Skip navigation

how to record MIDI drums onto separate editable tracks?

326 Views 2 Replies Latest reply: Nov 14, 2012 12:11 PM by blueislandbridg RSS
blueislandbridg Calculating status...
Currently Being Moderated
Nov 13, 2012 10:14 AM

Hello, this is my first post and I am a Logic amateur so please excuse if I don't have all the lingo down. I am transitioning from a Roland VS. I usually play drums dynamically using an OctaPad with kick pedal and then go back and edit/dub each drum as the song I'm writing or arranging eventually requires. That way the drums have my (barely!) human feel. I used to use a drum machine as the sound source. I am wondering how to do this in Logic using MIDI from the OctaPad and the inherent sound sources. Separating the Ultrabeat or EX drum machines by note pitch seems to yield basically all one mega track that is sort of but not completely split and not dubbable (it says there is no input when I try to record into these).

Do I need to set up a separate instrument/track for each drum (that would be 9 Logic drum machines) for simultaneous (and then later, if I needed, individual) recording? Will that even work? I thought there would be more elegant way to do it than that. Also I worry that method may be taxing on the computer. I have searched a lot online and don't seem to find this particular question answered. Please forgive my clumsy way of explaining the issue. Can anyone comment/help? Logic 9 latest, MacBook Pro, Ensemble.

Logic Pro
  • Ahrenshof Level 2 Level 2 (220 points)

    Demix By Note.

      You can then create new duplicate tracks from the "de-mixed" tracks(the +sign with the little square with lines in it) and then "copy" the demixed tracks and "paste at original location" to those new tracks. Then delete or mute the original track(s). (The original "de-mixed" tracks are not actually independant. If you mute or solo any track, they all mute or solo, for example)

      The usual response from experienced people is to use a multi-out instance of the instrument(EXS24 or Ultrabeat) though...


More Like This

  • Retrieving data ...

Bookmarked By (0)


  • This solved my question - 10 points
  • This helped me - 5 points
This site contains user submitted content, comments and opinions and is for informational purposes only. Apple disclaims any and all liability for the acts, omissions and conduct of any third parties in connection with or related to your use of the site. All postings and use of the content on this site are subject to the Apple Support Communities Terms of Use.