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Programming funky drums?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Matt Till, Oct 30, 2006.


  1. Matt Till

    Matt Till

    Jun 1, 2002
    Edinboro, PA
    Is it possible? I use fruityloops, and I can come up with a great beat, but it never has the funk of a real drummer. It has to do with subtle behind the beat kind of things, is there a way, without getting too mathematical, to get some fake funky drums?
     
  2. bongomania

    bongomania Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    Many modern drum machines and programs have a function for "groove", where you can slide one or all of the drum parts slightly out of time by a changeable amount. If Fruityloops doesn't have that, then I would try recording doubles of the snare, hihat, and ride cymbal tracks. For each, quantize one copy and leave the other unquantized. Then you can create mixes like:
    Bass and snare quantized, cymbals not
    Bass and hihat quantized, ride and snare not
    etc.
    Or quantize the bass and snare to the 1/8ths, and only quantize the rest to the 1/32nds.
    A great trick for hihat is to record all of the 1/8 or 1/4 note closed-hat beats quantized, then loop over the same MIDI channel with the open hats unquantized.
     

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