It is my understanding that the “snappy” adjustment on drum machines represents the adjustments present on an actual snare drum. I see this adjustment on all drum machines. I am in the process of building some drum machine instruments within Renoise and am wondering if anybody has any ideas as how to recreate this within Renoise. or is snappy even a feture that needt to be included. I am looking forward to see other’s thoughts on this. Has anybody else created drum machine style instruments? If so what are your must includes.
I use several Roland drum machines in my hardware setup (808,909,606,707) and the “snappy” control adds some kind of a modified noise to the snare to make it more crisp or let’s even say more agressive. It’s normally just a noise which is modified by sound coloring things like EQs, compressors or even saturation or some kind of slight distortion to make the snare sound more crisp in the attack and also make the body of the snare more “dirty”. Just try to add such a noise sound as the snappy feature to your snare. You also can try to use a clap sound instead of a noise and try to modify it with some EQs, filters, saturation etc.
I’m also a VST developer and made a VST for my own use to create my own electronic style kick drums. An electronic kick drum is just a simple sine wave with a fast pitch envelope modulation. You can easily create own style kicks with the renoise sampler, a looped single cycle sine wave sample and several envelopes with different settings and amounts to modulate the pitch of the sine. then you can add other samples like clicks, claps, percussions etc (all kind of sounds with fast transients) to create the attack part of the kick.
I have an installation Roland TD-K1. I did not think about such a method. There are different types of drums in my computer, but I did not like the sensitivity and the small number of them, it seems now I know how to solve this problem.