Hi there! I’m recording my tracks using Logic with a midi controller and SuperiorDrummer installed, and, as most of you know, one of the more tedious work in this field is get a really nice drum performance or the most realistic possible, without an electronic drumset or something similar, only a keyboard to execute the rhythm and fills.
I’m a drummer, so I hate to listen the final performance recorded an find so many mistakes that wold’t be there if I had an electronic drumset. But I haven’t got the money either.So, is there a way to make this drum tracks more HUMANIZED avoiding heavy work? Any suggestion?
First of all, unless you play it in perfectly the first time there no way to get the performance you want without “heavy work”. Believe me it’s worth it though. It’s really all about dynamics. Things like grace notes, accidental stick hits, and tempo swinging. Try to separate the drums into to snare, kick, and hat/OH. Go through each and really think about what you would physically play and why that sounds “real” compared to other midi performances. Volume/intensity dynamics, you’ll find, are what makes a convincing midid performance.
Remember too that there are no rules either. You can play what ever you want, and have as many midi notes as your heart desires as long as the listener will be sold.
Anyway, as a rule of thumb when messing with dynamics, remember that not all drum hits are heard. Esp the hi-hat, which will be the most dynamic in the entire kit. Use the full velocity range and you’ll find it has a more human feel to it.
Hmmm maybe Road to Perdition – Thomas Newman
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veery cool, very cool. congrats!
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For me is Music a imaginary place where i can run to from my ordinary life and where i have much friends they understand me and friends i love
Hope you can understand me wellPavel “CHA!”
Agreed Pavel! I bring my music with me everywhere I go, often just as an escape. I feel more confident with the right music in my head. I swear, music can change your mood like nothing else in the world.. And writing it is some of the best self reflection one can do. To be able to listen you what you created months or years ago, and remember exactly what you were feeling or what you were going through, I think that’s just amazing. As Brandon Flowers put it: “I got soul, but i’m not a soldier”
Well that is just terrifying..reminds me of jumanji haha
Monkey Island! when i used to play video games, This http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Onie4N5FTlE was my favourite soundtrack. I remember, that i got an earworm (melody that keeps repeating and repeating inside your mind) all day long.
Sounds like it could be a Phil Collins or Tracy Chapman song haha. But yeah it’s pretty memorable, I can see what you mean about the “earworm”.
Sounds great! Everyone knows Aj could use more tracks with good vocals. If you could get a live drummer on that track, it would REALLY move.
Well I’ll start off by saying I’m actually a biologist. I attended Syracuse University in 2006 for my BS in bio, and during the first two years had a pretty serious relationship. That started going sower after two years and eventually ended terribly. I started keeping a journal to cope, and that turned into lyric-like writing. After graduating, I straight PANICKED because my heart wasn’t really in biology. So I thought “hmm i’ve played piano forever…screw it i’m just gunna go for it” and that summer I enrolled in an audio production school and graduated (again) 2 years later, 2nd in my class. All that time I was writing, composing, scoring, networking and now I have a fulltime job in audio-post and numerous side projects with some pretty big producers! Not to mention AJ haha. Couldn’t be happer though, life has certainly taken some pretty fortunate turns