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drumkit install - workaround

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Comix
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This is a workaround for installing drumkit on windows.
I hope to finish the porting soon :)
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I used 7-Zip to extract the .tar.gz files first from gz to tar then from tar to a regular folder containing the .h2drumkit file. Then I right-clicked the .h2drumkit and chose "extract" and the output was a strange file called "content." I right-clicked and extrated the "content" file and poof! I get a folder full of flac and wav files, ready to move to the hydrogen directory.

So for anyone wanting hydrogen drumkits but is still ignorant of linux:

1. Download and install 7-Zip
2. Download the tar.gz compressed drumkits from here
3. Right-click and choose "extract" on the drmkit files.
4. Repeat step 3 on the output of each extraction (even the ".content" file) until you get a folder full of flac or wav files.
5. Move the folders to C;\Program Files\Hydrogen\data\drumkits (some say C:\Documents and Settings\*yourusername\.hydrogen\data).

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comix

memphis
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hi! very useful! thank you...that was exact my problem except i alreadz got 7zip

Mark Caldwell
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Hi Comix!

Hi have followed your Win workaround 'to the letter' - I still get the same error message, and the drum kits do not load. No matter where in the directory system that I put them, the result is always the same,,,,,,

HELP!

Thank you --- Hydrogen is the greatest! I want to be able to get the full benefits.........

HOV
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C:\Program Files\Hydrogen\data\drumkits is the directory where the folder entitled "Yamaha Vintage Kit" needs to go.

Once there, it should show up in the sound library directory.

Once it shows up, then you have to go add every layer in each instrument... this is the step that seems to be missing from the other directions!

omega3
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Additional notes re: installation of drum kits:

1) Download and install the Windows version (Windows installer 2006/03/09) of 'Hydrogen' from:

http://www.hydrogen-music.org/index.php?p=download

2) Download all the additional drum kits of interest from:

http://www.hydrogen-music.org/index.php?p=drumkits

to a temporary directory, lets create and call it 'Drumtemp'.

3) These are zipped files but Winzip does not work. Download and install the extraction tool '7-Zip' (version 4.43) from:

http://sourceforge.net/project/downloading.php?group_id=14481&use_mirror...

4) Return to the 'Drumtemp' directory. Lets work on 'YamahaVintageKit.zip' as an example.

5) Right click on 'YamahaVintageKit.zip', scroll down to '7-Zip' and then 'Extract Here'. Carry out this action.

6) This opens up another sub-directory called 'YamahaVintageKit'.

7) Open this directory and firstly transfer the file 'YamahaVintageKit_demo.h2song' (the demo file) to the directory C:\Program Files\Hydrogen\data\demo_songs.

8) Now right click on the file 'YamahaVintageKit.h2drumkit'. Again, open '7-Zip' and 'Extract Here'. Carry out this action.

9) This opens another file called '[content]'. Again, right click on this file, open '7-Zip' and 'Extract Here'. Carry out this action.

10) This creates another directory called 'YamahaVintageKit'.

11) Transfer this directory (which contains all the sound files) to the directory C:\Program Files\Hydrogen\data\drumkits.

Phew! At last! Now when you open 'Hydrogen' and look in the sound library you will find 'YamahaVintageKit' has been added. This all sounds a bit protracted but you will soon get the hang of all the 'unzipping' required.

Check out the demo file through the 'Project' and 'Open Demo' menu. Well worth a listen.

The Gopher
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Thanx That Was useful to me

Randy
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[color={red}] -Workaround for unassociated (no extension) output file- [/color]

Using 7-Zip (4.49 beta, possibly others) and Windows Vista, it's possible that 7-Zip will return an "error reading output file ***.wav/flac" while performing the workaround.

Vista shows the file type as simply "File". If you experience this behavior, RENAME the output file to include a .zip extension and carry on with the workaround. The next output file should be a folder containing the files you need.

-Randy

florhcs
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Hi HOV
I had the same problem. Just have a look in the "drumkit.xml" in that directory. I use ConTEXT as editor. You will see that at the last

only have a number as name and no filename for a sound. So Hydrogen just has no other information when you use that drumkit. Just delete these intruments and everything works fine.May be under Linux Hydrogen skip these parts.
Best regards :-)

Wasaac
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I'm running hydrogen 0.9.4 -svn on windows xp. Although I've tried this workaround and I have a folder full of .flac and .wav files, I can't seem to play the drumkits in hydrogen. They appear correctly in the sound library section yet whenever I attempt to play one or drag it onto my patterns list, it gives me an assertion error.

Program; hydrogen.exe
File: src\Instrument.ccp
Line: 122

Expression: pDrumkitInfo

I then click any one of the 3 options it gives me and hydrogen crashes.

