Advanced Audio Engineering
Course 3: Replacing Sounds and Drumagog

In this course, you will explore SoundReplacer and Drumagogs. Ever wonder how professionals get that perfect drum track? In this new digital age, amazing things are possible: a badly tuned drum set during a recording is no longer a problem and an out-of-time recording can be adjusted. Quantizing and replacing a sound has never been easier, and all the mystery behind the process will be revealed with the guidance of your mentor.

First, you’ll learn about the Sound Replacer, which allows you to replace or mix an existing audio track with new samples from your sound library. Sound Replacer lets you retain the original feel by matching the timing and automatically adjusting the dynamics of the replacement sound to match the changing levels of the original performance. Up to three separate samples can be used to blend with or completely replace an original performance. Variations in amplitude within the performance determine which sample is triggered at a given time.

Drumagog is a software plug-in that lets you replace acoustic drum tracks with your choice of other samples. This is a powerful tool for adding layers of complex and dynamic triggered sounds to a performance. It features a variety of libraries of sound samples known as “gogs,” which contain many different samples for both right-hand and left-hand drums, as well as multiple dynamic choices.

You’ll start to talk with your mentor about the first song you will record as well as find a band or musician to work with in the studio. Evaluating a demo beforehand ensures that your creative vision is met when recording day arrives. Staying ahead of the curve with this initial step allows for a smooth, stress-free session ensuring everyone involved can bring their best performance!