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Drums Engineer Manual

Introduction

Controls

Menu

Settings

Drums Engineer is an app for drums composition. It helps to create drum beats. You can save the composed beats as midi file and use it for production with your DAW software.



There are two ways to create drum beats:
– manual – check notes for each drum instrument
– automatic – press COMPOSE and the algorithm creates a drum groove or drum fill.

Drums Engineer features:
– auto compose drum grooves and drum fills
– use up to 64 notes
– select note length
– change tempo
– use up to 45 different drum instruments
– save created beats as midi file
– open beats file
– change meter signature

– change instruments volume

CONTROLS

When you open the app there are three panes. On left is INSTRUMENTS CONTROL pane. On the right is BEATS pane and below is APP CONTROL pane.

INSTRUMENTS CONTROL pane

For every instrument you have:
-instruments name – when you click on it you can hear instruments sound sample
– ON/OFF switch – switches on/off the instrument
– select checkbox – use it select/deselect instrument. This is used in when you press COMPOSE or Shift Left/Right

BEATS pane

For every instruments you have predefined number of notes. You can change number of notes in Settings. If checkbox is checked the sound is on. If it is unchecked there is no sound.
By checking and unchecking checkboxes you create the instrument beat.

APP CONTROL pane

– ON/OFF switch – switches all instruments on/off
– select checkbox – selects/deselects all instruments
– MODE – select drum groove or drum fill for COMPOSER to create
– COMPOSE button when you press it then drum groove or fill is created for selected instruments. If no instrument is selected then all instruments are used
– tempo – change tempo in beats per minute
– PLAY button – plays/stops the drum beat

– New – creates new drum template
– Open – open saved drums text file
– Save – saves current drum beats as midi and text file
– Save as – saves current drum beats as midi and text file with specified name
– Clear All – clear all instruments
– Clear selected – clears only selected (with checked checkbox) instruments
– Shift Left – shifts selected instruments one position to the left
– Shift Right – shifts selected instrument one position to the right
– Start/Stop AUTO MODE – starts/stops AUTO MODE where drums are continuously played and recomposed
– SETTINGS – opens Settings
– Help – opens app manual
– facebook page – opens app facebook page
– Exit – exits app

SETTINGS

– Notes number – select number of notres (1-64)
– INSTRUMENTS – select which instruments to include
– INSTRUMENTS VOLUME – set volume for instruments
– Meter signature nominator – nominator for meter signature – if time signature is 3/4 then this is 3
– Meter signature denominator – denominator for meter signature – if time signature is 3/4 then this 4
– Load last project on app open – when this is on then the last project will be loaded when you open the app
– Number of cycles in AUTO MODE – sets how many times to play the drum beat before it is recomposed
– Keep screen on – keeps screen on while the app is in foreground
– Play melody in background – when this is on then beat will be played in background. You can use this when adjusting the instruments volume.

INSTRUMENTS list:

  • Kick Drum
  • Snare Drum
  • Open Hi-Hat
  • Closed Hi Hat
  • Low Floor Tom
  • High Floor Tom
  • Low Tom
  • Low-Mid Tom
  • Hi Mid Tom
  • High Tom
  • Pedal Hi-Hat
  • Crash Cymbal 1
  • Ride Cymbal 1
  • Chinese Cymbal
  • Ride Bell
  • Hand Clap
  • Side Stick
  • Tambourine
  • Splash Cymbal
  • Cowbell
  • Crash Cymbal 2
  • Vibraslap
  • Ride Cymbal 2
  • Hi Bongo
  • Low Bongo
  • Mute Hi Conga
  • Open Hi Conga
  • Low Conga
  • High Timbale
  • Low Timbale
  • High Agogo
  • Low Agogo
  • Cabasa
  • Maracas
  • Short Whistle
  • Long Whistle
  • Short Guiro
  • Long Guiro
  • Claves
  • Hi Wood Block
  • Low Wood Block
  • Mute Cuica
  • Open Cuica
  • Mute Triangle
  • Open Triangle