MDL Drumset to Normal Drumset cause weird changes?

• Sep 6, 2018 - 00:18
Reported version
S3 - Major

For some reason, there are weird things from the MDL Drumset that can't be transferred to the Normal Drumset. This is especially noticeable in the MDL Snare Rim; in the Drumset, it sounds like a short beep. This is also seen in Rim Tom 1-6, which apparently don't have Normal Drumset values or names.


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As far as I know this is not a bug but inherent in the fact that the MDL instruments are different from the regular General MIDI instruments, and they use totally different soudnfonts. As far as I know there should be no expectation that music entered onto a staff for an MDL instrument will do anything at all reasonable if copied to a non-MDL instrument (or if the instrument for the current staff is changed).

If you have a case you nonetheless have reason to think should work, please attach a score and steps to reproduce the problem.

As far as I can tell, this is exactly what I described above. The MDL drumset simply is different from a standard drumset, in order to support the many additional sounds, and so it is simply not reasonable to expect the same pitch mappings to work. For instance, the snare rim shot in the MDL drum set is MIDI pitch 40, but that is "electric snare" in a standard drumset. And General MIDI - the standard that governs the sounds used in all non-MDL instruments - simply does not define as many drum sounsoundds as MDL does. So it is unavoidable that a number of MDL sounds simply won't work as expected in a standard drumset.