Use Drum Machine Designer pad controls in Logic Pro (2023)

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Move your pointer over, or click, the icon or pad background of any of the 16 pads shown on each grid page to access pad parameters and to view Kit Piece Tone and Effect Smart Controls. Use the pad controls barbelow the grid to access editing options and to navigate between pad pages.

Use the kit controls barabove the grid to view and edit kit parameters in the Smart Controls pane, when visible.

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Pad parameters

  • Pad: Move the pointer over the pad to view Mute, Solo, Input, Output, and Action pop-up menu options. Click the speaker icon to play the sound. Drag the pad to reorder it in the grid. Double-click the pad to rename it (and the subtrack). You can also exchange the kit piece sound assigned to the pad.

    Note: When you click a pad icon or pad background, the Smart Controls pane updates to show parameters specific to the sound. Click the disclosure arrow at the lower left of the grid if the Smart Controls pane is not visible.

    Note: The kit icon in the kit controls bar displays a muted speaker icon when you move the pointer over it during playback. This can be used to immediately stop playback of all kit pieces. This is useful when you want to silence a long One Shot sample that you are previewing in a Quick Sampler-based kit piece, for example.

  • Unassigned pad: A pad without a corresponding subtrack is called an unassigned pad. You can recognize it by the missing icon, missing kit piece name and missing kit name, and by the “+” icon that appears when you move the pointer over the pad. Click the “+” icon to create a new, empty subtrack and channel strip, or click the pad and choose a kit piece in the Library. You can also drag an audio sample or a region onto the pad.

    Note: In cases where you have used the Clear Pad command, the pad will have no assigned sound, but will have a corresponding subtrack, so the “+” icon is not displayed.

  • Mute button: Use to silence the subtrack assigned to the pad. Multiple pads can be muted.

  • Solo button: Use to hear the sound in isolation. This solos the subtrack. All other pads are muted, indicated by a flashing Mute button. Multiple pads can be soloed.

  • Input pop-up menu: Choose, or learn, an input note number for the pad. You can assign multiple pads to the same input note, allowing you to create layered sounds consisting of multiple channel strips with different instruments.

  • Output pop-up menu: Choose, or learn, an output note number for the pad.

    Note: MIDI notes received on the main track are distributed to subtracks, according to the input and output notes assigned to the pads. This is true for notes from regions on the main track, and for notes played in real time when the main track is the focused track. For example, if the pad assigned to the first subtrack is set to input note C1 and to output note G2, a C1 played on the main track is converted to a G2. This note value is passed to the first subtrack and plays a G2 on the instrument inserted in the subtrack channel strip.

  • Action pop-up menu: Choose a command for the pad.

    • Exclusive Group: Choose a group for the pad. You can assign multiple pads to the same group. As soon as one drum sound in the group is triggered, all other sounds in that same group are stopped. For example, you could group three pads with open, semi-closed, and closed hi-hat sounds. Only one of these sounds can be played at a time, mirroring the behavior of real hi-hats.

      Note: The group number is shown at the top right of each pad in the group when any group member is selected.

    • Open/Close Library: Open or close the Library pane. Click a patch name in the Library to exchange the assigned kit piece.

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    • Resample Pad: Choose to initiate a resampling process. This sends the input note of the selected pad to Drum Machine Designer, which plays the assigned instrument, inclusive of all channel strip and main track plug-ins. The resulting Drum Machine Designer output is resampled, and loaded into a new Quick Sampler instance on a new channel strip and subtrack, which is automatically assigned to the first available (lowest numbered) unassigned pad.

      Note: If multiple pads are assigned to the same input note, the mixed sound of all pads is resampled. This allows you to combine the sounds of multiple pads onto one pad.

    • Update Kit Name for this Kit Piece: Choose to apply the current kit name to the selected kit piece.

    • Set Output Note based on DMD Pad instruments: Choose to assign the kit piece output note according to the Root Key of the Quick Sampler or other instrument. This ensures that the sample is triggered at the original speed in Quick Sampler and at the correct pitch in other instrument sounds.

