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Better drums in Logic

Replacing or augmenting your existing drum recordings is a breeze in Logic Pro X, and can open a wealth of percussive opportunities. Mark Cousins doctors his rhythms…

Drum Replacement

Logic Pro X MusicTech Workshop

Level Beginner

In an ideal world, every drum recording would be perfect – each part of the kit tuned to perfection, a collection of world-class microphones expertly placed, and just enough ‘room’ to let the kit breathe. In reality, though, this sonic perfection can be hard to achieve; and even though the performance might be spot-on, there’s some part of the kit’s sound that doesn’t quite work. Maybe the kick drum doesn’t have the low-end punch to hold the track together, for example, or the snare sounds dull and lacks the crisp high-end that your music deserves.

Although few engineers will openly admit it, the dark art of drum replacement is something we all need to turn to from time to time. As we’ll see, this doesn’t necessarily mean replacing the whole kit, but instead opens up a wealth of creative and sonic potential with even the most basic drum recordings. When it comes to Logic Pro X, it’s also pleasing to note that the tools for drum replacement are neatly embedded into the application’s workflow, negating the need for any additional third-party plug-ins that are necessitated in less-well-equipped DAWs.

Kick off

The process of drum replacement begins with the raw drum recordings. Ideally, you need a relatively clean, isolated track for each part of the kit you intend to replace. As the driving force of the kit, most engineers focus the majority of their drum-replacement energies on the kick and the snare, which is especially easy – thanks to these parts of the kit often having their own microphones and a good degree of separation. Channels like the hi-hat and cymbals, however, are far more difficult, largely due to the high degree of spill between the various channels.

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