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#1462249 - 04/19/16 12:43 PM humanizing a midi drum track in on board midi editor
RGR Offline
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Anybody do this? I'm using ez drummer, and I want it to sound more human.
What are the best settings for this? Currently I just hit humanize on each event and go with the default settings in reapers midi editor, but is there a better way? Should I change the individual event settings for each event so that's different too?
Any tips on how people do this effectively appreciated...or us it enough to just run with the defaults?
It's subjective obviously but I just wondered if anybody had any success and if so how ?

Cheers.


Edited by RGR (04/19/16 12:45 PM)

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#1520140 - 02/18/17 01:44 AM Re: humanizing a midi drum track in on board midi editor [Re: RGR]
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there's many videos on youtube on how to do this. however, noone ever mentions "inducing timing drift", which is something I do that makes MUCH more of a humanizing effect than just randomizing hit velocities.

let's say your whole song is at 120bpm. do you think a real drummer is going to play at 120bpm all the way through the song? No, they will not. Not even the best drummers can do it, even if they are playing to a clicktrack.

after you have the basics of the song mapped out, then go through each measure and insert a tempo change of -/+ 1/2/3 bpms. for instance, if the song starts at 120bpm, make measure 2 @ 122 bpm, then measure 3 @ 121bpm, then measure 4 @ 119bpm, then measure 5 @ 122bpm.

placing slight tempo changes like this throughout the entire song will make it flow better, and to the listener sound more real like a drummer would sound live, instead of programmed.

the 3 main things I will do are:
1) create a lot of pattern variations of the same parts/rhythms. this takes the most time, but is the most rewarding.
2) randomize hit velocities
3) slight tempo drifts

experiment with those 3, and you'll notice sooner or later that your programmed beats/drums will have more character, and so will other listeners.

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#1527306 - 04/19/17 12:57 PM Re: humanizing a midi drum track in on board midi editor [Re: EssOhEss]
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Id like to add 4)

4) DO NOT hard quantize everything to 100% on the grid, set the STRENGTH to less than that, you can also use the Manual quantize as well in Reaper
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