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Playing MainStage 3 with eDrums

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Chapter 1: Setup

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    Initial Setup (8:16)


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    Interface Overview (4:48)


Chapter 2: Instrument/Patch Configuration

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    Kit Selection (7:47)


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    Smart Control Adjustments (6:22)


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    Drum Selection, Pitch, Dampening, & Gain (5:41)


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    Controls View & Saving Custom Kits (3:31)


Chapter 3: Mixer

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    Manipulating FX Plugins with Smart Controls (10:03)


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    Using FX Presets: EQ (3:13)


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    Using FX Presets: Compression (4:56)


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    Using FX Presets: Reverb (4:48)


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    Adding Mixer FX & 3rd Party Plug-ins (3:21)


Chapter 4: Additional Configuration Settings

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    Global Velocity Curve Adjustments (3:20)


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    Adding Aux Channels (3:39)


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    Producer Presets (2:46)


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    Conclusion (1:00)


In this video tutorial series, eDrum guru Luke Oswald shows you what need to know to get up and running with Apple MainStage 3, when using today’s eDrum controllers. If you’re looking for another palette of drum sounds or inspirational software when eDrumming, pull up a seat and watch!

Luke covers how to setup your audio interface, configure latency settings, and setup patch lists with different drum kits. Luke also explains how to choose from different kicksnare drum options and how to make pitch envelope adjustments for each drum for unique custom sounds.

You’ll also see how to add EQ, compression and reverb to your drum kits for further customization, as well as how to dial-in your drum mix using FX presets. Lastly, you’ll learn to make global velocity adjustments, create aux channels for parallel processing, use the extended mixer for additional FX and routing capabilities and more.

See the individual tutorial descriptions below for more info. If you’re a eDrummer and want to explore or use Apple’s MainStage 3 as your virtual drum instrument, don’t miss “Playing MainStage 3 with eDrums”!


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Luke Oswald Professional Drummer and Instructor

1. When did you start dabbling in music?
I've always had an interest in drumming from a young age and started playing in 6th grade when a family friend stored their drum set at my parents house for a summer. I started playing in church the next fall and have been playing ever since. No one had to tell me to practice, it was just something I loved to do. I just enjoyed everything that had to do with drumming.

2. What training have you had?
I studied piano at a young age, then played trumpet from elementary through middle school. I started drumming on my own at the age of 12, then switched to drumming as my main instrument in high school and went on to study in college along with Music Business. I've been teaching drums since college, both private instruction and drum clinics.

3. When did you get into recording?
When I was in middle school/high school, I was very interested in music technology. It was much different then, but I remember recording/sequencing song arrangements with music software and filming videos and editing in camera all the time. In and after college, I started learning about audio production when I was recording drums for the bands I was in.  In the late 2000's I stumbled upon drum sample technology, and that changed everything for me. I started really digging into the study of audio production, recording, mixing and mastering. I started studying video production around the same time as I knew I wanted to eventually film high quality drum videos while using this sample technology.

4. People you have worked with/for?
During my time in Nashville, I studied drums with Derico Watson (Victor Wooten), Jeff Bowders (Paul Gilbert), Will Denton (Steven Curtis Chapman, LeAnn Rimes), Marcus Finnie (Kirk Whalum, India Arie) and Raymond Massey (Pearl Drums). I've recorded drums on multiple albums produced by Sadson Music Group and have played on albums with artists such as George Clinton and Samantha Ware.

5. Why are you so good at training people?
To me, teaching is as inspiring as performing. When you teach, you're forced to understand the topic at a much deeper level.  I love the process of learning and improving, and to me teaching is just an extension of that process. I learn something new every time I teach anything, whether it be a drum lesson or a software tutorial. I also believe as artists we have a responsibility to pass on the knowledge that we've accumulated. You must take action and apply what you've learned to your own life, but that only goes so far.  If you can take what you've learned and share it with someone else, you're giving them the opportunity to take that knowledge, nurture it and allow it to influence their own lives. Eventually, they can pass that knowledge on to someone else, and the process keeps going. You never know the impact you can have on someone simply by sharing with them what you've learned.

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    Addictive Drums 2 Advanced Vol 1

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    Addictive Drums 2 Advanced Vol 2

    In volume two of this advanced video tutorial series, eDrum guru Luke Oswald covers the finer nuances, more features and functions, as well as eye-opening tips and tricks for using XLN’s Addictive Drums 2 virtual instrument!

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    Advanced Drumming Combinations & Patterns

    In this Drumstroke™ video tutorial series, drum guru Luke Oswald lays down the groove and shows you awesome drumming combinations and patterns that you can use to spice up your drumming or drum programming!

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    Bass Drum Technique Workshop

    In this Drumstroke video tutorial series, drum guru Luke Oswald reveals the steps to take to build up bionic feet when playing your kit, including speed and endurance and the ability to play what’s in your head!

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    Creating Drum Fills & Patterns

    In this Drumstroke#TM# video tutorial series, drum master Luke Oswald reveals how to create both basic and advanced drum fills and patterns, that you can apply to both real drums and programmed drums in your DAW!

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