A “figure” is like a musical note, but a little different. When you read typical music, the musical
notes are written in a way that shows you how long each note should last: quarter notes are 1
beat, half notes are 2, whole notes are 4, and so on.
In Drummy, however, the “figure” isn’t really about how long a note should last. Instead, the
figure tells Drummy how long it should wait before playing the next note.
In regular music, most musical notes are given note lengths that are in multiples of 2
(remember: half notes are 2 beats, whole notes are 4, and then of course you have eighth notes,
sixteenth notes, and so on).
Well, the same is true in Drummy. Though you can enter whatever number you like in the figure
box, Drummy works best when you enter numbers that are in powers of 2, so keep that in
Changing the number in Drummy’s figure box can make your drum composition faster or slower,
depending on what your BPM is set at.
BPM stands for “beats per minute,” and like figures, the number you set here can make your
drum composition faster or slower. While changing the number in the figures box can change
the speed of your composition, BPM is specifically for setting the speed of your composition.
Let’s put that all together—but pay attention, because here’s where it can get a little tricky!
Think of your drum composition as a cherry pie. 1 pie equals 1 minute. BPM is how many slices
are in that pie, and figure is how many cherries are in each slice. If you have a lot of slices (a
high BPM) and a lot of cherries (a high figure) that might be thousands of cherries...or a really
So remember, when you’re setting the figure, you’re telling Drummy how many sounds you want
to happen per “beat”, and when you’re setting the BPM, you’re telling Drummy how many beats
you want per minute.
As for length, this just indicates how long you want your composition to be. You can create a
drum pattern that has up to 64 different sounds in it. You can also create a short, simple drum
pattern with say, 4 sounds in it, and then—just multiple that 4-sound pattern 16 times over.
It’s up to you what kind of compositions you want to create with Drummy!