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I needed a snare drum sound and had nothing that would work. I'd have to record it myself. All I needed was a snare sound for beats 2 and 4 (4/4 time signature) in 16 bars.
Solution (I was using Sonar and Audition here, but other software would work just as well)
- Created a MIDI track to play several snare hits at the velocities I would need.
- Used the closest snare sound I had to what I wanted.
- Rendered the MIDI track to audio (in Sonar, just freeze the track to do this).
- Saved the frozen (rendered audio) track to a wav file.
- Used audio editing software to tweak the snare samples and layer some other sounds to get the desired sound. Decided to add the effects I wanted at this stage, but could have added fx later in Sonar. By adding them now, though, I wouldn't have to be concerned with running more effect plugin's on my system -- some of them take a lot of computing power..
- Imported the edited snare audio files into Sonar.
- Placed them on an audio track at the correct measures/beats.