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A. Dry/Wet B. Threshold C. Scroll bar D. Sample picker E. MIDI note F. Sample waveform G. Sample playback offset (vertical line) H. Row enable/disable I. Filter J. Interval K. Dynamics L. Threshold line M. Waveform N. Detected trigger (orange) O. User trigger (yellow) P. Pan Q. Level
Scroll bar. Scroll the waveform display horizontally. The waveform scrolls automatically during playback.
Dry/Wet. Control the mix between the original audio and the replaced samples. A setting of 100% (Wet) outputs only the replaced audio, while a setting of 0% (Dry) outputs the original, unchanged audio only.
Sample picker. Specify the replacement sample, which is the sound that is played by triggers. Select one of the default samples, or load your own .wav, .flac, .aif, .aiff, .ogg, or multi-sample .sfz file.
MIDI Note. Represents the MIDI note that will be created for each trigger if you drag the Drum Replacer Region FX clip to a MIDI track. This allows you to trigger a soft synth instead of a sample.
Sample waveform. Shows the waveform of the currently-loaded sample. You can load a new sample by dragging a .wav, .flac, .aif, .aiff, .ogg, or .sfz file to the sample waveform display.
Filter. Use the filter to reduce microphone bleed from other instruments, and to isolate individual drums in a stereo mix. For example a snare track might contain undesirable bass drum bleed. The filter lets you fine-tune the frequency range of interest, making the desired drum easier for Drum Replacer to replace. The waveform display updates dynamically to reflect the filter setting. As you adjust the Filter control, the filtered signal is soloed and different frequency ranges are graphically emphasized. This is important in order to minimize erroneous triggers. The original unprocessed waveform is vaguely visible in the background as a reference.
Interval. Specify how long Drum Replacer must wait before triggering a sample again. After a trigger, Drum Replacer will ignore all audio for the duration of the Interval value, even if the audio is above the Threshold level. The valid range is 15-175 milliseconds. Experiment with the Interval value to get the best balance between accuracy and tracking speed:
Threshold. Set the level the input signal must exceed in order to trigger the replacement sample. The horizontal line in the waveform display represents the threshold value. The louder the audio, the higher the waveform is on the display. By default, any transients above the horizontal line results in a trigger. Adjust the Threshold control so it is above the noise floor and below the softest drum hit.
Dynamics. Scale the dynamic range of all triggers. Drum Replacer automatically tracks the incoming drum hits and adjusts the volume of the replacement samples according to the volume of the original hits. The valid range is 0-100%. The default value of 0% represents the trigger’s original velocity. Increase the value to add a more consistent feel to an overly dynamic performance. With a value of 100%, the replacement sample is played at a constant volume, regardless of the original track’s dynamics.
Trigger markers. Drum Replacer displays a trigger marker below each transient that is above the Threshold level. Each automatically-detected trigger can be disabled or re-enabled by simply clicking the trigger marker.
Waveform. The scrollable waveform display provides a visual indication of how the various controls interact with the incoming audio signal. The waveform updates dynamically when you adjust the Filter control, and the horizontal Threshold line shows which transients will result in a trigger.
Pan. Adjust the sample’s left/right pan position in the stereo filed.
Level. Adjust the output gain of the sample playback.