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Is there a drum step sequencer in here somewhere?

Discussion in 'Logic Pro X' started by fearofbirds, Jul 31, 2013.

  1. fearofbirds

    fearofbirds New Member


    I've used step sequencers in the past to program drum beats. Is there a good step sequencer drum machine built into LPX that I am some how not finding? I'm not a big fan of the Drummer feature so far, and would really prefer to program my own beats.

    Thanks and apologies if this is a bit of a silly question.
  3. Orren Merton

    Orren Merton Logic Samurai / Administrator Staff Member

    It's not a stupid question. Logic Pro X basically has two modes: basic and advanced. To access the advanced features, you need to toggle them in in the preferences (Preferences > Advanced). These may already be engaged by default depending on if you if had a previous version of Logic installed, I'm not sure.

    One of the advanced editors available when you activate advanced mode is the Step Editor (in previous versions of Logic called the Hyper Editor). The Step Editor can be configured to give you one lane per drum and let you step enter MIDI notes, velocity etc.

    Your other option is to create a software instrument track and instatiate Ultabeat, which comes with a built-in drum editor as part of the instrument. You can then either use Ultrabeat for your drum sounds, or you can drag a MIDI region of your programming to the track and then drag that to a Drummer track (or standard software instrument track using Drum Kit Designer as your instrument).

  4. forgetr

    forgetr Member

    You can also use the new arpeggiator as a sequencer. Simply turn on Latch and change it to Add mode. It's not as robust as Ultrabeat or the Hyper Editor, but if you already know where all the hits lie on your keyboard, it's pretty quick.
  5. CSeye

    CSeye Senior member

    Here's a short but useful article on using the Hyper Editor, now Step Editor for drums.

    More useful links:

    Even though other programs have "dedicated" drum editors, the Step (Hyper) editor works great for drums. And, now in Logic X, note events take on the color of the MIDI region.
  6. CSeye

    CSeye Senior member

    Some of the preset templates have a screen set made for making beats.
    A couple of examples below.

    Attached Files:

  7. Fabulowsky

    Fabulowsky Member

    What I love with the hyper (now step) editor is that with a pencil and a step duration (configurable independantly for each drum midi note btw) you can draw cymbals crescendo or snare fills from hell within a second :) and also find useful to use the option alternate tool as an eraser configured by default in my step editor screenset (usually i also have a list editor on the right of my screenset as some operation are just easier there sometimes too for drum programming.
  8. fearofbirds

    fearofbirds New Member

    I've now get my head around ultra beat and it is completely sweet. Thanks for the help.
  9. EastWest Lurker

    EastWest Lurker Senior member

    Also, Ultrabeat is a step editor and you can bring your own kit sounds into it.

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