Once in a while I’ll hear from concerned Logic Pro users about the quality of sound inside Logic. Usually the email or comment starts like this:
“Hey Chris, I have a question about [some feature in Logic Pro]. I think Logic is changing the sound of my [track, sample, original idea].”
In fact, this happened just recently. A reader reached out, concerned that Drum Machine Designer was changing the sound of the samples he dragged into the instrument.
In the example Project he sent me, Splice samples had been imported into both the Tracks Area and DMD. And indeed, the sample in the Tracks Area sounded louder and punchier vs the DMD versions.
Could it be true? Could Drum Machine Designer – and by extension, Quick Sampler – be changing the sound of your samples?
As it turns out, DMD remains faithful to the original sound of your samples (thankfully!). Though due to a couple of default controls, I can totally see why one would think their samples are being changed.
If the sounds coming out of DMD and Quick Sampler have left you scratching your head, today’s video should help.
In fact, today’s video is as much a video about accurately comparing audio signals as it is about DMD. Pretty geeky, but forever useful.
For anyone who wants immediate steps without the walkthrough, here you go:
Step 1 – Set the Amp Volume in the Quick Sampler Details tab to 0 dB
Step 2 – Disable the Filter in the Quick Sampler Details tab (assuming you don’t want to use the Filter)
Step 3 – Set the Velocity of the notes in the Piano Roll/Step Sequencer to match your sample’s original velocity (presumably a velocity of 127)
Booyah! As you’ll see in today’s video above, DMD and Quick Sampler are faithful to your samples. It’s mainly a case of just turning up the velocity and volume 🙂