Splitting a single Slate track into several tracks for mixing? Best practice
Hi all, I'm new around here but I love the friendly community vibe and it's great to be in touch with like-minded iPad music makers!
Question for the community: do you all separate your drums into separate tracks, so you can mix/add effects to each sound? This seems to be standard practice on every mixing/production tutorial I've seen, so that things like Kick / side-chain / low end / snare / other percussion etc, can all be separately processed and have different EQs and compressors and so on.
that makes sense to me from a mixing/producing point of view. However:
I am more of a single-drumbox-tapper and I like to create/record my drum patterns in one go (on one track/one instance of Slate), so that I can make the different instruments work with each other rhythmically (it's just the way I compose rhythm tracks I guess, a little bit old-school). So when it comes to mixing I find myself with a dilemma - all my drum sounds are in one track! - if I try to then split the existing pattern out (eg kick, snare, hihat) into separate tracks, I have to create additional individual tracks from scratch and set up all the correct drumkits/samples again in every new instance of Slate etc (because each new Slate track always opens with the default kit and I may have used a different one)
- there must be a shortcut for this? Some way to cut and paste out the kick info (for example) and to paste it into a separate track for mixing, without having to make a whole new instance of Slate and set up all the parameters again? For example, is it possible to copy and paste the INSTANCE of Slate into a new track (retaining all the settings and tweaks I may have made). I've tried using 'track lanes' but this doesn't seem to be for this purpose (I still only get one channel on the mixer even if I add track lanes)
I understand that I could just, from the beginning, tap in my kick rhythms into one track and then add the snare patterns on a new track later, and then the hi-hats etc into new tracks - but that's not really the way I work with rhythm, I'm a bit more organic/multi-handed/pianist/amateur-drummer style, where I like to play the sounds all together around each other in time and space to get a nice conversation going between various elements. I hope that long-winded description makes sense!
So if I start with only one instance of Slate to create my rhythm pattern, which is my preferred workflow, it seems like a lot of work to split it all out for mixing - any thoughts?
Many thanks in advance and have a nice day!
PS I recently uploaded some tracks into the Creation thread if anyone is interested in my particular area of music-making! - cheers.