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Designing Electronic Drums

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    Tutorial 1

    Slice to New MIDI Track

    15:17

    See how to use the powerful 'Slice to New MIDI Track function in Live 7 to trim, warp and slice audio data!

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    Tutorial 2

    Making a Kick Drum Sound

    9:16

    Learn to shape a sliced sound into a more usable and familiar sounding kick drum using the filter and volume envelope settings on the simpler instrument and Live's Saturator and Compressor plug-ins.

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    Tutorial 3

    Creating a Clap Sound

    18:47

    Discover how to fabricate a clap sound using the settings on the Simpler and Sampler instruments and some of Live's effects, such as Compressor, Simple Delay, Saturator, Reverb and Gate.

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    Tutorial 4

    Making a Closed Hi-Hat Sound

    16:01

    See how to create a great sounding closed hi-hat sound using the settings on the Simpler and Sampler instruments and some of Live's effects, such as Compressor, Saturator, Reverb and Gate.

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    Tutorial 5

    Creating Slicing Presets

    8:54

    Learn how to create a new slicing preset where no macros are mapped to any of the Simpler's parameters. This time saving procedure is crucial to working with drums in Live.

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    Tutorial 6

    Making an Open Hi-Hat Sound

    12:02

    Explore designing the ever useful open hi-hat sound using the loop, envelope and filter settings on the Simpler instrument and some of Live's effects, such as Compressor, Reverb and Gate.

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    Tutorial 7

    Making a Tom Sound Pt. 1

    12:45

    See how to make two different types of Low, Mid and High Tom sounds. This tutorial also looks at creating a nested sub-rack within the main drum rack of our kit.

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    Tutorial 8

    Making a Tom Sound Pt. 2

    21:06

    Learn to map key parameters to the macros on the drum rack to allow flexible, real-time control over the most used parameters on all 3 Toms together. Also discover how to map send effects, and a Grain Delay to complete the sound.

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    Tutorial 9

    Making a Conga Sound

    6:55

    Discover the secret to making conga sounds reminiscent of old vintage drum machines. Racks are further explored, as well as the 'Copy to Siblings' feature added in Live 7.

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    Tutorial 10

    Making a Ride Cymbal Sound

    16:57

    See how a ride cymbal is created by layering 3 Simplers together in a nested drum rack, triggered by the same MIDI note, using 3 different, very short loops and some crafty programming.

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    Tutorial 11

    Making a Triangle Sound

    13:07

    Starting with one of the Simplers created in the Ride cymbal tutorial, the sound is re-tuned and a nested rack is created containing an open and closed triangle sound.

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    Tutorial 12

    Making a 909 Kick

    4:47

    Copying one of the Congas and using it as a starting point, the same short waveform loop is used to create a powerful second kick drum much closer to the classic 909 sound by changing the filter, pitch and envelope settings.

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    Tutorial 13

    Making a 909 Snare

    14:05

    See how you can make a great sounding snare similar to the classic 909 snare using impressive programming techniques as well as the Saturator, EQ8 and Compressor plug-ins.

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    Tutorial 14

    Making a 808 Snare

    8:58

    Starting with the snare created in the previous tutorial, some of the key parameters are changed to create a snare very close in sound to the classic 808 snare.

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    Tutorial 15

    Saving the Finished Kit

    8:57

    Explore the options for saving the different elements of our new kit, such as saving the devices and racks, using the new kit in other projects, and creating Live clips so that clips can be saved with the kit.

Have Ableton Live? Like Electronic Music? Then you must see this inspiring collection of eye-opening tutorials from Ableton Certified Trainer Craig McCullough. This series reveals the steps to design fat, brilliant modern and classic electronic drum sounds that will make the rhythm tracks in your electronic music productions be noticed.

The techniques Craig shows you can then be applied to any DAW and to any type of sound to make them stand out and shine.

1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I have been living and breathing music, and music technology, for most of my life. I first got into music by learning guitar over 20 years ago, at around 11 years old, and after playing in bands throughout my school years. I studied Audio engineering at college, at first with analogue tape and MIDI gear using external synths and an early version of Cubase.

2. What training have you had?

After leaving school and earning a living playing in bands for a while I started working in live sound in the mid 1990s, working on a lot of live music events, large and small, while still writing and producing my own music, both solo and with various different bands.  By this time my music took more electronic focus, switching to Logic to sequence samplers, synths and drum machines, and record live instruments and vocals. 

3. When did you get into recording?

From 2000 I worked in a production studio in the UK, mainly using Logic, Cubase SX, Nuendo, Wavelab, Sound Forge and the Waves plug-ins for audio engineering, and Reason and Acid for music composition, until discovering Ableton Live in 2002.

4. People you have worked with/for?

When MIDI was added to Live in version 4, I focused much more on using Ableton Live with Native Instruments and Waves Plug-ins, getting to know them intimately. Over the last few years I have been an internal tester for Ableton’s upcoming versions and I am also an Ableton Certified Trainer.

5. Why are you so good at training people?

I am good at training people because I have an intimate relationship and passion with the technology I use. I strive to develop a deep understanding of the tools I use and genuinely want to share that expereince with others

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    Ableton Certified Trainer Craig McCullough reveals the steps to design fat, brilliant modern and classic electronic drum sounds. The techniques Craig shows you can then be applied in any DAW and to any type of sound to make them stand out and be noticed!

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Designing Electronic Drums is rated 3.0 out of 5 by 1.
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Complicated The first lesson of the tutorial was great but then in the 2 lesson in making a clap sound you had to remove the kick drum up to a different slice. It made no sense when you could have drawn out that note from a new slice.
Date published: 2016-12-08
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