|Drum-Speak||This is where you enter your pattern. See this page for much more detailed info|
|Release it?||You have to try not to write in a release in the pattern you type above. Instead, use this. I know it's hard sometimes not to write the release into the pattern (because you usually think/say it) but it makes handling transitions and repeats much easier if you simply use the "Release it?" field instead.|
|Flam the release?||Self-explanatory? (see "Grace Notes" note below for more)|
|Play Beat Indicator?||Plays generally a Cowbell on every beat. It also respects time signature changes. See Volume Notes below|
|Play Bar Indicator||Plays generally a Crash Cymbal at bar boundaries. It respects time signature changes. See Volume Notes below|
|Time Signature||Anything that has quarter note or eighth note as the beat will work (i.e. */4 or */8)|
|Repeats||repeat your pattern 0 or more times|
|Start Tempo||Number of beats per minute (between 30-350)|
|Tempo Change /Repeat||• This will alter (+/-) the tempo every time the pattern is repeated
• If there is a transition pattern, the tempo change will occur at the point the transition pattern starts.
Otherwise, it will occur at the point where the pattern repeats.
• The final tempo must also be between 30 and 350 bpm or an error will occur.
|Intro Pattern||• Select from the list
• This is played at the very beginning, before your pattern is played.
• Its time signature does not need to match your pattern's time signature
|Transition Pattern||• Like the Intro Pattern but this is played after your pattern is played as long as your pattern is still to be repeated|
|Voices||These correspond to the "GENERAL MIDI" drum assignment values listed here|
|Ticks||• 120 ticks make up a quarternote. Everything else is defined relative to this value. Therefore an eighth note is 60 ticks and an eighth note triplet is 40 ticks. If you need a quarter-note division that doesn't fit into 120 ticks, you have the option of changing the "TimeBase" (or "Parts Per Quarter Note").|
|Volumes||• Volumes are in the range 1-9. These correspond to the MIDI "Velocity" values of 10-127 in increments of 13.|
I figured going with 1-9 would simplify things and that anything below 10 was too low anyway.
|Grace Notes||• Grace Notes have a duration of 3 ticks.|
What this means as far as the MIDI file generated is concerned is that the beat before a flammed beat is actually shortened by 3 ticks (which is audibly undetectable) and then the grace note is inserted and then the next beat.
• MIDI Note: If the absolute first note being generated is flammed then the beat/bar indicator,time signature and tempo changes will all be shifted forward 3 ticks. This could make it very difficult to import this file into another MIDI editing program. So, in general, use a non-flammed intro and everything else should be fine.