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Creating Realistic MIDI Drums

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Drum MIDI Basics

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    Tutorial 1

    Introduction

    1:00

    Luke outlines what you?ll learn in this course and how you can use it to create realistic drum tracks for your songs and productions.

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    Tutorial 2

    Drum MIDI Basics

    6:21

    Get an explanation of the basics of MIDI as it relates to programming drums.

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    Tutorial 3

    Understanding MIDI Maps

    3:39

    Learn how MIDI Maps can have an impact on what sounds you hear when dealing with drum MIDI info.

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    Tutorial 4

    Hi-Hat CC MIDI

    1:25

    Luke explains how "Continuous Controller" information is important when dealing with hi-hat foot pedals on e-drums.

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    Tutorial 5

    MIDI Basics Recap

    1:34

    Luke provides a recap of the drum MIDI topics covered in this section.

Creating Realistic Drum MIDI

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    Tutorial 6

    Kick & Snare Patterns

    7:36

    Luke explains his approach to creating realistic kick and snare patterns within grooves.

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    Tutorial 7

    Creating Realistic Ghost Notes

    6:00

    Explore how to create realistic ghost note patterns to add texture and depth to your MIDI grooves.

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    Tutorial 8

    Creating Realistic Hi-Hat Parts

    4:54

    Watch how to program realistic hi-hat patterns using articulation and velocity variations.

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    Tutorial 9

    Editing Hi-Hat CC Pedal MIDI

    7:15

    Luke explains how he edits his recorded Hi-Hat CC controller information to create realistic open hi-hat articulations.

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    Tutorial 10

    Programming Open Hi-Hat Articulations

    6:10

    Learn how to program open hi-hat articulations when you don't have a hi-hat pedal controller.

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    Tutorial 11

    Programming Drum Rolls

    8:45

    Luke programs a drum roll pattern from scratch and explains how to make the snare rolls sound as realistic as possible using some of the previously discussed principles.

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    Tutorial 12

    Creating Realistic Drum Fills

    9:11

    Learn how create realistic drum fills and how to end your drum fills in a way that a real drummer would.

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    Tutorial 13

    Programming Cymbal Swells

    8:31

    Luke shows you how to program realistic cymbals swells from scratch.

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    Tutorial 14

    Quantizing & Humanizing Your Grooves

    5:56

    See an explanation of the benefits of quantizing and humanizing your drum MIDI.

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    Tutorial 15

    Normalizing Your MIDI

    3:58

    Learn how to normalize your entire drum groove or selectively quantize specific instruments to find the "sweet spot" of the velocity range.

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    Tutorial 16

    Velocity Curve Adjustments

    8:19

    Luke demonstrates how velocity curves have a big impact on your drum grooves and allow you to create realistic drum patterns quickly.

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    Tutorial 17

    Programming a Realistic Drum Groove

    7:46

    Luke now applies all the principles discussed in this series and programs a drum groove from scratch.

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    Tutorial 18

    Programming Realistic Drum Fills

    3:57

    Luke concludes this series by adding a programmed drum fill to the previously created groove while applying all of the principles discussed in this tutorial series!

Are they real or fake? In this in-depth video tutorial series, it's drum pro Luke Oswald's goal to make it so you cant tell! Learn all the basics of MIDI as it relates to programmed MIDI drums, and explore several practical ways to edit your drum MIDI to create the ultimate realistic drum grooves.

Luke starts with an explanation of MIDI events, note length, velocity, note numbers and hi-hat pedal CC information, and then explains his approach to editing MIDI to create realistic kick & snare patterns, hi-hat patterns, drum rolls, cymbal swells, drum fills and more.

Continuing on, you'll discover practical workflows and the benefits to quantizing and humanizing your drum MIDI parts, and how to apply velocity normalization and velocity curve adjustments for better dynamics. Luke concludes the series by creating a killer drum groove and fill from scratch while applying all of the principles learned in this course.

See the individual tutorial descriptions below for more info. If you want to make better drum parts and grooves for your tracks and songs, this series is the one to watch Get "Creating Realistic MIDI Drums" today!

Izakto
Submitted 1 week ago

Great tutorial.

This tutorial is excellent. I learned quite a few things from these videos.

I am a: Professional, Producer, Cakewalk Sonar

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Pieter Parpater
Submitted 1 week ago

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Production value was pretty bad.

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Diego5150
Submitted 1 week ago

Awesome tutorial

Luke is a great teacher, this is the best tutorial I have seen for midi drum programming.

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Logic Pro, Studio One

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Genaro
Submitted 2 weeks ago

Very good beginner's guide to MIDI drums.