Can you help?

florhcs
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Hello
Start with a little drumkit.xml file including these lines:

Test instrumental
YXZ
build from samples from the web

1
abc.wav
ABC
5.000000
false
1.000000
1.000000

Replace the top sections:
name
author
info

That gives you a drumkit with one instrument. For each other instrument copy the instrument section. Replace filename and name and increase the id section.
You must have a folder in the Hydrogen\ ....\data\drumkits. Should have the same name like your top name section. In that folder you have to have that file drumkit.xml and the sound files you name in it.
There are a lot other option, but so I created my own drumkit with 51 instruments and it works fine.
Hope it helps.
Best regards :-)

zampai
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Sorry for my poor english,

I found that many of the drumkits do not work with windows.
Some of them work.

Is there a list of kit working under windows ?
I mean kits that dont lead to "assertion error" and Hydrogen crashes.

Thanks a lot

Kommand
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Hi all.
Like zampai not working any drumkit, the "Sound Library Import-> Local File-> Browse-> Install" I get the following error: "An Error occurred importing the SoundLibrary" and "Sound Library-> Internet" I shows the bookstores after "Update List", however, does not download anything.

Does anyone can help us?
I have Win XP.
Grettings.

zampai
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In fact, It works for me under windows vista when using the way described by "florhcs ", see up in this page.

What to do for drumkit work with windows :

- build a folder for exemple "mydrumkit"

- creat in this folder a "drumkit.xml" file with the following content

(use notpad, wordpad or dreamweaver if you'v got it):

###############################

Test instrumental
YXZ
build from samples from the web

[color=red]
1
abc.wav
ABC
5.000000
false
1.000000
1.000000

[/color]


#############################

The "red" section from "" to "" can be dupplicate anytime you want to include a new instrument.
You just have to increase the id "1"
give the file name of your instrument "abc.wav"
and give a name "ABC"

-to include an instrument find in other kits or on the web "wav" files or "flac" files and include them in your folder "mydrumkit"
creat a corresponding section "" in the xml file and complete id, filename and name.

>> then, when your folder "mydrumkit" contain the completed xml file and all your wav or flac files just copy the full folder inside the "drumkits" folder of hydrogen (Hydrogen\ ....\data\drumkits) and restart hydrogen.

your kit will appear automaticaly in the library.

This way worked very good for me under windows vista.

good luck

note : you can also modifie the sections :
Test instrumental
YXZ
build from samples from the web
In the xml file. the "name" will appear in hydrogen.

And sorry for my bad english (speak french).

chipfryer
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Hi folks I tried this under Windows XP but every time I tried to launch the app it just closed out again, I never got it working after that even after re-installing. Works great on Linux.

Great app by the way, thank you.

chipfryer
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It's a little late in the day for me to be worrying about this since I use it on Linux with great results in any case.

I did manage to install the kit I wanted and am now working on adding the layers for that kit. What happened before I'm hoping does not happen again but so far it does seem to be working out ok.

Q.
When I add a layer and choose the relative file (from download) for it should I have to rename it to what it should be or should this happen automatically please?

marney
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Try this experimental program for automatically installing .h2drumkit drum kits on Windows:

http://www.hydrogen-music.org/forum/?action=show_thread&thread=1249&fid=6&page=1

wilkinsonian
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I normally use Hydrogen for Unix, but had to help someone using Vista to get it to work.
It's really very simple, much simpler than any of the workarounds I read here.
There is a console window that runs when you launch hyrdogen for windows, and I figured it all out from reading the error messages that came up. I've forgotten the exact paths, but you can read the errors for yourself, and get the needed paths.
The .drumkit files are gzip'd tar archives. Basically it comes down to getting windows versions of gzip and tar and putting them in the hydrogen data folder, in a subdirectory named GNUUtils.
Create a folder named GNUUtils in the hydrogen data folder.
Download gzip.exe and tar.exe. Copy the .exe files to the GNUUtils folder you just made.
Now the install should work nomally, either from internet or local files.

wolke
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hi all,
please install the latest windows version (hydrogen_0.9.6-snapshot1.exe).
this will fix all problems with drumkits.
also beside many new features you will get a more stable version than the old 0.9.4 experimental version.
read more here:
http://www.hydrogen-music.org/forum/?action=show_thread&thread=1277&fid=6&page=1
download the current version here:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/hydrogen/files/Hydrogen/0.9.6%20Binaries/hydrogen_0.9.6-snapshot1.exe/download

UkePunk
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Hi Wolke

Many thanks for this. I installed the new version on windows 7.
How do I find/install the extra drumkits now?

Many thanks

Paul

wolke
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main menu->instruments->Import library

then press the update list button and install drumkits as you want.
to install local drumkits just go to the tab "Local file".