Superior Drummer Tutorial

Producing Electronic Music with Superior Drummer 3

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    Introduction

    Multiplier welcomes you and goes over what the series is all about.

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    Electronic Drum Structure

    Learn the structural difference between electronic and non-electronic drums such as kicks, snares, and claps.

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    What to Listen for When Choosing Electronic Drums

    Multiplier explains three important things to listen for when choosing electronic drums such as kick length, snare frequency, entropy, and why.

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    Standard Drum Patterns Pt. 1

    Multiplier first covers important first steps such as bar structure, tempo, time signature, 16ths, snares, high hats, and nudging snares left.

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    Standard Drum Patterns Pt. 2

    Multiplier now goes over high hat velocity, breakbeat kicks, and half time vs full time grooves.

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    Standard Drum Patterns Pt. 3

    Multiplier now reveals the art of nudging even 16ths right, triplets, and why you can't combine triplets with non-triplets.

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    How to Import Drums & Save Kits

    There's a good way and a bad way to import electronic drums into Superior Drummer 3, and Multiplier shows you both, and explains why his preferred way works well.

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    Setting Relative Levels

    See how to set the levels of each drum in the mixer and why.

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    "Double It" Workflow

    Discover the standard process for taking an initial 1 or 2 bar loop, and extending it into a full 8 or 16 bar section.

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    "Build Up" Workflow using Grooves & Velocity

    See how to create a "build up" by sampling a fill groove, duplicating it, and making it rise and build up as well as increase in energy using MIDI slope.

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    Removing Discontinuity Clicks

    Learn how to fix common discontinuity clicks at the end of kicks, using the envelope feature.

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    MIDI Sampling Workflow

    In this video, Multiplier demonstrates his "MIDI sampling" workflow. See how to build a drum and bass beat using a high hat rhythm sampled from a "Blues" rhythm.

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    Fill Kicks Velocity Concept

    Learn how to set the level / velocity of fill or additional kicks.

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    Learning Genre Rhythms with Tracker

    Multiplier now shows how you can use Tracker to learn unfamiliar genre rhythms.

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    Layering Percussion Over a Bassline with Tracker

    Watch how to use Tracker to layer percussion over a bassline, perfectly capturing the spirit of the bassline.

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    Monophonic Kicks

    What are monophonic kicks? Why do we need them? Multiplier explains as well as shows you how to configure for this in Superior Drummer.

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    Using Bleed as Texture

    Discover how to creatively resample bleed to use as texture on a synth lead sound.

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    Tuning Kicks

    See how to tune kicks or other drums using the tuning function, as well as when you can't or shouldn't tune, and what to watch out for, such as mislabeled file names.

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    Offsetting Claps & Snares

    Learn how to time offset a clap / snare stack, so the clap doesn't get lost underneath the snare using the offset feature.

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    Humanizing Electronic Drums with Hit Variation

    Discover "hit variation" and how you can use it to humanize electronic drums for a better sound and feel.

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    Creatively Using Reverb Pre-Delay

    Watch how to creatively use reverb pre-delay to turn a snare into an additional high hat, first on some slow, loose beats, and then on a high energy snare build / intro.

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    Creating Velocity Sensitive Drums

    In this video, Multiplier reveals how to create velocity sensitive drum stacks, from recordings you make at home yourself, and then combine this with MIDI groove sampling.

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    Creative Sound Design with Pitch Envelopes

    See how to use pitch envelopes in "Pitch FX" to experiment with unusual sound design.

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    How to Make Layered Clap Stacks

    Multiplier shows you how to create a layered clap stack, using the offset property, first to make a normal layered clap, and secondly, to make a more experimental clap sound.

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    Adding Punch to a Kick using a Pitch Envelope

    See how to add punch to a kick sound, using a pitch envelope with the "Pitch FX" feature.

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    Creating Width with Delay

    Multiplier now explores the Haas effect, creating width using delay.

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    Importing Random Samples into Tracker

    Learn how to create unusual rhythms, by importing random samples into Tracker, picking out the sections you like, and tweaking the velocities to dial it in.

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    Rhythmic Bleed Modulation

    See how to rhythmically modulate drum bleed to add subtle rhythm, and get the listener dancing along.

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    Drum Head Pitch Shift Algorithm

    Explore the "Drum Head" pitch shifting algorithm, and how we can use this Superior Drummer 3 specific tool, to get creative with sound design.

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    Bleed Stereo Imaging

    In this video, Multiplier shows how bleed vs "close mic" signals can be used to shape the stereo image.

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    Opening & Closing Hi-Hats with Macros

    See how to open and close a high hat by mapping a macro control to an envelope release and setting limits to make it more usable.

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    Creating Unusual Rhythms from Home Recordings

    Wrapping it all up, Multiplier shows you how to create unusual rhythms by recording yourself bashing things together at home, and importing it into Tracker!

Product Overview


Superior Drummer 3 for Electronic Music? Yes! Adam Pollard aka Multiplier, takes you on an epic journey into using Toontrack Superior Drummer 3 for Electronic Music production in these creative and informative video tutorials.

Adam welcomes you and gives an overview of what this series is all about and what to expect. He then jumps right in and covers topics such as electronic drum structure, what to listen for when choosing electronic drums, and creating a standard electronic drum pattern.

Next you'll look at how to import drums and save kits, create a build up using grooves and velocity, how you can use Tracker to learn unfamiliar genre rhythms, layering percussion over a bassline, use drum bleed as texture, tune kicks, offset claps and snares, humanize electronic drums with hit variation and more.

