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Saturday, February 1, 2014

HOW TO USE SUPERIOR DRUMMER, ADDICTIVE DRUMS AND SLATE DRUMS SAMPLES IN THE SAME MIDI DRUM TRACK!



Hello everyone and welcome to this week's article!
Today we're going to see how to use samples from 2 or more drum samplers with our Midi drum track!
This article is an addition of the one that explains how to use VSTi drum samples to replace our acoustic drum sound.
Did you ever want to use for example the kick from Superior Drummer, the snare from Slate Drums and the cymbals from Addictive Drums?
It is actually is possible, and there are two ways to achieve it:

1) With separated Midi tracks: we must create a midi track for each VSTi we want to use, then we can disable all the drum parts we are not using (for example we can disable all the Superior Drummer drumset parts except for the kick, then disable all Slate drum parts except for the snare, and so on), in order to save RAM memory.
Now we must write in the piano roll of each track the drum part that we need (all the snares in the snare track, all the kicks in the kick track and so on), or write all the drum Midi in the same track and then cut/paste the snare and the kick in the proper VSTi tracks.
This way we will have a complete drumset, divided in two or more tracks, that together creates our hybrid kit.
We can also use the sound of a drum part from two or more samplers to obtain a fuller, layered tone (this works well especially with the snare, but don't use it with cymbals!).

2) With one single Midi track: we must create a single Midi track with one drum VSTi, then we create a separate channel for each drum part and we can use Drumagog or some other drum replacer to replace that single drum part with another sample or with another VSTi drum sampler's drum part, as explained in This Article.

Now that we have a Midi drum track with different samples from different VST instruments, we need to create some coherence, to give the feeling that everything is played the same room: we must choose the ambience tracks of just one VSTi and stick with that, or we can disable all the ambience tracks, and route all the "dry sounds" on a buss where we can give to the whole kit a touch or Reverb, to create a homogeneous feel. Another good idea to create some coherence among the different samples is to add some harmonic excitement, or saturation, and some Drum Buss Compression.

Experiment and let me know!

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