3rd-party AU Drum machines always default to kick starting at the bottom of the piano roll?
Is there a way or app that will make it so whenever I load a 3rd-party drum machine I can just start entering the kick on the bottom row of the piano roll? I was thinking of just trying LK (don't have it) inside BM3 and using its drum machine templates, but in this setup, it's not possible to render individual drums?
That's not really possible. Drum apps use a lot of different note mappings. Some are General MIDI mapped. Some start at a particular note such as C2 and go chromatically up from there. Some have very different mappings, such as Ruismaker that uses the black keys from C#2 by default. Many have no fixed pad that is for each sound, so a kick could be on any pad.
There are apps such as mfxConvert that can do re-mapping of midi from one note to another, but you have to set up a custom map for each one, and the host has to be able to use AU Midi Plugins.
Sorry, there is no magic bullet for this.
Figured that might be how it is, thanks for chiming in.
On way you might want to consider is to sample your AU drum sounds to pads and just play back the sounds that way.