Creating Multitrack Bounces With EZdrummer In Logic Pro

Logic Pro has some flexible techniques when working with Multi Output instruments. Toby Pitman demonstrates how to create simultaneous audio and MIDI multitrack bounces with EZdrummer in Logic.  

If you have Superior Drummer you'll know all about the Bounce feature that allows you to export a multitrack mix of your drum tracks for use in shared projects and when mixing on another platform.

If you have EZdrummer then you'll know there is no way to do this natively inside the plugin. There are however workarounds to this and I'm going to show you how to do this in Logic Pro. Although I'm in Logic this concept will work in any DAW that can feed a record input from an internal source.

Step 1

Make sure EZdrummer is loaded in as a Multi Output version in your software instrument track.

Multi-Instrument version loaded

Step 2

Create some Auxiliary channels for EZdrummer by pressing the + button. EZdrummer only has 8 Stereo outputs and not all libraries will use all 8 by default. 

create extra Aux channel strips

Step 3

Now assign the outputs for the 8 Stereo outs to Busses 1-8:

Assigning the outputs

On the Aux channels that are being fed by the Busses, switch the outputs to 'No Output' as we don't need to monitor these channels.

Set the Outputs to None

Step 4

Now create 8 Stereo Audio tracks. Set the Input to 'Bus 1' and check 'Ascending'.

Check the Ascending option

Step 5

You'll see in the Mixer that the Audio tracks are being fed by the Busses we assigned to our Multi Output EZdrummer.

Audio tracks fed by Aux channels

Step 6

Now open the Mixer in EZdrummer. On any of the channel output assignments click and choose Multichannel

Choose Multi Channel

Step 7

EZdrummer will do its thing and assign the Mic channels to various outputs. I'm using 'The Classic' library here which uses all 8 outs. You can always reassign these as you see fit.

The EZDrummer Mixer

Step 8

Most libraries will have a preset called 'Route Out' which will null the mixer parameters to zero. If you don't see this preset you can reset any parameter to zero by Command-clicking (Ctrl-click PC) on them. Watch out for your Tom channels, you may want to pan these back into a wider stereo field. 

Reset the parameters to zero

Step 9

Arm the Audio tracks so you can monitor the input and make any tweaks to the Toms. It's also worth naming the tracks before you record your MIDI part as it will name the audio files.

Naming tracks before recording

Now hit record!!

Recording multi tracks from EZDrummer!

Step 10

Once you're done you will see your MIDI performance recorded as separate audio files ready to be either mixed internally or exported into Pro Tools, etc.

The MIDI Performance and audio tracks recorded separately!

You don't have to set up all the channels as stereo files. The only channels that should be stereo out of EZdrummer are the ambience, Toms and overheads. The Kick, Snare and Hats can be recorded in mono, if you like.

This routing technique of feeding the inputs with a bus is pretty useful for a number of situations especially when you need to print FX channels.

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Find out about EZdrummer on the ToonTrack website here.

For the past 20 years Toby has worked as a professional guitarist, programmer and producer. Clients include Sir Paul McCartney, George Michael, Shirley Bassey, Yusuf Islam, Giles Martin as well as the London 2012 Olympic Ceremonies. He has also worked extensively in TV, Advertising and Film. As well as composing himself he has also ... Read More


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