Lesson 11
Drummer And Drum Kit Designer

 
Drummer and Drum Kit Designer
 
I have a confession to make. Logic’s Arrange Window, which I have been referring to throughout the entire tutorial is now called

Wait for it….

The MAIN Window!

I know, not very exciting, but just thought that I would share that bit of geeky info with you.

Anyway, on to what I consider to be one of the most exciting new additions to logic.

The
Drummer and Drum Kit Designer (this is going to put a lot of drummers out of work)

Create a new project and title it
Lesson 11.

Launch Logic and select Empty Project

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We are now going to select Drummer:


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Notice that our Main Window now looks a bit different:


We have a drummer track:

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And below it kit and style info:


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Let’s start with the Style selector. Click and hold on the Rock pull down menu and you will see the different Styles that are available


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If we change styles and select
Alternative you will now see the different drummers associated with that style:


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It is interesting to note that when we first loaded the
Rock style we were only presented with one drummer.

If you go back and select
Rock again, you will now see more drummers:


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Note: If you are not seeing all of the drummers listed above, you need to go back and Download Additional Content

from the Logic Pro X pull down menu.



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It is probably easier just to click on
Select All Uninstalled

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You will now see the following message:


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Go grab several cups of coffee, because this going to take a while!

Once the content is downloaded, Apple will then install it. Time for another cup of coffee, or four!



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Now you will see the following:



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Be patient with this last one. It may take a long, long time, in a galaxy far, far, away.


Changing Styles and Drummers
 
OK, back to our drummers. Apple has selected some of the best session drummer in LA for use in Logic!

For my first selection, I am going to choose the
Rock Style, and select Kyle for the drummer:

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Now listen to the groove that Kyle is laying down by hitting the
space bar.

If you hover your mouse over a drummer’s picture, you will get a brief description of the drummer and the style:


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Also, once you click on a drummer you will also get a description of the drummer and and style:


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If you hover your mouse over the drum kit section below the drummers picture you will see the following


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If you click on the
Slider Icon you will bring up the Drum Kit Designer window:



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More on that later. Close the window by clicking on the X in upper left hand section of the screen.


Experiment with different drummers and listen to the different grooves that they lay down.


Selecting Presets
 
You will notice that you have a Presets list that appears with each selected drummer

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By selecting different presets, you can also hear different grooves within each drummer selection.

When we get into changing drum sets, settings etc. This menu also allows you to save your own presets! Very Cool!


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Another very cool setting is
Keeping Settings when Changing Drummers. More on that later!

Next you have a grid, where you can change the way the drummer plays by moving the yellow dot around in real time as the drummer plays a groove.


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Try it! Move the grid dot around as your drummer plays!



The next window over allows you to change the variations on the

Percussion This is grayed out because there is no percussion instruments in this particular groove

Hi-Hat This allows you to change the way the drummer plays the Hi Hat

Kick and Snare
Moving this slider will change the kick and snare playing


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Try it! Experiment with the different settings for the menu above.

Next we have the
Fills and Swing Knobs



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Fills allows you to increase the complexity of the fills from short to long

Swing allows you to add a swing feel to the groove.

If you click on the
Details icon you will now see the following:


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Feel: This allows you to push or pull the groove ahead or behind the beat.

Ghost Notes: This allows you change the way the drummer plays the snare (dragging the stick across the snare or hitting the drum)

Hi Hat: This allows you to select whether you want the hi hat to be played open/closed or a combination.

Try it! Experiment with the different settings and see how it affects your drum groove.


To view a brief tutorial on the topics discussed above, click on the following link:

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Getting Our Drummer To Play An Arrangement
 
We are now going to have our drummer play sections in an arrangement such as Verse, Chorus etc.

Create a new Logic Project and add a
Software Instrument

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Click on the + circle in the Arrangement column and notice that a Verse will now be added to your Marker Window


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Repeat the above process until you and a Verse and Chorus



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Changing The Name of your Marker

Click and hold your mouse over the Marker Name and you will see the following up/down arrows appear:

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You may now select a marker name or create your own.



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For this project we are going to create
Verse, Chorus, Verse so we can see how our drummer reacts to the markers.



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To change the bar length of your
Marker, position your mouse to the right of the Marker and click and drag left or right to expand or contract.


Now load in a drummer and see how he reacts to your markers. The drum track will also indicated your
Song Makers:



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On playback you will notice that the drummer will fill, change styles etc. VERY COOL!


To view a brief tutorial on the topics discussed above, click on the following link:

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Having Your Drummer Follow a Bass Line or Other Instrument

Logic also allows a drummer to follow another instrument.

Rather than write this out, watch the video on how to set this up:

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Populate With Drummer Regions

If your selected drummer is still not getting the groove a feel that you think he/she should, before you fire them and try
a new drummer, watch the following video tutorial:

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Automating Drummer Regions To Change How Your Drummer Performs a Groove

With Drummer, you can spit a performance into as many regions as you like and change the way a drummer plays from
region to region. In essence you are automating the drummer’s performance. To see how this is done, view the following
video tutorial:


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Using The Drummer Editor

With drummer you can also automate which drums are being played in specific regions. Watch the following tutorial:


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Adding Fills with Drummer

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Changing The Drums in a drumset

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Configuring Multi-Outs for Mixing and Effects on Each Drum

This is so easy to do, that it should almost be illegal!

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Turning Audio Drummer Tracks Into MIDI Data

This is also so easy that it should be illegal!

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Net Up Flexing Vocals! (time and pitch) You get to hear me sing!!!


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