Re: Midi drums - single patches ?
D F Tweedie
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I understand exactly what part of the interface you are referring to: the patch selector. The numbers you see under Drum are for empty patches. Only the named kits patches have sound. Look at the links I sent you on General MIDI. You'll see that only a few of the possible 128 patches are populated by actual drum k
1 Standard Drum Kit
9 Room Drum Kit
17 Power Drum Kit
25 Electric Drum Kit
26 Rap TR808 Drums
33 Jazz Drum Kit
41 Brush Kit
All the interspersed, e.g., 2-8, and remaining numbers, i.e., 41-128, will be unlabeled.
From: "'Ian Graham' idgraham@... [Band-in-a-Box]"
Sent: Thursday, March 2, 2017 8:27 AM
Subject: [Band-in-a-Box] Midi drums - single patches ?
David and DF
I've renamed the thread to what it is now focussing on.
I am in Biab Version 2013 (366). I understand that 2017 was a bit of a step-change ? In which case, the feature I am picking at may well have been discontinued ?
But as I am, on the main screen, top left, there's the row of buttons for the Biab parts, and immediately below that, a two-row bar, with, at left, a box and drop down-list for midi patches.
For most of the parts, the drop down is a simple GM list.
For the drums, it is a numbered list of patches, a few of which are actually for kits as set up in the current midi 'synth', and the rest just appear as 'Drum Patch #.....', the numbers running through to 128.
As far as I remember, this is as it has been in every version of Biab I've used (which covers about 11 years now. I think I first had 'version 11'). (If RD are enabled, the whole thing is greyed out. ) But I've never till now tried to explore what the single patches 'did'.
It is entirely, possible, DF, that I am misunderstanding something, because, at this moment, selecting a single patch option doesn't seem to be 'doing anything'. sound-wise - and yet the GUI feature I've tried to locate for you must originally have been programmed for some purpose. Midi drum scoring is essentially horizontal - what is repesented as a pitch (ie on a specific stave line or space) is actually just the marker for the fact that the patch it represents sounds at that time-point. So my early speculation was that selecting a single patch might re-direct the midi stream for the drum track to that sound alone; or possibly re-direct a single patch (but which, and how specified?) within the style to the drop-down-selected patch. This is, frankly, speculation in hope.
And, yes, the specific brush sounds are often the weakest point of a given 'synth'. Currently, I am trying to get a 'work-around' sort of effect with the various cymbals, which tend to be much better sounds, while also 'spreading', time-wise.
As I said, I have raised a query with PG Support, and I will post on whatever they say.
Greetings from Wales