Mark Knecht wrote:
emulate someone like Bruford with a drum machine is going to
be next to impossible. Hell, trying to emulate his style with a human
is next to impossible!
That's why you and I love him, right? ;-)
As I said, I was just studying his technique. He's amazing.
Yeah... it's funny, I'm not a kit drummer at all (I have some training
in Middle Eastern percussion only), being primarily a guitarist, but I
am finding myself more and more listening to the drums in music to
better my own electronic drum programming.
For bands like Yes, King Crimson & Rush, the drum parts are very
composed and do more than 'just keep the beat'. Bruford and Peart are
all over the place... to emulate that kind of playing with a drum
machine or software, you damn near have to have a different drum pattern
for every measure!
Suprisingly, for Mike Portnoy of Dream Theater, his individual beats
aren't very complex, its just that the tempo and key signature change a
lot that make seem it complex.
As for the humanizing issue, if you are going to use
that then you'd
better record the drum audio early as it won't humanize the same way
twice and then things get very dodgy. That said I hear good things about
Hydrogen, but I got started with Reaktor's drum machines too early to
want to give up on them now.
I've not tried Reaktor. I've just started playing with Hydrogen, and am
very impressed with it -- before I was either using a hardware drum
machine or using MIDI (via Finale, Cakewalk, Rosegarden, etc). I've
written several tracks now using Hydrogen. There are some things it
*doesn't* do yet that I need, so I will either wait until Comix
implements it, or just bite the bullet and hack the code to make it do
what I want and see if Comix will take my patches :-)
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