Orchestral drum roll?

• Feb 17, 2023 - 09:03

I'm trying to make a bass drum roll at the beginning of my piece, and I'm not too sure how to do it. I've found a solution online which tells me to use the tremolos, but it makes the bass drum sound more like a machine gun. Not sure how to describe what I'm going for, It's a drum roll on a bass drum with a crescendo hairpin.


Considering just the notation, you can indicate a roll with either a tremolo (3 strokes, or perhaps 4 in a very slow tempo if there's any danger of ambiguity), or tr~~~, but the tremolo is much more common nowadays.

When I apply a three- (or four-) stroke tremolo it sounds to me like MuseScore interprets this as a roll and uses an appropriate sample. Maybe people more experienced in the playback area can weigh in.

The machine gun sound suggests to me you are using a soundfont instead of the new Msue Sounds. With Msue Sounds, rolls should sound like rolls. If you have a score where that's not happening, please attach it so we can understand and assist better.

In reply to by Marc Sabatella

Hey guys, Sorry to bump the thread a year later but I'm having a similar issue with snare rolls, they sound like a machine gun and I know I'm using Muse Sounds, a 4-dashed tremolo and even a 3-dashed one sounds horrible and is often off-rhythm too compared to what's around it. Any workaround for this?

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