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Percussion Instruments in MIDI Files
By Stephen Kent Goodman

Bill Clark wrote in 100719 MMDigest:

> I'm curious -- is there is any kind of standard for the layout of
> drum parts in particular?  Where should they be on the staff, and
> is there a normal MIDI channel that they should be assigned to?

Bill,  Channel 10 is the standard channel, but parts will still require
editing due to the difference in drum performance concepts between the
band organ drum parts and "modern" drum performance -- the closest
being the additional novelty traps and tom-toms found on later cafe
organs (e.g., Decap and Mortier).  An old-time band organ drum line was
copied from a concert band arrangement inclusive of drums of tunes from
the 1890-1930 era.

What one finds on the Internet -- well, anything goes, and it isn't
always compatible with the nature of either the medium-low tensioned
band organ drums nor their playing mechanisms.

Stephen K Goodman - Professional Player Piano & Nickelodeon Restoration
Tarpey Village (Fresno/Clovis) California, USA 

(Message sent Wed 21 Jul 2010, 16:36:12 GMT, from time zone GMT-0700.)

Key Words in Subject:  Files, Instruments, MIDI, Percussion

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