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mattacuk
post Dec 31 2008, 02:51 PM
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Hello all, and happy new year smile.gif

I am looking to start writing my own music, build my own chord progressions etc. I feel I could really do with a drum machine as it just isnt gravy without a beat laugh.gif

I was wondering what our members and instructors use when writing there own music. Special software? or a hardware drum machine? Basically i want a selection of pre set patterns so i can concentrate more onmy guitar smile.gif

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post Dec 31 2008, 03:00 PM
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Happy new year to you Matt smile.gif
I'm using EZdrummer for drums and grooves now.


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post Dec 31 2008, 03:10 PM
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I think a drum machine can often limit your music, or "my" music I should say since that's the affect it has on me. Any beat will lead into the same ol same ol firring.... <-- new word, such a good one I'll leave it. I mean riffing of course wink.gif

So instead what I like to do is to keep the drums as simple as possible for starers, a metronome or just a very basic drum beat. Then after the guitar rhythm and melody is done I add the real drums because then I can hear how I want them to be.

I use Ezdrummer and when that was released that was a huge step up to music making compared to making beats with a MIDI keaboard which I was used to from before.


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post Dec 31 2008, 03:10 PM
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I use EZdrummer and/or Addictive Drums VSTs for drum beats..But I never start with a drum beat , rather adapt the one to the groove I think of..

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post Dec 31 2008, 03:14 PM
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QUOTE (MickeM @ Dec 31 2008, 02:10 PM) *
I think a drum machine can often limit your music, or "my" music I should say since that's the affect it has on me. Any beat will lead into the same ol same ol firring.... <-- new word, such a good one I'll leave it. I mean riffing of course wink.gif

So instead what I like to do is to keep the drums as simple as possible for starers, a metronome or just a very basic drum beat. Then after the guitar rhythm and melody is done I add the real drums because then I can hear how I want them to be.

I use Ezdrummer and when that was released that was a huge step up to music making compared to making beats with a MIDI keaboard which I was used to from before.


Some really helpful tips there MickeM !! thanks everyone,I will take a good look at EZdrummer also smile.gif


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post Dec 31 2008, 03:41 PM
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I use Cubase and Toontrack Superior 2.0, but thats a really expensive one. Ezdrummer comes highly recommended from me as well because it sounds great and is affordable.

I will also recommend starting with Reaper as your DAW for 2 reasons:
1. It's free smile.gif
2. It's easy to learn the recording basics in Reaper and will make the transisition to the more advanced tools like Cubase or Sonar easier if you eventually want to use one of those.

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post Dec 31 2008, 03:44 PM
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QUOTE (Trond Vold @ Dec 31 2008, 02:41 PM) *
I use Cubase and Toontrack Superior 2.0, but thats a really expensive one. Ezdrummer comes highly recommended from me as well because it sounds great and is affordable.

I will also recommend starting with Reaper as your DAW for 2 reasons:
1. It's free smile.gif
2. It's easy to learn the recording basics in Reaper and will make the transisition to the more advanced tools like Cubase or Sonar easier if you eventually want to use one of those.


Thanks Trond, yes ive had a play around with reaper but really could do with learning how to use it now smile.gif EZdrummer looks great, but at £77 looks like i will have to wait till my birthday in febuary ! sad.gif


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post Jan 2 2009, 04:24 AM
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When I just write songs, I use Guitar Pro. It's very good for that apart from that it's crashing alot dry.gif
Though, when I write notes for orchestra and such, I tend to use paper as Guitar Pro is crap for writing notes tongue.gif (Sorry for the language.)


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post Jan 2 2009, 12:35 PM
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I use Addictive Drums and Stylus RMX for beats and drum patterns.It is all a thing of habit.I know Addictive Drums by heart now,so it is a lot faster to bring up my ideas on the midi track that way(with Addictive).


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post Jan 2 2009, 12:38 PM
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I recommend EZDrummer also!
I used that before I switched to Superior 2.0..

It's easy to use and sounds very good as well smile.gif
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post Jan 2 2009, 01:26 PM
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For writing use Guitar Pro. For drums I use Acoustica Beatcraft but if you have the money then you should probably go for something else.
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post Jan 2 2009, 01:56 PM
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EZD with the Drumkit from Hell addon for me smile.gif


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post Jan 2 2009, 04:52 PM
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In general as Nemanja said it all comes down to habit and knowledge and I agree 100%. Making good drums does not mean that you need to have great VST drum instrument, you just need to spend some time with it, and learn how to produce drums and add EQ, compression and reverb to it to make it sound good for the specific composition you are doing.

I have used Addictice drums and it is good, it has premade grooves. Currently I'm using Toontrack products tho, Superior Drummer 2.0 for samples and EZD products (pop/rock, latin, coctail, vintage, drumkit from hell and other) for MIDI banks. All EZD products come with quality MIDI patterns that you can drag&drop on the MIDI track. All of them have a simple mixer as well, while Superior Drummer 2.0 has advanced mixing with full bleeding control, inserts, buses, and everything else that you need. Also SD 2.0 samples are behaving much better in the mix, while EZD samples sound a bit "shallow".




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post Jan 5 2009, 11:51 PM
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Hi Matt

I recommend getting Addictive Drums and EZDrums
They both have lots of presets and variations on particular beat and style. You can change the tempo to any beat, also you could use Fills and different drum kits that they provide.
It is a great starting point , I highly recommend it.
For recording I use Nuendo and also recommend it smile.gif


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post Jan 6 2009, 03:35 PM
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Addictive drums for me.
I find it way fastr to load up than EZDrummer. But that might not be a problem with faster PCs...
I usually start with a Drum loop that I jam over.
Having a few bass loops help too!


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