    • Assign Track Icon: Choose to open a window where you can choose a kit piece icon from several categories. Select a category from the list and click an icon to assign it to the kit piece.

    • Clear Pad: Remove the kit piece assigned to the pad. This clears the channel strip of the pad subtrack.

Add kit pieces to unassigned pads

  1. In Logic Pro, move the pointer over an unassigned pad.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • Click a kit piece patch in the Library to add the kit piece.

    • Drag a MIDI or audio region, or an audio file from the Finder, Audio File Browser, or Loop Browser, onto the pad. Files can be in any audio file format that Logic Pro supports.

      A resampling process takes place when a region is dropped onto a pad and a new Quick Sampler instance is inserted on a new subtrack, which is automatically assigned to the first available (lowest numbered) unassigned pad.

    • Click the “+” icon that appears to create a new, empty channel strip and subtrack.

      Note: In cases where you have used the Clear Pad command, the pad will have no assigned sound, but will have a corresponding subtrack, so the “+” icon is not displayed. Click the pad background to assign a sound to the pad and subtrack.

Add samples to unused pads on a Drum Machine Designer main track or subtrack

You can quickly add samples to unused pads by dragging content to the main track header, or you can replace the sample for a pad by dragging content to the corresponding subtrack header.

  1. In Logic Pro, drag one or more audio files, regions, or Apple Loops to a Drum Machine Designer main track or subtrack header.

    • When adding an audio file, the “Add Sample to” dialog appears in the track header. Drag the items to the Drum Machine Designer zone.

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      The items are added to the first (lowest numbered) unassigned pads.

    • When adding an audio or software instrument region, a resampling process is triggered, with the region bounced offline as an audio file.

    • When adding a Step Sequencer region, a resampling process is triggered, with the region bounced offline as an audio file.

      Note: The resampling process that takes place when a region is dropped onto a pad inserts a new Quick Sampler instance on a new subtrack, which is mapped to the first available (lowest numbered) unassigned pad.

Play a drum or kit piece

  • In Logic Pro, do one of the following:

    • Place the pointer over a pad, then click the speaker icon. The sound is played from start to end.

    • Place the pointer over a pad, then click-hold the speaker icon. The sound is played and stops immediately when you release the button.

Mute a kit piece

  • In Logic Pro, place the pointer over the pad to view available options, then click the Mute button that appears.

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    The muted pad is dimmed and the Mute button on the dimmed pad is highlighted. This silences the subtrack assigned to the pad.

Solo a kit piece

  • In Logic Pro, place the pointer over the pad to view available options, then click the Solo button that appears.

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    All other pads are dimmed, and the Solo button is highlighted. This solos the subtrack assigned to the pad.

Edit the sound of a kit piece

You can use Smart Controls parameters to process and affect the overall kit or selected kit piece.

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Note: If the Smart Controls pane is not visible, click the disclosure arrow at the lower left of the grid.

  1. In Logic Pro, click the icon or a pad background of the kit piece you want to edit.

  2. Click the Pad Controls button in the pad controls bar.

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  3. Adjust the Smart Controls parameters for the kit piece.

    To learn more about how each control affects the sound, see Kit Piece Tone and Effect Smart Controls.

    Note: If a Drum Machine Designer subtrack or pad uses a Quick Sampler or Drum Synth plug-in, you will see additional Q-Sampler Main, Q-Sampler Details, or Drum Synth view buttons alongside the Pad Controls button below the grid. Use these to access the respective instrument plug-in interface and parameters directly at the bottom of the Drum Machine Designer window. See Quick Sampler overview and Drum Synth overview for details on editing parameters that you can view in the lower portion of the Drum Machine Designer interface.

Save an edited kit piece sound as a kit piece patch

  1. In Logic Pro, click the icon or a pad background of the edited kit piece you want to save.

  2. Click the Save button at the bottom of the Library pane. If the Library is not visible, click the Action pop-up menu on the pad, then choose “Open Library”.

    In the Finder window:

  3. Browse to the file location you want to use. The default folder location is User Kit Piece Patches. If required, create a new folder.

