I am building a kit of synthesized analog drums to play from Cubase, and I am trying to figure out an elegant workflow. Everything I seem to come up with seems to be unnecessarily clunky, and I’m wondering if I’m missing some clever steps (or software?) to streamline my process.
The goal: I am designing some drum sounds on some analog hardware synths, and I want to record them as samples that I can load into a Battery 3 drum kit that I can trigger from Cubase.
The tools: I have all of the following tools, but I haven’t yet found a smooth process for recording the samples and assembling the kit: Ableton Live 8.3, Cubase 6.5, Kontakt 5, Battery 3, Maschine 1.8.
What’s the quickest route to go from playing MIDI drum notes to being able to trigger them as samples in Battery?
The complications/what I’ve tried:
- Recording/editing samples is pretty easy in Live, but the editing UI is cramped and limited, and I will ultimately be composing with Cubase anyway. I’ll use Live if it’s the best option for recording, though.
- Recording MIDI-to-audio is a little funky in Cubase. I know how to do it, but it’s a lot of steps to go through for every sample. Also, actual sample editing isn’t that great in Cubase; it would be nice to be able to record the sample in the same app I’m editing from.
- Although they’re referred to as “samplers,” Battery and Kontakt can’t record samples. I need to drag or import audio to them that’s recorded elsewhere. Again, it would be nice to be able to record and edit in the same app. Also, sample editing in Kontakt ain’t exactly a pleasant or bug-free experience.
- I haven’t recorded a sample in Maschine yet. but will certainly learn how if it sounds like a good option for both recording and editing the sample. I won’t be using Maschine for PLAYING the recorded samples, though.
- I looked into other samplers like HALion and Geist. HALion doesn’t have any sample recording ability either, and while Geist CAN record samples, it apparently doesn’t do that in Cubase without some weird workarounds. Also, I’d rather avoid buying more plugins if what I already own will do the trick.
If you roll your own samples and kits, what do you normally use, and what’s your general workflow?