Luke does a great job explaining how to program drums from different sources so that they sound very realistic. He does not go into very elaborate patterns or fills but this is great as one can focus on the basics of MIDI drum programming.

I am a: Musician, Producer

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LC Studios
Submitted 2 weeks ago

Excellent

This video does a great job of bridging the gap between real live drums and programmed or looped drum samples. Very useful and insightful.

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Digital Performer


Dante
Submitted 2 weeks ago

Really Great!

Very practical applications for drummers and non-drummers. Excellent instructor!

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Audio Engineer

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alkey372
Submitted 2 weeks ago

Exactly what I needed, when I needed it.

As a bassist I have played with live drummers all my life. On my current project I wanted to really take a shot a learning what programmed drums could do for my music and how to make them seem natural. This video came to my aid just when I needed it most.

I am a: Hobbyist

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The MIDI Professor
Submitted 3 weeks ago

Good Information for making your MIDI Drums realistic

I am primarily a keyboard player and only an amateur drummer that programs drums. This course includes helpful information from an drummer that has a good understanding of MIDI. I can make drums a little more realistic after viewing this. It would have been nice to see the instructor playing his electronic drums a little but that might have not been doable.

I am a: Professional, Musician, Pro Tools

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frankie56
Submitted 3 weeks ago

Right Direction !!!!

This Tutorial is a great think, because it´s the only a new who explain the Drum Programming in Midi :-) I hope it will give more if this kind for Rhythm-Guitar, Solo-Guitar - Keys and Bass.

I am a: Beginner

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Charles
Submitted 3 weeks ago

Enjoyable and worthwhile

I enjoyed this course and picked up some useful information. I previously viewed Luke's "Drum Sample Technology Explained" in 2016, and this is the course I was hoping that one was. I think it would have been useful if he explained the different parts and areas of drums and cymbals (like the rim, bow, and bell on a cymbal, for example) as a primer for articulations. Most of the videos here deal with the kick, snare, and hi-hat, with one on cymbal swells. He uses Studio One as his DAW, and Superior Drummer as his drum program for the most part. Addictive Drums and EZ Drummer make cameos, as well, but you should be able to follow along and apply the information to any DAW or drum program.


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.

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Creating Realistic MIDI Drums is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 11.
Rated 2.5 out of 5 by from Title Production value was pretty bad.
Date published: 2017-03-28
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great tutorial. This tutorial is excellent. I learned quite a few things from these videos.
Date published: 2017-03-22
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Awesome tutorial Luke is a great teacher, this is the best tutorial I have seen for midi drum programming.
Date published: 2017-03-22
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent This video does a great job of bridging the gap between real live drums and programmed or looped drum samples. Very useful and insightful.
Date published: 2017-03-19
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Really Great! Very practical applications for drummers and non-drummers. Excellent instructor!
Date published: 2017-03-19
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Very good beginner's guide to MIDI drums. Luke does a great job explaining how to program drums from different sources so that they sound very realistic. He does not go into very elaborate patterns or fills but this is great as one can focus on the basics of MIDI drum programming.
Date published: 2017-03-19
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Good Information for making your MIDI Drums realistic I am primarily a keyboard player and only an amateur drummer that programs drums. This course includes helpful information from an drummer that has a good understanding of MIDI. I can make drums a little more realistic after viewing this. It would have been nice to see the instructor playing his electronic drums a little but that might have not been doable.
Date published: 2017-03-13
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Exactly what I needed, when I needed it. As a bassist I have played with live drummers all my life. On my current project I wanted to really take a shot a learning what programmed drums could do for my music and how to make them seem natural. This video came to my aid just when I needed it most.
Date published: 2017-03-13
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Right Direction !!!! This Tutorial is a great think, because it´s the only a new who explain the Drum Programming in Midi :-) I hope it will give more if this kind for Rhythm-Guitar, Solo-Guitar - Keys and Bass.
Date published: 2017-03-09
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Enjoyable and worthwhile I enjoyed this course and picked up some useful information. I previously viewed Luke's "Drum Sample Technology Explained" in 2016, and this is the course I was hoping that one was. I think it would have been useful if he explained the different parts and areas of drums and cymbals (like the rim, bow, and bell on a cymbal, for example) as a primer for articulations. Most of the videos here deal with the kick, snare, and hi-hat, with one on cymbal swells. He uses Studio One as his DAW, and Superior Drummer as his drum program for the most part. Addictive Drums and EZ Drummer make cameos, as well, but you should be able to follow along and apply the information to any DAW or drum program.
Date published: 2017-03-06
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from To the point and clear Yet another great tutorial from Luke. Very consistent quality.
Date published: 2017-03-04