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Have A Good Time (Acid Jazz)

A little Brand New Heavies fun. No loops. Using multi-velocity samples, all lovingly programmed. Except the recorded stuff. Charvel - Jackson gtr this time.

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What are multi-velocity

What are multi-velocity samples? 

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Multi-hit, multi-velocity,

Multi-hit, multi-velocity, multi-layered samples; all terminology referring to using numerous samples per drum/ instrument.

For example, the Beatbox kits often have a single snare or kick sample. Drums sound very different when hit soft or loud. In this song there are 14 snare samples varying from being played very soft to hard. This helps add a sense of realism instead of all snare hits being identical where only the volume changes but not the timbre.

The term multi-velocity is often used because in a typical sampler the velocity of the notes dictates which sample will be automatically used. For example a velocity of 10 might invoke one sample whereas a velocity of 30 would trigger another different sample. In Caustic the process is a little more complex as there is no way to assign specific velocities to a sample.

Does that explanation make sense? I can make a mock up Caustic file to illustrate if that helps.

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The explanation makes sense,

The explanation makes sense, outside of Caustic, because I can't see a way in Caustic to have the actual sample change based on velocity. Unless you assigned 14 snare samples to notes in PCM and rather than changing velocity, you changed notes in pattern.

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You got it. And that's

You got it. And that's exactly what I do, a seperate PCM for snare, kick, hats and toms etc. Takes up more tracks but the results are well worth it.

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I have used varied velocities

I have used varied velocities in beatbox for a long time to give percussion a more organic feeling but I understand that the drums/hats themselves do have different sound with different hits. I guess in theory a single PCM has enough notes for a multi-velocity drum kit in a single machine.

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" I guess in theory a single

" I guess in theory a single PCM has enough notes for a multi-velocity drum kit in a single machine."

In theory yes. Practically, no. The PCM with the hats has to have polyphony of 1 so that closed hats mute the open ones as an example. One however probably doesn't want the closed hat muting the kick or ride cymbal etc.

Personally I have no desire to combine the different drums into one or two PCMs. If I decide to swap out say just the snare then the amount of work involved is nuts compared to my current system.

One can easily use a single BBox till the song is finished and then set up a seperate file to render the drums if its an issue. Also lowers processor demands while working on the other tracks.