How to Use Drum Samples to Trigger Reverb

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How to Use Drum Samples to Trigger Reverb

Hey, everyone.

Today, I wanted to talk about a common problem
that people may have when they record acoustic

drums with multiple mics, is that there’s
a lot of bleed that comes through those mics,

so that when you send those drums to reverb,
it just gets really washy and loses a lot

of definition.

This can also be the case when you’re doing
live recording with everybody in one room.

Guitars or vocals may have a little bleed
into the drum mics, and you start sending

that into the snare drum reverb, and things
start getting a little blurry and weird.

There’s a solution for that, and I’m going
to show you how to use it.

So, Logic comes with some really great features
these days, and one of them is the drum replacement/doubler


This allows me to take a snare drum track,
for instance, which is what we’re going to

use here, and it’s going to document the transients
and turn it into a MIDI track, which then

we can use the EXS24 or BFD3 to trigger a

That sample is what is going to feed the reverb.

Let me give you an example of what we’re dealing
with at first, sound-wise with the drums.

The really raw drum tracks I just pulled up
and pulled them in, and didn’t really do any

processing to.


You can hear there’s a lot of bleed in those

There’s the snare drum.

[snare drum plays]

A lot of harmonica and vocals coming through

So, if I was to send that to a reverb, you
see that it would also be picking up those

other frequencies and instruments.

Watch what we’re going to do.

I selected the snare drum track, I’m going
to go up into track, and hit “Replace or

double drum track.”

This dialogue is going to come up.

One of the things I’m going to be particularly
interested in here is this relative threshold.

What this does, is it’s telling the plug-in
where you want the threshold to be for the

transients being captured.

So, the higher it is, it means that only the
super loud transients on the snare drum are

going to be turned into MIDI notes.

The more you pull it back, you’re going to
hear that it also allows a lot of the softer


I’m going to show you that now by engaging
this pre-listen option, which allows us to

listen to the track, and how a sample will
be triggered.

[snare drum]

Now, we can hear the sample up here.

The instrument says “snare.”

It’s just triggering the EXS-24 basic snare

So hear how only the heavy accents are getting

As I pull it back…

See, I kind of liked it up here.

So, when I’m happy with it, I’m going to hit
okay, and there you go.

You see that it created a MIDI track for it.

Now that we’ve done that, there’s a few more
things we could consider doing.

I don’t really want the output of this MIDI
track to become a part of the mix.

I’m not really looking to hear that sample
too much, I’m just looking for that sample

to trigger the reverb.

So I’m going to go up the output here and
set it to “no output.”

Now we have to route it to the reverb.

I put a reverb, which is basically just the
Space Designer plug-in over on the sum 1 buss.

I’m going to select buss 1 in the send.

There’s one more important item here.

I’m going to go over to the option here and
set it pre-fader.

This way, wherever I have the send set, it’s
just going to be permanently placed there.

So, let’s listen to that now.

[drums play]

Let’s just listen to the snare drums together.

[snare drum with reverb]

Yeah, so it’s only triggering it once in awhile.

If you wanted to get really creative with
this, you could really just pick specific

spots in the song that you want that really
big reverb trail to hit at, which would be

kind of a cool thing.

It’s worth noting that it might be neat to
use an entirely different sound from the snare

drum that you have.

Maybe it’s a low tuned snare drum that’s triggering
the reverb that you combine with this one

for example, that’s a really bright sounding
snare drum that was recorded.

So maybe a darker one that’s triggering the
reverb might have a really cool effect.

Also, you can use your own sample if you like.

If you’re doing the session and if you feel
like that might be something you might want

to investigate later, it’s nice to grab a
single hit snare sample in between takes,

and just have the drummer maybe do that for
each of the drums.

Snare, each tom, and the bass drum.

Later on, that’s going to give you some options
for doing some fun stuff like this.

You can use it with reverb, you can use it
with delays, and just send the replaced samples

to other effects even, which could

be fun.

How to Use Drum Samples to Trigger Reverb

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