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Studio One: Drum & Drummer

PreSonus Studio One Tips & Techniques By Robin Vincent
Published October 2020

Drum View shows the name of a note along the left-hand side in place of the piano roll, while hits are shown as triangles with a velocity indicator stalk along the bottom.Drum View shows the name of a note along the left-hand side in place of the piano roll, while hits are shown as triangles with a velocity indicator stalk along the bottom.

Studio One makes working with MIDI drums a breeze.

In SOS September issue we looked at Studio One's piano roll and reminded ourselves of its sublime usefulness. This month, and in our last workshop in Studio One 4 before version 5 arrives, I thought we'd explore the drum editor and see how it compares to its piano roll companion.

Drum Mode is the alternative view in what Studio One calls the Music Editor. You can open the Music Editor by double-clicking any MIDI clip or using the Edit button at the bottom right. The piano roll (visible when you select Melodic Mode) and Drum Mode can be switched between via the two little buttons above the vertical piano keys. Hit the drum icon and we're ready for some percussive action.

Drum Map

In Drum View, the piano gets replaced by a stack of named notes that go up in pitch as you go down, which seems strange, but this stack is highly adaptable. As you record drum tracks you can have that stack reduce down to show only the notes that were played, keeping the focus tight on what's important. If you load up the PreSonus Impact instrument the stack will pull in all the notes available from Impact pads, complete with names and colours. If you're using a third-party instrument then you can name the notes yourself, or load a drum map script from the little drop-down menu at the top. A General MIDI drum map is available by default, but you can import custom...

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Published October 2020

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