Media - drums
And now that I've replaced the stock hi-hat I have a spare cymbal, so I've hooked up that up at the very right as a second crash cymbal! 😁
Posted on 5 January 2023, 16:31
I've started doing some more advanced stuff on the drums and some of it involves using the hi-hat pedal to open and close the hi-hat, but the stock hi-hat pedal that comes with the drums is fairly mushy and I was having a lot of trouble getting it to register when doing fast switches between open and closed (it's perfectly fine just when it's fully closed or open, just not so much when switching between the two in rapid succession). I did some research and Roland actually have a hi-hat that you mount on a regular acoustic hi-hat stand and it physically moves up and down as a regular hi-hat would. I ordered both the cymbal and the stand earlier in in the week and it arrived today, and man it feels nice to play!
Posted on 5 January 2023, 14:14
I bought an Audio Engine speaker around this time last year to use with my drums (https://virtualwolf.org/media/posts/1906) but it was always just sitting on the floor pointing at my feet so today I decided to build a little stand for it so it'd be angled up at me! I can definitely notice the difference, everything sounds a lot crisper.
Posted on 29 December 2022, 16:16
And then of course, I had to spend like two hours playing around in Logic Pro turning this into an electronic song. 😁 I duplicated the guitar track three times and applied different effects to each one, very pleased with the result. The drums were slightly annoying because apparently my Roland drum kit uses different MIDI notes than the defaults than Logic uses for a bunch of the individual pieces. I always end up having to manually edit the drum kit within Logic Pro so a quarter of the notes are even playing anything at all, and then I need to change another quarter of them because things like the toms and crash cymbal have ended up being weird effect sounds instead.
Posted on 10 December 2022, 21:35
I made another song! This time it was just straight up recording a track on the drums, then playing guitar over it. Definitely doing significantly better in terms of staying in time now. 😛 For the guitar, I used my new Ibanez and switched it to the split between the bridge humbucker and the middle single coil, and it's SUCH a nice sparkly sound! I added some reverb after the fact in Logic Pro as well, since I don't have my reverb pedal yet, and man it's amazing how much of a difference it makes. The whole guitar just sounds more... open, I guess? It's hard to describe but it's quite a noticeable difference.
Posted on 10 December 2022, 18:59
I did a song! The initial track that comes in was just me putting notes manually onto the MIDI view in Logic Pro, but the drums and guitars are both me playing the actual drums and actual guitar. I recorded them as loops and dropped them into Logic's Live Loops view, and then recorded each section as a scene, which is FAR less stressful than trying to play the whole thing in one take. Also, check me out actually playing in time with the drums this time. 😛
Posted on 5 November 2022, 18:15
There we go, I present to you "My First Song (Electro Mix)"! 😁
Posted on 26 August 2022, 21:21
Why yes, it IS more music-related things! I got a teeny little power supply for my yet-to-exist pedal board because I don't want to have to deal with 9V batteries, and a practice drum pad because I've seen multiple (extremely good) drummers mention that every aspiring drummer should have and use one.
Posted on 23 August 2022, 13:09
I ordered a laptop stand so I could have my laptop hooked up to my drums in a more useful position, it arrived today and fits perfectly! So much better than having it dodgily perched on the luggage to the left there. 😛 I also discovered that Logic Pro has a thing where it can pick up the tempo of what you're playing and it lets you adjust it after the fact! I'm a bit shit at keeping time, but I recorded a section by trying to keep a count in my head ("ONE and TWO and THREE and FOUR and") and I actually ended up surprisingly close to 120bpm the whole time.
Posted on 17 May 2022, 13:26
My guitar amp simulation software of choice has been BIAS FX 2 on my iPad (https://www.positivegrid.com/bias-fx-mobile/) and it's pretty great, but I'm starting to get the point where I'm outgrowing the iPad for what I want to do, I think. I've bought a selection of BIAS FX 2 stuff on desktop, and it comes with Audio Units plugins that you can use in GarageBand and such. It turns out you can get a 90-day trial of Logic Pro, so I'm giving that a red hot go and we'll see if I can manage to make some sort of song! I recorded some drums yesterday today but my biggest issue there is keeping in time, even with a metronome going. 😛 But today I recorded my first song in Logic Pro, with me playing both guitar and drums! 😁 Granted it's less than a minute long and is pretty repetitive, but whatever. Yay! Big thanks to @[email protected] for pointing out Logic's "quantize" functionality that will automatically move your slightly-out-of-time notes to be back in time, very helpful for getting a good drum track. The drums were was just recorded straight into Logic then quantized, rather than playing back again with any of the built-in Roland drum controller kits that the drum kit comes with (I haven't even looked into how that's done yet), and the guitar was recoded with one of Positive Grid's "BIAS Pedal" effects.
Posted on 15 May 2022, 15:49