drumatom Player Manual
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drumatom Player Manual
Manual version: 1.2
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The user has two separate software tools at his/her disposal: drumatom (the standalone application) and drumatom player (the plugin). The standalone application is the functional core, performing all necessary analysis of audio information and file handling. The plugin can open sessions saved by the standalone application, allowing for easy DAW integration. It should be noted that the plugin will not analyze drum tracks (it's currently simply impossible in real-time) and will load already analyzed groups instead. In short, using the standalone application is necessary to make any meaningful use of the plugin.
After saving the session as a .dls file, you're ready to open your DAW of choice and start using the plugin.
- Windows: 7, 8, 10
- OSX: v10.9 and upwards
- Bitrates: 16,24,32 bits
- Sampling rates: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 192 kHz
ATTENTION Please keep in mind that drumatom player WILL NOT resample your files to match the DAW project's sample rate. You should perform any over- or downsampling in an external editor before using it.
Figure 1: Open the drumatom plugin from your host's ``linstruments'' list. Then load your .dls session by pressing the LOAD GROUP button.
Figure 2: Group is loaded and ready.
Figure 3: Select preferred virtual output for each track. By default
Figure 4: You are now ready to mix your session. Remember to use FOCUS and FINE TUNE knobs to adjust leakage for each track.
- The track list.
- The top bar displaying a waveform of the current processed audio file.
- The main control section.
Let's see all the GUI elements one by one. We'll start with the track list, since it's the first area you'll be using when setting up a project.
Your first step is to load up a multitrack session. Press the LOAD GROUP button and select your preferred .dls session.
Figure 5: Drumatom player
Each track also has a dedicated solo button, to assist you in monitoring. Please note that the solo function is applied on a per-track basis and NOT per-output (i.e. soloing a track that is routed through output 2, will not solo the output).
Drumatom player supports loading of a single group at a time, containing up to 16 tracks. If you choose to load many tracks, keep an eye on that CPU/disk meter!
Figure 6: Choosing track output
WARNING For simplicity's sake, drumatom player does not share the standalone application's functionality in handling tracks. Make sure you have copied, renamed, removed or duplicated any tracks prior to loading the session on the plugin.
Figure 7: Waveform display
Figure 8: The main controls
TIP Hold down Cmd/Ctrl to do finer adjustments. Double click on a knob to manually type a value.
Figure 9: Link function activated
The best way to use FOCUS is to start from the MIN setting. Slowly and carefully work from there. A lot of times, a few dB of suppression will work wonders. Toggle BYPASS to do a comparison between the original and the processed version. Keep an eye on the suppression meter and the waveform view to get a picture of what's happening.
If you're not completely satisfied with what you hear, you might find that finer adjustments are needed. That's what the FINE TUNE knob is there for. Start turning that knob clockwise and listen: some of that bleed will come back, albeit in a delicate and discreet fashion. Experimenting with different settings of FOCUS and FINE TUNE is the heart of Drumatom's operation. These two controls are designed to work in tandem. Take your time to explore the interactions and listen to the effect. You'll soon feel quite familiar!
- FINE TUNE
- OUTPUT GAIN
Figure 10: Automation in Logic Pro X
Dealing with performance issues Drumatom player is extremely light on CPU, since all processor-intensive tasks take place in the standalone application. However, it IS demanding in terms of hard disk data streaming. A fast disk will help you get the most out of it and avoid playback issues.
- NOTE: Drumatom player demands fast data streaming from the hard disk. Some DAWs do not have the capability to compensate for this, during offline export/mixdown/bounce. So if you experience any strange behaviour, please prefer the real-time export mode.
Take advantage of the multi-out configuration In most mixing cases, multi-out is the way to go when using drum tools. Drumatom player has an output configuration menu right on the GUI and not tucked away in any kind of cryptic ``advanced'' options tab! Make sure to use it.
Prepare your session before using drumatom player Make sure to do any file-related operations before using the plugin. Be smart: delete any tracks you won't use to shorten dls size (overhead mics, room mics and any tracks labelled ``other'' would probably fall into that category). Have you analyzed various combinations of the same group? You might want to gather the preferred results into a single dls file. You can do that in the standalone application, either by dragging and dropping tracks between groups, or with the help of a new, very useful feature: as of v2.0, drumatom has an option to import a track from a saved group (Import > Import Track(s) from DLS).
Synchronization and timing Keep in mind that drumatom players output is slaved to the DAW playback head. As such, selecting audio portions in the waveform view, or looping is not possible via drumatom player. You'll have to use the DAW for that. The plugin's waveform view is meant to be a visual guideline.
Resampling Keep in mind that drumatom player WILL NOT automatically resample your tracks to match the project's sample rate. You should perform all necessary resampling tasks before opening the group.
Find the sweet spot The FOCUS and FINE TUNE knobs need slow, careful handling. The sweet spot will vary from track to track. Just turning FOCUS clockwise will usually not be enough to get the sound you want, so remember to use FINE TUNE as well. Keep in mind also, that FINE TUNE behaves in relation to the current position of FOCUS.
Use the FINE TUNE control The FINE TUNE control is very important. What does it do? It adds back the difference between the processed and the original signal . Think of it as a dry/wet control, specifically tailored to the intricacies of drumatom. Apart from helping you shape your sound in detail, FINE TUNE means that you don't have to set up a dry/wet signal chain in your DAW.
Combining drumatom with other tools It is highly recommended that your drum tracks are not processed before analyzing with the drumatom standalone application. After importing the analyzed session in the plugin, you can start building your mixing chain. Any type of time-domain tool will benefit greatly after a track has been processed by drumatom. Dynamic tools such as gates and compressors will respond more naturally, while spatial effects like reverb, will sit better in the mix.
What are the benefits of using drumatom player? The most obvious and important one: you'll be able to control the amount of leakage reduction in real-time within your DAW. You can also automate the controls to better suit the dynamics of the audio material.
Is drumatom player phase-accurate? Yes. Drumatom player will not introduce any phase inconsistencies.
Can I mix the drumatom player outputs with my original drum recordings? Since the plugin is phase-accurate, yes. It's not necessary though. The FINE TUNE control will produce a similar result and you'll avoid unnecessary clutter in your workspace.
How many instances of drumatom player can I open? There is no theoretical limit in drumatom player instances. Be careful though! Each plugin streams the tracks as well as the analysis data from the session file. If you encounter clicks, pops or dropouts, there's a good chance your hard disk is reaching the limits of its transfer firstname.lastname@example.org