Join Scott Hirsch for an in-depth discussion in this video Getting the most out of Drum Machine Designer, part of Logic Pro X New Features.
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- With the Logic Pro 10.2 upgrade, Drum Designer got small, but extremely significant new workflow enhancements. It's now a lot easier to change out samples in the drum pad interface of Drum Designer. Let's see how. In this Logic project, we're using the Drum Designer instrument Deep Tech on the track with the same name. Let's open that instrument, so over here in the track inspector, I'll click on the Drum Machine Designer, and we get our Drum Machine Designer with all of our drum pads.
So we wanted to swap out the kick drum, Kick 1. (drum beat) It sounds like this. So, there's a couple ways we can do this. One way is to just right-click on the pad itself, and this gives us little pull-down menu, and we can choose to open the Library. Now here on the left, it brings us into a bunch of kicks from other Drum Designer instruments. So I can listen through and choose a kick I want. For example, if I like Atlanta, as soon as I click on that it automatically swapped it out in the Drum Designer.
So now this instrument from Deep Tech now has everything else from Deep Tech except for the kick drum is now from the Atlanta set, from that Drum Designer instrument. So that's one way to swap out sounds from other Drum Designer instrument libraries. What if you wanted to put in your own sample? This is equally as easy now with the 10.2 update. So if I go over to our Media Browser, on the right here, I have a sample called My Kick.
And I can click on it and I can listen to it. (drum beat) So let's say I want to swap that out. Now it's as easy as taking this sample, dragging and dropping it right on the Kick 1 pad. And it plops it right in there, and now I have my sample loaded in to the Deep Tech instrument. Now let's take a listen to this for a second, because there's a couple options I want to show you in addition. I'll close everything out, and I'll close the Library. Now let's hear my sample now in this beat.
I'll just solo up the drum tracks so we can hear that. (drum beat track) So you notice that my sample sounds a little louder and out of context in the Drum Designer. Now bringing the instrument back open, notice when I right-click, I have the Open Library, which we saw earlier, but I can also choose to create a track, just for this sample pad. So if I do that, I get a track created called My Kick, and it just has an Ultrabeat Drum Machine with that sample loaded in.
Now the advantage of doing this, once I close the instrument, is that I can quickly have access to lower the volume, because obviously my sample was way louder, so I can lower it a few decibels. I also, on this track itself, have a separate EQ. So I can pop that open, and I can EQ it. I feel like this one could really use a little less energy around 300 Hz. So I can just turn on that option, move my slider over to 300 Hz, and just take a little bit of that boxiness out of the sound.
So I've easily able to create a track, EQ it differently, and turn down the volume of just that sample. And now it sounds like this. (drum beat track) Still a little loud, just turn it down a little more. (drum beat track continues) Maybe I'll do a little more EQing, widen the Q a little bit, there we go. Now it's sitting in there a lot better, and if I un-solo the track, hear the music. It works a lot better. (electronic music track) So these are the new features, and I'd call them enhancements, to the Drum Designer instrument that are part of Logic Pro 10.2.
It's really useful stuff to help you work faster in the great Drum Designer instrument.
Join Scott Hirsch as he dives into Logic X's powerful new synth workstation, Alchemy. From there, you'll be guided through all the key features available in the newest feature set (10.2.1), including enhancements to Drum Machine Designer, new arrangement marker techniques, and techniques to back up and share your Logic projects with the outside world using the groundbreaking new integration with Gobbler and Apple Connect. Your workflow will be improved creatively as well, with a look at new overlapping recording modes for both cycle and non-cycle modes. Scott also explores to the ten new drummer personalities and Drum Machine Designer, as well as the improved Retro Synth and the brand-new Mellotron software instrument, powerful MIDI editing and sequencer features in the revamped Piano Roll Editor, and the enhanced Mixer (now with VCA faders and easy viewing of your Track Stack components). You'll see these and many more enhancements that make Logic Pro 10.1, 10.2, and 10.2.1 instant, must-have upgrades.