Drum production techniques in the studio are boundless. Over the years, many techniques have been developed by engineers to create larger-than-life drum sounds and one of the most frequently used is layering.

A very effective way to significantly change and enhance any drum sound is to build it up incrementally, using different textures that combine in order to produce a rich and complex sound.

One of the great creative features of the TD-50 is the ability to layer both internal and user samples on any trigger pad, for all sorts of creative possibilities.

For instance, you could add one of the factory element sounds such as the Attack 1-3 samples to the SUB layer on toms, to help them cut through a mix. Or, you could add a cowbell to a hi-hat or tambourine to a snare. You choose!

Contributed by Simon Ayton for Roland Corporation Australia

Adding a Sound Layer to Your Snare

Button Presses & Values:Accessing Main Instrument
[INSTRUMENT] | [F1] (INST) | [ENTER] (INST LIST) | [F2] (GROUP) |
+/- or data wheel to choose sound.Accessing the SUB layer
[INSTRUMENT] | [PAGE DOWN x4] | [F4] (SUB ON) | Cursor to USER SAMPLE
+/- or data wheel to choose sound.

Try: Any sound | Layer Type: FADE2 | Fade Point: 26
IDEA #1: Alternative Snare sound.
IDEA #2: Add a Tambourine sound to Rim.

Layer Type: MIX | Fade Point 50 | Sub Volume +6dB

Tip: Turn H&R off to assign individual sounds to head and rim on any trigger, including cymbals.

Add a Sound to Your Hi-Hats

Button Presses & Values:Accessing Main Instrument
[INSTRUMENT] | [F1] (INST) | [ENTER] (INST LIST) | [F2] (GROUP) |
+/- or data wheel to choose sound.Accessing the SUB layer
[INSTRUMENT] | [PAGE DOWN x4] | [F1] (INST) | [ENTER] (INST LIST) | [F2] (GROUP) |
+- or data wheel to choose sound.

Try:
IDEA #1: Add a Cowbell to the hi-hat.
IDEA #2: Add a China cymbal to the hi-hat.

How to Layer Your Kick Drum

Button Presses & Values:Accessing Main Instrument
[INSTRUMENT] | [F1] (INST) | [ENTER] (INST LIST) | [F2] (GROUP) |
+/- or data wheel to choose sound.Accessing the SUB layer
[INSTRUMENT] | [PAGE DOWN x4] | [F1] (INST) | [ENTER] (INST LIST) | [F2] (GROUP) |
+/- or data wheel to choose sound.

IDEA #1: Add sound 011 ‘Impact Kick’
Layer Type: MIX | Fade Point 50 | Sub Volume +6dB

IDEA #2: Add sound 398 ‘Low Frequency2
Layer Type: MIX | Fade Point 50 | Sub Volume +6dB

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