MIDI Tutorial

Creating Realistic MIDI Drums

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Chapter 1 : Drum MIDI Basics

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    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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    Drum MIDI Basics

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

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    Understanding MIDI Maps

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

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    Hi-Hat CC MIDI

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

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    MIDI Basics Recap

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

Chapter 2 : Creating Realistic Drum MIDI

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    Kick & Snare Patterns

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

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    Creating Realistic Ghost Notes

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

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    Creating Realistic Hi-Hat Parts

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

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    Editing Hi-Hat CC Pedal MIDI

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

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    Programming Open Hi-Hat Articulations

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

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    Programming Drum Rolls

    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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    Creating Realistic Drum Fills

    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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    Programming Cymbal Swells

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

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    Quantizing & Humanizing Your Grooves

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

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    Normalizing Your MIDI

    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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    Velocity Curve Adjustments

    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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    Programming a Realistic Drum Groove

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

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    Programming Realistic Drum Fills

    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!

Product Overview

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 can’t 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!

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Creating Realistic MIDI Drums is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 29 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from You can program Midi, but haven't got much experience in Drum Programming... This course is for you! Just what I needed! I'm not a drummer. So this was the course for me! Almost each video episode had at least one great take-away that helped me in understanding how to design more realistic sounding drum patterns! I can't wait to start trying out applying all of this next time I design my own grooves!
Date published: 2020-09-28
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent intro to midi drums This course is clear and sequential in its intro to the use of midi drums including tips and many helpful basics. As a beginner I found this to be a great and comprehensive course.
Date published: 2020-08-04
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent instructional video! Instructor provides clear and simple explanations of how to manipulate midi notation to make a realistic drum track. It has already proven to be very useful for my songs. He is working in Studio One, but the principal tools used to manipulate the notes (velocity, quantize, etc.) are easy to understand if you use another DAW.
Date published: 2020-05-15
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Comprehensive tutorial This tutorial gives a comprehensive treatment of MIDI drums and how you can manipulate the MIDI timing, note and velocity information to sound more (or less) "realistic." The trainer also spends some time in various drum instrument plugins demonstrating features that help achieve these same goals.
Date published: 2020-05-02
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Easy to follow. Very helpful. Easy to follow. Very helpful.
Date published: 2019-07-14
Rated 2.0 out of 5 by from Basic Rock Drums Basic rock drums nothing else no good for hip hop or pop or EDM
Date published: 2019-04-17
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very good for starters! I found there a bunch of new techniques I've never thought of using before. Recommended.
Date published: 2019-02-27
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very good tutorial. Straight to the point with lots of useful information
Date published: 2019-02-19
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Something for everyone...for the novice, the beat programmer to the professional drummer The intro is a great introduction to MIDI drums...generally for the novice. This proceeds to systematic discussion of what it takes to make a controller input or a programmed drum track sound like a professional drummer. Some good tricks and tips in the later videos of how to use the plugin controls as well to optimize the feel and groove; this latter particularly attuned to Superior Drummer and Addictive Drums 2.
Date published: 2018-12-27
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Great tutorial: Very useful for non-drummers Explained mainly with Superior Drummer 2, a little Addictive Drums, but works with other Drum Samplers (and different DAWs) as well. Great explanations from a drummer's perspective (the instructor is a drummer and a drum programmer). The other Groove3 title on the same subject called Creating Realistic MIDI Drums makes a great companion to this tutorial, as it is from a different instructor with a different approach and teaching style. Both are definitely recommended.
Date published: 2018-09-05
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very useful, Thank you This course opened my eyes to things that I can do to make my drums performance sound real.
Date published: 2018-06-26
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent course. Well done. This course goes in-depth about programming MIDI drum parts in ways that the makers of virtual drum instruments never seem to do. If you want to improve your virtual drum tracks, it's definitely worth the viewing this course; you're sure to pick up at least a few useful tips and workflow ideas.
Date published: 2018-04-25
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Finally I'm very pleased with the whole MIDI series, I've always loved the potential offered by MIDI and have acquired a few devices in my quest for a really versatile home studio. Only problem was trying to learn everything from manuals. I struggled intermittently over many years, but I just couldn't connect the dots for some reason and learning this way has made me hopeful I'll finally learn the language well enough to really apply it. Thanks for a well structured and presented set of tutorials!
Date published: 2018-02-06
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Good explanations, easy to follow Since I'm a singer and am a beginner when it comes to producing, programming drums is difficult and new for me. This tutorial is informative and it helps me understand drums better. Everything is explained in a nice tempo. And there is not an overload on information. Which works well for me. There are some topics that I can't put to use in my DAW though.. for example the Cymbal Rolls.. I'll have to figure out another way to create those than the way explained in the video, or buy the plugin. But all in all, nice tutorial.
Date published: 2018-01-01
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Luke is a drum God... Only an excellent drummer could convey the subtleties needed to create awesome drum parts as he does. He offers shortcuts but the truth is, it's a lot of work with proper tools(like superior drummer).
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from very good info a must watch for any producer
Date published: 2017-05-29
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from You can become a good midi drummer with this one. From a drummer´s perspective with a good take on midi programming and of course feel. I like Luke´s sense on drumming. I´m a guitarist when it comes to playing (an) instrument(s), but I´m way more in using VSTi´s to create songs, so drum sounds are vital for my productions. This gives you a good understanding of the limits and physics of drumming applied to a virtual environment. If you haven´t worked with drummers in band or projects and you haven´t been able to get their take on for midifying human grooves, this series puts you on seat next to a professional drummer.
Date published: 2017-05-09
Rated 3.5 out of 5 by from lots of useful info - some new to me I already knew a lot of the stuff talked about but there was some useful info that I didn't know.
Date published: 2017-04-25
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
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