I usually integrate some MPC style drumming into my live performances. So far I’ve used a notebook with Ableton Live and a QUNEO or Akai MPD226 to input MIDI. I also conntected a MIDI keyboard to play melodies etc. I hate that workflow. Ableton Live is seriously frustrating, badly designed and unreliable for live (impro) looping. So I’m using an RC505 for looping and Zynthian for keys now. All powered from a single USB powerbank. It’s stupidly fun and portable.
The only thing I’m missing is MPC style fingerdrumming. LinuxSampler has some nice drumkits, but the Drum Machine presets’ MIDI mapping is all over the place. I also miss having some nice one shot chords in there.
I’d love to have an easy way to build consistently mapped 4x4 drumkits for Zynthian from samples on my PC.
I messed around with Extreme Sample Converter to convert some Battery 4 Kits to .sfz format, but it’s too much manual labour. The kits come with choke groups (closed hihat stopping open sound) and other “metadata” which has to be manually rebuilt in Extreme Sample Converter to get the wanted results.
Battery 4 Kits are stored in .nbkt files. I tried to interpret them to build a converter in python, but my file reverse engineering skills are limited. They’re compressed or something with just some parts readable.
I believe some dedicated tools or even a simple engine for drum sampling/MPC style beats would greatly add to Zynthian’s list of use cases What do you guys think?