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MODO Drum Explained®

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    QuickStart

    Take a quick look at the main areas of the interface and see how to customize the drum kits, individual pieces, playing styles, rooms, mixer settings, and more.

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    The Snare Drum

    Explore ways of customizing snare drum timbre, tuning, damping, and more, using the Edit Element parameters found on the Customize page.

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    Snare Drum Playing Styles

    Discover how the stick type, combined with the independent positioning of the left and right sticks, influences the response of the snare drum sound.

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    The Kick Drum

    Explore the MODO kick drum editing parameters, including tuning front and batter heads independently, adjusting bleed, changing skin type, beater heads, playing style, and shell dimensions. Also, learn how to program linear drum grooves from scratch using your DAW?s MIDI exclusive mode (also known as hi-hat mode).

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    The Toms

    See and hear how the timbral qualities of the toms are edited on the Customize and Playing Style pages.

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    The Hi-Hats

    Learn how to get the most out of the MODO Drum hi hat tip and shank mappings using different ranges on the keyboard. And see how a MIDI CC message is used to continuously move through the articulations while recording in a part.

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    The Cymbals

    Learn how to work with multiple cymbals and their related choke notes; and watch as a simple cymbal part is recorded in real time.

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    Working with Grooves

    Learn how to navigate the library of grooves and fills using the smart filters, search field, favourites, and tempo options.

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    The Mixer

    Explore the routing and processing possibilities in the MODO Drum mixer as a drum track of edited factory grooves is tweaked in real time.

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    MODO Drum in Action

    Watch as a drum part based around one of the included grooves is created and edited using various programming techniques, The drums and playing styles are customized, and a mix is put together using several of the included effects processing modules.

Product Overview


Eli Krantzberg brings you in-depth IK Multimedia MODO Drum videos! Learn MODO Drum inside and out, including how to make your first drum part. These MODO Drum tutorials are for those just starting out with the MODO Drum virtual instrument, as well as intermediate MODO Drum users.

Eli hits the ground running with videos covering the main areas of the interface and how to customize the drum kits, individual pieces, playing styles, rooms, mixer settings, and more. Then Eli moves to the snare drum section where you'll explore ways of customizing snare drum timbre, tuning, damping, and other options, using the Edit Element Parameters found on the Customize page.

Throughout the rest of the series, Eli covers the Kick drum section in detail as well, followed by all the other sections including the Toms, Hi-Hats, and Cymbals. He then shows you how to work with MODO Drum grooves, the routing and processing possibilities in the MODO Drum mixer, and how to make a drum part based around one of the included grooves and edit it using various programming techniques and more!

To see what these MODO Drum videos show you and how they'll help you understand MODO Drum and make your first drum track, see the individual MODO Drum tutorial descriptions on this page. If you're ready to make realistic drum tracks fast and easy, this series of MODO Drum videos are for you... Watch “MODO Drum Explained®" today.


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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I started playing drums in high school at age fourteen. Like most kids my age around then, I was into progressive rock. Genesis, Emerson Lake and Palmer, and Yes. They rocked my world. A few short years later though, my musical life changed. While studying music in college I discovered Charlie Parker, Milt Jackson, Sonny Stitt, and John Coltrane. Milt Jackson spoke to me in such a profound way that it left me no choice but to take up vibraphone.

These great players, along with  drummers like Philly Joe Jones, Max Roach, Art Blakey, and Elvin Jones changed not only the way I thought about drumming, but also music - and by extension, life - as a whole. I realized life was meant to be a creative endeavor. The idea of improvising based on a loose set of guidelines and rules permeated into my psyche even when I wasn't holding a pair of drumsticks or mallets. But if I am going to be perfectly truthful, I have to hold Henry Miller and Woody Allen equally responsible for shaping the way I view and experience the world around me. 

2. What training have you had?

I am currently an Apple certified Logic Pro. Young and cocky, and armed with only a partial University degree, I dropped out of school and  began playing steady commercial hotel engagements and jazz gigs when I could. This went on for many years until I decided it was time to complete my degree - which I ultimately did with a major in Political Science and a minor in music. 

It was at this point that I formed my current band Nightshift. We are going in to our twenty third year now - playing commercial one nighters like weddings, corporate events, etc. Don't turn your nose up at it though - it has allowed me a wonderful quality of life. It gave me the freedom to go back to school and complete a post graduate degree in Communications Studies - all the while supporting myself by playing weddings.

3. When did you get into recording?

It was in this graduate program - in the early nineties - that I found myself drawn to the fledgling emerging universe of hard disc recording and midi sequencing. Based on nothing more than the recommendation of one of my band mates who had an old Atari, I jumped in head first and bought a Mac LC ll, along with a version 1.1 of what was then Notator Logic. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. But, in hindsight, it was a decision of epic importance in my life - shaping my future as much as the music of Milt Jackson and Charlie Parker did fifteen years prior. 

I opened up my own commercial home studio in 1998 and began doing a variety of projects, working on radio jingles, artist CD projects, and whatever came my way. A couple of years later a colleague called me up - desperate. He was working at a post production house and one of the editors had just quit. They were doing audio post for a weekly TV series and needed a Pro Tools editor - and fast! And so, once again, I jumped in head first into what would ultimately open up my world even more - the world of Pro Tools. 

4. People you have worked with/for?

Focusing on Logic, I built up a small but loyal client base and my phone kept ringing for Logic tech support and instruction. Film composers and studio owners all over the city were calling me. Even the music stores were giving out my phone number at this point! This kind of stuff becomes a self fulfilling prophecy. The more of it you do, the more calls you get to keep doing it. At least that's the way it should be!

As my Logic chops kept growing, I was hired by an old buddy of mine, Len Sasso, who was then an associate editor at Electronic Musician magazine, and began writing some columns for them. I had a blast doing them - and really learned to focus and express my thoughts in a concise and clear manner. This lead to a collaboration with LA based composer Terry Michael Huud on the 2006 film called Civic Duty - which was certainly one of the highlights of my professional life as a composer. 

5. Why are you so good at training people?

I wake up every day excited to boot up, and create. Whether it's instructional videos, creating music, working with a studio client, performing with my band, or teaching at the schools - my days are filled with what I love doing. Enriched by the stimulation and creative freedom this modern music making software brings to my life. I bring that excitement and passion to each and every training product I create. My years of experience both using and teaching these programs has taught me the best way to make the user comfortable with these complex programs.

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