Superior Drummer Tutorial

Producing Drums with Superior Drummer 3

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Chapter 1 : Series Introduction

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    Overview

    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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    Track Layout

    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.

Chapter 2 : Creating a Drum Track

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    Recording a Drum Track

    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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    Using MIDI Grooves

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

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    Importing Audio & Track Analysis in Tracker

    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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    Tracker Adjustments for Detailed MIDI Extraction

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

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    Using Tracker with a Stereo Drum Track

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

Chapter 3 : Producing a Drum Track

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    Editing MIDI Events in the Grid Editor

    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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    Adjusting Dynamics & Using the Power Hand Creatively

    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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    Manipulating Groove Complexity

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

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    Creative Drum Selection

    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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    Articulation Selection

    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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    Stacking & Importing Sounds for Bigger Drum Tracks

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

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    Level, Envelope, and Tuning Adjustments

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

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

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

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    Mixing In Superior Drummer 3

    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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    Multi-Channel Output for Mixing in a DAW

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

Chapter 4 : Mixing Drums with the Original Song

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    Exporting & Bouncing Your Drum Track

    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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    Mixing Your Produced Drums with the Song Track

    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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    Final Thoughts

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

Product Overview


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!


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Producing Drums with Superior Drummer 3 is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 19 .
Rated 2.0 out of 5 by from Couldn’t go through it Sorry but if you already have a real drummer you would not be looking at this program. I could not listen to the example song one more second. Sorry not for me, I was looking for a composer workflow not this.
Date published: 2021-03-17
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very helpful Great tutorial
Date published: 2020-09-18
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Concise and Complete Navigation of an Effective Workflow Just the material and presentation I needed to start working seriously within SD3, it came in extremely handy in Covid time when it is impossible to work with live drummers. As a result I can continue creating solid productions without a break in my activity. With the help of this series I will also be ready to enhance productions with live players when F2F resumes. Thanks Luke!
Date published: 2020-05-29
Rated 2.0 out of 5 by from Not really helpful This tutorial as do most, focuses on using pre recorded drum audio tracks and replacing them with SD3 samples. Furthermore, the demonstration of tap to find was for a basic generic song with no complex parts or time signatures. It's been my experience that tap to find is not very good for trying to find beats for say, guitar tracks you've made that are anything more than campfire songs. Of you're only interested in learning how to use SD3 to make simple songs then great. If you're into creating complex rythyms for progressive or metal music then don't waste your time with this tutorial. Sorry guys, I gave it a whirl but it was a waste of time and money
Date published: 2020-05-08
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Drum How to use
Date published: 2020-03-13
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Absolute Gold Fantastic insight into this software
Date published: 2019-10-13
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Amazing! Finally something a musician can relate too who isn't as tech savvy as others...thank you ... great vids about a great product...
Date published: 2019-07-23
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent ! This is a great tutorial which will help you get on your way to mastering SD3
Date published: 2019-02-06
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from It upped my SD3 game! I'm fairly new to the Superior Drummer line of products so I was looking to gain a better understanding of the program. Although I felt comfortable using it, there are areas of the program I have yet to delve into. This series of videos has filled in a lot of the gaps for me and taught me more than a thing or two about the parts of the plugin I thought I was up to speed with. I highly recommend it for anyone that wants to learn more about SD3, it's a well put together guide. Good work!
Date published: 2018-11-29
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Luke's the Best! His drum tutorials never disappoint and this one's no exception ... exactly what I needed to know to produce with SD3
Date published: 2018-09-08
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Luke's the guy! Its what I needed. - Great performing drummer with a real insight into how to use the software creatively!
Date published: 2018-03-05
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
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