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househoppin09
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129 posts since 11 Nov, 2017
As indicated in the subject line, I'm looking to rank the various major drum VIs on how well they do at preventing performances that no real drummer would be physically able to pull off. I have pretty much zero experience with actual drum kits, and I'd like to be able to mess around on the keys/pads without having to think or go out of my way to avoid unrealistic patterns or combinations of drum hits. I currently have Addictive Drums 2, and it's great overall, but it allows physically impossible feats--for example, you can play a tom and two different cymbals all at exactly the same time, and I'm pretty sure there aren't too many three-armed drummers out there! If there's a setting somewhere in AD2 that prevents that sort of thing from happening, that would be great, but I haven't been able to find one. So, I'd like to know how good each of the other virtual drummers are at preventing stuff like this. Bottom line, I want to just be able to go crazy on the keys or pads, and let the software do the work of keeping my performance fully within physically possible limits. Thanks in advance for all advice.
deastman
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6717 posts since 6 Aug, 2003, from San Francisco Bay Area
Jamstix. It has virtual drummers with limb simulations so they can’t play anything that a real drummer couldn’t.
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DrMEM
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105 posts since 6 Aug, 2017
househoppin09 wrote:As indicated in the subject line, I'm looking to rank the various major drum VIs on how well they do at preventing performances that no real drummer would be physically able to pull off. I have pretty much zero experience with actual drum kits, and I'd like to be able to mess around on the keys/pads without having to think or go out of my way to avoid unrealistic patterns or combinations of drum hits. I currently have Addictive Drums 2, and it's great overall, but it allows physically impossible feats--for example, you can play a tom and two different cymbals all at exactly the same time, and I'm pretty sure there aren't too many three-armed drummers out there! If there's a setting somewhere in AD2 that prevents that sort of thing from happening, that would be great, but I haven't been able to find one. So, I'd like to know how good each of the other virtual drummers are at preventing stuff like this. Bottom line, I want to just be able to go crazy on the keys or pads, and let the software do the work of keeping my performance fully within physically possible limits. Thanks in advance for all advice.


Even if that's possible, it's not going to sound good or right unless you program it like a real drummer would play it. "Physical possibility" by itself is not enough. Why not just listen to a few songs (or better yet, watch a few videos) in the genre you're working in and try to emulate that?
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589 posts since 25 Dec, 2009
deastman wrote:Jamstix. It has virtual drummers with limb simulations so they can’t play anything that a real drummer couldn’t.


+1 JS4 is a-ma-zing...and this is only one of the reasons.

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jancivil
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15089 posts since 20 Oct, 2007, from No Location
househoppin09 wrote: Bottom line, I want to just be able to go crazy on the keys or pads, and let the software do the work of keeping my performance fully within physically possible limits. Thanks in advance for all advice.

Well, <let the software do my work> is not a great way to proceed if one wants viable writing for any instrument.

I sometimes delete a cymbal note-on when both hands are 'occupied', but there's more than that reason, or I won't have noticed it. IE: sometimes I don't. No one is going to bust me for it, no one will be looking for it. As my drums parts are very much that of a drummer's thought. I'm fortunate to have been one in life. But I recommend getting a better grip on your drum notions.
househoppin09
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129 posts since 11 Nov, 2017
Thanks for the info so far, I was already intrigued by Jamstix and will now definitely be taking a closer look at that. Of course I realize that if I want to turn out realistic drum performances I'm going to need to think like a drummer... my quip about "wanting the software to do the work for me" was meant to be a bit cheeky! Even so, it really would be nice if the software would help me out a bit and lock me out of playing or programming any blatantly impossible maneuvers. Jamstix looks to be the gold standard for that, but I'd still like to know whether any of the standard drum VIs (Superior Drummer, BFD, SSD, etc.) are capable of imposing any such limitations. So, if anyone who uses them could report on that, I'd appreciate it.
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DrMEM
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105 posts since 6 Aug, 2017
Superior Drummer 2 cannot.

Dunno about 3 (the upgrade price is way too high imo) but I'd be surprised if it could.
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jancivil
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15089 posts since 20 Oct, 2007, from No Location
househoppin09 wrote:Thanks for the info so far, I was already intrigued by Jamstix and will now definitely be taking a closer look at that. Of course I realize that if I want to turn out realistic drum performances I'm going to need to think like a drummer... my quip about "wanting the software to do the work for me" was meant to be a bit cheeky! Even so, it really would be nice if the software would help me out a bit and lock me out of playing or programming any blatantly impossible maneuvers. Jamstix looks to be the gold standard for that, but I'd still like to know whether any of the standard drum VIs (Superior Drummer, BFD, SSD, etc.) are capable of imposing any such limitations. So, if anyone who uses them could report on that, I'd appreciate it.

