VIDEO LINK: (spoiler: leaked song for future release)
Disclaimer: Please keep in mind this may not be C3's stance on how to chart drums (even though I release through C3), but rather the way I usually chart drums and how I figure out what is what. Also, apologies if I seem a bit quiet some parts, I've never done anything like this so the stuttering and mic crackling is something I could work on fixing for next time if I decide to do more tutorials.
Please watch the video, and if it's still confusing, I've provided this list of drum authoring tips.
Drum Authoring Tips:
- Finding a kick drum is easier if you're looking for the big "punch" or "kick" of the bass drum. It's easier to make sure its a drum and not a bass guitar by listening if the pitch changes. For example, you'd know its the bass guitar because the pitch of the notes change. In most cases, the pitch and the duration of the kick drum is the same and quick.
- If you have trouble charting drums, try doing a pass on each note throughout the entire song. For example, chart just the hi-hat notes, and then start over the song and chart the snare notes, etc.
- You can tell if the notes you hear are a tom note because even if they may sound similar to the bass drum, the ring/duration of the tom drum is usually a little bit longer than the bass drum and even a different pitch in most cases.
- Don't be afraid to copy/paste! It really saves a lot of authoring time and headache, so if you're charting a standard 4/4 time song, sometimes the drum part will be really repetitive. Who wants to spend an hour charting the same beat by hand, when you can just chart it all in probably 5 minutes?
- Make sure drum fill markers are all drum fill midi notes (shown in video), and usually drum fills are a measure long. Make sure your drum fill ends on the downbeat! (in most cases it should end on the downbeat for best effect).
Anyway, I hope this helps some of you beginners/novices/C3ers to make great drum customs!