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Your Cubase® Studio by Steve Pacey

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Working with the Drum Editor and Drum Maps

Drum parts don’t really follow the pitch grid like a bass or keyboard part. That’s because it would be unusual for a drum kit to be tuned like a piano or a guitar. Even though drums do have a pitch and can be tuned, you wouldn’t normally tune a drum or percussion kit to a chromatic scale.

When you’re dealing with MIDI drum kits, you have to stop thinking about pitch and start thinking about MIDI note numbers. Another difference between a note played on a chromatic instrument (such as a guitar) and a drum is that holding a note on a drum doesn’t sound much different from playing a staccato (short) note on a drum. Length almost becomes a moot point, especially when you’re dealing with a MIDI drum part. ...

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