Crimbotone #1

December 9, 2012 1:25 PM

A festive ringtone for your good cheer this yuletide, and gawd bless us ev'ry one....

Featuring my newly acquired NI drums and the result of several hours of teeth grinding frustration getting to grips not only with Kontakt but with Reaper (you're right unSane - it is very good indeed!). I think I've mixed this one a bit on the hot side and it's slightly muddy too, but hey it's first time out with the new gear, so....

posted by MajorDundee (4 comments total)

That's actually more drum fills in 28 seconds than I have ever recorded ever.


(Maybe a bit more room on the drums? They sound a bit too clean and clinical to me).
posted by unSane at 1:14 PM on December 10, 2012

I shouldn't really have posted this because it really is the first thing I've done with the NI drums and is just an experiment. I took quite a while on the drums and about ten minutes on the rest of it! The drums are basically some "grooves" edited together with a few overdubbed bits and pieces. But many thanks again for putting me onto the NI stuff - I'm quietly excited about being able to move recordings up a level in terms of quality.

One thing you might be able to further advise on. If you listen to the very end of this track, there's a cymbal crash that seems to break up in a sort of pulsating way as it fades. Is that an indicator that the latency setting is too low (or high, depending on perspective i suppose)?
posted by MajorDundee at 12:05 PM on December 11, 2012

That's actually more drum fills in 28 seconds than I have ever recorded ever.

Oh, you should never ever hear me drum. I'm a disaster. This track is a lot of fun, though.

Is that an indicator that the latency setting is too low

Possibly? It sounds to me like the PC was having trouble keeping up; maybe the sample was still loading while it played? If you're recording your drum track from the PC onto your Yamaha, you might want to bounce it to plain audio first--that way it doesn't have to load any samples during the playback.
posted by uncleozzy at 5:26 AM on December 13, 2012

Yeah, it's not latency as such. When you use the 'full' kits on the NI stuff, it can bring even a powerful computer to its knees (it just did to mine). The solution as Ozzy says is to bounce the thing to an audio file, which it doesn't have to do in realtime.

I always track the midi drum parts with the 'lite' version of the kit and then swap in the full kit to mix with, and bounce it if necessary.

You can also run into issues in 32-bit mode because you run out of sample memory with the big Kontakt sets. (This also happened to me today). However the symptoms of this are usually more drastic than you are experiencing.
posted by unSane at 2:41 PM on December 13, 2012

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