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Glasgow, Scotland Hey there ss. Since I’ve started work on my new EP, I felt the new to update my drum mix and try out new sounds since I felt I had used my old preset to death. Now that I’ve done that, I thought it would let you guys download the preset.
Superior Drummer (Avatar) General MIDI Maps?
Ten or fifteen years ago, I freaking hated drum programs. Lifeless, soulless, plastic, 2-D sounding pieces of junk. I never heard one that I thought sounded even remotely close to lifelike. And then, along came Superior Drummer. Now I might sound a bit like a fan boy in this post, so I apologize ahead of time. I still remember the first mix I did using the SD drums. The band sent me the individual audio files, labeled as an acoustic set would be kick in, kick out, snare top, etc.
The SD drums regular drumset was recorded at Avatar Studios. I actually did a few session in the A-studio at Avatar where they were recorded and I can personally attest to the fact that it is indeed a perfect room for recording drums. A quick disclaimer: The problem is that the music world is changing. Bands program drums or record drums in a basement somewhere. The kick and snare are the most important drum elements and thankfully the easiest to fake.
Set up two midi tracks. One for your kick, one for your snare. If the drum tracks are particularly noisy or the drummer was using wet noodles for drumsticks, you may have to get creative with a noise gate and EQ to only get the hits you want. Make sure your velocities are really slamming in the kick and snare during the balls-to-the-wall sections. No, no. No, no, no. Stop it. Yes, yes. Oh my goodness, yes. No limp wrists here, hit it like a rented mule. Run this midi signal through Superior Drummer or similar drum program.
You want to focus on a full sound here. A combination of direct mics, overheads, and those massive room mics will add the most.
Sneak these new kick and snare tracks underneath the acoustic recordings. The beautiful thing with your newly created kick and snare tracks is that you can push it completely over the top or you can use it as a subtle way just to add depth. For extra bonus points, add some subtle distortion, compression, delay, or whatever ye heart doth desire.
But if you have some particularly weak drums, especially those recorded through sub-par gear, some distortion and compression try slow attack, quick release can really help fill out what is lacking.
For the purists: Would I prefer that the natural acoustic drums sounded great on their own? Yup, I sure would. Do they always sound great on their own? I have zero qualms with doing whatever is necessary to make the mix shine specially considering that I have no control over the quality of the tracks that I receive ; something my formerly purist-self would have turned his nose up at. Big thanks to the guys in Cone for letting me steal their drums for this post!
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Ten or fifteen years ago, I freaking hated drum programs. Lifeless, soulless, plastic, 2-D sounding pieces of junk. I never heard one that I thought sounded even remotely close to lifelike. And then, along came Superior Drummer. Now I might sound a bit like a fan boy in this post, so I apologize ahead of time.
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Do you apply your drum effects in the Superior Drummer mixer, or via your DAW? I think the included Avatar library still stands as my favorite. I cannot get Superior Drummer to download because I seem to have a problem downloading Avatar. Human being with feelings. Join Date: Jan Location: Ontario Canada. Posts: 1, Default New drum maps for Superior Drummer Avatar.