The latest loopop video takes a look at importing MIDI drum loops into hardware drum machines.
As drum machines and sequencers get more advanced, one of the most requested features I see people ask for is the ability to import MIDI clips. Yet still most drum machines and sequencers don’t support this feature, which is a shame because there are plenty of MIDI clip/loop libraries out there with excellent content, many played by real drummers with obvious human groove and feel, which is quite hard to program manually.
This video offers a workflow to “import” MIDI clips into practically any modern drum machine and sequencer using a DAW and a simple MIDI transposition effect. It then shows how you can quickly find loops in at least one large database – using the “tap to find” feature in Toontracks’ products.
0:00 Two problems: Lack of MIDI loop import support and finding loops in large clip libraries
1:00 The trick: How it works
1:50 Figure out the notes in the source MIDI loop
4:00 Create a translator
5:05 Record the loop on your drum machine/sequencer
5:50 Getting timing right
6:40 Another example – using the digitakt
8:20 Finding loops fast with EZ Drummer