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    I am programming drums and don't know if this rhythm is humanly possible, I don't want it to sound robotic.

    It's simply a continuous 16th note pattern at 190bpm on the toms for three measures.

    each tom gets 4 hits:

    aaaabbbbccccaaaabbbbcccc etc for three measures

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    If you're asking if it can be done by a real drummer, the answer is yes. Whether it will not sound robotic when you program it, is another thing altogether. Even the slowest fill can sound robotic if it's not programmed properly.

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    Yeah I was asking f it can be done by a real drummer, I figured if it's not physically possible then it would automatically sound robotic no matter what techniques I used to humanize it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WeeWoo View Post
    Yeah I was asking f it can be done by a real drummer, I figured if it's not physically possible then it would automatically sound robotic no matter what techniques I used to humanize it.
    It's great that you took into account the fact that it might be possible or not. A lot of non-drumers ( I hope I'm not making an in-correct assumption in your case) do some pretty un-realistic things with drum machines.

    Having answered your question about doing 16th note rolls at 190bpm, I have to add that most drummers probably wouldn't be able to do it, if they can't do a press roll or really fast single-stroke rolls. But it's not impossible, by any means.

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    16th notes at 190 is easily possible, did shit like that in marching band a lot.

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    16th note anythings at 190 bpm is pretty hardcore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seafroggys View Post
    16th notes at 190 is easily possible, did shit like that in marching band a lot.
    What were you playing in marching band that was 190bpm?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Supercreep View Post
    16th note anythings at 190 bpm is pretty hardcore.
    Agreed. That's why I mentioned that, while possible, most drummers won't (can't?) do it. I practice my double strokes at 208bpm, so I know it can be done. But that's on a practice pad for one minute. It's not realistic to think most drummers can whip around 4 toms with 16th notes at that speed. It is pretty hardcore, and rare.

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    I practice my double-strokes in the shower before work every day.

    And it's all downhill from there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Supercreep View Post
    I practice my double-strokes in the shower before work every day.

    And it's all downhill from there.
    I'm para-diddling as I type.

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