  4. Type the kit piece patch name, then press the Save button.

Reorder kit pieces

In Logic Pro, you can reorder kit pieces in the following ways:

  • Drag a pad to an empty location in the grid.

  • Drag a pad between two pads in the grid. A vertical blue line is shown to indicate the target location. The pad is placed between the target pads. Adjacent (and other) pads move to accommodate the dropped pad.

  • Drag a pad between pages in the grid. An arrow is briefly shown at the left or right edge of the grid, which then moves to the target page. Drop the pad at the location you want to use on the page.

  • Drag a pad onto another pad in the grid to swap their positions.

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    Note: Dragging behavior is affected by the option you chose in the “Reorder Pads” submenu in the kit controls bar Action pop-up menu.

    • Change Sounds: Changing the pad layout moves the sounds of the pads, but pad input and output note settings are not changed: The sounds will appear in a different order when played via a MIDI keyboard or by a recorded region.

    • Visual Only: Changing the pad layout moves the pads and sounds together, so reordering will only have a visual effect: The pads will appear in a different order, but assigned sounds are still played by the same MIDI notes.

Replace kit pieces using pads

  1. In Logic Pro, click a pad icon or pad background to select it.

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  2. Do one of the following:

    • Click a kit piece patch in the Library to exchange the kit piece. If the Library is not visible, choose Open Library from the Action or shortcut menu. Use Control-click to access the shortcut menu.

    • Drag a MIDI or audio region, or an audio file from the Finder, Audio File Browser, or Loop Browser, onto the pad. Files can be in any audio file format that Logic Pro supports.

      Note: A Replace with Quick Sampler message is shown on the pad.

Replace kit pieces using Drum Machine Designer subtracks

  1. In Logic Pro, drag an audio file, region, or Apple Loop to a Drum Machine Designer subtrack.

  2. When the Replace Sample dialog appears, drop the item.

Download the guides:

Logic Pro User Guide: Apple Books | PDF

Logic Pro Instruments: Apple Books | PDF

Logic Pro Effects: Apple Books | PDF

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FAQs

How do you use drum pads in Logic Pro? ›

Play a drum or kit piece

In Logic Pro, do one of the following: Place the pointer over a pad, then click the speaker icon. The sound is played from start to end. Place the pointer over a pad, then click-hold the speaker icon.

Does Logic Pro have a drum editor? ›

If you add a Drummer track to a project, you can view and edit Drummer track and region parameters in the Drummer Editor.

What MIDI controller works best with logic? ›

Best MIDI Controllers For Logic Pro X
  • Best For Logic Pro X. Arturia Keylab MKii 61. 4.5. ...
  • Great Budget Option. Novation MK III Mini. 4.5. ...
  • Nektar Panorama T6. 4.0. The Nektar Panorama T6 comes with 8 pads and a solid key-bed. ...
  • Great 88 Key Option. Roland A-88 MKii. 4.0. ...
  • Akai MPK 225. 4.0.
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How do I edit a drum kit in Logic Pro? ›

In Logic Pro, click a drum or percussion piece.
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Adjust kit piece settings (all kits)
  1. To adjust the pitch: Drag the Tune control vertically, or double-click the field and enter a new value.
  2. To adjust the sustain: Drag the Dampen control vertically, or double-click the field and enter a new value.

Does logic come with drum Loops? ›

To open the Loop Browser, click in the upper-right corner of the Logic Pro window or press the letter O on your keyboard. Drummer Loops appear in the Loop Browser with a yellow icon . To show only Drummer Loops in the Loops Browser, select Drummer from the Loop Packs pop-up menu at the top of the Loops Browser.

Does logic have an autotune? ›

On Logic Pro X you can use the autotune plug-in or Flex Pitch, but third-party plug-ins can also do an excellent job. Here's a list of other plug-ins you can check out for pitch correction: Auto-Tune Access by Antares.

Can logic Drummer convert to MIDI? ›

Convert a Drummer region to a regular MIDI region

Control-click the Drummer region, then choose Convert > Convert to MIDI Region from the shortcut menu. The Drummer region is converted to a MIDI region, but the region remains on the Drummer track. Drag the Drummer region to another existing track.

