On this course you will learn everything you need to successfully create, program and process electronic drums via easy to follow video lessons.
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We'll teach you endless tips, tricks and techniques to get your drums sounding fat, program interesting rhythms, treat third party loops and much much more
We'll teach you:
An understanding of the structure of the kick and basic kick synthesis
Layering techniques for kicks, snares and hats; how to tune and process them
How to shape each drum sound to fit in your track with transient shaping
The techniques and processes needed to create your own grooves by making a House beat, a Drum & Bass beat and a Techno beat
How to process these beats to get all the elements to work well together
Drum bus processing / parallel processing to help the drums sit in the mix
Tricks and tools to personalize and be creative with third party loops
Use any DAW - Cubase, Logic, Ableton etc.
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Lesson 01 – Basics of Kick Synthesis: 32 Minutes
Drum synthesis vs drum samples, how far to go
Analysing a kick, identifying the 3 main parts of the kick
Learn about shaping kicks
Identifying the fundamental frequency of a kick so it can be tuned.
The importance of tuning your kick
Overview of the amp envelope and pitch envelope.
Easily craft kick bodies for different genres using amp and pitch modulation
A brief look at other kick machines.
A quick discussion about the pro’s and cons of using audio vs MIDI for drum programming.
Lesson 02 - Layering Kicks: 26 Minutes
Different techniques for layering
Tuning layered drums
What to look out for when EQ’ing kick layers
Make mixing easier by varying the attack of sounds. This is more important than you might think!
Making a layered kick using synthesis and samples
Using more obscure sounds to layer with your kick to make your kicks more unique.
Forcing sounds to fit over your kick
Lesson 03 - Layering snares, hats and percussion: 16 Minutes
What to look out for when layering more harmonically complex sounds
Layering using different attacks
Tuning snares, looking out for the important bits
Make fatter drum sounds by using duplicates and pitching and panning them
Layering snares with FX sounds
Lesson 04 – Transient Shaping: 41 Minutes
Tweaking drum sounds to fit in with the mix
Using the dynamic tools available in your DAW to shape your drum sounds
Overview of EQ and bringing out the sub punch in a kick
Overview of compression and how to tell if it’s actually doing any good
Make drum sounds more punchy, tighter and cut through the mix better
Bringing sounds forwards in the mix
Creating or reducing snap with single band and multiband amp envelopes
The easy guide to using multiband instruments and when to use multiband over single band.
Lesson 05 – Rhythm Basics: 8 Minutes
Before we get into more depth and actually make some beats I give you a brief overview what rhythmic functions make up a groove, we’ll look at:
Overview of the basics of rhythm, meter, bars and beats
Structure of basic grooves for house or breaks / drum and bass
Identifying the main elements of a grove, main beat, ride element and auxiliary percussion
Brief look at syncopation with examples
Brief look at polyrhythm with examples
Brief look at swing with examples
Lesson 06 – Rhythm, Making a House Beat: 19 Minutes
Creating a basic structural foundation to build your awesome beat on
Using ghost hats / snares to create extra rhythm with similar tonality to the rest of your beat
Humanizing and making your groove sound real and natural. It’s actually really simple!
Creating room for your drum elements by selectively removing certain sounds and creating a more dynamic and realistic groove
Emphasizing the beat vs creating a counter point to the beat
Lesson 07 – Making a Drum & Bass Beat: 23 Minutes
Using ghost snares to create the traditional drum & bass flick and add speed
Ideas for coming up with a rhythm, get it out of my head!!!
Simple steps to making complex rhythmic elements
Simple steps to follow. Start with a basic pattern, modifying and then replace sounds to get really cool unique grooves
Once you have your new awesome rhythms it’s really easy to create new patterns just by messing around with them, have fun with the mute tool ;)
Adding a nice fast shaker for that switch
Selecting different sounds that work well together
Lesson 08 – Making a Techno Beat: 18 Minutes
Got lots of cool drum sounds but don’t know how to make a good rhythm out of them, this will help
Again simplicity is the key, here we make a rhythm out of one sound and then use the ‘replacement’ technique to create a Techno sounding axillary percussion groove
Although Techno is more about the auxiliary percussion we add a ride tambourine and look at some more advanced techniques for humanization. Very helpful!
Don’t like the sound of beat you made, no problem! This simple technique will let you completely change the sound of the beat you just made
Don’t like the rhythm of the beat you just made, no problem either! I’ll show you an incredibly simple way to change the rhythm of any beat and get a really different feel to it
Lesson 09 – Loops: 24 Minutes
Which loops to use, what kinds of loops are available
Don’t just slap a loop on there. I’ll show you how to be more creative with your use of loops.
Extracting the bits you want and ditching the bits you don’t
Easy inspiration by copying the rhythm of particular sound in a loop with your own sounds
What tools to use for treating loops, we look at the dynamic processes you can use to tighten up or elongate your loops
Explanation of gates and why they are so useful
Using sound mangling to get a different sound and help it fit in your mix
Lesson 10 – Processing a House Beat: 37 Minutes
Here we take our earlier beats and go through them and mix the individual sounds together and then we treat them with BUS / Group compression to get them to sound like they belong together
Get the kick cut through the mix
Adding extra or deeper rhythm to an element by using delay and increase the stereo width of that element
Leaving space for the most important elements by using EQ and minimize wasted frequency band width
Tighten up the shaker with a gate
Avoiding muddy reverb on your drum group
A neat way to make your reverb sound just a little more aggressive which makes your tracks sound more alive
Using saturation / compression to gel the drums together on the drum group / bus
Adding modulation to your beat to keep the drums interesting throughout your entire track
Which modulation plugins work best, chorus, flanging or filters
Using dynamic plugins on the whole mix to change the feel of your whole drum section and also make a really nice effect as you bring these FX back in that you can use throughout your tracks
Lesson 11 – Processing a Drum & Bass Beat: 37 Minutes
Beefing up the low end of a kick successfully to give it some nice punchy low end
Making a really nice snare sound even better with a multiband envelope shaper, bring out the punch and give it even more weight
Catching EQ problems early on so they don’t come back and bite you later in the mix
Using an envelope shaper to make the sounds in what is initially a super tight loop much more drawn out and fit better in the mix
Tighten up that shaker and modulate for interest
Using compression on the main drum group to tighten up the drums and make them more snappy
Parallel processing the drum group to make the drums sound more meaty or more aggressive
Lesson 12 – Processing a Techno Beat: 21 Minutes
Bringing the kick forwards in the mix and bring out the bass
How to change the dynamics of a snare to make it fit and give it more of a tail (great for house / techno)
Giving a hat the perfect punchiness every time
Creative routing of the drums to be able to treat all the auxiliary percussion on their own and then mangle them to get really different textures
Tightening all the drums with compression for a more cohesive sound
Thicken up the drums with distortion and parallel processing
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