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Superior Drummer 2 Explained

Rockin Toontrack Superior Drummer 2? Want to know it inside and out? DAW mad scientist Scott Griggs is going to take you on a Superior Drummer 2 journey that covers it all from beginning to end. Get the most out of this vast and powerful virtual drum instrument today.

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Getting Started


S2 Intro 2m:11s

Welcome to Superior Drummer 2. Get a brief explanation of what to expect from this in-depth series of videos.


S2 Installation 8m:44s

Time to install Superior 2 on your system. This video gives you an example of how to do just that, with an explanation of the contents included with the DVD.


Register & Authorize 2m:52s

Now you need to register and authorize Superior 2. Here is an example of how to get to the ToonTrack website and what you need to do once you get there.


SDX Installation 4m:05s

Got an expansion pack for Superior 2? In this video you'll learn how to install an SDX, and what the different installation options mean to you.


Sound Paths 6m:16s

Next, a Sound Path will need to be established. This video will show you how to do that. In the Settings Window, you'll learn how to set new paths and use the different options found in the center section of the Settings Window.


Instrument Settings Pt. 1 4m:07s

In this video you'll learn more about the Settings Window, and what the options are in the top portion of the Settings Window.


Instrument Settings Pt. 2 2m:58s

More explanation of the Setting Window. See various ways to optimize your system for use with Superior Drummer 2.

Using S2 with your DAW


S2 with Garageband 3m:50s

Use Garageband? Here you'll learn how to setup Superior 2 inside of Garageband, quickly and easily.


S2 with Logic 10m:54s

Working in Logic? Learn to instantiate Superior 2 within Logic. Also learn how to setup a stereo and multi-channel output for Superior 2.


S2 with Studio One 4m:12s

Got Studio One from PreSonus? Learn how to get Superior 2 up and running quickly within Studio One. Want to use the Multi-Channel output for Superior? No problem - here you'll learn that as well.


S2 with Tracktion 8m:30s

Setting up Superior 2 in Tracktion from Mackie can be tricky if you're new to the software. Learn how to get a Stereo and Multi-Channel version of Superior running inside of Tracktion.


S2 with Ableton Live 9m:09s

Slamming with Ableton Live? See how quick and easy it can be to get Superior 2 performing in both a Stereo and Multi-Channel output within Ableton Live.


S2 with Reaper 3m:38s

Need Superior 2 to run Stereo or Multi-Channel out in Reaper? Watch this video to get going in no time!


S2 with Pro Tools 8m:15s

Running a big production with Pro Tools in your studio? In this video you'll learn how to get Superior 2 running like a pro. Learn how to get both a Stereo out and Multi-Channel output routed.

Menus and Views


The Help Menu 5m:12s

Stuck in a rut? Need Help? Learn about the Help menu in this video. Also learn where to go on the ToonTrack website, and what to do in the Support Portal and Forum.


Construction Window 3m:44s

Here is where you'll begin to learn about the different views you have to choose from while in the Construction Window. The Standard View will be covered first, and learning how to change instruments quickly is also covered.


The Classic View 4m:18s

Now it's time to show the second view option, The Classic View. This view should be familiar to users of the first Superior, but there are certain benefits to using this view. Learn those benefits in this video!


Choosing Multiple Libraries 7m:21s

Learn how to choose from multiple libraries in the Library menu and how to utilize the Combined Presets menu.


The Construct Menu 6m:20s

The Construct Menu can be a very helpful place. Learn how to choose different kit presets, and how to create and save your own customized kits.


Brushes, Sticks & Rods 6m:05s

Want to use Brushes instead of Sticks? How about Rods? In this video you'll learn how to choose between the different options in the Tool Settings menu.


Optimize Your CPU 4m:10s

Need to optimize your system even more for use with Superior? This video will show you how to use the Memory and Status section to accomplish just that.

Mix and Layer


The EZ Mixer 10m:05s

In the zone with your project and don't want to leave the Construction Window to get into the Mixer? Fear not... Learn how to use the EZ Mixer!


Voice & Layers 3m:49s

Learn how to use the Voice and Layer section in this video. You'll see the different layer limits, how to choose different instruments, all within this section.


The Instrument Section 4m:47s

Discover the functions of the Instrument Section. Need to choose a different instrument or articulation? Just watch this video.


Instrument Properties Pt. 1 7m:59s

Explore advanced instrument properties such as Attack, Decay, Sustain, Hold, and Release, which make up the Envelope Section in Superior 2. Learn about the Offset, Note On, Aftertouch, and Note Off options.


