Toontrack 24 Midi Packs Collection 101 __FULL__
Toontrack 24 Midi Packs Collection 101
i bought this pack to try out the drums that toontrack has included. so far i am very impressed. i’m trying to figure out if i need to use them with the other kits i own. but, i’m really liking this pack. i have a fairly good amount of drum knowledge, but i still have to figure out how to use these kits.
when working with midi-controlled drum sets, there are a few things that you need to be aware of. first, if youre using an audio interface, be sure to use a midi interface to minimize dropouts from recording. and, although midi is great for programming beats, you may want to include some audio hits to add variety. finally, consider recording to a usb hard drive rather than a separate media device. this will save you space and allow you to quickly swap from one application to another.
when it comes to drums, theres no shortage of options out there. from affordable midi drum machines to high-end, analog drum machines and all the way to complete drum sets, theres a drumset for every budget, need and style.
whether youre on a budget or looking for the best value in the industry, theres no shortage of affordable midi drum sets on the market. these kits typically feature a collection of drums, cymbals, percussion and other instruments that you can program to fit your own style.
just about every popular midi drum machine on the market has a sampling drum set. these kits typically feature a collection of drums, cymbals, percussion and other instruments that you can program to fit your own style.
electronic drums open up a whole other avenue when it comes to recording. in a way, they combine the best parts of actual drums, midi and programming. many kits (both affordable and high-end) now feature integrated audio interfaces. these are ideal for music production. for example, the new roland v-drums boasts 28 audio channels (available over one cable) and supports midi. connect via usb or a dedicated i/o and you can record directly into your preferred daw.
.., but ultimately, so far ( from my research only, not hands on ) with toontracks,i like the idea that i can easily preview and edit loops in ezy player pro to construct my song, then i can play with the mix either before or after recording all the other tracks, as you need to record all the other tracks to see whats going on so you can shape the right colour for the drums to fit in as desired (ie; smooth, soft, or hard hitting in your face, small room up front, or big hall., your really cannot decide on these moods until you’ve layed down the rest of your tracks and then started mixing the mood you want and blend the drums in with it (imho)
let’s just get this out of the way right now, shall we? yes, the cymbals are all in the same midi channel, but they are not connected to any midi drum kits. so you’re going to have to convert each one yourself. and even if you can, the conversion results will most likely be far from perfect. for a start, you’ll need to load the cymbals into your sampler and make sure they are all panned to the left or right channel. then it’s just a case of turning them on and off at will, whilst listening to your mix in the browser to get an idea of how they work. remember, the only good aspect of using midi percussion is that, as long as you sync up your sampler to the midi drum kit, you’ll be able to play the drum samples with your sampler’s metronome for a perfect timing reference.
if youre lucky, toontrack will have assigned a midi drum kit to the cymbals, and this will make things a lot easier. you’ll just need to export the notes for the kit, and then use the program to change the note to the correct note for the cymbal. the easiest way to do this is to use the midi keyboard to play the different notes for the cymbals and press enter to assign that note to the proper channel. you can see that toontrack have assigned a midi drum kit to the cymbals. in the top left-hand corner, you can see the drum kit’s channel name and midi note. in this example, the drum kit is assigned to midi channel 3. you’ll have to change the notes for the cymbals accordingly, so make sure you have the right notes for the cymbals in your sampler.