Questions tagged [drums]

Drums are a subset of percussion instruments played by beating a "head" stretched over a hollow "shell."

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how to set up electronic drums in ableton

sorry about the repost, I couldn't write a comment on the previous one, because I wasn't registered So, I have Alesis DM Lite electronic drum kit and I also have Ableton Live 9 software. I want to ...
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Mic inside the drum vs outside the drum

Does it make a meaningful change in how the drums sound is mic'ed up when the mic is outside the drum vs inside? Just for reference... Outside. Inside.
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Should I look into IEMs as a drummer(not playing live)

I've been drumming for a few years in my spare time for fun, and I've recently got issues with my ears.(I'm not playing live) Although I've always been drumming with some sort of protection, I feel ...
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What are Upbeats and Downbeats in a 16 Step Sequencer?

I'm trying to figure out the terminology of upbeats and downbeats in regards to a step sequencer. In this image of a 16 step sequencer, each box represents 1/16 of a measure: Is it correct to say ...
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Improving drumstick control in non-dominant hand

Why is it that my drumstick in my dominant hand always hits the same spot yet the drumstick in my non-dominant rarely does?
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Guitar Drummer Pa system

So me and a friend have got a partial band lol. Its me on guitar and vocals and him on the drums. My question is how should we set up. we usually play in my shop metal walls and concrete floors. I ...
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Feeding Tempo to DAW

Basically, I have a drummer and I am a Keyboard player from whom I wanted to feed the tempo to the system and thereby play arpeggios and other things which are required, which is very important for me....
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Alesis DM Lite to Presonus 1818vsl

Is Alesis DM lite compatible to Presonus 1818vsl cuz I'm gonna use an app called Auria on iPad
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Fitting melodies to beats!

OK, need a head's up so I can practice this: the basic technique for fitting a tune to a beat. Take, for example, Red Red Wine. UB40 did it as a reggae song. I've heard it as a blues ballad, a pop ...
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Cleaning Up Zildjian Cymbal Stains

I brought brand new Zildjian A Custom cymbal set including a 14" hihats, 16 and 18" crash cymbals, and a 20" ride. I like the sound. However the cymbals shipped with these odd stains on them. I ...
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How to play drums on keyboard?

I have a yamaha i455 and I have drum kits on that and i wanted to get some notations like C D E F, you know like play this sequence and this sequences I wanted to get some atleast 50 of them so that ...
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Spd-sx Roland and power converter

I bought the Spdsx from Roland while i was in Dubai, so it's running on 220 watt. Now i'm back in canada where we use 110 watt. Is there anything else then buying a power converter that i can do?
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Unusual position of little finger while holding drumstick [closed]

Is this ok? It feels natural but it looks awkward.
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Is MPS-850 a good module just for triggering VSTs? [closed]

I'm converting my acoustic drumset into an electronic one, with triggers, mesh heads, electronic cymbals ... And my big question is on the electronic module : I saw the Millenium MPS-850, quite ...
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Should I disable Addictive Drums native effects when using Pro Tools?

I'm working on some videos of myself recording at home. It doesn't need to sound professional but good at least. My setup is Pro Tools, Addictive Drums and some instruments. I'm wondering if it'd be ...
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Trigger / sync drum beat / drum machine to MIDI keyboard bass line

I play a bass line with my left hand, melody with my right and chords between the two. I want to add in drum beats triggered and synced to my left hand bass. For example, if I play C-E-G-D-F#-A-C-E-G ...
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what is the 'let' and the '&'

I am playing around with Drum patterns, and trying to decipher what is going on in these notes .. I have 2 bars in front of me.. but now thinking I need 4?? What does the & signify? The ...
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slow drum beats over fast sub beats

I'm looking for the definition of a drum beat where the main beat is slow, about 70 bpm, but the sub beat is about 3 times faster. What is the official name/style of that playing? for example ...
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What to call drum player VSTs as opposed to drum machines?

On the one hand, there are drum machines/sequencers/loopers/programmers etc that combines a drum machine and a fairly static drum loop that you play or sequence yourself. Then there are 'superset' ...
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Electronic drum noise in flats/apartments (travelling upwards!) [duplicate]

I've been drumming for a number years now and I've only just invested in an electronic drum kit for practise purposes. I specifically bought a Roland TD-25kv because it has a great brain and most ...
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Music input to Electronic drums [closed]

I am a relative beginner (been playing about a year). I have been inputting tracks to play along to from my Tablet (Galaxy Tab 4), which has been fine until now. I am currently trying to learn ...
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Want to play the drums [duplicate]

After thinking about for a long time ive made my choice and am serious about wanting to play the drums. My problem is I have no experience with drums whatsoever. I want to know what should i know ...
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Is there a tuner for drums similar to what they have for guitar [closed]

I have an electronic drum set at home , which i would like it to sound as much as the acoustic drums I can adjust the sound of the electronic drum by pressing the "+" & "-" buttons on the ...
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“It takes dedicated PARENTS to produce a good drummer” — Tell me more

Motivated by https://music.stackexchange.com/questions/38814/why-is-it-so-hard-to-find-a-good-drummer?noredirect=1#comment55597_38814, which had a comment that stated: It takes dedicated PARENTS to ...
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Where can I get Native American drum and flute samples [closed]

I would like to be able to dynamically compose music using JavaScript using the sounds like from this video. I don't know where you would even begin. Do I need to record it all myself or is there some ...
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How can I increase BPM so the perceived increase in tempo is always the same?

