Preparing a Drum Part

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Preparing a Drum Part

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If you are preparing a drum part, here are several tips that you should find useful.


NOTE: Most drum sounds do not have pitches. However, in MIDI files, different types of drum sounds are distinguished by pseudo pitches.  Instead of displaying sharps and flats in front of the drum notes, Musician uses a upward DrumNoteHeadTriangleUp triangle to indicate that the pseudo drum pitch is to be raised by a sharp, and a downward DrumNoteHeadTriangleDown triangle to indicate that the pseudo drum pitch is to be lowered by a flat.


prcarrowIf a drum part shows different pitches and accidentals for different drum instruments, like this...


and you want the rearrange the drum part so that each drum instrument has its own separate staff line, like this:


B816Follow the instructions for Splitting Drum Staff Into Individual Drum Staves.

prcarrowTo merge multiple single-line drum parts back into a combined drum part:

B816Apply the Merge Staves command to the multiple single-line drum staves.

prcarrowTo change the notehead shape for a single-line drum instrument to an preparing_a_drum_part, preparing_a_drum_part1, preparing_a_drum_part2, preparing_a_drum_part3, or preparing_a_drum_part4:

B816Click the Instrument Sound Selection staff control.

Musician will display the Staff Setup dialog box.

B816In the bottom, left corner of the Staff Setup dialog box, turn off the check mark for Notehead Style / Use Default.
B816In the selection box next to the Notehead Style / Use Default option, choose the notehead shape.

prcarrowTo change the notehead shape for individual notes:

B816Follow the instructions in Editing Notehead Shapes.

prcarrowTo change the volume levels and pan of drum instruments throughout the song:

B816If your MIDI playback device is a General MIDI (GM) device, then it will require that all of the drum kit staves be assigned to channel 10. If you use the Split Drum Staves command, the resulting individual drum instrument staves will each be assigned to the same channel 10, You should choose just one of the individual drum instrument staves to serve as a master staff for  editing volume levels and pan levels throughout the song for the drum instruments. You will not be able to independently control the MIDI volume levels and pan levels for the individual drum instruments assigned to General MIDI channel 10.
B816If your MIDI playback device is not General MIDI, and its drum kit allows you to use multiple MIDI channels, then assign the different drum instruments to different MIDI channels if you want independent volume and pan graphs for the different drum instruments.

prcarrowTo add specific drum symbols to the score, such as rim hits::

B816Use the Add Symbol command, and in the Select Symbol dialog box, choose "Drum Symbols" for the Symbol Category, and select among the drum symbols available in the Harmony font: