Electronic Drums - The Ultimate Guide (Any DAW)

On this course you will learn everything you need to successfully create, program and process electronic drums via easy to follow video lessons.  

** Lesson 6 is FREE below **

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

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      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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