Instrument Properties Pt. 2 4m:13s

Want to know about the Pitch Knob and other options found in the Humanize Section? You'll get that info here...

Using X-Drums


X-Drum Pt. 1 8m:45s

The X-drum section takes drum programming to a whole new level. Learn how to create an X-Drum, and how to select from different libraries and tools.


X-Drum Pt. 2 4m:12s

The Microphone Assignment Section is where you can really have some fun with the X-Drums! Learn about the Columns and different colored Mics. Also explore how to reset and auto-assign your Mics.


X-Drum Pt. 3 5m:17s

Watch how to create a new Mic channel specifically for your X-Drum. Also learn about MIDI Mapping and how to pan Cymbals individually via the X-Drums.

The Mixer Window


Mixer Window Pt. 1 2m:49s

Get a basic layout of the Mixer Window including the FX Inserts, Bus Send, and Bleed Control sections.


Mixer Window Pt. 2 5m:14s

Learn how helpful the Channel Presets section can be for new and even advanced Users.


Mixer Window Pt. 3 1m:51s

See a more detailed explanation of the FX Insert section. Learn how to choose a plug-in, drag a plug-in between channels, and how to bypass a plug-in.

Bussing and Blending


Sonalksis Plug-Ins 10m:15s

Explore all of the Sonalksis plug-ins included with Superior Drummer 2.


Get on the Bus 3m:48s

Need to bus a signal to another channel? Learn how to do that with this Bus Section video.


Make em Bleed! 5m:52s

Get into the hyper-realistic world using the Bleed Control.


Phase & Fade 2m:56s

Learn about Phase Reversal and the Fade Control in addition to a quick re-cap of the Mixer Window.

The Groove Player


Groove Player Pt. 1 3m:13s

Need help getting started with your new tune? Let the Groove Player give you a head start.. Also see how to import your own custom grooves into the Groove Player.


Groove Player Pt. 2 10m:08s

Selecting and playing grooves are easy after watching this video! Learn about the Velocity Knob, and how to quickly change the timing of the grooves.

Mapping S2


Mapping Window Pt. 1 6m:23s

Learn about the Keyboard, ARP Knob, and the 'Advanced Note and Node Preview Tool' in this video.


Mapping Window Pt. 2 4m:44s

See how to choose between different instrument articulations, how to delete certain articulations, and how to teach S2 new MIDI Notes for your articulations.


Mapping Window Pt. 3 8m:26s

Get an explanation of the Velocity Control Section and its functions such as Gate, Reset, and Reverse.

MIDI Nodes


MIDI Nodes Pt. 1 6m:47s

Here you'll begin to learn about the MIDI Node section, how to stack instruments, and how to manipulate velocities for each member.


MIDI Nodes Pt. 2 7m:06s

Want to know another way to create a MIDI Node? Want to know about the different colored Keys? Check out this video.


MIDI Nodes Pt. 3 2m:42s

Learn about the Member Velocity Control section and how it's different from the Velocity Control found in the Instrument Section.

Bounce and Beat!


Bounce Window Pt. 1 3m:54s

Get an explanation of all the functions of the Bounce Window, in addition to the various Bounce Options.


Bounce Window Pt. 2 9m:22s

Need to Bounce your new tune or groove? Learn how to use the advanced Bounce options in this video.


Bust a Beat! 9m:37s

See how to quickly create a song idea using the Groove Player.

Scott Griggs

1. When did you start dabbling in music?

The earliest memory I have is when I was 7 years old - I got my first guitar. When I was 9 I got my first keyboard.

2. What training have you had?

Mostly self-trained; however, I was the drum major in high school (playing alto sax & drums/percussion), and majored in music for a short time.

3. When did you get into recording?

When I was around 10 years old I started to basic multi-tracking with my dual tape deck stereo. I would record a keyboard part; move that cassette into the other deck and do a playback while recording a new part into the "record" deck. Voila! Ghost tracks were something I hated back then!!

4. People you have worked with/for?

Let's see ... there was that fast food joint, the grocery store, the bolt company, the theater ...

5. Why are you so good at training people?

OK, how much did my mom pay you to say that I'm "good"? I guess it's because I try to have fun while showing folks what to do. If I get bored while making a video, I'm quite sure that the viewer will not be too stoked to watch it. I want people to feel like they could kick off their shoes, relax, and watch a video where they might learn something.

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