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Addictive Drums Tutorial

Addictive Drums 2 Advanced Vol 1

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14 Videos | Length: 1hr 35min 32sec
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Chapter 1 : Overview

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    Overview Pt. 1

    Luke explains the basics of the Gallery, Explore and Kit Pages within Addictive Drums 2.

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    Overview Pt. 2

    An overview of the Edit, FX, Beats and Mapping Pages of Addictive Drums 2.

Chapter 2 : Presets

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    Using Presets

    Luke explores how to load mix presets from your AD2 libraries refining your preset search results by using the Sound Ideal filter, using high-level search criterias when performing MIDI searches, and how to save your custom mix presets to recall at a later time.

Chapter 3 : Gallery & Explore Pages

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    Mix Adjustments & Additional Preset Auditioning Options

    Luke explains how to audition and load instrument/mix presets from your AD2 libraries and how to audition kit presets from libraries you have not yet purchased and installed.

Chapter 4 : Kit Page

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    Auditioning & Selecting Drums

    Learn how to audition and select kit pieces using the velocity sensitive pads within AD2.

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    Flexi-Pad Functionality

    An explanation of how to load and audition kit pieces within the Flexi-Pads.

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    Layering Drums & Global Tom Selection

    Luke explains how quickly layer kit pieces for creative results and how to change all tom kit pieces simultaneously.

Chapter 5 : Edit Page - Sampler Strip Settings

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    Relative Volume & Response Adjustments

    In this video, Luke explores how to adjust the relative volume of each kit piece without altering the volume of other instruments and how to use the Response function to manipulate the volume and EQ filter for specific velocity ranges.

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    Pitch, Pitch Envelope, & Tone Designer Adjustments

    Luke explores how to adjust the tuning/pitch of each kit piece and how to "offset" those adjustments using the Pitch Envelope. He also explains how to use the Tone Designer to create pitch bends over time.

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    Volume Envelope Adjustments

    Luke explains how to use the Volume Envelope to manipulate the attack, sustain and release of each kit piece.

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    Copy & Paste Sampler Settings

    Want to copy your settings from one kit piece to another? Learn how to quickly move sampler strip settings to other kit pieces.

Chapter 6 : Edit Page - Mic Adjustments & Insert Fx

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    Channel Selection & Kick/Snare Mic Adjustments

    An explanation of how to select specific channels from the mixer and make microphone adjustments for the kick & snare drum.

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    EQ, Compression, Distortion, & Noise Adjustments

    Luke explains how to use the EQ, Compression, Distortion and Noise effects within the Channel Insert section of the Edit Page.

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    Tape Emulation, Transient Shaper, & Output Adjustments

    Learn how to use the Tape Emulation and Transient Shaper functions to add low-end punch and high-end clarity to your drum mixes.

Product Overview


In volume one of this advanced video tutorial series, eDrum guru Luke Oswald explains a wide range of topics designed to make you a real master and addict, of XLN’s Addictive Drummer 2 virtual instrument plug-in!

Luke goes deep in volume one, covering loading and saving presets, auditioning and selecting presets and drum kits, sample manipulation using the Sampler Strip and built-in Channel Strip FX and much more!

See the individual tutorial descriptions below for more info, and don’t miss your intervention… Watch “Addictive Drummer 2 Advanced Vol. 1” today!


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Addictive Drums 2 Advanced Vol 1 is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 11 .
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Extremely helpful! I've had AD2 for a couple of years, but I did not know how all the features (or knobs!) worked. This explains the many layers to AD2 I never even knew existed.
Date published: 2021-03-25
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great! Easy to follow, clear explanations of the different functions of AD2.
Date published: 2021-01-28
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Very well narrated. Very well narrated. I really like his choppy reads, one idea per phrase. It's learning session, not poetry reading. Also, the visuals, zooms and focus are really tight. One small niggle: when demoign the effect of a paramter, it would be helpfull to state, in voice, what kit piece to listen to. Yes yes it's shown in the interface, but it's all too easy to listen to, say the snair, when the demo is modifying the foot, and we're wondering - what changed?
Date published: 2019-08-12
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from very good help me learn drum
Date published: 2019-01-10
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very precise and easy to follow. I own this software and this teaching tutorial saved me an enormous amount of time and less experimentation so that i could immediately jump in to record.
Date published: 2017-08-23
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Great tutorial. Easy digestible. Gives great insight into what this software can do for you. Doesn't give you practical demonstrations on how Luke Oswald utilizes AD2 in his own projects and how he would mix in drums with other instruments. Maybe that's for another tutorial? :)
Date published: 2017-08-11
Rated 3.5 out of 5 by from Very Helpful in Understanding AD When I updated Sonar at some point AD2 was included. At this point I was using ezdrummer 2 and loops. This video helped me understand how to make use of the various menu's and adjustments available in AD2. Thanks
Date published: 2017-06-26
Rated 3.5 out of 5 by from Good Needs more example in contextual use
Date published: 2017-03-15
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great Teacher! Luke's presentation of the material is pertinent, with plenty of examples; his explanations are complete, no-frill, and to the point. A great teacher!!
Date published: 2016-12-03
Rated 2.0 out of 5 by from Far from advanced. This video is simply a feature overview with a little bit of how to. You can find the same content for free on YouTube. If you know how to use AD2 then skip this vid and wait for vol 2.
Date published: 2016-08-31
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Very nice tut! Been using AD2 for years now, and this really opened my eyes for the possibilities I didn't know!.. The narrator gets a little repetitive if you watch the whole series in a marathon, but otherwise very good series!
Date published: 2016-08-30
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