lankou wrote: As for the drum programmers, the best of them are more often than not artists who knew how to use a real drumkit as well,Sly, the guy from Firehouse Crew and Clevie are most probably on top of the list, much much less "stiff" rhythms than what the average programmer tends to do.
Yes what you say is probably correct but for listeners like myself it goes much deeper. Many times i don't want to hear the sound of a real drummer, i enjoy listening to the repetitive programmed drums, I don't even like them to swing too much, i don't see the point in trying to imitate the pushing & pulling effect of real drum timing.
I like to listen to electronic sounds, & if anything, sounding like a computer is a good thing.
I wonder what carly said to fams all those years ago when he brought a 'drumbox' to JA ?
StepDubStep has some nice examples,
& check this one out, nothing amazing, it's just that it fits the track, works well with the bass.
A real drummer would not make it any better, if anything the old kits can sound very dated.
As Inyaki points out though, in the studio the producer is everything