MIDI Drums

Discussion in 'Converters / Interfaces' started by Jkraal, Feb 6, 2005.

  1. Jkraal

    Jkraal Guest


    Thisd is my first post on this site. I hope you people can help me.
    I have an electronic drumkit which I want to use to record my drumparts on my laptop using a USB midimate from Audiotrack.
    The problem with midi is that a drumroll on the snare sounds like a machine gun. I know that the Roland TD20 has an option with which you can avoid this problem. A drumroll sounds like a real drumroll. I want to use Cubasis VST 5.0. Is there an option that does the same as the TD20? Or can I do this another way using midi? I haven´t got a TD20, but a Alesis D4.


  2. Kev

    Kev Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2001

    the drum roll is perhaps the hardest thing for an electro kit to acheive well

    I don't think the D4 is going to give the results you want

    you need to look at the sample you are playing
    and or
    use multiple samples and change the dynamics of the hits and groove quantising ... a little random'ness could also help

    not easy stuff
  3. moonz

    moonz Guest

    Using the piano-roll view (referred to as the Key Editor) in Cube you can just create your own drumrolls by assembling a midi sequence string made up of individual midi drum notes...you can add the notes one at a time (you'll need to have drum machine sounds assigned to the track you are using) in the "Key Editor" view, using the mouse.

    A simple example would be maybe eight 32nd notes...once you determine the right note length and number (this would be dictated by the actual number of beats you want the roll to last, and the BPM of the song) you can then use Cube's midi "List Editor" to vary the midi velocity values of some of those notes to make the sequence sound more like a real drumroll.

    You can also vary the note values within the sequence...like adding a 16th triplet at the beginnig or end of the sequence note string to make it sound less repetitious.

    What makes a midi drumroll sound phoney is when all the individual hits within the roll are the exact same length and velocity.

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