For a while after starting DTM, most people use default sound sources. But after a while, in search of higher sound quality, we look for software sound sources sold separately. I'm new to DTM, but as a drummer, I'm still curious about drum sound sources, so I tried out IK MULTIMEDIA / MODO DRUM, which has a reputation for having a high degree of freedom in terms of customization!
The model selection screen after launching the software is displayed visually like this, making it easy to select. Many kits are included, but this time I will use the STUDIO kit.
Once you've selected the kit, you can choose your own combinations, such as changing snares and cymbals, or changing the room itself. Since each part can be selected by simply by clicking on it, even a DTM beginner like me can easily edit it.
MIDI mapping is also displayed in a very easy-to-understand manner visually. You can easily assign sounds so that you can easily input via keyboard by yourself, so I will customize it.
MODO DRUM also has a mixer function, which allows you to adjust the balance of each part, and apply a compressor and equalizer to each individual part.
Up to this point, these are basic function that most drum sound sources have, but MODO DRUM has some very attractive functions from a drummer's point of view.
The first is the ability to set hit points on snares and toms, and change stick tips. Whenever you play a drum, it is difficult to hit the center of the striking surface exactly the same way every time. MODO DRUM has a function to reproduce such a deviation from the center, providing more human-like expression. When I actually play, the left and right positions are slightly out of alignment, so I adjusted it roughly that way. It also expresses the difference in sound depending on the tip of the stick.
The second is the ability to change the way of playing the bass drum and the beater itself. Depending on the drummer, some play with heel-up (pedaling with the heel raised) while others play with heel-down (pedaling with the heel on the floor). The sound changes slightly depending on the playing style, but MODO DRUM can reproduce such details. You can also change the beater, so you can get closer to your favorite sound.
The third is the ability to change toms, snares, bass drum heads, shell edges, and snare wires. I think that other sound sources also have a tuning editor function, but being able to edit parts with the edges of the head and shell is one of the great attractions of MODO DRUM.
You can also change the type of snare wires and adjust the tension, so you can get closer to your desired sound.
Since what you are playing while adjusting is displayed as an image, it is easy to operate intuitively, and even those like me, who do not do DTM on a daily basis, can finely adjust the settings and make a sound as if you were hitting actual drums normally. MODO DRUM provides a high degree of freedom in terms of customization and realizes drumming with a feeling close to that of a drummer actually hitting the drums. If you are a drummer interested in looking for a good drum sound source and want to record but have no environment or opportunity to do so, please check this out!