I have a curious request. I'm a drummer, and I sometimes practice by setting my metronome to increase 1BPM every 2 measures. At first, the increase is very slow, almost unnoticeable, and it takes a ...
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Ways to avoid pain when playing drums for long time periods?

I play the drums 2-3 times a week at my church services. Each service is about two hours long and I alternate between loud, medium-tempo to slow, steady stuff for extended periods. Recently, I've ...
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The gist of how you create varied pitched/volume realistic drum samples in JavaScript

Like this, what do you need in terms of drum samples to do something like this and have it sound like that native american drum, with dynamic loudness and duration and depth, it's not just the same ...
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How can I switch up a four on the floor drum rhythm? [closed]

So I'm working on a song with a 4otF rhythm, but the beat gets rather boring after a while (it's a somewhat long song). I'm looking to switch up the drums but I'm not sure I know what pattern to use ...
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Do I need to EQ frequencies before layering or after?

I want to create kick-samples, snare-samples, etc... by layering recorded samples (e.g. 909-Bass-Drum + click + crunch). Also I want to cutoff frequencies to get suitable samples for the mix. I use ...
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Feeling the beat in the wrong place

This question is related to Basic Punk Rhythm Guitar--Snare Feels Like Down Beat, but essentially different. I have been playing the drums for quite a long time. When I started drumming I practiced ...
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Garage Band: how to have a drummer play only a steady snare drum on all the eighth notes?

As for the title... I can't figure out... I can have drummers play only snare drum, but not when I'd like. I just want every eighth note, nothing more... update: as suggested, I tried either to ...
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Choosing Drum Sticks as per size and wood

I am a passionate drummer, not so professional, but have a band in my school. I don't focus on any specific kind of songs or beats and have an acoustic drum kit. I would prefer nylon tip drum sticks,...
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How does one produce a drumline using software?

I have read several threads (see, e.g. Why might one want to record a drum accompaniment electronically without using regular or electronic drumheads and cymbals to drum on?) about creating a drumline ...
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Is there any standard institute which provides certification for drummers in India?

I have been practicing drums for over two years and I want to know whether we have any institutions which would conduct exams and provide certification for drummers in India ?
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Is the metronome the closest thing to a mechanical drum?

I noticed there's a lot of drum machines out there, but they're all electrical. Is the metronome the closest thing to a mechanical drum? and by mechanical I mean, there's no batteries/electricity ...
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Converting Vocal Line into Guitar - Speed, Dynamics

I'm struggling with creating a vocal-less cover version of a song that does have a vocal line in my digital audio workstation. I know exactly what's going on in terms of notes/chord progressions in ...
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How do I record my drums onto computer with roland td1kv?

I am using Roland TD1KV electronic drum kit. The manual says that you can easily record your drums and transfer it into a computer using a "standard USB cable", "sold separately". What do they mean by ...
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Inear wired monitor for drummers

I need an advice from someone that has experience with this kind of situations. I am drummer for a fast and loud band. In our last tour I experienced locations with good and bad sound. I have a ...
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Why these two songs sound similar?

I'm not a music theory expert but found two songs that sound suspiciously similar and no information on the internet as to why, when or even if a major artist intentionally tried to pay homage or ...
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What would be good ways, preferably books, to practice dynamics on drums

After working out both hands practicing technique, it would be interesting to work on dynamics. However, apart from the advice to "play with others" I have not really seen a more concrete pointer. The ...
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How to practice bass drum without pedals

I don't have drum set in my room, so I was trying to practice bare foot with mimicking the motion of my foot when I kick with a pedal. I have several concerns about this practice. First, practicing ...
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Wrist pain from drumming?

I've recently started using gig grips on my drum sticks and I really like them but recently I've noticed a sharp pain in my wrist when playing the hi hat. Does anybody get this and what can I do to ...
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What are the impications of Varnishing Drum Shells?

I have baught a second hand Mapex M kit which is practically identical to a Mapex V Floor tom I acquired previously. The only problem is that the floor tom is matte or wood finish and the kit is gloss....
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Should I get a cajon or drum pad and sticks [closed]

I want to learn how to play drums but my mum said I have to wait but for now she said I could get a cajon. But I don't have and experience so should I get a cajon or a drum pad and sticks until I can ...
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Extract midi files from Roland electronic drums

I was wondering whether it is possible to 'download' all the midi files (songs and especially kits (individual sounds)) of Roland V-drums. Thank you
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Name that beat: bass-bass-snare-bass

Is there a name for the rock drum pattern that repeats 4-beat measures of bass - bass - snare - bass? Examples: Next to You (The Police), Pain Killer (Judas Priest), Tyson vs Douglas (The Killers) ...
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Should I put tempo change markers only on midi track in this case drums or on master track?

How will recording other instruments be affected by where I put the tempo changing markers? I'm using Mixcraft Studio Pro 8
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What's the purpose of a drum teacher in today's age?

We live in the information age. There is an endless supply of free educational content out there. In general, drummers are curious and determined people. So, when you combine determination, curiosity, ...
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Ride Cymbal in notation Sibelius

Hello I have this notation: Notation But someone told me that is wrong notated the ride cymbal and is incorrect. And that must be notated of the G space above the staff. Can someone tell me ...