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Chapter 6. Entering MIDI Manually > About the Drum Editor

About the Drum Editor

The Key editor is often the best tool for putting together a MIDI part from scratch. Most of the time, it's the easiest editor to use for building up instrument lines and bass lines and performing similar tasks. One thing it is not terribly good for, though, is creating drum parts. Luckily, Cubase has a dedicated Drum editor with some unique features and tools specifically for drum parts. The Drum editor was one of the first features that set Cubase apart from other sequencers, way back in the Atari computer days, and it is still a superior tool for building up a good drum loop.

Under normal circumstances, sending MIDI data to a particular device on a particular channel will trigger one sound at different pitches. If you send MIDI data to a synth with a bass patch on that channel, every note will trigger the bass sound, and the notes will control the pitch played back. However, with drum tracks, each note plays back a different sound: one note will be a kick drum, another note a hi-hat, and so on. The Drum editor is specifically designed for creating and editing such sounds. Figure 6.43 shows the parts of the Drum editor. With a few exceptions, it is very much like the Key editor.


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