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Mixing drums with Drum Kit Designe

Exploiting Drum Kit Designer’s Multi Output functionality can create some stunningly realistic acoustic drum tracks. Mark Cousins takes a closer look…

Technique Logic In Depth – Part 7

Whether you program drum patterns from scratch or use Drummer to create complete rhythm tracks in seconds, the sonic dexterity of Drum Kit Designer forms the backbone of realistic acoustic drums in Logic Pro X. Indeed, it’s easy to get distracted by the options in Drummer – the different genres, drummer identities and performance qualities – and overlook Drum Kit Designer altogether. Here, we’re going to take a closer look at Drum Kit Designer, to see how you can assemble and mix the kit to create your perfect drum sound.

Drum-kit basics

In essence, Drum Kit Designer works as Logic’s own version of a virtual drummer plugin, designed to work in conjunction with a Drummer track, which provides the all-important MIDI grooves. While it’s possible to use the two elements together (a Drummer track and the Drum Kit Designer instrument) it’s also possible to use them separately, using Drum Kit Designer with a collection of third-party imported MIDI grooves, for example, or as a sound source for your own rhythm programming.

On the surface, Drum Kit Designer seems like a relatively straightforward instrument plugin, although once you factor in some of the multi-output options (more on this in a minute) and the wealth of audio plugins in Logic, the sonic possibilities become almost limitless. The ‘Designer’ element, of course, lets you build a customised kit using a variety of multisampled components – kicks, snares, toms and cymbals – that can be selected from drop-down kit piece menus on the left-hand side. To gain complete access to Logic’s full range of kit elements, ensure you’ve downloaded the Multi-Output Kits as well as the Producer Patches.

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