How to Create Epic Orchestral Percussion Tracks with Toontrack's SDX Library
If you are looking for a way to add some cinematic flair and realism to your drum tracks, you might want to check out Toontrack's Orchestral Percussion SDX library. This is a massive collection of over 120 orchestral percussion instruments, recorded in stunning 11.1 surround sound at the Galaxy Studios in Belgium. Whether you need timpani, bass drums, taikos, snares, cymbals, gongs, chimes, or any other percussion instrument you can think of, you will find it in this library.
But what makes this library stand out from other orchestral percussion libraries is not just the quantity and quality of the sounds, but also the flexibility and playability within the Superior Drummer 3 framework. You can mix and match instruments from different mic positions and perspectives, create custom kits and mappings, apply effects and processing, and even trigger sounds from MIDI grooves or your own performance. You can also choose from various configurations, from stereo to 11.1 surround, depending on your needs and preferences.
In this article, we will show you how to use the Orchestral Percussion SDX library to create epic orchestral percussion tracks for your music projects. We will cover the following topics:
How to install and load the library in Superior Drummer 3
How to browse and select instruments from the two volumes of the library
How to adjust the levels, panning, and routing of each instrument
How to apply effects and processing to enhance the sound
How to use MIDI grooves and patterns to create realistic performances
How to export your tracks as audio files or MIDI files
By the end of this article, you will have a solid understanding of how to use the Orchestral Percussion SDX library to create stunning orchestral percussion tracks that will impress your listeners and clients.
How to Install and Load the Library in Superior Drummer 3
The Orchestral Percussion SDX library is an expansion pack for Superior Drummer 3, which means you need to have Superior Drummer 3 installed on your computer before you can use it. If you don't have Superior Drummer 3 yet, you can buy it as a standalone product or as part of the Superior Drummer 3 Orchestral Edition bundle, which includes both Superior Drummer 3 and the Orchestral Percussion SDX library.
To install the Orchestral Percussion SDX library, you need to download it from your Toontrack account or use an SSD hard drive if you prefer. The library is split into two volumes, each with its own dedicated interface. The first volume contains the more fundamental or leading instruments, such as timpani, bass drums, taikos, snares, and toms. The second volume covers the triangles, wood blocks, various shakers, chimes, and other instruments often used as effects or to embellish or accentuate arrangements.
The total size of the library is 65 GB, so make sure you have enough space on your hard drive before you start downloading. You also need an additional 65 GB for the installation process. Once you have downloaded the library, you can install it using the Toontrack Product Manager application.
To load the library in Superior Drummer 3, you need to launch Superior Drummer 3 as a standalone application or as a plugin in your DAW. Then, click on the drop-down menu at the top left corner of the interface and select either \"Orchestral Percussion Volume I\" or \"Orchestral Percussion Volume II\" depending on which volume you want to use. You will see a new interface with a list of instruments on the left side and a mixer on the right side.
How to Browse and Select Instruments from the Two Volumes of the Library
To browse and select instruments from the two volumes of the library, you can use either the instrument list on the left side of the interface or the graphical view on the center of the interface. The instrument list shows all the available instruments in each volume, grouped by categories such as bass drums, snare drums, aa16f39245