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Tutorial 2 : Playing Drums with Tapeutape

In this tutorial, we are going to learn how to play a rythm using Tapeutape and Seq24.

This is how the result should sound:
TapeutapeTutorial2Result.ogg.

  • So let's start this tutorial !
  • First of all, download and extract this archive containing the drums samples we are going to use:
    TapeutapeTutorial2Sounds.tar.gz.
    These samples come from the OLPC Sound Archive and were given by Jean-Luc Cohen.
  • Start jack. We are going to use QJackCtl to do this, so we can tweak the audio and MIDI connections.
  • Start Tapeutape (if you have troubles compiling or installing Tapeutape, go to the forum to ask for help) and Seq24.
  • Create a new pattern in Seq24 by right-clicking on a cell and choosing new.


  • Connect the MIDI output of this pattern to Tapeutape so the notes will be sent to it.


  • Now connect the default audio output of Tapeutape to your soundcard.


  • We are now going to create the drumkit in Tapeutape. Go to the Creation tab, click in the Setups list and click on the + button. This will create a new setup with a kit, an instrument and a variation.


  • Rename the setup and kit if you want and create three instruments (kick, snare, hi-hat) in this kit, each with three variations.


  • Load the audio files into each of the variations.


  • Set the instruments to trigger play mode, so we don't have to care about notes off, and set the polyphony of the hi-hat to 1 so we can cut the open hi-hat sound.


  • Now we are going to set the MIDI notes of the differents instruments. The easiest way is to use the MIDI learn button. Press this button, go to the Seq24 pattern and press three time the note you want to use for the instrument. The first press will set the minimum note, the second the root note, and the third the maximum note (for drums we usually need only one note, not a range). You can also set these values by clicking with the left, middle and right buttons of the mouse on the graphical keyboard. You should now hear the instruments when clicking on the notes in Seq24.


  • Now let's compose a rythm in the Seq24 pattern (keep the right button of the mouse pressed and left-click to add notes). By changing the notes' velocities, you can choose the variation that will play in Tapeutape. This allows to have more natural sounding instruments and also allow for example to get the effect of playing the open hi-hat and then closing it.


  • That's the end of this tutorial !
    If you have any questions, please send me an email

  • This is the resulting lash session: TapeutapeTutorial2Session.tar.gz
    To load it, extract the archive, start Jack (for example with QjackCtl or Patchage) and open the session directory with lash_panel or Patchage. The MIDI connection between Seq24 and Tapeutape doesn't seem to restore, so follow the corresponding step in the tutorial.

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