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Addictive Drums 2 Explained®

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    Introduction

    Todd gives an overview of all the features we'll explore in Addictive Drums 2.

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    Registration & Installation

    Learn how to register, install and authorize Addictive Drums 2 using the XLN Online Installer.

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    Stand Alone Software

    Todd explores the stand-alone version of Addictive Drums 2 as well as the top section where windows and other important commands are found.

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    The Gallery & Explore Pages

    See how you can explore and audition AD Packs and kits.

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    The Kit Page

    Learn how to browse and audition kit pieces, as well as make changes to kit piece settings.

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    The Edit Page - Pt. 1

    The top section of the edit page has powerful kit piece shaping functions, including pitch and volume envelopes as well as the new tone designer feature.

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    The Edit Page - Pt. 2

    The bottom section of the edit page has insert effects, including EQ, compression, distortion and tape emulation. It also includes mic position controls for kick, snare and room mics, as well as bus send controls. Todd explores all of theses parameters.

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    The FX Page

    Explore XLN's 'Delerb' reverb and delay processor, how to route and tweak the two Delerbs.

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    The Beats Page

    Learn how to search and filter beats to find and sort your favorites. Todd explores the Grid Search feature as well as the powerful Transform function to customize beats.

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    The Mixer Section

    See how drums can be mixed, routed to FX, the send bus, and to individual outputs.

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    The Audio Recorder & Snapshots

    Learn how to use these handy features to grab drum hits and loops as audio, and how to temporarily save current settings using snapshots.

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    The Map Window - Pt. 1

    Explore the various MIDI map presets, including several for popular electronic drum kits, how to customize maps to kits and keyboards, as well as how to modify velocity settings for kit pieces.

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    The Map Window - Pt. 2

    Discover the advanced settings in the map window, including hi hat CC adjustments, positional settings and cymbal choke settings.

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    Using AD2 in Host Applications

    Todd uses Ableton Live, Cakewalk Sonar X3 and Presonus StudioOne 2 as examples of how to integrate Addictive Drums into your DAW.

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    Pro Tools & Direct Output Routing

    Learn how to use AD2 in Pro Tools, including using direct outs from AD2 to separate tracks in Pro Tools for more mixing possibilities.

Product Overview


Todd Tatnall returns with a new series on XLN Audio's Addictive Drums 2! Learn all about this world-class virtual drum software package inside and out, as well as creative uses and tips & tricks.

Todd starts with detailed videos giving you a solid Overview of the AD2 GUI, How to Register and Install it, as well as an in-depth look at the Stand Alone version of Addictive Drummer 2. Todd then breaks down the Gallery and Explore Pages, followed by the Kit, Edit, FX and Beats Pages, so you know exactly where to find all the important features and functions, and how to use them.

Continuing on, Todd now reveals the Mixer Section, and How to Route, Mix and Send different signals to different places within AD2 for further Applying of Effects and Outputs. The Audio Recorder and Snapshots are then explained, allowing you to Grab Drum Hits and Loops as Audio, and Save Current Settings Using Snapshots.

The Map Window is now up, and you'll discover the various MIDI Map Presets, including several for Popular Electronic Drum Kits, How to Customize Maps to Kits and Keyboards, as well as How to Modify Velocity Settings for Kit Pieces, Hi-Hat CC Adjustments, Positional Settings and Cymbal Choke Settings.

Wrapping up the series, Todd shows you How to Use AD2 in Different DAW Hosts, including How to Setup Multiple Direct Outs from AD2 into Separate Tracks in the DAW. If you're ready to become addicted to stellar drums sounds, get "Addictive Drums 2 Explained" today and make your drum tracks shine.


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Jorge Pluto
Submitted 3 months ago

AD2 in detail!

This instructional presents most aspects of AD2, although they skimmed/skipped some features like sync play/stop feature, Mark 1st Beat, beat customization, using an electronic drumset controller, etc. Overall, very in-depth and solid presentation of AD2 functionalities.


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Randy
Submitted 6 months ago

Great Tutorial

This is the best tutorial I've gone through for Addictive Drums. All I need to know in very simplified steps. Good work


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GGGrax
Submitted 7 months ago

Full of good stuff

It had a great amount of good info on getting to use Addictive Drums. I can't wait to put it to use.

