I’ve been working tonight on a psychedelic rock project that I recorded two months ago. The drums were basically two midi tracks, snare/kick in one and the hihat/cymbals in the second. This is a common format when I record drums when using a keyboard, makes me think like a drummer, as drummers only have two hands and two feet.
Anyway, part of the project I do then is to isolate the drums further so each of the drum sounds have their own track. It’s very easy, I just hit the +/file icon next to global tracks to duplicate an existing drum instrument track with all the plug-ins and so forth. Then I go into the piano editor and in one case remove all the kicks and in the second case all the snares. So I now have a separate kick and snare track. Do this with the rest and suddenly you have a nice set of drum controls in case you want to have separate drum sounds for each element. Yes, you could export all the instruments from Ultrabeat as separate tracks but this way I have more control of the instrument selection.
Which leads to the main trick. I had a hard time using the kick from the Ultrabeat’s Studio Tight kick, had some kind of booming sound that I could isolate with the the decay settings of the sample but I was still not happy with the actual kick sound.
Enter Ultrabeat’s Acoustic Kick Bank patch. It has 25 different kicks mapped across the 25-key midi range. After selecting this patch for the kick track, all I needed to do was to increase the transposition in the top-left pane for the kick instrument track and circulate through all the kicks until I found one I liked in the actual mix — in this case Box Kick. So this is a handy way to key in the specific kick you want, if you don’t like the 25 in this set you could switch to another patch, or even load in another drum SW synth.
Needless to say, Ultravox has other similar collections of the same drum sound in the 02 drum banks sub-selection: snares, hihats, acoustic, digital and so on. As you could also change the sound with those concerning the ADSR, filtering and so forth, you suddenly have enough options to spend your nights figuring out the perfect drum sound for the track.