What is the effect of "Conglomerising" your percussion?
When writing music, I use a program called Fruity Loops. Of the music that I write that has percussion, some of them are written with all the percussion instruments being grouped into one pattern. This has the advantage that you can see where all the beats are in relation to the beats of the other instruments. The rest of my music involves writing separate patterns for each instrument. This has the advantage that I can move the combinations about to do things like breifly offset the hi-hats to make it feel "disjointed" or something. My question is this. When writing music, in what ways could it conceivably affect the way you compose, having all the drums on one pattern versus having them on many? For bonus points, suggest a compromise with a reason.