Hello fellow musicians!
Want drum parts that sound accurate? Don't know how? Well read on!
After Warden and I set up the Fat Lute, we got kinda lazy and have pretty much let it run with nothing more than the occasional editing of the songs lists. I'd like to do a lot more, but unfortunately the man with the know how is pretty AWOL. As such, I'm going to bring the next TFL project straight to the forums for testing etc. so I don't have to bug him til it's ready to ship on the site.
Since I started making ABCs, I've tried to add in drums parts. At first these were done by hand, which was ridiculous and tedious. I posted up a list of note conversions on here (long since deleted ) that worked for most basic drum parts. It was relatively simple and crude method that used the replace all function in notepad. It caused all sorts of problems the more complicated the ABC was, and sometimes you'd end up going through it line by line, which isn't that fun. Most people I know just totally ignore the drum parts, or leave it unchanged if it doesn't sound horrendous.
But I have this absolutely AMAZING friend, Craigins <3, who codes like a maestro. He's taken a couple of evenings to help me out by creating a program that will convert the untouched drum ABCs into something playable for you.
We've literally only just worked out any major kinks this evening, so it's in an early testing stage. I want to throw this out to people and get some feedback.
Since it works on drum ABCs transposed at 0, you can go redownload those awesome midis you made without drums and have them ready in a second.
Ok, here's how to get it!
This gives you the program. If you want to look at the source code (geeks only) then download: http://www.velox-mortis.com/lotro/abc/NoteReplacer.zip
A few notes:
1. Sorry XP users, we've made this with Vista/Win7 in mind. It may work on XP, I don't know. You'll have to try it and let me know.
2. Make sure you have Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 installed. http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/d...displaylang=en
3. Download the Note Replace.exe and save it desktop. It should load up straight away if you double click on it, but if it doesn't you need to give it permission. Right click > properties > hit the unblock button.
4. Follow the instructions at http://www.thefatlute.com/Tutorial.aspx to create your ABCs. This is designed to work alongside the LotRO Midi player.
Using any other program to convert midis to ABCs may not work.
3. Make sure that the drum part is transposed at 0. This is very important. The rest can be transposed however you like.
4. Open up the Note Replacer, hit file > open, and locate your drum part ABC.
5. The left hand column shows what notes are present in the ABC. These are white if there are no note conversions set. You want the whole thing to turn sky blue.
6. When the conversion is read, go to file > save, and save your ABC part in your lotro music folder. It will be ready to play!
The first time you use it, you will have to input the changes by hand or download the below config file.
Click each note in the left hand side, and either find the note you wish to replace with in the right hand column, or enter it manually in the "replace with" field. After doing this, hit the set button and it will save the note and your chosen conversion.
When you close the session, it will be saved, allowing you to use the same settings for subsequent ABC conversions.
I'll give you a template ABC to make sure you can preset all the main notes.
Save this the way you do with all ABCs, in a notepad. It doesn't matter if it's a .txt or a .abc, both should work. Open up this ABC in the Note Replacer. You'll see a full list of most of the common ABC notes on the left column. All you've got to do is set them to the suggestions below, save the ABC, close the program, and it'll save these preferences. You should then be ready to go with your favourite ABCs.
T: Drum presets for Note Replacer
Z: Figgy - Elendilmir
C, ^C, D, ^D, E, F, ^F, G, ^G, A, ^A, B,
C ^C D ^D E F ^F G ^G A ^A B
C' ^C' D' ^D' E' F' ^F' G' ^G' A' ^A' B'
c ^c d ^d e f ^f g ^g a ^a b c'
Alternatively you can download this file http://www.velox-mortis.com/lotro/abc/config.cfg and plop it on your desktop to get the above presets.
Original Replace with
B, a <<<<<
C g <<<<<
D b <<<<<
A c <<<<<
B c <<<<<
C' ^c <<<<<
^D' ^a <<<<<
F' b <<<<<
^F' g <<<<<
c ^d <<<<<
^c ^g <<<<<
^d ^a <<<<<
f b <<<<<
^f g <<<<<
The way I converted these was to make up a drum midi file with all the above notes, then opened up lotro and tried to match what sounds were the most similar. It's not perfect. If you make any changes in the notes, please let me know as I'd love to improve it. Please note that not all the drum sounds are supported by LotRO, you get 3 octaves and there are many more sounds. I have given a closest approximation of the sounds. It means some notes are reused, and therefore the drum parts are likely to sound different to how they do in the actual song, but you certainly should be able to recognise it and play it with your fellows well.
So there you are!
If you have any questions or comments, please post below. Happy Drumming!
Update 1: downloadable config file added.
Update 2: 08/29/10 fixed an error in the config file. You will need to imput by hand for now. <<<<< shows updated notes, all others are the same. Downloadable link is broken.
Update 3: Fixed the broken links for the direct downloads. thanks silly new forums >.<