Drumming with FAC Envolver as MIDI Trigger (no scripting for RC275, GeoShred, SunRizer)
NOTE: This was Edited after many recommended FAC Envolver (with Atom) as the best App to replace Impaktor's features for tapping out drum loops into a Drum Sampler.
Load FAC Envolver in an AUM FX Slot and use the iPad Mic as input
It's helpful to route FAC Envolver's MIDI to "MIDI Spy" or Monitor when setting this up
OPTIONAL: Also Send FAC Envolver MIDI out into Atom to record a MIDI Loop (or to any DAW with MIDI FX)
Send Atom MIDI out (or FAC Envolver MIDI) to the DrumSet App
Just tapping on the iPad Case will create transients you can see on the FAC Envolver screen so you can adjust the level of the Threshold.
Env->MIDI = CC Off (on BOTH FAC Envolver's 1 and 2 circuits)
Gate->MIDI = CC Off (on BOTH FAC Envolver's 1 and 2 circuits)
Gate->Midi = (Transpose = -24) A# and OFF on #2 unless you want to trigger 2 Notes use the unlink to have 2 distinct thresholds.
Tweak the Threshold Knob to capture only the taps as MIDI events.
Choosing other apps is fun because the MIDI Notes generated by FAC Envolver are short and percussive and sound like various wooden or metal surfaces. A traditional piano app sounds more like steel drums.
MY DRUM NOTES which I think follow standard General MIDI settings:
-24 Transpose from C4 = Middle C
A# = for my Drumkit's Ride Cymbal
D or D# = Snare
C = Bass drum
F# Hi-hat Closed
A# Hi-hat Open
I just want to tap out my own Jazz drumming patterns as a starting point.
There can be further refinement using sticks and a pad or wooden surface or a sensitive mic for input to get up from the noise floor.
UPDATE - NO SCRIPTING VERSION: I know using StreamByter turns some people off so I tried some generic MIDI Tools.
- "FAC Envolver" so the Mic envelope goes out as CC 7's with a Volume Value
- "mfxConvert" - CC 7's get converted to MIDI Notes "C2" and Volume is Velocity out
- next I added "MIDI Curve" with it's GATE to drop the notes below Velocity = 20.
- next I insert "mfxPitch" and add more notes (-7 and +10 semitones)
- next "mfxWobble" to add some bends (not sure this shows up but MPE would)
- next "MIDI Echo" to create more MIDI Mayhem
- Target: Ravenscroft 275 Piano or any other MIDI target.
Only 1,2,3 and 7 and required. 4-6 are for extra notes. Any MIDI Generator might be inserted for interesting FX and to add scales.
I call the results Drummer Locked in the Ravenscroft 275 Piano.
I played it by banging on the table next to the iPad.
I put Wobble after the Echo and put the MPE capable GeoShred in the Target slot of
the MIDI chain (I lost the balance but you'll get the idea):
Then "SunRizer" in Arp Mode Wobbing like crazy: