Based off the success of the Rock Drums preset I shared recently I've made another, this time approaching a metal kit sound using Toontracks Superior 2.0 Avatar and Metal Foundry kits. I do 99% of my drum mixing outside Superior using external plugins, which makes simply sharing the preset pretty much useless, so I have uploaded a full Logic session file, available to download from here:
If you are not a Logic user, I have uploaded screenshots of all the plugins + the S2.0 preset file + MIDI here:
A few things to note:
-You need to have both the basic Superior 2.0 Avatar kit and the Metal Foundry expansion to use this preset
-I have used either the stock Logic plugins, or plugins by Stillwell Audio (Stillwell Plugins). The Stillwell plugs are available for unlimited free trial, so go ahead and download them from the above link, though you should of course buy them if you like them (they are very reasonably priced!).
-This is only a starting point! The levels are only roughly set, you will definitely need to tweak them in order to make the drums sit in your mix. Note this also applies to the reverb levels. With metal, more than any other genre, you will need to carve away ruthlessly at the mix elements in order to get every instrument sitting well and sounding good. If you aren't sure how to go about this, and/or want some great metal mixing tips, I highly recommend reading these tutorials, done by the excellent Ermz of Systematic Productions:
Systematic Mixing Series #0: Introduction & Glossary - Ultimate Metal Forum
-There is a basic master chain on the mix bus to achieve some loudness for the clip. This will definitely need to be tweaked once other instruments are added.
-This clip (MIDI included in the session file) is my rough transcription of the drum 'solo' from Decapitated's song 'Day 69'. It makes a good test of metal drum tones since it uses almost all kit pieces. Obviously I take no credit for the material, and if you haven't heard them already you should definitely go check out/buy Decapitated's albums!
Finally, I'm happy for anyone to use this preset for any project, AS LONG AS they credit me. I'd love to hear from anyone that uses it, please email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) any links where I can hear what you've done!
Hope some people find this useful!
Wish I had Logic, eager to try this! I like many use Reaper, but would love to be able to afford Logic.