Zone Recording: Drumagog

Hello readers. I am on a clinic tour at the moment sitting in my hotel room in Saskatchewan, Canada. There is snow here and it is freaking me out.


This Zone Recording is going to focus on a sound replacement technique with a new piece of software I have just purchased. It is called Drumagog.

This thing just rocks to start.

Here is a picture of what the program looks like (information can be found at


This program is the easiest in the world to work from. You just place it on a track, let's say a snare or kick, pick a sample and go! No MIDI conversion crap, it just works right away and has your drums slamming in no time.

Also, don't worry about latency since it has full delay compensation. It works on Mac and PC and you should own it if you are into this type of stuff. I actually like to mix the sound of triggered samples with the original.

First off, here is a screen shot of just an original drum loop followed by an mp3 of the straight drum mix.


MP3 - Plain drum mix

Not bad. Now let's load the Drumagog plug to the snare top track. I am going to clone the snare top track and put the plug on that track (see below):


Let's just listen to the sample track by itself:

MP3 - Triggered snare track

Cool. It is very easy to insert the sample into Drumagog. Just hit the samples tab and pick your sample. Now let's listen to the sample track with the real snare together.

MP3 - Triggered snare with real snare


Now let's listen to the full mix with the triggered snare drum inserted, which is also mixed with the real snare.

MP3 - Full mix with triggered snare

Holy crap! What a difference.

This thing rocks and makes the world of sound replacement a dream. It kicks the hell out of any other thing that I have found.

May the tone be with you.

David Martone is a guitarist from Vancouver, Canada who has released seven solo CDs which showcase his musical diversity and brilliant guitarmanship.

His 2007 CD is entitled "When The Aliens Come", which features a progressive sound incorporating jazz, rock, fusion and metal influences.

David Martone