I am a: Semi-Pro, Professional, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, FL Studio, Pro Tools


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Rotger
Submitted 10 months ago

It´s a revelation

I knew that Addictive Drums 2 was a very powerful tool, but in this course, I was able to realize that the possibilities of programming are very extensive. All very clear, precise and easy to use. Thank U very much

I am a: Professional, Musician, Logic Pro


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Vincec28
Submitted 1 year ago

Awesome Course

I have addictive drums 1 and 2 and I never knew of the possibilities that this powerful software provided. I have only been using it to quickly grab beats and drag into my projects. Thanks for the great explanation video I cant wait to get under the hood of this program.

I am a: Beginner, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Cubase


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Stilli
Submitted 2 years ago

Excellent Course

Comprehensive and clearly presented at just the right speed to enable understanding without too many replays. I would buy other courses by this presenter.


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mosspa
Submitted 2 years ago

Excellent Overview!

Got through it all in one sitting. Had no problem applying whet I had learned in several of my DAW apps.

I am a: Professional, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Sound for Film/TV, Cakewalk Sonar, Mixcraft, Reason, Reaper


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shonclau
Submitted 3 years ago

Great Course

This course is very thorough. Can't imagining needing the advanced courses.

I am a: Hobbyist


Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
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Bigmac2
Submitted 4 years ago

Very Helpful Information!

I saw areas that I had not discovered before, which changed the way I function in AD2! Great product

I am a: Professional, Producer, Musician


Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

thetonybliss
Submitted 4 years ago

Nicely Detailed Course

The Author covers as much as he kno', some important things he left out e.g. Sync to Play/Stop, is a great feature that allows AD users to sync the beats page to their DAW in use allowing quick preview and selection. Outside of bits like this, the course was well informative and now i finally kno'how to route AD2 to individual tracks properly and do a bounce to track in simple format. Thank you !

I am a: Student, Semi-Pro, Sound Designer, Sound for Film/TV, Musician, Mastering Facility


Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

Jorge Pluto
Submitted 3 months ago

AD2 in detail!

This instructional presents most aspects of AD2, although they skimmed/skipped some features like sync play/stop feature, Mark 1st Beat, beat customization, using an electronic drumset controller, etc. Overall, very in-depth and solid presentation of AD2 functionalities.

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

Randy
Submitted 6 months ago

Great Tutorial

This is the best tutorial I've gone through for Addictive Drums. All I need to know in very simplified steps. Good work

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

GGGrax
Submitted 7 months ago

Full of good stuff

It had a great amount of good info on getting to use Addictive Drums. I can't wait to put it to use.

I am a: Semi-Pro, Professional, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, FL Studio, Pro Tools

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

Rotger
Submitted 10 months ago

It´s a revelation

I knew that Addictive Drums 2 was a very powerful tool, but in this course, I was able to realize that the possibilities of programming are very extensive. All very clear, precise and easy to use. Thank U very much

I am a: Professional, Musician, Logic Pro

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

Vincec28
Submitted 1 year ago

Awesome Course

I have addictive drums 1 and 2 and I never knew of the possibilities that this powerful software provided. I have only been using it to quickly grab beats and drag into my projects. Thanks for the great explanation video I cant wait to get under the hood of this program.

I am a: Beginner, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Cubase

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

Stilli
Submitted 2 years ago

Excellent Course

Comprehensive and clearly presented at just the right speed to enable understanding without too many replays. I would buy other courses by this presenter.

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

mosspa
Submitted 2 years ago

Excellent Overview!

Got through it all in one sitting. Had no problem applying whet I had learned in several of my DAW apps.

I am a: Professional, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Sound for Film/TV, Cakewalk Sonar, Mixcraft, Reason, Reaper

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

shonclau
Submitted 3 years ago

Great Course

This course is very thorough. Can't imagining needing the advanced courses.

I am a: Hobbyist

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

Bigmac2
Submitted 4 years ago

Very Helpful Information!

I saw areas that I had not discovered before, which changed the way I function in AD2! Great product

I am a: Professional, Producer, Musician

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

thetonybliss
Submitted 4 years ago

Nicely Detailed Course

The Author covers as much as he kno', some important things he left out e.g. Sync to Play/Stop, is a great feature that allows AD users to sync the beats page to their DAW in use allowing quick preview and selection. Outside of bits like this, the course was well informative and now i finally kno'how to route AD2 to individual tracks properly and do a bounce to track in simple format. Thank you !