Is Logic Pro good for MIDI? ›

Logic Pro works with many USB and MIDI keyboard controllers and with other MIDI devices including sound modules, control surfaces, effects processors, mixers, lighting controllers, pedals, and switches.

Is a MIDI controller better than a keyboard? ›

MIDI Keyboards are excellent for practicing and performing. They are very easy to connect up, and they typically come with headphones outputs if you want to practice your music silently. MIDI controllers, on the other hand, are great for making drum loops or beats and triggering one-shot sounds.

What is the most popular MIDI controller? ›

The best MIDI keyboards and controllers in 2022
  • Akai Mpk Mini.
  • Alesis V25.
  • Novation Launchkey Mini Mk3.
  • Arturia KeyStep Pro.
  • Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol A25.
  • Nektar Impact LX88.
  • M-Audio Oxygen Pro 49.
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How do you make Drums more punchy with compression? ›

The Compression Technique
  1. Start with the attack time set as slow as possible, and release time set as fast as possible on the compressor.
  2. Turn the attack faster until the instrument begins to sound dull (this happens because you're compressing the attack portion of the sound envelope).

How do I create an automation in Logic Pro? ›

Overview of automation in Logic Pro
  1. Show the automation curve you want to work on, and choose between track automation and region automation.
  2. Choose an automation mode.
  3. Add automation points to the curve at the start and end points for the change you want, then adjust the automation points.

Are logic drum samples good? ›

The Drummer/Drumkit Designer stuff in Logic X is so incredibly cool. Not only is it painlessly useful, simple and powerful as a writing tool ... the samples sound amazing! The kit I'm using (custom based on the Gretsch kit with the Yamaha kick) sounds unbelievable both independently and in a full music mix.

How can you tune the individual drums in drummer Logic Pro? ›

In the Logic ProDrummer Editor, select an instrument, then drag the slider to the right of the instrument to choose an increment. You can also click a specific increment. In some cases, you can select more than one instrument in a category.

Does Logic Pro have drum beats? ›

Logic Pro 10.3. 2 includes a variety of Apple Loops powered by Drummer. Quickly add beats to your project by dragging a Drummer loop from the Loop Browser into your project. Choose from variety of Drummer Loops for each drummer.

Are Apple drum loops copyrighted? ›

You may use the Apple and third party audio loop content (Audio Content), contained in or otherwise included with the Apple Software, on a royalty-free basis, to create your own original music compositions or audio projects.

Are loops from logic royalty-free? ›

It goes on to say that Garageband and Logic Pro X users are free to use loops “on a royalty-free basis, to create your own original music or audio projects.” There is a caveat though. What you cannot do, is sell them individually or use them on a standalone basis.

Are the loops in logic copyrighted? ›

All content (loops, patches, samples, etc.) supplied with Logic is royalty-free, so yes, you're allowed to sell your instrumentals produced using that content.

What singers use Logic Pro? ›

Taylor Swift, Björk, Brian Eno, Chris Martin of Coldplay, Shawn Mendes, and Ed Sheeran have all been known to use Logic Pro. That's the beauty of using a DAW to produce music – it's accessible to all genres.

What is autotune called in logic? ›

Logic Pro's stock autotune plug-in is named “Pitch Correction” and can be found in the “Pitch” folder of the plug-in drop down menu (throughout this post I will refer to this plug-in simply as “autotune”). If you're unfamiliar with adding plugins in Logic then here is a post on how to add plugins in Logic Pro.

Which autotune do professionals use? ›

The Professional Standard for Pitch Correction

Auto-Tune Pro X is the most advanced Auto-Tune edition ever. It includes a redesigned Graph Mode for detailed pitch and time editing, Auto Mode for real-time correction and effects, and runs natively on Apple Silicon.

Are Logic Pro plugins enough? ›

Logic Pro X Stock plugins are surprisingly good for both mixing and mastering. Although you may still want to download or purchase other 2nd and 3rd party plugins, Logic Pro X Stock plugins are good and easy enough to use, to create decent mixes and masters.

