Getting basic drum patterns is pretty straightforward in DAWs. But who wants a simple drum pattern. We want amazing drum patterns and we want all the nuances that makes them stand out.
Snare rolls are one of techniques that stand out in drum programming. So how do you do it in MIDI? Let's take a look.
Snare Rolls In MIDI
Let's hear what we'll create.
This fill pattern is taken from the Fills Drum Guide:
And let's see what this looks like in MIDI:
Here's the snares and the rimshot in:
They key is
1. Pack the snares in there (but not too tight to create a buzz roll sound)
2. Start with a low volume and increase the volume a bit more with each snare
3. Finish strong with a high velocity Rimshot
Zooming in on the snare and rimshot: here's the velocity of the each snare and rimshot:
And that's it. The above is pattern 40 from the Fills Drum Guide.
For more fills and drum patterns go check it out.
It includes 70 drum fill patterns like above (with midi included). It also includes Building Blocks - basic midi patterns to help you create your own fills.