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Programming Rock Drums in Pro Tools

16 Tutorials (2hr 17min 43sec)

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Are you just getting into writing and recording Rock music? Well, the first step is to create killer drum tracks. In this series, project studio master Travis Brown is going to show you how to program realistic and rockin' drums using Pro Tools 9 and Steven Slate Drum EX virtual instrument, quickly and easily.

Designed for the beginner, this series starts with an introduction to the song you'll be creating drums for, exploring the awesome Steven Slate Drums EX plug-in, using the Pro Tools MIDI editor, setting up a guide track, digging in and playing the parts, all the way to creating cool fills and breaks, humanizing the feel of the performance and finishing off with mixing and printing your MIDI drums as audio for further processing or bringing to another studio.

Even though this series is shown with Pro Tools and Steven Slate Drums, you can apply the techniques and theories to any DAW and virtual drum plug-in. If you're just starting out and want to know how to program great sounding and feeling drums, this is the series for you... You can't beat it!

Travis Brown

1. When did you start dabbling in music?

At age 6 I started piano lessons but was quickly gravitated towards the guitars and drums in the J.C. Penny Christmas catalog. Music and creativity was encouraged in our house so I explored music endlessly. Guitar became my main instrument and I learned by watching others play and figuring out my favorite artists songs by ear. Several years later I am still watching others play and learning my favorite artists songs!

2. What training have you had?

I studied music production and music business at Columbia College in Chicago. After college I have been mentored by Charles Macak @ Electrowerks Music Production.

3. When did you get into recording?

I was lucky enough to inherit a Fostex 4 track from a friend who didn't want it anymore. I spent an entire summer in my room recording and experimenting on it. Then I recorded anyone I could find and haven't really stopped since!

4. People you have worked with/for?

I have been blessed and have worked under Sean O' Keefe, Ricco Lumpkin, and Charles Macak. Bands I have recorded is a long list...some favorites are The Captain Hates The Sea, This Is Our Year, Saline, and Plastic Smiles.

5. Why are you so good at training people?

I love to share what I have learned with others. So many people have helped me throughout my musical journey that I feel I must give back as much as possible. In this industry you must continue to learn and reinvent yourself so I have fun talking to those who inspire me as well as try to inspire the next generation of producers and engineers!

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