What plugins do famous producers use? ›

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  • Softube – Saturation Knob. ...
  • Camel Audio – Camelcrusher. ...
  • Xfer Records – OTT Compressor. ...
  • Native Instruments Reaktor 6. ...
  • Spectrasonics Keyscape. ...
  • Xfer Records Serum. ...
  • iZotope – Ozone Imager. ...
  • Valhalla – Freq Echo.
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What plugins do big producers use? ›

The Main Types of Audio Plugins You'll Encounter as a Producer or Beatmaker:
  • Equalizer Plugins.
  • Compressor Plugins.
  • Reverb Plugins.
  • Delay Plugins.
  • Distortion Plugins.
  • Saturation Plugins.
  • Limiter Plugins.
  • Gate & Expander Plugins.

Do musicians use Logic Pro? ›

Apple's Logic Pro is the DAW of choice for many of the top musicians around the world. It is used by industry-leaders and has developed a reputation for being one of the best DAWs available. Almost 1 in 5 music producers use Logic as their primary music production software.

Is there a program that converts audio to MIDI? ›

Introducing Basic Pitch, Spotify's free open source tool for converting audio into MIDI. Basic Pitch uses machine learning to transcribe the musical notes in a recording. Drop a recording of almost any instrument, including your voice, then get back a MIDI version, just like that.

How do I open the instrument editor in logic? ›

Select a software instrument (or external MIDI instrument) track or a MIDI region, then choose View > Show Editors. Double-click a MIDI region (if Piano Roll is chosen from the Logic Pro > Settings > General > Editing > Double-Clicking a MIDI Region Opens pop-up menu). The Piano Roll Editor opens below the Tracks area.

Does Logic Pro have steel drums? ›

Tuned Percussion emulates a vibraphone, xylophone, timpani, steel drums, and other tuned percussion instruments.

Does Vocaloid work in logic? ›

Start VOCALOID on the software instrument track.

Click the menu of [Instruments:] in the details and select [AU Instruments > Yamaha Corporation > VOCALOID AU > Stereo]. Click [Create] button. Now you can start VOCALOID in Logic Pro.

Can you play instruments on Logic Pro? ›

If you have a USB or MIDI keyboard (or another type of MIDI controller) connected to your computer, you can play and record software instruments. Logic Pro features a complete library of professional-quality software instruments, including synthesizers and other keyboards, guitars, drums, world instruments, and more.

What instruments are included in Logic Pro? ›

  • Audio Track Editor interface.
  • Piano Roll Editor interface.
  • Drummer Editor interface.
  • Score Editor interface.
  • Step Editor interface.
  • Audio File Editor interface.

How do I edit sound in logic? ›

Open the Audio Track Editor by doing one of the following: Select an audio track in the Tracks area, then choose View > Show Editors. Select an audio track in the Tracks area, then click the Editors button in the control bar. Double-click an audio region.

Is logic a good DAW? ›

Both Logic Pro and Pro Tools are essentially as good as it gets when it comes to DAWs and producing music on a computer. The automation, the plugins, the usability… all completely on a par with each other. That's why so many hits today are created on one or the other.

Does logic have good sounds? ›

In summary, Logic synths are full of high quality sounds. I encourage you to explore them for yourself - I'm sure you'll find some unique sounds to use across many of your tracks.

Does Billie Eilish use logic? ›

As for the DAWs used, Billie prefers using Apple's Logic Pro X as her digital audio workstation software for producing music. Logix Pro X is another big hitter in the pop music production industry.

What celebrities use Logic Pro? ›

Taylor Swift, Björk, Brian Eno, Chris Martin of Coldplay, Shawn Mendes, and Ed Sheeran have all been known to use Logic Pro. That's the beauty of using a DAW to produce music – it's accessible to all genres.

What autotune does logic use? ›

Logic Pro's stock autotune plug-in is named “Pitch Correction” and can be found in the “Pitch” folder of the plug-in drop down menu (throughout this post I will refer to this plug-in simply as “autotune”). If you're unfamiliar with adding plugins in Logic then here is a post on how to add plugins in Logic Pro.

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