Ok, BFD does not, or I've never seen any indication in the documentation or the interface (and I've used it since 2003). Its target market is pretty much people who know drums afaict. & I don't mean that as condescension.
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shidostrife
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492 posts since 22 Nov, 2016, from Tokyo, Japan
I don't know of any that does. Maybe Jamstix as mentioned before, I've never tried that one.

Thinking like a drummer is not that hard actually. For the feet, as long as you're not doing double pedal runs while messing with the hihat pedal, you're fine. For the hands, just don't hit any more than two things at a time. Except for fills, a drummer needs to use both hands during rolls, so no more than one hit at a time in fast fills.

Drummers please CMIIW.
deastman
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6717 posts since 6 Aug, 2003, from San Francisco Bay Area
MDrummer is the other one people often mention, but I don’t think it strives for a realistic drummer in the same way as Jamstix.
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deastman
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6717 posts since 6 Aug, 2003, from San Francisco Bay Area
shidostrife wrote:I don't know of any that does. Maybe Jamstix as mentioned before, I've never tried that one.

Thinking like a drummer is not that hard actually. For the feet, as long as you're not doing double pedal runs while messing with the hihat pedal, you're fine. For the hands, just don't hit any more than two things at a time. Except for fills, a drummer needs to use both hands during rolls, so no more than one hit at a time in fast fills.

Drummers please CMIIW.

Jamstix not only prevents you from triggering too many drums at one time, but the limb simulation factors in travel time from one drum to the next. And you can choose different “brains” to drive the limb simulation, recreating the feel and preferences of well known drummers. And all of that works along with specific musical styles. Of course you can load in your own patterns or override any part of this, but it definitely goes farther than anyone else in simulating an actual drummer.
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shidostrife
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492 posts since 22 Nov, 2016, from Tokyo, Japan
deastman wrote:
shidostrife wrote:I don't know of any that does. Maybe Jamstix as mentioned before, I've never tried that one.

Thinking like a drummer is not that hard actually. For the feet, as long as you're not doing double pedal runs while messing with the hihat pedal, you're fine. For the hands, just don't hit any more than two things at a time. Except for fills, a drummer needs to use both hands during rolls, so no more than one hit at a time in fast fills.

Drummers please CMIIW.

Jamstix not only prevents you from triggering too many drums at one time, but the limb simulation factors in travel time from one drum to the next. And you can choose different “brains” to drive the limb simulation, recreating the feel and preferences of well known drummers. And all of that works along with specific musical styles. Of course you can load in your own patterns or override any part of this, but it definitely goes farther than anyone else in simulating an actual drummer.


Now that sounds exactly like what OP wanted!
Very interesting concept, I might try Jamstix myself later. How about the samples themselves? Are they in the same ballpark as other big names?
househoppin09
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129 posts since 11 Nov, 2017
shidostrife wrote:
deastman wrote:
shidostrife wrote:I don't know of any that does. Maybe Jamstix as mentioned before, I've never tried that one.

Thinking like a drummer is not that hard actually. For the feet, as long as you're not doing double pedal runs while messing with the hihat pedal, you're fine. For the hands, just don't hit any more than two things at a time. Except for fills, a drummer needs to use both hands during rolls, so no more than one hit at a time in fast fills.

Drummers please CMIIW.

Jamstix not only prevents you from triggering too many drums at one time, but the limb simulation factors in travel time from one drum to the next. And you can choose different “brains” to drive the limb simulation, recreating the feel and preferences of well known drummers. And all of that works along with specific musical styles. Of course you can load in your own patterns or override any part of this, but it definitely goes farther than anyone else in simulating an actual drummer.


Now that sounds exactly like what OP wanted!
Very interesting concept, I might try Jamstix myself later. How about the samples themselves? Are they in the same ballpark as other big names?


I would also love to hear about how the built-in sample material in Jamstix is. How usable would it be as a self-contained solution (i.e. not triggering any other drum VIs)?


shidostrife wrote:I don't know of any that does. Maybe Jamstix as mentioned before, I've never tried that one.

Thinking like a drummer is not that hard actually. For the feet, as long as you're not doing double pedal runs while messing with the hihat pedal, you're fine. For the hands, just don't hit any more than two things at a time. Except for fills, a drummer needs to use both hands during rolls, so no more than one hit at a time in fast fills.

Drummers please CMIIW.


This is actually exactly the sort of info I need to feel more confident about what I'm doing. I know I really need to properly educate myself in this area, but in the meantime I'd love it if any experienced drummers could confirm and/or expand on this.
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