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9.4 Automatic Drum Patterns

It’s more fun if it’s got a beat! Simply select a drum accompaniment or you can add cus- tomized patterns to the drum library yourself.

9.4.1 Play back with automatic drum pattern

To select an instant drum pattern for ENF playback,

a. With any ENF file open, click on the Drum Pattern button in the Toolbar.

b. Sort each column by clicking on its name in the column header.



FIGURE 9 - 3: Automatic Drum Track Window

c. Click on a pattern that matches the time signature and style of your ENF file.

d. Choose a starting measure in the “from measure no.” field and push the Insert


e. To enter another drum groove at another location, repeat steps c. and d. above.

f. If you wish to mute drum playback for one or more measures, select the starting measure and push the “Insert Silents” button.

NOTE: Insert Silents are automatically inserted if the Begin and End points of 2 or more patterns are not sequential.

g. Press OK to accept the selection.

h. Press the spacebar to hear your file playback with drum accompaniment.

To Remove a drum pattern from the library,

Locate the Styles folder inside the SmartScore application folder and delete the .ssd

file you wish to remove.

9.4.2 Adding custom drum patterns from ENF

The drum pattern library is expandable. You can add new patterns that you have either cre- ated yourself or imported from a MIDI file which contains a drum track on MIDI Channel 10.

To add an ENF drum pattern to the automatic drum pattern library,

a. Open an ENF file which contains a percussion part (written with a percussion clef) or,

b. Open an ENF file in which you have created your own drum pattern. Refer to "Creating a percussion staff from scratch", Section 9.3.3 for more information on how to create drum patterns.


c. Click the MIDI button in the Navigator to open the MIDI Overview. See Section "Selecting MIDI views", Section 10.1.1 for more details on chang- ing MIDI views.

d. Select Edit > Create Automatic Drum Pattern.


FIGURE 9 - 4: Creating a drum pattern from a MIDI file

e. Locate the track in which the drum is played and select it in the Track field. Note that MIDI drums will sound only if they are assigned to MIDI Channel 10.

NOTE: To check the channel number of a track, right-click (alt + click for Mac) next to the track number in MIDI Overview then select Piano Roll. The channel number (and its color) will appear in the upper left corner of the Piano Roll View. Close the Piano Roll window to return to Overview window. Another option is to sim- ply open the Playback Console (Ctrl + 9). Next to each track number listing is a colored box containing the MIDI channel number assigned.

f. Enter the name you wish to give the pattern in the Name field.

g. Select a musical style to classify the new pattern and enter it in the Style pull- down menu.

h. Locate the first measure where you wish the pattern to begin and enter it into the

Beginning Measure field.

i. Decide how many measures you wish the pattern to contain and enter it in the Length (in Measures) field. This is a very important decision if you want to have proper-sounding patterns.

j. Click Generate to add the pattern to the library. It’s name will then appear in the

Automatic Drum Pattern window.


TIP:Add “fills” to longer patterns (8 or 12 measures). Repeated fills in patterns hav- ing 1 or 2 measures usually sound dumb.

• Importing MIDI drum patterns


a. Push the Open button in the Navigator (File > Open) and click to select MIDI from the “Files of Type” pull-down menu. Browse to a MIDI file containing a drum track and double- click.

b. Push the Play button to hear the MIDI file play back. Push Close.

c. The imported MIDI file will appear in the MIDI Overview window.

d. Repeat the process from Step d) above.