Well the thing is when i am not playing straight 4 to the beat songs, i have to make my own death metal drumming. And even if it comes with death metal patterns, i don't know if it would fit my song.Guitarteach (most likely) means something like EZDrummer or Jamstix. I highly recommend MT Power Drumkit 2 for free; you just have to click "Skip" on the VST each time you open a project or else it's silent. But it's super easy to use and gets pretty good results, and you can easily sub out the drum sounds with RS5K or other VSTs.
I have Jamstix, and while it's pretty complex, it's also possible to get good results out of it that I'd NEVER get on my own. They're having a sale through Dec 31. I got the "Ultimate" version on sale a few years ago and haven't regretted it.
Before i recorded myself with a zoom PS04 and used audacity to remove what has to be removed on the tracks. So effecient, but not when it came to the drum parts which i had to play on a washboard.Have you used different software in the past with a workflow you preferred?
I did that with a little keyboard, playing along to the guitar tracks just to get the feel of it and then adjusted the rectangles. It is hard to play double bass, ride cymbal, and snare drum on a keyboard though. But yeah this was a good idea.Maybe get a little controller and just lay down the drums that way, quantize them, and then record guitar.
Look into the free version of Slate SSD5.5, it's basically the full version, but with only one kit. Ridiculously good, altho I do use a lot of the patterns from MT Power Drumkit.I got the free version of MT Power drumkit. Great for starting songs. Then cut and paste. You can also make separate tracks for kick, snare, etc. Then eq and reverb them differently. I generally replace the kick and snare with live samples.
You wouldn't believe how hard it is to get an actual LIVE drummer over to my house? With good sounding drums. Now I know why Don Henley used a drum machine half the time. It's just more productive.
The best thing to do is get an old-school drum machine. Modern software drummers have too many options (that will come in useful later) to distract, when all you want to do is get an idea of what the perfect beat LOOKS like (drum patterns are primarily a visual interaction) and build from there. My songwriting (as awful as it was in the early '90s) took a serious jump when I got a 4-track and a drum machine. Sometimes I would come up with a tricky sounding beat, then come up with a guitar part to complement it and build from there. Sometimes I would simply program in a basic kick-snare 4/4 with hi-hats on the 8ths (in other words, a fancy metronome) and just noodle until an idea showed up, and once again, build from there. No doubt having a real live drummer to bounce ideas around with would have been a superior option, but I didn't have that, and I would no doubt have made somewhat different music.I wish I could wrap my head around creating drum patterns.
I think I could be totally self sufficient if I could
Obviously I've not tried just real hard. I've not found anything sufficiently user intuitive to my liking
i don't want it to be much of a learning process
I use Linux, and I concur. I'm just now getting into DrumGizmo, and it is a steep learning curve. The results so far are well worth it, though. Blast beats and Discharge gallops don't sound like a machine. Now that's impressive.I am using DrumGizmo (in Linux, but it also works in Windows). You can download several nice drumkits, and they are metalheads, so they should work for you. You can drop midi loops from Groove Monkey into it. One necessary trick I just learned: You have to freeze the DrumGizmo track before you render the project. Otherwise the samples load while the render is happening and you don't get the full kit until about 2 minutes in. There are videos that show you how to use Drumgizmo.
You might try Hydrogen for creating drum tracks. I use it in Linux, but there might be a Windows version. You can click in your beats and then it will export to midi. It is sort of like FL Studio was in the beginning when it was Fruity Loops.