[LAD] Drums - EDrums - Hydrogen

Aurélien Leblond blablack at gmail.com
Sun Mar 23 00:02:56 UTC 2014

Hi all,

I have been using Hydrogen for a few years now, both by programming
drum patterns or playing live with an e-drums and there are few things
I'm missing...

I wouldn't mind having a look into coding them, but I'd like to get
the feedback/comments/opinions/screams of despair from the community.

HiHat & EDrums

Hydrogen only deals with close/open for the hihat control. It should
be easy enough to mark the instruments as being part of a hihat and
provide for each hihat instruments a range to define which one is
triggered. For example close from 0 to 10, half-open from 11 to 40,
open from 41 to 127.

EDrum sends a cc message for how close the hihat is closed.

There is already a script to do something very similar
(http://www.hydrogen-music.org/hcms/node/2807) using mididings, but
having it in Hydrogen would be more user friendly I guess?

EDrums & Cymbal choke

I believe edrums are using aftertouch for that (to confirm) - sample
could simply be muted?

Multi-mics drum samples

Drums recording often uses several mic placements and depending how
they are mixed it changes the mood of the drums. For example mixing
using overhead and direct samples.
I have drum samples where:
- the snare is composed of under, above and overhead takes
- cymbals are direct and overhead takes
- kick is front, back, inside
- etc...

Per instrument, we could have groups of samples:
- Instrument would have one fader per group and one fader for the
whole instrument
- Each instrument group would have its own output
- Each group would have its fader - if we have multiple instruments
with the group "overhead", this fader can control the gain for the
overall overhead
- I don't know what to do with panner - would anybody have an opinion on that?
- Trigger/velocity (programmed or played live) would trigger would
trigger all necessary samples

What do you guys think of these proposals?


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