The Master section introduced in V2 of Virtual Drummer gives you more detailed control over the global mix. It lets you choose a Reverb preset and adjust Reverb Level, it features a Saturate processor as well as a Maximizer, and the Volume slider now sports a Level Meter.
On top of the actually recorded Overhead and Room signals, Virtual Drummer also features a Reverb section letting you add convolution reverb, individually adjustable per Instrument Channel.
The Reverb knob lets you adjust the master level for the reverb bus. It is independent from Amount control, so you’re free e.g. to have a fully unprocessed kit with the large studio room from the Soft Mix preset.
Either click on the Reverb name or use the arrows to change the Reverb program.
- By default, every Mixer Console preset also includes a reverb preset to make sure the room ambiance matches the purpose.
- In addition, Virtual Drummer offers four standard, self-explanatory reverb programs.
Note: Keep in mind that changing the Mix Preset will overwrite your Reverb Type selection
The Saturate Processor adds harmonic distortion to the master signal of Virtual Drummer, affecting the dynamic behaviour as well as the overall dirtiness of the signal. In lower settings, Saturate creates a nice little lo-fi edge, whereas in higher settings of the control the sound will become pumping and distorted - which sometimes is exactly what you want.
The Maximizer is a popular audio processor that maximizes the perceived volume of a signal without actually raising it. Higher maximizer settings result in the drums cutting through a mix even at lower levels, helping you avoid internal distortion in Virtual Drummer because of too-high volume levels.
Note: Always make sure to experiment with these for the right balance of Maximizer, Saturate and Volume settings in order to match the rest of your production.
Use the triangle to adjusts the audio output volume of Virtual Drummer for maintaining an optimal input level into the mixer or subsequent audio processors.
The Level Meter helps you avoid internal clipping - which is quite important because it’s easy to overdrive the Master output which can lead to ugly digital distortion.