I realized something guys.
I can’t deal with playing drums on a keyboard, both piano and computer. Any time I tried to add drums with my VST through playing, it was such a headache to line things up. Eventually, I just gave up on adding any drums to stuff. That is, until I watched this video series on how to write a song in Reaper with midi, live instruments, and all that jazz. The first step that the person took in the video, was opening up the piano roll and clicking in the notes with the mouse.
And that’s when it clicked! No pun intended~
I can manually add things in with the keyboard and keystrokes. So I started doing that, and boy what a difference! It takes up more time of course, but for the most part for drums it’s more manageable for me. It’s still a headache regardless, but it’s better than not using them at all. I know it’s something I’ll get the hang of – have only been doing this method for a few days – and two major problems are having the notes completely line up with the time signature, and figuring out where the notes fall when you add new ones. I’d love to be able to just add a ton of notes and then go across the timeline and add the midi information on blank notes in each bar. Now keep in mind this may be highly possible, but as far as using it with the scripts I need to use Reaper I haven’t seen a way. It’s just the learning curve thoUGH: I just add one note to the next bar and then move said note around, kind of have to figure out how it works because right now new notes I add always wind up on beat 4 lol.
But it’s been nice! I have just been making simple drum loops, and due to the nature of the original music I write, I copy and paste the loops. Have to get the hang of that now too, but it’s a new method I’ve been doing after learning how and it saves a lot of time. I don’t have to play and play and play the same thing over and over again, can just play one verse worth of chords then copy paste to the next verse, saves lots of time. I’m a little nervous to record vocals to my new tracks for a number of reasons – one of them being I’m afraid it just will be a garbled mess of drums and strings and I have never done a non acappella original track with lyrics, so a bit of stage fright there. It’s a little irrational, I know, but just something I have to do and hope for the best lol. Can always add more to it later!
I’m working on doing originals right now, and doing originals with lyrics and vocals, and VSTs is new territory for me. That’s another reason I’m getting recording cold feet: will my old originals sound as good the way they are now? Is it all garbage? Should I just suck it up and record (yes) it’s just one of those internal things I have to work through, and will. I like to have all the music done first though, and still have one original to finish the instrumental for. I’m like half excited half nervous about it, so yeah!
And that’s been my midi experiences as of late. Music, and midi actually haha. Fingers crossed I get all of these tracks done by the middle of April!