Since we are in the middle of the Hydrogen spring drumkit contest I updated the info in the H2 manual right away, but while doing that i noticed that there is something very weird going on with Hydrogen's 'GM kit' : is't not GM compliant :-(
While figuring out the correct mapping i decided to create a GM compliant drumkit template, and added something extra ;-)
The 'GM espeak test kit' holds 46 instruments and the instrument names contain all the info you need to create a GM compliant kit (see image above) :
- I:3 = Instrument position 3 (position in the H2 drumkit)
- M:38 = Midi note 38
- K:X = Keyboard key X (key on your computer keyboard that triggers this instrument)
- Snare Drum 1 = the instrument name
So by just reading the instrument name you already know all you need to know to make a GM compliant kit.
But there is more ... the drumkit can speak ! espeak to be more precise :-)
A drumkit is more than a collection of instrument names : it contains wav files. I could have picked sounds that match the instrument, but instead i created wav files with espeak, a speech syntheses app.
As a result this is what you will hear when you play Instrument 3 : 3-1 I:3 M:38 K:X Snare Drum 1
Like it? You can download the drumkit here
Below you can also find the instrument mapping table :
EDIT: if you like espeak, you should check out this little demo song I made :-)