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Professional Mixing with Multi-Outputs in Kontakt's Studio Drummer
Master the art of mixing with Kontakt's Studio Drummer by learning to set up multi-outputs. Enhance tracks and control each drum sound individually in your mix.


Ever wished you had absolute control over each drum sound in your Kontakt's Studio Drummer? Well, using multi-outputs is the key to unlocking this potential. Instead of treating your drum kit as a single entity, multi-outputs allow you to treat each instrument in your kit as an independent entity. This results in greater flexibility during mixing, allowing you to bring out or subdue individual elements of the drum kit as needed.

This isn’t just for control freaks; it’s a game-changer for everyone who wants to craft tight, professional mixes with Kontakt's Studio Drummer. So, why wouldn’t you want that kind of power? In this post, we will break down each step towards setting up multi-outputs. We will also show you how to route each output to its respective instrument and how to utilize this technique for accurate mixing.

Setting up Multi Outputs in Kontakt's Studio Drummer

Setting up multi-outputs in Studio Drummer begins with designating your Kontakt instruments as multi-output instruments. In Logic, this is as simple as clicking and holding on the instrument slot, then selecting 'Multi Output (16xStereo)'. Alternatively, you can select a multi-output template when creating a new project.

Next, you'll want to add additional auxiliary tracks in the mixer window. By default, Logic gives you only one auxiliary track, but with a click of the '+' button in the track header, you can add more mono outputs. These will be the channels to which you can route your drum sounds.

After that, load Studio Drummer into the Kontakt instrument. Notice the output configuration settings in the top-right corner of the Studio Drummer interface. Each channel output needs to be mapped to a different auxiliary channel. You can do this by clicking on the output menu of each channel and selecting a corresponding auxiliary channel.

Finally, to prevent confusion, label each output in an intuitive manner, e.g., by the instrument it carries. Keep in mind that Kontakt assigns outputs in stereo pairs, so a mono output actually consists of two consecutive numbers (e.g., St.1[1] and St.1[2]).

Routing Each Output to a Respective Instrument

Simply assigning outputs to auxiliary channels isn't enough. To complete the setup, you must assign each output to its corresponding instrument. This step involves routing each drum sound to a different output.

After routing, you'll want to visualize your setup on the Logic interface. Create a track for each output by pressing the '+’ button in the track header. Then, label each track with its respective instrument to stay organized.

Utilizing the Power of Studio Drummer for Precise Mixing

With the outputs properly routed, it's time to exploit the benefits of this setup. Begin by applying plugins, EQs, and effects separately to each track in Logic. This fine-tunes the sound of each instrument, allowing you to control specific aspects such as reverb and delay on the snare drum without affecting the kick drum or cymbal sounds.

This gives you much more control over individual sounds in your kit, aiming for perfection in your mix. Adjusting the balance, tone, and stereo placement of each drum sound independently takes your mixing skills to another level entirely, enhancing the overall production value of your tracks.


Setting up multi-outputs in Kontakt's Studio Drummer is a process worth the effort. With this setup, you attain complete control over each element in your drum kit, resulting in mixes that are balanced, clear, and professional. The ability to independently fine-tune the sound of each drum enhances the overall production value of your tracks.

With the comprehensive guide on how to set up multi outputs in Kontakt's Studio Drummer provided here, take the next step in elevating your mixing capabilities. Just remember that a perfect mix is a journey rather than a destination, and that journey becomes more manageable with professional technological resources at your disposal.

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Rylan Talerico
October 3, 2023
Before founding Crate, Rylan Talerico was signed to Warner Records as a recording artist, producer, and songwriter. These days, Rylan enjoys spending time with his family and working on Crate building tools to empower musicians to be more creative and connected.
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