I am a: Student, Semi-Pro, Sound Designer, Sound for Film/TV, Musician, Mastering Facility

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

1. When did you start dabbling in music?

When I was really young, maybe 3 or 4 years old. That's when I got my first (toy) drum set and played it all the time. I was studying viola at 7, piano at 8, and drums at 10.

2. What training have you had?

In college, I received a Bachelor of Music in theory/composition from SIUE, and a Bachelor of Science in recording production and technology from MTSU. Working in big studios in Chicago after college, I learned as much if not more working as an assistant/2nd engineer, often repairing/troubleshooting problems on the fly. It better equipped me to work independently AND with others.

3. When did you get into recording?

In high school. My punk band saved all our pennies to record at an 8-track studio for $10 per hour. I was fascinated by the power of multitracking, overdubbing, mixing, etc.

4. People you have worked with/for?

I've worked with commercial music producers and talent for TV and radio commercials, many of which were national/international brands. I also worked with bands and artists in the studio, including the Frogs, Kelley Deal, James Iha, Sebastian Bach, any many others. As a tech support engineer, I've helped thousands of customers. I worked directly with several high profile customers, including John Fogerty, Bruce Swedien, Oscar Petersen, John Tesh, Andy Sturmer (Jellyfish), Greg Lisher (Camper Van Beethoven), Chris Vrenna, and engineers for Paul Simon, Wilco, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, and ICP to name a few.

Why are you so good at training people?

When I was providing technical support, my approach was not only to solve the problem, but to also listen carefully to the end-user's needs AND explain what the cause and solution of any problem was. Putting technical jargon into more relate-able terms helps. I'm also an adjunct professor at a local university, and apply the same ideology when teaching. Whether you're working with a customer or student, you have to put yourself in their shoes.

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Addictive Drums 2 Explained® is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 11 .
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from AD2 in detail! This instructional presents most aspects of AD2, although they skimmed/skipped some features like sync play/stop feature, Mark 1st Beat, beat customization, using an electronic drumset controller, etc. Overall, very in-depth and solid presentation of AD2 functionalities.
Date published: 2019-08-07
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Great Tutorial This is the best tutorial I've gone through for Addictive Drums. All I need to know in very simplified steps. Good work
Date published: 2019-05-31
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Full of good stuff It had a great amount of good info on getting to use Addictive Drums. I can't wait to put it to use.
Date published: 2019-04-14
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from It´s a revelation I knew that Addictive Drums 2 was a very powerful tool, but in this course, I was able to realize that the possibilities of programming are very extensive. All very clear, precise and easy to use. Thank U very much
Date published: 2019-01-16
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Awesome Course I have addictive drums 1 and 2 and I never knew of the possibilities that this powerful software provided. I have only been using it to quickly grab beats and drag into my projects. Thanks for the great explanation video I cant wait to get under the hood of this program.
Date published: 2018-09-10
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent Course Comprehensive and clearly presented at just the right speed to enable understanding without too many replays. I would buy other courses by this presenter.
Date published: 2018-04-05
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent Overview! Got through it all in one sitting. Had no problem applying whet I had learned in several of my DAW apps.
Date published: 2018-03-10
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great Course This course is very thorough. Can't imagining needing the advanced courses.
Date published: 2017-01-19
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very Helpful Information! I saw areas that I had not discovered before, which changed the way I function in AD2! Great product
Date published: 2016-03-13
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Nicely Detailed Course The Author covers as much as he kno', some important things he left out e.g. Sync to Play/Stop, is a great feature that allows AD users to sync the beats page to their DAW in use allowing quick preview and selection. Outside of bits like this, the course was well informative and now i finally kno'how to route AD2 to individual tracks properly and do a bounce to track in simple format. Thank you !
Date published: 2016-02-24
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very Informitive Todd teaches us the ins and outs of Addictive Drums 2, a tool I'm growing to love more and more, now that I know how to use it! Watching him go through each piece of the plugin and tweaking each knob to taste was helpful (technically, as well as musically). Will view again for sure.
Date published: 2016-02-20
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