This is for people who own an Akai Fire.
I just had a neat idea, so far it's working good. Bank B on FPC has always been an afterthought. Was needing more cells to put some samples into bank A, suddenly had the idea for this new setup for use with the Akai Fire, which looks like this:
Why not just synchronize both banks with the Fire and have a huge sixteen piece drum set?
Not worrying about the colours, just make it look like the hardware colour scheme.
After a while muscle memory will take over and independent colours for instruments won't be needed anyway.
Do this same setup by changing your FPC cells to match the Fire's output. Will work on drum mode left side or center.
It will just push the assigned pads to the right and still work fine.
Don't know if the units ship with random note output, or if they are all the same. So if your unit has the same output as mine, here is the preset if you want to do this too:
You can use the little plugin menu: 'browse presets' and drag n drop this into that folder, I think.
If you want FPC to open like this, you can delete the FPC file in the plugin database folder, then 'flag as favorite'.
Your hands hover over the middle of the pads, with identical duplicates of the kick, closed hat and snare right there at the middle-bottom.
Everything else expands out from there. You can see by the pad names, where everything goes.
The duplicates are so you can do drum rolls very fast on the small pads, and with both hands having room to work without binding with each other, and also so you avoid the machine-gun trigger sampling effect.
Keep the template as the foundation, and build new kits by drag n dropping new samples into each cells' sample window.
There is a full row of toms high to low, left to right. The cells are panned appropriately, as if it were a live drum set. Same with the cymbals. Full row of different cymbals across, but the two middle ones are chokes, using the volume envelope. Hold and let go of the pad to choke the cymbal.
You got an open hat that is cut by either closed hats. (you can put whatever sounds want in here, obviously)
The point here is because of the setup, you can get really good finger drumming results with the center-moving-outwards pad layout.
No two-finger drumming. You can teach your other fingers to have responsibility for the area of the baord that is closest to it.
So you can keep a rhythm with some fingers and do variations with other fingers.
It populates a pretty tight grouping on the piano roll too. It's not perfect, but close enough to do post edits without pulling your hair out.
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