Setting Up The Drum Track

In by phoenixgreen

Lesson Objectives:

  • Enter drum part from the score. This could be done using, the piano roll or by live input
  • Create a basic instrument timbre for your drums, tweak and edit this sound but we will come back to it later for further editing once we have more instruments in our sequence
  • Edit the notes to make them more musical and less mechanical, use trim and velocity tools for this (This is not necessary if you recorded this part live)
  • Find all of the drum loops and colourise them to make it easier to re-use
  • Play the songs audio and watch the piano roll of your drum track, find any errors and correct them

Please note that this is the basic drum track. For this part it is important that all the drum parts are entered correctly and that all of the rhythm editing is done fully, your job will be make harder later if you don’t complete these two tasks full now.


It is not necessary to have the correct timbre at this stage as in a future lesson we will be braking the drum track apart and putting each percussive sound on its own track for further sound editing and production e.g panning, dynamic processing, tuning, EQ and effects processing. However if you are working with Logic Pro X a good started kit is ‘HiFi Pop+’ in the ‘Producer Kits’ category


La La La drum editing screen