Join Evan Sutton for an in-depth discussion in this video Building a kit from scratch and importing raw audio, part of BATTERY: Drum Programming and Sampling.
- So this is working quite well, I told you that I do really like to start out with something in there, but sometimes you do want to build a kit from scratch. Let's say you've got a handful of samples that you want to work with, that you want to load into a kit, there's a great way to do this, and if we load up BATTERY, (drum sample plays) sometimes when you open up BATTERY, by the way, at least in Logic, it 'll play the last drum sound that you were previewing, so don't be alarmed, it happens every so often, so when you open up BATTERY you may very well get a default blank kit like this, as I mentioned before, and if that's the case, it just means that the kit that's saved as a default kit is empty, So, keep in mind, if I go ahead and I go to my preferences, I can actually choose my template kit, my default kit.
So the factory default is an empty kit, but if I have a kit open that I'd like to be my default kit, I can always select "Set to Current Kit", and it will always open with that set of sounds. I, personally, like to do that just so I have something to touch right off the bat, but maybe you want a clean slate. Totally up to you. So if you're going to build a kit from scratch, it's actually really simple. You just start going through, (drum sample plays) find your sounds, start dropping them in, and by default these cells are already mapped to MIDI notes starting with C1.
So as soon as I drop that in, (drum sample plays) I can play that with C1, and we can go in here and I can say, "Look, I'm also looking for a clap." (clapping sample plays) and that's D1, and so on and so forth. It's very very simple to start loading these things in yourself. Another thing that I want to mention is that you can load in raw audio that you have. So we all have tons of samples on our computers, many of which are not associated with a particular sample, maybe they're just pieces of audio that you have, maybe you recorded something that you want to use, maybe you have a piece of audio of your grandmother yelling at you and you want to use it to make a cool kick drum sound, we can always load that stuff up in BATTERY very easily by going to Files, and you're just going to use this Files menu to go through your workspace, as they call it, or your computer, as I like to call it, and find the samples that you're looking for.
So my external hard drive is called the SYSCRUSHER, and then I'm going to go over to my sample libraries, and, for example, I have some cool tape 808 samples in here, so maybe I want a nice snare drum, (snare drum sample plays) and they preview exactly the same way. (various snare drum samples playing) I can go ahead and just drop that on in there. (snare drum, then clapping sample) They work exactly the same. It's very very simple to use. If I want a conga, (conga sample plays) (clapping sample plays) (conga sample plays) by the way, in 808 speak that is actually a conga, and just let me let you know about this, right here, (bell sound plays) that is a cowbell, according to certain people.
It's very interesting. I love that sound, but when I found out it was supposed to be a cowbell, I was quite surprised. Anyhow, loading up a kit from scratch is very very simple in BATTERY, and I would advise you to, sort of, do a combination of the two. Maybe if you like to have an empty space for a lot of your sounds, you can leave an empty space in your template kit, maybe you leave a lot of empty space in your template kit 'cause that's something that you really like. I, personally, like to open up a kit that has lots of sound in front of me, 'cause sometimes I'm getting home, I'm kicking down the door, I've got a beat in my head, I've gotta get it out and nothing is going to compromise that quicker than-- (cowbell sample plays) (different snare drum samples play) the Sample Limbo, alright? So, the name of the game here, as far as samples are concerned, is organization.
So try to stay organized, and also use the browsers to your advantage because no one does it better than Native Instruments as far as going through gobs and gobs of samples. I mean there are hundreds of samples in here. It's really important that you use these browsers to get to what you want quickly. They do work quite well.
- Playing and editing factory kits
- Importing and playing raw audio
- Customizing MIDI settings and macros
- Modifying samples using alternate playback modes
- Vintage drum machine emulation
- Signal routing for optimal mixing
- Saving and archiving kits and sounds