Nuendo/Cubase MIDI Setup for Modern Drums

This article will show how to setup the Modern Drums Kontakt library.

You will have to:

  1. Add Instrument Tracks
  2. Setup a Multi-Output Kontakt Instance
  3. Send Data from 1 MIDI track to Multiple Instruments
  4. Add the Drum Map
  5. Adjust the Monitoring Settings
  6. Save as Template

1. Add Instrument Tracks

1.1. Create an Instrument Track for Mix-Ready Cymbals VST

1.1.1. Click F11 to open the VST Instruments panel.

1.1.2. Click Track to add the Mix-Ready Cymbals VST.

1.2. Create an Instrument Rack for Modern Drums Kontakt Library

1.2.1. Click Rack to add an instance of NI Kontakt.

1.3. Add a MIDI track and name it Drums MIDI

You’ll use this track later to edit your drums.

2. Setup a Multi-Output Kontakt Instance

2.1. Open Kontakt and Import .nkm patches

2.1.1. Once you’ve downloaded the product from Gumroad, uncompress it and then go to the folder MODERN DRUMS > KIT 1 (or 2) > KONTAKT

There you will find 4 .nkm files.

For convenience, I like to open Quick-Load in Kontakt, and add those files there, under the Multi category.

2.1.2. Set all patches to MIDI Ch: omni

2.2. Set Multiple Kontakt Outputs

2.2.1. First, make sure Kontakt is showing you the Outputs section.

You’ll likely find the Outputs sections looking like this:

2.2.2. Click on the + sign

2.2.3. Add:

  • Quantity: 4
  • Number of Channels: 2
  • Host Output: Kt. st 1
  • Ascending output assignment
  • Delete existing channels before creating new ones

2.2.4. Assign each patch to a different output:

2.2.5. In the VST Instruments panel, click on the Activate Outputs of the Kontakt instance.

2.2.6. Activate the first 4 outputs

2.2.7. You’ll now find all the tracks you’ve been adding in the project tracks. Rename them appropriately.

3. Send Data from 1 MIDI track to Multiple Instruments

We now have 2 different Instrument Tracks, one for the cymbals and the another for the rest of the drums.

We don’t want to program our drums separately in two different tracks.

We want to be able to have 1 single MIDI track that sends its data to multiple instrument tracks.

We achieve this by using MIDI sends.

3.1. In the Drums MIDI track that you created previously, disable its output by setting it to Not Connected.

3.2. In the MIDI Sends section of the track:

  • MIDI Send 1 -> Modern Drums MIDI IN
  • MIDI Send 2 -> Cymbals MIDI IN

4. Add the Drum Map

To facilite your MIDI drum programming, we have created a Steinberg drum map you can use.

4.1. Download Drum Map

4.2 Import It

Once you’ve saved it, you need to import it to your Drums MIDI track.

4.3 Start Editing

Now you’re ready to start editing you drums MIDI track with the drum map. It will look something like this:

5. Adjust the Monitoring Settings

When using MIDI Sends, by default you won’t be able to listen to the drum sounds in real time when programming them.

To solve this, you need to make sure two options are activated:

5.1 Activate Acoustic Feedback

Inside the MIDI track programming/editing window, activate the Acoustic Feedback icon

5.2 Activate Audition through MIDI Inserts/Sends

Go to Edit > Preferences > MIDI

Activate the Audition through MIDI Inserts/Sends

6. Save as Template

You don’t want to go through these steps every time you want to use MODERN DRUMS.

So you should save them as a Project Template.

Go to File > Save as Template, and give it the template name (e.g. MODERN DRUMS).

Then, next time you start a project, you can select it and it will set everything up for you.

And BOOM! You are now ready to rock!

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