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Superior Drummer 3 Keyboard Layout

Postby apaclin » Wed May 05, 2021 9:49 am

Hopefully it fits in this forum. Superior Drummer 3 users, what's the logic behind it's keyboard layout (the order the sounds are mapped)? It hardly makes sense to me, sounds are here and there, somewhere in groups, somewhere lonely randomly. + What's the {CC} and {GM}?

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Re: Superior Drummer 3 Keyboard Layout

Postby Wonks » Wed May 05, 2021 10:51 am

They are rather random, aren’t they?

One reason for it is that when displayed on a MIDI piano-roll view, if all the obvious choices were on adjoining notes, then you’d get a very crowded section of the display, making it quite hard to see what’s going on. Also, when using a mouse to select a line of notes, it makes it easier if there are gaps between them.

And if you do enter drum patterns via a keyboard, then if you use more than two fingers, then you want the kit items to be spread out a bit so you don't have to try and play with all your fingers bunched up.

And that style of mapping is common across all drum VSTs.

But as you can almost always reassign the kit instruments to other MIDI notes, there’s no reason you need to stick with their mapping if you find that moving things around suits you better.
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Re: Superior Drummer 3 Keyboard Layout

Postby apaclin » Wed May 05, 2021 10:56 am

Thanks for the answer!
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Re: Superior Drummer 3 Keyboard Layout

Postby Wonks » Wed May 05, 2021 11:02 am

It’s probably only part of the answer, but it must be some of it!
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Re: Superior Drummer 3 Keyboard Layout

Postby Sam Spoons » Wed May 05, 2021 1:09 pm

Could it be partly that the General Midi specs dictate the position of many of the 'standard' drum sounds and it makes little sense to put them elsewhere?
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Re: Superior Drummer 3 Keyboard Layout

Postby Wonks » Wed May 05, 2021 3:53 pm

Not really IMO. All the drum programs I have use no more than a smattering of the GM assignments. Maybe a kick and a snare, though you often have several choices of those per selected drum kit, so there is always going to be a lot of divergance.
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Re: Superior Drummer 3 Keyboard Layout

Postby Sam Spoons » Wed May 05, 2021 9:32 pm

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Re: Superior Drummer 3 Keyboard Layout

Postby RichardT » Wed May 05, 2021 10:45 pm

Yes, I have SD3 and I can’t understand it either! Best ask Toontrack if you want an answer I think.
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