One of the many qualities that working with a robust DAW is its flexibility. Similar to the work of learning to use the midi functions for creating bass, string sections (individually), and or horns or horn sections, I have recently taken advantage of learning how to make percussion instrument sounds that can be added to the recordings. The results are changing the overall sound I spoke to above. It has been a challenge to learn what drumming is really about in its musical sense, because though I have listened to drums throughout my life, even enjoyed the sounds they make while contributing to their respective pieces of music, I've not taken the time nor had an interest in learning or studying percussion. This has changed.
I am now past the stage of wading to ankle deep into the rhythmic part of drumming and stepped off a ledge into the deeper waters where what I have heard is coming to be something I know at least a little bit more about. The software I am using for percussion is called Hydrogen. It employs a rather logical system to create patterns in drumming on a time line. It is very similar to that of written musical score, in that it has a time-line that consists of a duration, flexibly set to coincide with the time signature and tempo of the piece it is synchronized to (the multi-track recording software package in the DAW, in this instance Ardour). I am still far from being expert at the use of this part in the music puzzle, yet it is really providing good results. There is yet a lot to learn about drumming as a whole. I am still finding it shocking to discover the seemingly odd timing that is required to create drumming patterns. I do so love creating music!
I've added an example of a this drumming technique here: Bomb Train