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DRUMLAB Explained

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    Tutorial 1

    Introduction

    2:31

    Get a quick overview of the three main areas of the interface.

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    Tutorial 2

    Jump Start

    6:02

    Start layering sounds, previewing grooves, and saving presets right away.

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    Tutorial 3

    The Kit Page

    6:30

    Learn how to use the effects to blend and shape the balance between the stereo overhead, mono overhead, and mono room microphone mixes.

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    Tutorial 4

    The Instruments

    4:14

    See how the individual instrument controls are used to shape the direct sound of each kit and percussion piece.

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    Tutorial 5

    The Grooves Page

    6:25

    Explore the bundled MIDI drum grooves and see how the performance parameters are used to alter the feel of the variations.

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    Tutorial 6

    The Options Page

    5:16

    Learn how to customize note mappings, adjust the velocity curve of each note either for corrective or creative purposes, and how to optimize the memory demands of DRUMLAB.

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    Tutorial 7

    Single Instrument Setup

    5:25

    See how to set up a multi timbral multi output version of DRUMLAB with each individual kit piece loaded as a separate instrument, each receiving input on a unique MIDI channel, and outputting signal to separate channel strips in Logic Pro X.

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    Tutorial 8

    Working With Single Instruments

    8:32

    See how the instrument controls are laid out on the single instrument versions of some of the DRUMLAB kit pieces.

Native Instruments DRUMLAB is your very own evil lab for creating monster drum sounds and kits. Let mad drum scientist Eli Krantzberg show you how to pump new life into your productions and songs with this electrifying virtual drum instrument!

Eli begins with an introduction to the instrument and its 3 main areas, then jumps right in showing you how to start layering sounds, previewing grooves and saving presets. Next up is the Kit Page, where you'll learn how to use the effects to blend and shape the balance between the different available mic mixes.

Eli then shows you how the individual instrument controls are used to shape the direct sound of each kit and piece, as well as how to get your grooves going with the bundled MIDI drum groove files and performance parameters. The Options Page is also explored, revealing how to customize note mappings, adjust velocities and how to optimize memory settings for the best system performance.

Wrapping up the series, Eli explains how to set up a multi-output version of DRUMLAB and output its drum sounds to a separate track, and then gives a deeper look at how instrument controls are laid out on the single instrument versions of some of the DRUMLAB kit pieces.

If you're going mad with drums in your productions and songs, Native Instruments DRUMLAB is the perfect venue to twist, mangle and create new kits and sounds... Watch "DRUMLAB Explained" today.

danihdz92
Submitted 1 month ago

Awesome!

Awesome! It covers every single feature. Very well explained

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Thayne
Submitted 3 months ago

Good overview

Always good to sit in on Eli K., he does a great job of teaching!

I am a: Producer, Professional, Musician, Beat Maker, Sound for Film/TV

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JCR Vtq
Submitted 6 months ago

Solid overview

Quick and easy overview of Drum Lab. While it's a pretty simple Kontakt instrument, there's a lot of subtlties that you may not pick up on. A fast and easy tutorial that I'd suggest for anyone who wants to master this. Thanks Eli.

I am a: Producer, Professional, Audio Engineer, Musician, Beat Maker

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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I started playing drums in high school at age fourteen. Like most kids my age around then, I was into progressive rock. Genesis, Emerson Lake and Palmer, and Yes. They rocked my world. A few short years later though, my musical life changed. While studying music in college I discovered Charlie Parker, Milt Jackson, Sonny Stitt, and John Coltrane. Milt Jackson spoke to me in such a profound way that it left me no choice but to take up vibraphone.

These great players, along with  drummers like Philly Joe Jones, Max Roach, Art Blakey, and Elvin Jones changed not only the way I thought about drumming, but also music - and by extension, life - as a whole. I realized life was meant to be a creative endeavor. The idea of improvising based on a loose set of guidelines and rules permeated into my psyche even when I wasn't holding a pair of drumsticks or mallets. But if I am going to be perfectly truthful, I have to hold Henry Miller and Woody Allen equally responsible for shaping the way I view and experience the world around me. 

2. What training have you had?

I am currently an Apple certified Logic Pro. Young and cocky, and armed with only a partial University degree, I dropped out of school and  began playing steady commercial hotel engagements and jazz gigs when I could. This went on for many years until I decided it was time to complete my degree - which I ultimately did with a major in Political Science and a minor in music. 

It was at this point that I formed my current band Nightshift. We are going in to our twenty third year now - playing commercial one nighters like weddings, corporate events, etc. Don't turn your nose up at it though - it has allowed me a wonderful quality of life. It gave me the freedom to go back to school and complete a post graduate degree in Communications Studies - all the while supporting myself by playing weddings.

3. When did you get into recording?

It was in this graduate program - in the early nineties - that I found myself drawn to the fledgling emerging universe of hard disc recording and midi sequencing. Based on nothing more than the recommendation of one of my band mates who had an old Atari, I jumped in head first and bought a Mac LC ll, along with a version 1.1 of what was then Notator Logic. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. But, in hindsight, it was a decision of epic importance in my life - shaping my future as much as the music of Milt Jackson and Charlie Parker did fifteen years prior. 

I opened up my own commercial home studio in 1998 and began doing a variety of projects, working on radio jingles, artist CD projects, and whatever came my way. A couple of years later a colleague called me up - desperate. He was working at a post production house and one of the editors had just quit. They were doing audio post for a weekly TV series and needed a Pro Tools editor - and fast! And so, once again, I jumped in head first into what would ultimately open up my world even more - the world of Pro Tools. 

4. People you have worked with/for?

Focusing on Logic, I built up a small but loyal client base and my phone kept ringing for Logic tech support and instruction. Film composers and studio owners all over the city were calling me. Even the music stores were giving out my phone number at this point! This kind of stuff becomes a self fulfilling prophecy. The more of it you do, the more calls you get to keep doing it. At least that's the way it should be!

As my Logic chops kept growing, I was hired by an old buddy of mine, Len Sasso, who was then an associate editor at Electronic Musician magazine, and began writing some columns for them. I had a blast doing them - and really learned to focus and express my thoughts in a concise and clear manner. This lead to a collaboration with LA based composer Terry Michael Huud on the 2006 film called Civic Duty - which was certainly one of the highlights of my professional life as a composer. 

5. Why are you so good at training people?

I wake up every day excited to boot up, and create. Whether it's instructional videos, creating music, working with a studio client, performing with my band, or teaching at the schools - my days are filled with what I love doing. Enriched by the stimulation and creative freedom this modern music making software brings to my life. I bring that excitement and passion to each and every training product I create. My years of experience both using and teaching these programs has taught me the best way to make the user comfortable with these complex programs.

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DRUMLAB Explained is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 3.
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Awesome! Awesome! It covers every single feature. Very well explained
Date published: 2017-02-09
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Good overview Always good to sit in on Eli K., he does a great job of teaching!
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Solid overview Quick and easy overview of Drum Lab. While it's a pretty simple Kontakt instrument, there's a lot of subtlties that you may not pick up on. A fast and easy tutorial that I'd suggest for anyone who wants to master this. Thanks Eli.
Date published: 2016-09-28