[linux-audio-user] Re: percussions/rhythms? gmorgan hydrogen

Joern Nettingsmeier nettings at folkwang-hochschule.de
Sat Jan 17 12:38:10 EST 2004

Juhana Sadeharju wrote:
> Hello. I figured out an analogy: A dish-washer machine has racks shaped
> for holding different type of dishes. There is a place for cups and
> glasses and a place for plates. To a place meant for a cup, one can
> put a glass, a bigger glass, a plastic cup, a coffee cup.
> I want make "dish racks" for percussion rhythms. I don't want force
> what percussion sounds one eventually uses.
> In a sequencer or an audioeditor I could set snap-to labels or marks.
> E.g., a "dum" label for a bass percussion. Then I would save these
> label sequences to files. A musician could select and load these
> label sequences and snap-to the sounds to the tracks.
> MIDI is good in that one could easily change the instrument assigned to
> all "dum" labels -- in the case where all "dum" sounds are the same.
> But we often want have slightly different sounds on each "dum".
> MIDI is also good when we want test different rhythms quickly.
> Maybe a hybrid system would work better: Named Snap-to labels
> and the sounds assigned to the names. First, musician sets sounds to
> "dum", "tak" standard labels. Second, musician finds the needed
> rhythm. Third, musician renames the labels and assigns different
> sounds to the new names. Old names could stay the same if musician
> wants to test some other rhythm with the original default sounds.
> Two utils are needed: the label track and a name-vs-sound list:
>    -------------------------
>      dum tak   dum tak tak
>    -------------------------
>    dum   bdrum.wav
>    tak   snare.wav

hydrogen should be able to do this. it handles drumsets independent from 
the "pattern".
you could make one drumset with useful "dum-tak" standard labels and 
"generic" sounds, create a rhythm and then change the drumset any way 
you like.

as to standardising the format of rhythm patterns, why not just use midi 
with the assumption of a standard gm drumset?

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