For those of you with
the Discrete Drums collections, here is a cool method of using the loops
in any song and at any tempo you like.
Sonar XL is a great
program, and to date, the only one I know that offers the following
audio editing and successful beat slicing for the Discrete Drums
Professional CD Collection.
The loops discussed here are not the collection for
VS-2480 owners, but the first CD Collection that offers 8 tracks of
audio per song, in their different orders of verse1, verse2, chorus etc.
These files are recorded as set BPM's, and are not
acidized. Consequently, their usage is limited - until now!
Open up Sonar XL and create a template exactly as below.
This will enable you to use the same template over and over again for
the different folders from Discrete Drums. Also, make sure that you set
up your audio options to 24 bit in both bit rate sections, or the
samples will not load. (Thanks to Charles for that one!).
To be able to correctly change the BPM's within the
different DD collections, it is imperative that you set Sonar XL to the
same BPM as the titles you will be importing BEFORE you actually import
any tracks! I am going to use the Levon series which is 124BPM. So set
Sonar's tempo to 124. Next, make sure that you are at the start of the
song and marking the first track (Kick), go to File and import your
first 8 files simultaneously.
Sonar XL will conveniently place your files in the order
they were imported. If you only see the first track with audio, then all
the other files are underneath and you will need to drag them to their
respective tracks. To avoid this scenario again, make sure that in your
Paste options, you unmark where it says Copy To One Track. Your tracks
will look something like the screen capture below.
If you only want to test the first 8 tracks for fun,
then that's fine. Please note however that if you want to be able to use
the tracks for a song, and require to change the BPM, then you must
import all the tracks (from each folder) first. Levon has 8 folders,
each with 8 files. So the complete song will have 8 tracks and 64 files.
It's a bit of work, but very worthwhile as you will soon see, so import
all the files to their tracks and save the work as a normal Sonar file.
I have called mine Levon124.
Double click on the very first track/file (Kick/Verse
Kick) and Sonar's Slicing Tool window will appear. We now need to
"print" the file with it's original BPM so click on the Orig.
BPM: and the small window will turn white and show 124. Do this to all
files one by one.
Once you have clicked the Orig. BPM: it will appear like
this, confirming that the audio file is now stamped with it's original
Once you have stamped all files, save your song again.
Now here is the cool part: Change the tempo of Sonar and press play. You
will notice that the drums now play faster/slower depending on the BPM
you chose. Now you can re-arrange, copy and paste to your hearts