeh is correct to recommend m-audio but you do not necessarily need a trigger finger or any pad really. you will get very good results with a small midi controller like m-adio oxygen using the keys themselves. they are very light.

    to further enhance the realism you should assign 2 adjacent keys, one for the left hand hit and one for the right hand hit to the same drum hit in your sampler ("snare hit" for instance). then change the default velocity of one of the keys to a few ticks lower than the other one. this will replicate the "weaker hand" dynamic of a snare roll.

    after recording yourself playing the drum lines it is a good idead to go in and tweak the velocities even further with your midi editor, by random notes here ore there. this takes time and is slightly tedious but it will help you avoid the machine gun sound
  8. qwerty11

    qwerty11 Guest

    Well what is the easiest method of doing drums. Get a pad and a drum kit?
  9. song4gabriel

    song4gabriel Active Member

    yes but if he had an electric kit he probably wouldn't have asked that question.

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