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Drum Replacement Explained

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Series Introduction

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    Tutorial 1



    Luke explains what drum replacement is and how it works when dealing with audio drum tracks.

Addictive Trigger

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    Tutorial 2

    Loading Samples


    Learn how to load high quality samples and FX into Addictive Trigger.

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    Tutorial 3

    Using SuperStart


    Luke explains how to use Addictive Trigger's intuitive "SuperStart" function for quick and easy setup.

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    Tutorial 4

    Addictive Trigger Fingerprints


    See how to use the "Fingerprints" function to tell Addictive Trigger what you want to trigger and what you dont.

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    Tutorial 5

    Triggering & MIDI Response


    Luke walks you through the process of setting up multiple instances of Addictive Trigger to trigger the entire drum performance.

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    Tutorial 6

    Exporting MIDI


    Explore how to create and export MIDI from Addictive Trigger in order to trigger samples from third party libraries.

Trigger 2

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    Tutorial 7

    Making Your Settings


    Luke explains how to use the basic features of Trigger 2 to get setup quickly and start triggering samples from your source audio.

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    Tutorial 8

    Triggering the Entire Drum Track


    Discover how to setup multiple instances of Trigger 2 to trigger the snare drum and toms, in addition to the bass drum.

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    Tutorial 9

    Advanced Adjustments


    Luke explains how to adjust the Envelope, Dynamics and Velocity Curve functions on a per pad basis within Trigger 2 for honing in your triggering and sound.

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    Tutorial 10

    Gate, High/Low Pass & Suppress


    Learn how to use the advanced functions of Trigger 2 for more detailed control and fine tuning your triggering.

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    Tutorial 11

    Exporting MIDI


    Luke covers how to create a MIDI track from each instance of Trigger 2 that can be used to trigger samples from third party products.

Transient Detection In Studio One

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    Tutorial 12

    Converting Audio to MIDI


    Get a step by step explanation of how to use the Transient Detection and Groove Grid functions within Studio One to trigger samples from your audio drum tracks.

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    Tutorial 13

    Triggering Drum Tracks in Studio One


    Luke creates MIDI for the rest of the drum kit and shows you how to fine tune the Transient Detection threshold for precise triggering.

Triggering Complex Grooves

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    Tutorial 14

    Addictive Trigger on Complex Grooves


    With a more complex drum performance, Luke explains how he was able to get Addictive Trigger to properly trigger complex grooves and ghost notes.

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    Tutorial 15

    Using Trigger 2 on Complex Grooves


    Luke takes the same complex groove and shows you how to use the Suppression function of Trigger 2 for precise snare drum ghost note triggering.

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    Tutorial 16

    Using S1 Transient Detection on Complex Grooves


    Learn how to configure Studio One's Transient Detection function to trigger complex grooves perfectly.

Product Comparison

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    Tutorial 17

    Addictive Trigger Pros & Cons


    Luke explains the pros and cons of Addictive Trigger and how it compares to other plug-ins.

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    Tutorial 18

    Trigger 2 Pros & Cons


    Learn about the pros and cons of using Trigger 2 for drum replacement.

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    Tutorial 19

    S1 Transient Detection Pros & Cons


    Luke concludes this series with an explanation of the pros and cons of using Studio One's Transient Detection as your drum replacement method.

Bonus Videos

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    Tutorial 20

    Drumagog 5 Walkthrough


    Learn about Drumagog 5 and how it can be used as another drum replacement solution.

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    Tutorial 21

    Keeping Your Tracks in Phase


    Luke explains the concept of phase alignment and how this relates to drum replacement.

In this in-depth video tutorial series, Luke Oswald explains how drum replacement works and covers some of the most popular plug-ins for drum replacement, as well as using features found in some DAWs. See how to get awesome sounding drum takes every time!

The products discussed in this series include XLN Audio's Addictive Trigger, Slate Drums Trigger 2, Drumagog 5 and the PreSonus Studio One transient detection function. Luke explains how to replace your drum audio with high quality samples and how to mix in the samples with your original source material.

Luke also explores how to create and export MIDI from your audio drum tracks to trigger third party plug-ins, and use these products with even the most complex grooves.

You even get a product comparison, explaining the pros and cons of each drum replacement methods, and bonus videos covering Drumagog 5 and how to keep your drum tracks in phase for a clearer, punchier sound.

