With the arrangements and tempi decided, it’s time to start building up the tracks and, again, a decision looms. I’m not a drummer, but I can program drums fairly well – I had a lot of practise back in the days of Freeway. (As an aside, if you want to improve your drum programming, I’d recommend recreating the drum tracks to some of your favourite songs. This will give you an invaluable insight into how drummers build up their parts.) Not that I had a choice – MIDI libraries just weren’t available back then, especially for some of the more esoteric numbers we did.
But things are different nowadays. [Read more…]