Making Music with MIDI Drum Tracks

Article Summary

Coming up with your own MIDI drum tracks can actually be a great time saver for any producer. In place of listening to various samples and drum loops for hours together, you can simply build up tracks that specifically suit all your music needs. Not only this, MIDI samples can also help you create an immediate cohesion for your entire song instead of mixing and matching the MIDI loops with separate parts of the song.

Article Body

MIDI acronym for musical instrument digital interface is a technical standard describing the digital interface, protocol and connectors which allows a large variety of musical electronic instruments and many other related devices to connect and then communicate with one another. It is so designed so as to notify the build-in instruments about what notes to play, how loud to play and when to play. 

Mentioned below are guidelines elaborating how to make music with MIDI drum tracks!


Begin By Plugging In Devices

Begin by opening the program that you want to use for creating your MIDI drum tracks. However, you need to plug in your device in case you are using a physical device such as music production controller or a keyboard. You can also make use of Stylus RMX which is a module plug-in that offers a powerful user interface for manipulating sounds in innovative and unique ways.

Pick Your Tempo – It Will Vary Of Every Genre (Rock, Hip Hop, Etc.)

In the second step you are required to pick up a tempo that you want your drum beat to play at. Remember this will fluctuate depending upon the genre of music that you wish to create. You can pick up the MASCHINE Kits in order to incorporate Hip Hop, R&B, Trap and various other types of genres.


Step Sequencing of Devices with Software or Otherwise

Move to the software or the step sequencer of your device for importing the many sounds you require in the channel of your sequencer. These can constitute either the samples you collected from the many sources or the samples that you created. Generally kick drum, hi-hat, snare and splash cymbal sounds are the ones that are required. In case you are unable to import the sounds, you have the option of stock samples that even sound good together.

Creating the Drum Track Foundation

You can program any one-bar drum sample that best suits your need. Remember that this will be the foundation of the subsequent drum tracks, so accordingly create the bar that fits into the genre of music that you are attempting to generate. Do not go overboard and keep it simple initially as you always have the option of adding up more accents later.

Looping Generated Drum Patterns

Now duplicate the bar you created for about 8 times for the chorus drums or 16 times for the verse drums. Majority of the MIDI loop drum programs offer the copy-paste feature in them to save upon your time. In case you do not have this option, then manually copy-paste the generated drum patterns.

Adjusting Patterns of Velocities of Drum Hits

Finally, you are required to add up the accents in order to humanize your beat and also to keep it from repeating itself. Also to make the drum patterns rhythmically interesting, either add or delete the parts of the bars 4, 8 and 16. Also if your MIDI drums are equipped with the option of adjusting the patterns of velocities of your drum hits, then go for it to make the beat feel much less robotic.

Author Bio:- I am Ryan Gruss loves to play with music. I am in this industry from many years. I am continuously serving my customers all over the world with the music loops. I create Percussion loops and with different varieties and have gained very good fame and name of my organization Thelooploft. I love writing also and I write blogs and articles related to music.

January 17, 2014 by Ryan Gruss
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