I haven't even charted my first custom, and I'm already asking about breaking the rules...
While reading/watching the authoring tutorial material and trying to think of a candidate song to become my first attempt at authoring, I stumbled upon the following dilemma... how to properly chart the drums for a song with disco flip and mixed downbeat/upbeat snares.
Disco flip is used to invert red/yellow pads when there is a constant stream of fast hi-hat strikes, so that hitting the snare can be done with the right-hand while generally alternating right/left hits, without crossing hands. This however assumes that the snare is always hit on downbeat, or to use a more precise expression, on odd-numbered 16ths (or whatever). Should a song have a fast hi-hat stream with snares on even-numbered 16ths, even tho that's not common, then not using disco flip is better.
But what to do when the song has a mix of both?
A real drummer plays this sort of case by alternating right/left strikes on the hi-hat, and then striking the snare with the right hand on odd-numbered 16ths, and with the left hand on even-numbered 16ths.
So my first idea was to keep using the yellow pad for hi-hat, using the blue pad as snare for odd-numbered 16ths, and use the normal red pad as snare for even-numbered 16ths. This idea would preserve the movements and the feeling of the real drummer. But it has a few problems:
1) it's very unorthodox to use the blue pad for snare
2) it won't work with drums multistems, because the blue pad won't affect the snare stem
3) it is incompatible with pro drums, because it would require a completely different chart for them
Regarding the last point, if I understand correctly you cannot chart pro drums independently, they always use the basic drums chart and you only define when a yellow/blue/green gem is a cymbal or tom. However, when using pro drums there shouldn't be much problem in this scenario just charting all hi-hats to yellow and all snares to red, because with the hi-hat cymbal positioned more or less above the snare, there is actually no hand-crossing problem. But this would mean that basic drums and pro drums would need two different charts.
The alternative is of course to just chart hi-hat and snare normally, and require the basic drums player to strike all the hi-hats with the right hand, and all the snares with the left hand. However, doing so might be impossible if the speed is too high, and generally loses the feeling of playing with alternating strikes like a real drummist would do.
So what's your take on this matter?
If you're curious to knowing which song triggered this question to me, or I just epic-failed my explanations and you have no clue what I'm talking about, it's Joe Satriani's "Friends": https://www.youtube....h?v=C_n9xwKivG4