The Ultimate Guide To Drum Programming & Production

Recommended Level - Intermediate
 

Drums are the heart of any modern electronic track. They drive the song along and create the foundational energy that the rest of your track is built upon. In this tutorial you will learn how to make interesting, energetic beats and then make them sound as big or as fat as you like. All taught step by step by Mixing Legend Eddie Bazil.


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Learn to make and mix drums, with step by step guidance from a Professional Mixing Engineer


Learn how to use a compressor as a sculpting tool and not just for dynamics


Discover the many ways and techniques of layering drum sounds

Learn how to take the timing info from one beat and use it to create totally unique pro sounding beats


Learn the processing techniques to get the biggest sound possible and to get then to fit in your tracks


Make better tracks with better drums and create your own unique sound at the same time

Total Course Length Over 5 Hours - 28 lessons of Pro Drum Skills

Course Modules

Beat Construction

This is absolutely fundamental to getting the right energy for your tracks, whether that is a fast paced club hit or an 808 behemoth of a Hip Hop track. Here you will learn exactly how to create interesting and totally unique beats using many intuitive and varied techniques.

Ripping Beats - Not to be confused with 'ripping 'off' beats; Here Eddie shows you one of the the most intuitive and best ways to make unique beats for your own tracks by taking a beat from anywhere and using the timing and rhythmic info to play different drum sounds. The result is a highly professional sounding beat that is both natural and fully customized to your own track. You will learn how to rip timing info in MIDI form, how to use this info to make your own beats and all of the knowledge around this technique so you will be fully informed when you do it in your own tracks.

Chopping, Mashing & Creating Beats - Here you will learn how to take beat info or beat chops and combine them to form completely new sounding rhythms. By the time you have finished this section you will understand how to take the rhythm of one beat and replace it with the sounds of a different beat. You will also learn about some dedicated drum manipulation tools and how to use them to do all of these tasks easily. Eddie will give you all the knowledge you need to be able to mash 2 different beats together whilst keeping your mix clear and tight especially with respect to the kick and snares.

Drum Techniques - Sound Design

So now we have our awesome beats and the ability to take beat information from anywhere and apply it to our own drum sounds, we now need to be able to take those drum sounds and make them sound right for our track. This involves picking the right sounds, getting the right textures and then processing them so they are tight, fat and balanced for the track at hand. Here you will learn all of the advanced knowledge to make this happen in your own productions.

Layering - The art of layering drum sounds is not just used to mash 2 sounds together but about creating tracks that are unique. You will learn how to create new and interesting textures that you can use in your productions to gain an edge over all the other producers out there. This is a big topic and Eddie shows you all of the industries pro techniques, knowledge and loopholes for you to use at your leisure. Layering drum sounds with other drum sounds, layering with noise, layering with synth sounds and much, much more are all covered.

Processing - Here you will learn how to process drum sounds to get big massive kicks and sizzling snares. You will learn how to process the dynamics and intensity of sounds to make them sound huge and to fit into your track exactly how you want them. Looking here at EQ, compression, mid/side processing and much much more are all skills you will learn to apply in your own tracks. If you want to make better tracks this is a seriously great course!

Beat Construction Videos:

01 - Programming Beats via Key Editor

02 - Ripping Beats Top n Tail

03 - Ripping Midi Info

04 - Ripping Timing Information

05 - Combining Ripped Beats

06 - Mash Beat Kick Editing

07 - Mash Snare Processing

08 - Ripping Beats Using Drumagog

09 - Chopping Beats Using Recycle

10 - Creating A Beat And Effect From A Loop

11 - Importing REX Files And Creating New Beats

Drum Techniques / Sound Design Videos:

01 - Layering Drums In The Daw

02 - Drum Layering Advanced Complete

03 - Drum Layering In A Soft Sampler

04 - Creating Drum Elements For Layering

05 - Layering Snares Using Tone Gen And Gate

06 - Layering Snares Using Gated Noise

07 - Layering Kicks Using Gate And Tone Gen

08 - Kick Layering Sound Design Parallel

09 - Advanced Sound Design Kick In Parallel And Triggered

10 - Manipulating 808 Kick With MB Comp

11 - Adding Sheen To 808s

12 - Creating A Huge Kick Using Dynamics

13 - Drum Flip And Nudge

14 - Layering Drums Multiple Layers

15 - Drums And Mid Side

16 - Manipulating An EDM Kick Drum

17 - Manipulating An EDM Kick With Valves

FREE lessons from the course

 

Lesson 3 of Beat Construction

Producer Skills - Ultimate Drums

Ripping Rhythm Info to MIDI: 

Here your tutor Eddie guides you through how to take a beat from anywhere and rip the timing info from it so you can apply it to your own drum sounds to create an awesome and totally unique drum pattern.

 

Lesson 1 of Drum Techniques

Producer Skills - Ultimate Drums

Layering Drums Intro: 

In this free lesson you will learn about the basic techniques of layering sounds to get new and interesting textures and then start to manipulate them with additional dynamics and EQ processing.

 

Lesson 4 of Drum Techniques

Producer Skills - Ultimate Drums

Creating Drum Elements For Layering: 

In the final free lesson your tutor Eddie Bazil takes you through the main elements of layering and how to make different sounds to use.

 

Recommended level - Intermediate

Third party plugins used at points

"I've already used my new knowledge to improve 15 of my tracks in the past 2 weeks".

Mads V

"Very subtle changes can all add up to a highly polished track. I learnt so much. Thank you!"

Nikos

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Eddie’s professional musical career started during his teens, when he became a programmer for some of the most notable Electro/New Wave and Dance/Rap bands of the time, including AON, DJ Shadow, Juice, Pet Shop Boys, Spandau Ballet, C Campbell, Bobin, Paul Dee, Jets Orchestra, DJ Krush and many more. His career and experience progressed as he became a popular remixer and producer, working on projects with Busta Rhymes, SFP, Bobin, Dee, DJ Krush, DJ Shadow, Sleeveless, Greensleeves, 9 Bar and Gam Productions, with many of his tracks achieving top chart positions. He is currently involved in various production, remixing and sound-design projects, as well as sharing his knowledge by teaching workshops and providing online tuition through Samplecraze. Eddie has also been a contributing writer for Sound on Sound, and has published several books on audio technology.

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