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How can I understand drums (dynamics/theory) so I can transfer what I hear in my head over to midi?

Discussion in 'Musicians Discussion' started by orangeeroticsunsets, Jun 16, 2019.

  1. orangeeroticsunsets

    orangeeroticsunsets New Metal Member

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    I'm working on a massive album that might be called baroque metal. I have all of the parts in my head, including the drums. While I have a solid understanding of the theory and structure of other instruments, I have no idea how I would go about notating drums by hand in midi to get an organic sound that is like my favorite albums. Eventually I want to get a real drummer to play the beats I compose, but I want to do an accurate and professional job myself, first, especially in case I can't find a good enough drummer.

    From what I've gathered, I could go about this by learning various drum beats from a website like free music. I could analyze the drums in guitar pro of my favorite songs. Then, I could learn things like velocity, ghost notes, and how to move drum beats slightly off the beat so that it doesn't sound mechanical. Still, it seems like learning all of the beats on something like free drum beats would be a massive undertaking, especially since I won't be using most of them. I also have no idea how drums work, the theory behind it, or even how velocity and other dynamics around drums should be notated properly.

    Any ideas on how I should go about studying this? I want to get full mastery on this subject so I can notate the beats in my head with as much clarity, depth, and technicality as possible. I don't want it to sound cheap or robotic.

    Cheers.
     
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    caike New Metal Member

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    My suggestion is to try and get as close as possible on your programming so you can show it to a real drummer and ask them to perfect it. IMHO, trying to go from zero knowledge to "accurate and professional job" will only get you frustrated. Programming drums to sound perfectly natural is harder than it looks. It's not impossible. Just very hard to get to perfection.

    I'm a big fan of EZ Drummer and its various extension and midi packs. Take what you have in your head, find the bpm and use a feature like "tap 2 find" from EZ Drummer to find the closest drum riff that will allow you to lay down the rest of the song and flush your ideas out.
     
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    jimmy101 Active Member

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    IMO you should base your beats around the snare & then add each of the other components (bass, hat) around where the snare drops. Eventually you will get a feel, but in general programming drums can be tougher than you might have originally thought.
     

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