Creating a Drum Rack of Chords with 1 VST Instance

Hey all,

I'm trying to build a drum rack in which each pad (in the rack and on my push) is assigned a different chord, such that if we're in C major, the first column on my push will be C major chords (c major, c major 1st inversion, cmaj7, etc.), the second column will be D minor chord variations (d minor, d minor first inversion, dmin7, etc.), and on and on for each scale degree, but I'm having issues.

While the midi effects involved can easily be placed on a drum rack's drum pads, since both drum and instrument racks provide no midi-out function (only audio-out), each drum pad would also need its own instance of whatever vst is playing the chord. This is a huge pain- say I want to change the synth patch being triggered by the chords...I'd have to change that patch for each individual drum pad's chain.

Is there no way to route the midi effects on each drum pad to the same instance of a softsynth?

I thought about using a midi effect rack on which each key is assigned a chord, and then placing the vst behind it in the signal chain, but not only would mapping it to my Push according to the structure I mentioned above be really difficult, but transposing it every time I want to work in another key signature would bring a bunch of challenges of its own.

So I'd really like to find a solution with a drum rack- do you guys have any idea how to do this?

Thanks for any advice!


pmab24 11 months ago | 0 comments

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  • gordiegoose
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    Here is the drum chord rack I made -


    So each pad will be lit up and have a dummy chain, but with one chain receiving all notes. On this chain you have a midi effect rack which splits again into (in this case) 16 chains, each separated by key to trigger when the relevant pad is struck - You hit C1 it goes through all notes and then split again by the key selection in the midi rack.

    On each of these midi chains there is a midi pitch and midi chord. You press C1 on the drum pad it will play a C1 but you can change that root note with the midi pitch, and then create a chord with the midi Chord.

    At the end of all of this there is a single instrument rack you can fill with whatever you want. For any additional control on the synth, you will have to set up macros at the the first instance in the drum rack and turn off auto select.

    10 months ago | 0 comments
  • nori.lam
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    Thanks for the linked drum rack. I was trying to figure out the exact same thing and found this thread.


    6 months ago | 0 comments

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