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Modern Synthetic Drum Sound Design Explained®

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  • Trap Kick Pt. 1 12:26

    Trap Kick Pt. 1

    In this video Thomas introduces the course and talks about how to create trap kicks using envelope shaping and oscillator layering.

  • Trap Kick Pt. 2 7:29

    Trap Kick Pt. 2

    In the second part of this video, learn how processing is used to make kicks that properly hit in a modern production. This includes effects like distortion layering and transient shaping to make the kick extra heavy.

  • Layered Kick 12:58

    Layered Kick

    While just using a synthesizer can be great for some kick sounds, layering audio samples with synthesized kicks can unlock a wider range of more advanced sounds. See how.

  • Dance Kick 12:53

    Dance Kick

    See how to make a punchy dance kick that can be used in anything from House music to Experimental Bass. The kick sound makes use of multi-band processing to add extra punch and to round out the sound.

  • 808 Type Snare 16:38

    808 Type Snare

    To start off this section on snares, Thomas shows you how to make a simple snappy snare inspired by the 808 drum machine. These snare synthesis and processing concepts can be used to create a wide verity of snare patches.

  • Synthwave Snare Pt. 1 8:22

    Synthwave Snare Pt. 1

    Synthesizing snare sounds inspired by classic drum machines can be a bit tricky, but there are a few settings that can be used to make the process easier. This video covers the settings in serum that can be used to make your snares have that classic snap.

  • Synthwave Snare Pt. 2 9:17

    Synthwave Snare Pt. 2

    In the second part of this video, Thomas shows how you can process the Serum synth to make it sound like a proper snare drum sound.

  • Experimental Bass Snare 15:28

    Experimental Bass Snare

    Learn how to make snares for experimental bass and DnB. This snare patch will utilize transient shaping and distortion to add additional punch.

  • 808 Clap 13:27

    808 Clap

    Making clap sounds from scratch is surprisingly simple. It just takes some creative uses of the LFO?s inside of Serum to make it happen. This video covers the basics and how a verity of different claps can be made by using the 808 clap as a template.

  • Hi-Hats 11:59


    Hi-Hats can be a bit of a challenge to get right, but there are a few tricks to make it way easier to generate these percussion sounds. In this video Thomas shows how a simple white noise can be sculpted with re-pitching and envelopes to easily create trap hi-hats.

  • Clean 808 16:03

    Clean 808

    Learn how to create clean 808's from scratch. This video covers the basics of setting up the patch as well as how you can edit the sound with effects to make it properly fit into a production.

  • Distorted 808 9:39

    Distorted 808

    This video builds upon the previous kicks videos and show how to make a distorted and aggressive 808 bass. This sound is perfect for a verity of electronic music styles.

  • Crash Cymbal 14:47

    Crash Cymbal

    With some creative layering and filtering, white noise can be used to create crash cymbals. This video also covers how EQ is used to make the crashes sound even more convincing.

Product Overview

Synthesizer wiz Thomas Cochran brings you in-depth sound design videos on crafting powerful, modern sounding drums for your tracks and productions. See how to make foundational sounds perfect for different popular genres, plus get the presets made throughout the videos for reference. These videos are for those who already have an understanding of synthesis and the terminology used when working with synths.

These drum synth sound design videos are shown using Xfer Serum, one of the most popular virtual synth instruments available today, but the info can be applied to practically any virtual or hardware synth. Thomas also uses some 3rd party effects including the NI Transient Master, FabFilter Saturn 2, Pro-EQ, Pro-R, and the Infected Mushroom Pusher, but you can supplement these plug-ins for any other similar plug-in and get the same results.

Thomas welcomes you and starts with a video tutorial on the all-important kick drum. Here you'll see what you need to know to craft huge sounding kicks by utilizing envelope shaping, oscillator layering, distortion, sample layering, multi-band processing, and more. The snares are next, and you'll discover how to make from scratch a simple snappy snare inspired by the legendary Roland TR-808, how to give your snares that classic vintage snap, as well as make snare drums that are perfect for Experimental Bass and Drum & Bass by utilizing transient shaping and distortion for that additional "punch".

Throughout the rest of the videos you'll watch how to design hi-fi Clap sounds, 808s, Crash Cymbals, Hi-Hats, and more all from a blank patch. After watching you'll have a grasp on how modern drum sounds are formed and manipulated, and have that professional full, powerful sound.

To see what these comprehensive drum synth sound design tutorials show you, and how they'll teach you to build powerful, hi-fi drums sounds from scratch, see the individual drum synth sound design video tutorial descriptions on this page. Start making drum sounds that are perfect for modern electronic genres like Trap, Synthwave, Experimental Bass, Drum & Bass, House and others now... Watch "Modern Synthetic Drum Sound Design Explained®" today.

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