Saturday, January 18, 2014
HOW TO USE SUPERIOR DRUMMER OR SLATE DRUMS SAMPLES IN OUR ACOUSTIC DRUM TRACK!
Hello and welcome to this week's article!
Today we're going to talk about Drumagog, the drum replacing software we've already analyzed some month ago, and we're going to explain how to combine it with Superior Drummer, Slate Drums or any other Vst Instrument, to make it replace the original sound (midi or audio) with the samples of the chosen Vst Instrument.
For this tutorial I'm going to use the standard Cubase/Nuendo interface, Drumagog and Superior Drummer, but the method should be the same for any drum replacer, daw and Vst Instrument.
First off let's assume that we have a project with 8 tracks, one for each drum part of an acoustic drumset we have recorded (it could be also Midi drums, but let's assume for this example we have an acoustic one), and we are not satisfied with the sound we have obtained with the microphones, so we decide to blend the acoustic kick and the snare tracks with some sample.
Let's also assume that the samples we have are not satisfying and we want to use the samples of Toontrack Superior Drummer.
We must load Drumagog in the insert slot of our drum track we want to replace (e.g. the snare track), and from the "Plugin" menu of Drumagog we choose "Superior Drummer", or any other Drum Vsti we have.
This will open an instance of Superior Drummer, and I really suggest you, after you have chosen the kit to use, to disable all the drum parts that will not be used and leave only the snare on, since we will need to run an instance of this virtual instrument for each drum part that we want to replace, therefore we'll need to save all the Ram we can.
In the Superior Drummer main window we can see (and if needed, modify), the Midi Note (or Midi Key) assigned to each drum part, and by default in S.D. the snare is assigned to the note D1 and the kick to the C1.
We need then to match this note with the one in the "Plugin" menu of Drumagog: if we want to replace the snare, and the snare in S.D. is in the D1 note, we will need to choose D1 in the "Midi Note" menu of the "Plugins" section in Drumagog.
Once we have matched the note, if we play the song, whenever the snare track plays, Drumagog should trigger the snare of S.D., and we can choose with the "Mix" fader in the "Plugins" section of Drumagog the amount of sample to blend with the original sound. If the Mix control is at 100%, the sound will be completely replaced.
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