Drum 'Scales'

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  1. SlayingCondors

    SlayingCondors New Member

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    In some songs I've heard quick rolls of toms or snares that are pitched so they sound like they're ascending or descending and I have no idea how to do this, other than arduously searching through drum samples for those with the perfect pitch I need. Any ideas on how this is usually done?
     
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    Automate the pitch mate (y)
     
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    just load your drum hit onto a sampler and put an envelope on the pitch
     
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    yeah, env on the pitch.....

    or alternatively do it with the piano roll
     
  5. SlayingCondors

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    OK thanks.
    I sort of understand how to do that... but I am a massive noob so can anyone give me a really patronising reply that treats me as such?
     
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    MARLZTAH ++DuB PrOFesSoR++

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    what program you using??
     
  7. SlayingCondors

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    Unfortunately, only Cubase SX3. I suppose you are going to say Reason or FL Studio would be better but I can't afford the former and I haven't learned to use the latter.

    I've played around with EQ and I can sort of do it now, but the hits don't sound as clearly pitched as in music which I've heard because I can only isolate certain frequency ranges which aren't narroq enough. Would compression help? Or maybe could someone recommend a good EQ plug-in for the job?
     
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    MARLZTAH ++DuB PrOFesSoR++

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    SX3 is a great program!! if you were using FL i could give you step by step instructions but no worries im sure you'll get there in the end mate
     
  9. SlayingCondors

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    I've sort of worked it out using Battery 3 (only a demo version so I have to work quickly). There's a tune function as well as a pitch envelope but both do the same job. I think my snares sound a bit too natural though so does anyone think compressed snares would sound good in a pitched ascending/descending roll?