See the individual tutorial descriptions below for more info. If you want to know all about the art of drum replacement, checkout Drum Replacement Explained today!

Luke Oswald Professional Drummer and Instructor

1. When did you start dabbling in music?
I've always had an interest in drumming from a young age and started playing in 6th grade when a family friend stored their drum set at my parents house for a summer. I started playing in church the next fall and have been playing ever since. No one had to tell me to practice, it was just something I loved to do. I just enjoyed everything that had to do with drumming.

2. What training have you had?
I studied piano at a young age, then played trumpet from elementary through middle school. I started drumming on my own at the age of 12, then switched to drumming as my main instrument in high school and went on to study in college along with Music Business. I've been teaching drums since college, both private instruction and drum clinics.

3. When did you get into recording?
When I was in middle school/high school, I was very interested in music technology. It was much different then, but I remember recording/sequencing song arrangements with music software and filming videos and editing in camera all the time. In and after college, I started learning about audio production when I was recording drums for the bands I was in.  In the late 2000's I stumbled upon drum sample technology, and that changed everything for me. I started really digging into the study of audio production, recording, mixing and mastering. I started studying video production around the same time as I knew I wanted to eventually film high quality drum videos while using this sample technology.

4. People you have worked with/for?
During my time in Nashville, I studied drums with Derico Watson (Victor Wooten), Jeff Bowders (Paul Gilbert), Will Denton (Steven Curtis Chapman, LeAnn Rimes), Marcus Finnie (Kirk Whalum, India Arie) and Raymond Massey (Pearl Drums). I've recorded drums on multiple albums produced by Sadson Music Group and have played on albums with artists such as George Clinton and Samantha Ware.

5. Why are you so good at training people?
To me, teaching is as inspiring as performing. When you teach, you're forced to understand the topic at a much deeper level.  I love the process of learning and improving, and to me teaching is just an extension of that process. I learn something new every time I teach anything, whether it be a drum lesson or a software tutorial. I also believe as artists we have a responsibility to pass on the knowledge that we've accumulated. You must take action and apply what you've learned to your own life, but that only goes so far.  If you can take what you've learned and share it with someone else, you're giving them the opportunity to take that knowledge, nurture it and allow it to influence their own lives. Eventually, they can pass that knowledge on to someone else, and the process keeps going. You never know the impact you can have on someone simply by sharing with them what you've learned.

Products by Luke

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    Addictive Drums 2 Advanced Vol 1

    In volume one of this advanced video tutorial series, eDrum guru Luke Oswald explains a wide range of topics designed to make you a real master and addict, of XLN’s Addictive Drummer 2 virtual instrument plug-in!

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    Addictive Drums 2 Advanced Vol 2

    In volume two of this advanced video tutorial series, eDrum guru Luke Oswald covers the finer nuances, more features and functions, as well as eye-opening tips and tricks for using XLN’s Addictive Drums 2 virtual instrument!

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    Advanced Drumming Combinations & Patterns

    In this Drumstroke™ video tutorial series, drum guru Luke Oswald lays down the groove and shows you awesome drumming combinations and patterns that you can use to spice up your drumming or drum programming!

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    Bass Drum Technique Workshop

    In this Drumstroke video tutorial series, drum guru Luke Oswald reveals the steps to take to build up bionic feet when playing your kit, including speed and endurance and the ability to play what’s in your head!

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    Creating Drum Fills & Patterns

    In this Drumstroke#TM# video tutorial series, drum master Luke Oswald reveals how to create both basic and advanced drum fills and patterns, that you can apply to both real drums and programmed drums in your DAW!

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Drum Replacement Explained is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 3.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from very clear instructions anybody can follow This instructional video is broken down into simple lay mens terms that anyone can follow I own the Steve Slate Trigger this video explained it better than the Steve Slate instructions
Date published: 2017-01-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good session, nice comparison of products Very good session with a nice comparison of products
Date published: 2017-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simples! This tutorial is presented in a very simple and easy to understand way, and demystifies the technique of drum replacement for those (like me) who haven't yet got around to it. It demonstrates that what you would expect to be a laborious process is actually not so laborious after all. Luke gets straight to the point and doesn't dwell on irrelevance and opinion, and I appreciate that from a time saving point of view. On so many other tutorials I find myself shouting at the screen "get on with it!", but not once did I feel like that with this tutorial. Well recommended
Date published: 2017-01-28
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