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Producing Drums with Superior Drummer 3

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Chapter 1 : Series Introduction

  • Overview 2:45

    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.

  • Track Layout 3:54

    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

  • Recording a Drum Track 6:19

    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.

  • Using MIDI Grooves 9:15

    Using MIDI Grooves

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

  • Importing Audio & Track Analysis in Tracker 8:26

    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.

  • Tracker Adjustments for Detailed MIDI Extraction 6:37

    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.

  • Using Tracker with a Stereo Drum Track 4:04

    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

  • Editing MIDI Events in the Grid Editor 8:37

    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.

  • Adjusting Dynamics & Using the Power Hand Creatively 5:38

    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.

  • Manipulating Groove Complexity 3:49

    Manipulating Groove Complexity

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

  • Creative Drum Selection 10:26

    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.

  • Articulation Selection 3:46

    Articulation Selection

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

  • Stacking & Importing Sounds for Bigger Drum Tracks 5:10

    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.

  • Level, Envelope, and Tuning Adjustments 5:25

    Level, Envelope, and Tuning Adjustments

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

  • Using the Velocity Gate, Velocity Curve, and Soft Hit Level 3:49

    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.

  • Mixing In Superior Drummer 3 11:32

    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.

  • Multi-Channel Output for Mixing in a DAW 3:38

    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

  • Exporting & Bouncing Your Drum Track 4:14

    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.

  • Mixing Your Produced Drums with the Song Track 10:33

    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.

  • Final Thoughts 2:36

    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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