Results 1 to 5 of 5

Thread: What is the difference between velocity and volume?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Location
    Las Vegas
    Posts
    134
    Thanks
    1
    Thanked 4 Times in 4 Posts

    What is the difference between velocity and volume?

    Sign in to disable this ad
    I work with ableton drum racks and I have been leaving my velocity at 0%, but I discovered you are not supposed to do this. What is velocity and what percent should I have it at generally? And yes, I already googled this and found nothing

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    Sydney Australia
    Posts
    20,196
    Thanks
    38
    Thanked 638 Times in 435 Posts
    Velocity is vector; having both speed and direction - physics 101.

    On a piano you use a key that you push down to make a sound - this is the direction. How hard you push the key translates directly into speed: the faster a key moves the more sound it generates (the louder the sound is). So velocity is an analogue for dynamic levels

    This was how the designers of the MIDI Spec 1.0 gave MIDI the ability to create dynamics on the fly from a press of a keyboard key.

    Now to your problem: IF you leave velocity set at 0 then you are unlikely to have any sound come out, although I do not think that that is how the drum rack is set up.

    More likely the velocity % is a sensitivity value, meaning that it sets how much the velocity will affect the overall generated dynamic level of the drum sample, a velocity controlled loudness as such.

    MIDI volume was designed as a rough and ready method for mixing sounds in multi-timbral setups - multi-instruments, multi-outputs - it is like the gain on a preamp - set it at 64 for 1/2 the total output level or 127 for maximum output or anywhere else that achieves your desired outcome.
    BC: I've been making music since Before Computers were common in music
    Abnormal thoughts and insights available here
    Tutorials and other ideas available here
    My SoundCloud

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Posts
    2,994
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 21 Times in 21 Posts
    Velocity can be used to call up a soft sample like the light tap of a drum stick on a cymbal from a light key press to the sound of a whopping big crash when hitting the key harder, however some instruments don't really make proper use of velocity and so they cheat by just lowering the volume of a basic sound and this can be somewhat confusing because in such instances velocity and volume are indistinguishable.

  4. The Following User Says Thank You to hollandturbine For This Useful Post:


  5. #4
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Posts
    22
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    If you use a midi that isnt made for velocity you can adjust the velocity afterwords in the piano roll

  6. #5
    Join Date
    Apr 2018
    Posts
    1
    Thanks
    1
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Quote Originally Posted by hollandturbine View Post
    Velocity can be used to call up a soft sample like the light tap of a drum stick on a cymbal from a light key press to the sound of a whopping big crash when hitting the key harder, however some instruments don't really make proper use of velocity and so they cheat by just lowering the volume of a basic sound and this can be somewhat confusing because in such instances velocity and volume are indistinguishable.
    Thanks for the answer!!!

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •