Maschine Tips & Tricks: 3 Tips For Bigger Sounding Drums

You might have guessed that we’re a bunch of keen Native Instruments MASCHINE enthusiasts here at Noisegate HQ, always looking to see how much we can squeeze out of this versatile “beat-making” and production unit. In this installment of our tutorial series MASCHINE ‘Tips and Tricks’, we focus on a few useful ways of making your drums pop and cut nicely through the mix.

Tip #1: DRUM LAYERING & “LINK” GROUPS

Drum Layering is a technique that involves the use of laying multiple drum samples to create more interesting and unique drum sounds. It’s very easy to get caught in the trap of using the same old 808 or 909 kick and snare drums however layering 2 or even 3 different types of kicks together and 2 or 3 different snares together can produce very interesting new tones.  It’s certainly not a new method however it’s very effective. In MASCHINE it’s easy, assign the drums you want to be layered to a LINK GROUP. This means that you can have all your drum sounds trigger when you hit one of the pads that are assigned to that link group. Keeping one sound as a MASTER will trigger all sounds in that link group, and the other sounds as SLAVE meaning that they will play freely without triggering the other sounds assigned to that group. Check the video below.

Tip #2: TRANSIENT MASTER                                                  

The TRANSIENT MASTER plug-in is a simple yet powerful dynamic effect plug-in that allows you to shape the transient of any sound, however its particularly useful for drum sounds. Essentially it allows us to boost the ATTACK and SUSTAIN of the drum transients, giving them that extra pop when they are triggered. Try adding some attack and sustain on a snare drum and hear the difference.  The TRANSIENT MASTER comes bundled with the Maschine software so if you haven’t checked it, get on it.

Tip #3. PARRALLEL COMPRESSION

PARALLEL COMPRESSION is a commonly used method of getting your drums sounding tight and sitting in your mix however not many people realise they can do this in MASCHINE, and it often goes unrecognised. It’s a great idea for any MASCHINE user to get into a habit of doing it.  Basically, it involves the use of sending your DRUM GROUP signal from the GROUP LEVEL, to an AUXILIARY INPUT of another empty group which has a compressor effect as an insert. In this video, we decided to use the MAXIMISER plug, which also comes bundled with MASCHINE.

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