Drum Rack vs. Impulse

First off, let me say that Phil, Kev, and Bry…you gotta do something about this site. It took me a few minutes just to navigate to the general discussion page because i kept getting error messages and to contact the administrator. Just an FYI.

I was wondering why in all of the tutorials, you use Impulse to make your drum loops vs using a drum rack? My friend uses a drum rack and says that its quite more versatile. Can you help a brotha out?


I’d be intersted in understanding this too.

Although personally i like having my kick, snare and hats on different channels anyways.

I prefer the controls in impulse compared to simpler… random velocities and tune are handy for making things sound more natural.

I also like the decay… just makes it a bit easier i think.

I would love a video on impulse showing these random values in action along with swing implemented into a track for a more ‘real’ / ‘swing’ feeling drum loop. Something that bets your head moving (Minimal/Techno genre im thinking).

I know this is information you can get from the manual but I always feel that swing implemented in software is not so hot. Iv tried making a very simple groove in Ableton, Logic and Guru but dont get the effects im after (close but no cigar). I manage to get better swing from an electribe sx! I know its probably me at fault and not the software, which is why a small video would be great… no problem if not (maybe point me in the right direction though?).

Live 8 has a new groove feature that can extract grooves from midi or audio. If you right click and go to extract groove, the groove will be sent to the groove pool and you can apply that to any drum pattern you have. If you would like to experiment with grooves, you can always hot swap the grooves in the midi or audio file and see what swing might work best for your tastes. Ableton comes preloaded with a pretty healthy library of grooves made by not only Ableton, but Logic too.