[linux-audio-user] RE: More Homemade Muzak

Steve D groups at xscd.com
Tue May 17 09:08:07 EDT 2005

First, Steve Do wrote:
> > Drums are a real weak spot with me. I have a good sense
> > of rhythm and I always wanted to be a drummer instead
> > of a keyboard player (but my mom and dad forced me to
> > take piano lessons). I love Hydrogen but I always
> > feel that if I were to try to add a drum part it would
> > sound ultra-cheesy and unrealistic.

Then, on Tue, May 17, 2005 at 12:42:47AM -0400, LinuxMedia wrote:
> When I actually have everything set up the way I want it and get ready 
> to make music, I will probly eventually look into electric drum pads (or 
> whatever you call them). I'm assuming they are all midi. Would midiable 
> drum pads help to make it more musical for you (assuming one could use 
> the drum pads to trigger sounds via midi and a linux sequence/sampler)?
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MIDI drum pads kits are great and very versatile. I have a drummer
friend who uses them all the time for recording and I've known drummers
who also use them for live performance. However, they require a drummer's
skill and technique with drum sticks. As a keyboard player I don't
possess those skills, as much as I would like to have them.

But your email gave me an idea. Rather than use Hydrogen (which I really
like) or another percussion program to produce drums for any particular
piece of music I'm working on, I could simply use one of the percussion
kits in one of my MIDI tone generators, which maps a whole array of
percussion from bass drums to snares to toms to hi-hats to everything
else, to the various keys of a MIDI keyboard. Then I can simply use the
keyboard skills I already have to "play" the drums in real time and
accompany my already recorded tracks of piano, organ, etc.

While this idea may seem obvious to some, I had not really seriously
considered it before. But it might work and I think I'm going to try it.
Thanks for the nudge in that direction.  ;-) Best wishes,

Steve D
New Mexico US
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