If you tend to work with live-recorded drums, you know how tough it can be to make them sound good.
And since many of us are stuck at home, your drum recordings might have, well, a boxy nature to them.
The garage or even living room may not yield the best sonic results. Or maybe the snare drum fell out of tune half-way through your tracking. Or perhaps you just don’t have the cash for a better kit right now!
So many folks turn to Drum samplers and triggers to double (or even replace) their live-recorded drum sounds.
Hey, no judgment here. Whatever gets you to the finish line of a great song!
But did you know that Logic offers a Drum Replacement feature of its own? Not only that, but Logic also comes with a slew of drum samples to choose from.
However, I like going the extra mile for my drum samples.
I’m a BIG fan of Drum Kit Designer. In my opinion, DKD sounds fantastic and very natural for a software instrument.
And so although Logic offers plenty of drum samples through its Doubling and Replacement feature, I prefer to use Drum Kit Designer for my drum samples.
Between being able to blend:
- Kick in & out mics
- Snare top & bottom mics
- Individual toms
There’s just so much potential for you to craft the drum samples you need. So today I’d like to walk you through this process of using Drum Kit Designer as your drum trigger.
Kurt Renfro says
Great stuff again, Chris. I too love the drum kit designer. As a drummer it’s quite a treat to be able to customize an entire kit for every song.
My question is about the Drummer feature, specifically the “Swing” dial. I like to have a drummer play through the track and then convert those regions to midi, and edit to taste. But what I’m struggling with is the Swing dial and how it correlates to Quantization Swing settings. Could you shed some light on this for me? I know there’s much “dialing in” to be done but to clear up some of the mystery behind all this would be so helpful. Sometimes once I’ve converted to Midi and there’s a need to tweak the feel a bit, things can get outta hand quickly!