How to Use ToonTrack DrumTracker 102 to Replace Drums in Your Mix
If you have ever recorded drums, you know how challenging it can be to get a good sound from the microphones. Sometimes, the drums are too loud, too quiet, too muddy, too thin, or just not right for the song. You may want to replace some or all of the drum sounds with samples from a virtual instrument, but how do you do that without losing the groove and feel of the original performance
That's where ToonTrack DrumTracker 102 comes in. This software is a powerful tool that can analyze any drum audio file and generate MIDI data that can trigger any drum sampler of your choice. You can use it to replace individual drums, such as kick, snare, or toms, or even the whole drum kit. You can also use it to enhance your existing drum sound with additional layers of samples. And you can do all this while preserving the dynamics and timing of the original drummer.
In this article, we will show you how to use ToonTrack DrumTracker 102 to replace drums in your mix. We will assume that you have already recorded your drum tracks and have them ready in your DAW. We will also assume that you have a drum sampler plugin installed in your DAW, such as EZ Drummer, Superior Drummer, BFD, or Addictive Drums.
Step 1: Export Your Drum Tracks as Audio Files
The first step is to export your drum tracks as separate audio files in WAV or AIFF format. You can do this from your DAW by soloing each drum track and bouncing it to a new file. Make sure that all the files have the same sample rate, bit depth, and length. You can also export a stereo mix of your drums as a reference file.
Step 2: Launch ToonTrack DrumTracker 102 and Load Your Audio Files
The next step is to launch ToonTrack DrumTracker 102 and load your audio files into the software. You can do this by clicking on the Add Input button and browsing for your files. You can load as many files as you want, but we recommend starting with one or two at a time for easier editing.
Once you load your files, they will appear as separate strips in the Input section of the window. The waveform panel above will show the currently selected file. You can use the Part tool to select what section of the file you want to process. For example, if you have a snare track that includes some rimshots or ghost notes, you can select them separately and assign them different MIDI parameters.
Step 3: Create or Choose a MIDI Template
The next step is to create or choose a MIDI template that matches your drum sampler plugin. A MIDI template is a set of rules that tells DrumTracker what MIDI note and channel to assign to each detected drum hit. You can choose from several presets that are compatible with popular drum samplers, such as EZ Drummer, Superior Drummer, BFD, or Addictive Drums. You can also create your own custom template by entering the desired MIDI note numbers for each drum type.
To create or choose a MIDI template, click on the MIDI Template button and select an option from the drop-down menu. You can also edit the template by clicking on the Edit button and changing the parameters as needed.
Step 4: Adjust the Threshold and Filter Settings
The next step is to adjust the threshold and filter settings for each input file. These settings determine how DrumTracker detects and separates each drum hit from the audio signal. The threshold setting controls how loud a sound has to be to trigger a MIDI note. The filter setting controls how much of the frequency spectrum is used to analyze the sound.
To adjust these settings, use the Threshold and Filter knobs on each input strip. You can also use the Auto button to let DrumTracker automatically set these parameters based on the input signal. You can see the results of these settings on the waveform panel above. Each detected hit will be shown by a vertical line on top of the waveform. The threshold points will be shown as red lines that can be adjusted by dragging.
You may need to tweak these settings for different parts of the file where the drum level changes. You can use the Part tool to select different sections and 061ffe29dd