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Producing Drums with Superior Drummer 3

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Series Introduction

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    Tutorial 1

    Overview

    2:45

    In this video, Luke explains what you can expect from this tutorial series and how Superior Drummer 3 can be used for creating drum tracks and drum production.

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    Tutorial 2

    Track Layout

    3:54

    A brief explanation of the song and track instruments that will be used as a musical backdrop for the drum track that will be produced using Superior Drummer 3.

Creating a Drum Track

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    Tutorial 3

    Recording a Drum Track

    6:19

    Learn how to record directly into Superior Drummer 3 and what settings you need to configure for real time recording both in Stand Alone mode and within a DAW.

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    Tutorial 4

    Using MIDI Grooves

    9:15

    Luke explains how MIDI grooves can be used to create a drum track.

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    Tutorial 5

    Importing Audio & Track Analysis in Tracker

    8:26

    Learn how to quickly import and analyze your audio drum tracks in Tracker and create MIDI events from your audio drum recordings.

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    Tutorial 6

    Tracker Adjustments for Detailed MIDI Extraction

    6:37

    Luke discusses a few additional features within Tracker to fine tune the MIDI extraction from your audio drum tracks.

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    Tutorial 7

    Using Tracker with a Stereo Drum Track

    4:04

    Learn how to extract MIDI from individual instrument parts using a single stereo audio drum track.

Producing a Drum Track

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    Tutorial 8

    Editing MIDI Events in the Grid Editor

    8:37

    Learn how to take your drum track and edit the MIDI performance directly within Superior Drummer 3 using the Grid Editor for fine tune adjustments.

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    Tutorial 9

    Adjusting Dynamics & Using the Power Hand Creatively

    5:38

    Once you have your drum track created and edited, use the Edit Play Style function to make creative dynamic and instrument adjustments.

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    Tutorial 10

    Manipulating Groove Complexity

    3:49

    Learn how to modify the complexity of your entire drum part or even individual instruments and sections.

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    Tutorial 11

    Creative Drum Selection

    10:26

    Luke discusses his mindset when choosing drums for a drum track and what to think about as far as creating the best drum sound for your song.

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    Tutorial 12

    Articulation Selection

    3:46

    Learn how to quickly audition a variety of articulations on the bass drum and snare drum for even more creative possibilities.

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    Tutorial 13

    Stacking & Importing Sounds for Bigger Drum Tracks

    5:10

    Luke shows you how to stack sounds and import your own samples to create bigger hybrid drum tracks.

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    Tutorial 14

    Level, Envelope, and Tuning Adjustments

    5:25

    Learn how to use the power of Superior Drummer 3's parameter functions for endless production possibilities.

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    Tutorial 15

    Using the Velocity Gate, Velocity Curve, and Soft Hit Level

    3:49

    Luke shows you how he uses velocity adjustments to manipulate the drum performance even further.

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    Tutorial 16

    Mixing In Superior Drummer 3

    11:32

    Learn how to use the powerful Superior Drummer 3 mixer and its built-in routing and plugin effects to create the ultimate drum track.

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    Tutorial 17

    Multi-Channel Output for Mixing in a DAW

    3:38

    Luke shows you how you can route out individual channels and instruments for mixing within a DAW.

Mixing Drums with the Original Song

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    Tutorial 18

    Exporting & Bouncing Your Drum Track

    4:14

    Now that we've created and produced our drum track, learn how to export the MIDI performance and bounce down audio for use inside your DAW.

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    Tutorial 19

    Mixing Your Produced Drums with the Song Track

    10:33

    Luke explains his approach to mixing in the drum track created using Superior Drummer 3 with the original song track and discusses both drum replacement and augmentation.

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    Tutorial 20

    Final Thoughts

    2:36

    Luke provides some final thoughts on drum production workflow using Superior Drummer 3 and how the workflow process can be modified.

In this video tutorial series, Toontrack guru Luke Oswald shows how Superior Drummer 3 can be used as an all-inclusive, powerful, drum production tool. Learn how to create and produce a pro-level drum track and arrangement from start to finish, plus how to fine-tune your kit to fit the song, and mix it as well!

Everything is discussed from the perspective of producing a drum track for an existing song. In this series, Luke uses an original rock song with Bass, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar And Vocals. After discussing a variety of recording options and how to create drum parts using MIDI grooves, Luke extracts MIDI from an existing drum track that was originally recorded for the included song.

He then takes this extracted MIDI and edits the performance with the Grid Editor and Edit Play Style functions of Superior Drummer 3. Luke moves on to drum selection and provides insight on what to think about when selecting your drums in order to pick the best drum sounds for the music. He also discusses stacking drums and importing samples to beef up the drum track even more.

Next, Luke works with the Level, Envelope and Tuning functions within Superior Drummer 3 in order to level out the stacked sounds and create a balanced drum track. After that, he discusses how velocity adjustments can be used to manipulate the drum performance in a variety of ways.

Once the drum track has been extracted, edited, drums have been selected and stacked, sounds have been imported and parameter adjustments have been made, Luke dives into producing the drum track even further using the Superior Drummer 3 mixer. He explains how to route instruments and add effects and uses mix preset templates to audition a variety of drum mixes and FX chains.

He then shows you how to export the MIDI performance and bounce the audio for use within a DAW. Luke then moves back into using Superior Drummer 3 and mixes the produced drum track in with the original song.

He shows how you can replace the original drum track entirely or supplement the original drum track with the drums produced within Superior Drummer 3 and also points out that even at this stage, creative adjustments can still be made to the drum track.

The series ends with a few more thoughts on drum production workflow using Superior Drummer 3 and how you can modify this workflow to fit your own production processes.

See the individual tutorial descriptions below for more info. If you’re ready to create your first pro-level drum track and arrangement, this is the series for you. Watch “Producing Drums with Superior Drummer 3” today!

Deguello
Submitted 2 months ago

Very good tips!!

Learned quite a few things to try

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rayeband
Submitted 2 months ago

So far, so good!

Great tips and fundamentals!

I am a: Professional, Musician, Producer, Pro Tools

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Diego5150
Submitted 2 months ago

Great Tutorial by Luke Scott

This course was what I was looking for to compliment the intro Superior Drummer 3 tutorial. Very easy to follow and understand!

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Logic Pro, Studio One

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Benzun
Submitted 3 months ago

Awesome drums

I am so excited to try new superior drummer 3. I’ve been working with ezdrummer 2 and brings my creativity to whole new level.

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jjdecks
Submitted 3 months ago

Best Superior Drummer 3 out there. Outstanding

If you have SD3, you need this tutorial. Fantastic explanation. Well spoken

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Ableton Live, Pro Tools, Studio One

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kvm56
Submitted 3 months ago

this will get you up to speed quickly..

very nice...SD 3 is an Incredible program and very deep.........this train will help you get the most out of it fast..

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Audio Engineer, Reaper

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MikMock
Submitted 3 months ago

Luke Rocks Superior Drummer 3, Again!

I purchased the first SD3 Explained series that Luke teaches and QUICKLY became very comfortable using SD3. I cannot imagine how long it would take me to learn all the features in this software. I am happy to see Luke back again. Not only is he very knowledgeable, but he has a knack for explaining the processes clearly and thoroughly. This one is a no-brainer.

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Studio One

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GuiGautreaux
Submitted 3 months ago

Right to the point!

Perfect showcase of a professional workflow.

I am a: Professional, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer

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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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Producing Drums with Superior Drummer 3 is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 8.
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very good tips!! Learned quite a few things to try
Date published: 2018-01-03
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from So far, so good! Great tips and fundamentals!
Date published: 2017-12-31
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great Tutorial by Luke Scott This course was what I was looking for to compliment the intro Superior Drummer 3 tutorial. Very easy to follow and understand!
Date published: 2017-12-28
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Awesome drums I am so excited to try new superior drummer 3. I’ve been working with ezdrummer 2 and brings my creativity to whole new level.
Date published: 2017-12-07
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Best Superior Drummer 3 out there. Outstanding If you have SD3, you need this tutorial. Fantastic explanation. Well spoken
Date published: 2017-12-05
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from this will get you up to speed quickly.. very nice...SD 3 is an Incredible program and very deep.........this train will help you get the most out of it fast..
Date published: 2017-12-02
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Luke Rocks Superior Drummer 3, Again! I purchased the first SD3 Explained series that Luke teaches and QUICKLY became very comfortable using SD3. I cannot imagine how long it would take me to learn all the features in this software. I am happy to see Luke back again. Not only is he very knowledgeable, but he has a knack for explaining the processes clearly and thoroughly. This one is a no-brainer.
Date published: 2017-12-01
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Right to the point! Perfect showcase of a professional workflow.
Date published: 2017-12-01