You'll then get creative videos covering topics like using reverb predelay to turn a snare into an additional high hat, create velocity sensitive drum stacks from recordings you make at home yourself, and then combine them with MIDI groove sampling, and using pitch envelopes in "Pitch FX" to experiment with unusual sound design.

But wait, that's not all! Multiplier also shows you things like how to make layered clap stacks, add punch to a kick using a pitch envelope, create width with delay, create unusual rhythms by importing random samples into Tracker, rhythmically modulate drum bleed to add subtle rhythms to get the listener dancing along, and much, much more.

See the individual tutorial descriptions for more info. If you have Superior Drummer 3 or produce electronic music, this series will be an eye-opener, as not many people realize what a fantastic tool SD3 is for Electronic Music production. Pull up a chair and checkout "Producing Electronic Music with Superior Drummer 3" today!


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GuiGautreaux
Submitted 2 months ago

Very unusual take on SD3

A lot of interesting uses and out-of-the-box ideas. Not only applicable to electronic genres. It can take your use of SD3 to a whole another level.

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


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JOEYLOVE
Submitted 5 months ago

Very helpful in learning the ins and outs of SD3

Currently on a weeks trial but will purchase a yearly subscription as there is a lot of videos on Groove 3 including this one on SD3 which are very much applicable to the plug ins that I have recently required and would like to know a lot more about.

I am a: Hobbyist, Producer, Logic Pro


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GilCon Music
Submitted 7 months ago

Very insightful

Very organized presentation. Presenter did an excellent job staying focused on key points and the associated connections.

I am a: Professional, Musician, Producer, Beat Maker, Audio Engineer, Sound for Film/TV, Logic Pro, Studio One


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TobyB1
Submitted 7 months ago

Very Thought-Provoking and Informative

I am not primarily interested in EDM, but learned a lot from this about how to use the software, and more importantly, how to think about synthesising and mixing percussion sounds. I really enjoyed the demonstrations of "What" he was doing, the really important step of understanding "Why", and then the very clear "How" to actually do it with an emphasis on subtle but significant touches that add up to brilliant instead of bog-standard. Inspiring!


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skeletonpete
Submitted 7 months ago

Excellent Set of Tips

A solid group of concise videos from EDM patterns for notices like myself, to more subtle tweaks to punch up your mixes. Well worth the watch, and I will certainly return to refresh my memory when mixing.

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Reaper


Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

GuiGautreaux
Submitted 2 months ago

Very unusual take on SD3

A lot of interesting uses and out-of-the-box ideas. Not only applicable to electronic genres. It can take your use of SD3 to a whole another level.

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

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

JOEYLOVE
Submitted 5 months ago

Very helpful in learning the ins and outs of SD3

Currently on a weeks trial but will purchase a yearly subscription as there is a lot of videos on Groove 3 including this one on SD3 which are very much applicable to the plug ins that I have recently required and would like to know a lot more about.

I am a: Hobbyist, Producer, Logic Pro

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

GilCon Music
Submitted 7 months ago

Very insightful

Very organized presentation. Presenter did an excellent job staying focused on key points and the associated connections.

I am a: Professional, Musician, Producer, Beat Maker, Audio Engineer, Sound for Film/TV, Logic Pro, Studio One

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

TobyB1
Submitted 7 months ago

Very Thought-Provoking and Informative

I am not primarily interested in EDM, but learned a lot from this about how to use the software, and more importantly, how to think about synthesising and mixing percussion sounds. I really enjoyed the demonstrations of "What" he was doing, the really important step of understanding "Why", and then the very clear "How" to actually do it with an emphasis on subtle but significant touches that add up to brilliant instead of bog-standard. Inspiring!

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

skeletonpete
Submitted 7 months ago

Excellent Set of Tips

A solid group of concise videos from EDM patterns for notices like myself, to more subtle tweaks to punch up your mixes. Well worth the watch, and I will certainly return to refresh my memory when mixing.

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Reaper

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I started producing music just over 5 years ago, right about when Skrillex's Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites EP dropped.

2. What training have you had?

I'm fully self-taught, and haven't had any formal training. I use online resources and learn a lot by talking to other producers about how they do things too.

3. When did you get into recording?

(same answer as number 1)

4. People you have worked with/for?

DJTechTools, iZotope, Output, CAPSUN Pro Audio, Loopmasters, Plugin Boutique, Industrial Strength, 5Pin Media

5. Why are you so good at training people?

I've had a lot of experience in the EDM space, from producing tracks and sample packs that have charted on sites like Beatport, through to DJing internationally and running a record label. And on the training side I've produced thousands of tutorials, and also tutor people one to one.

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    Adam Pollard aka Multiplier, delivers a mastering video tutorial series designed for the beginner, covering the important topics needed to master your music in Ableton Live! Learn the basic principles and terminologies, as well as specific steps to take to get great sounding master files that you can publish to the world.

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    Adam Pollard aka Multiplier returns with a powerhouse 3-hour tutorial series that teaches you the important fundamentals of EDM songwriting and production. Experience and learn how to create your own pulsing, grooving, and inspiring EDM Tracks!

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    Adam Pollard aka Multiplier, adds yet another video tutorial collection to the Electronic Music Producer's Guide series, this time focused on Reverb and Delay. Learn the important basics as well as cool tips and tricks for using Reverb and Delay in your Electronic Music productions.

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Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very unusual take on SD3 A lot of interesting uses and out-of-the-box ideas. Not only applicable to electronic genres. It can take your use of SD3 to a whole another level.
Date published: 2018-11-14
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very helpful in learning the ins and outs of SD3 Currently on a weeks trial but will purchase a yearly subscription as there is a lot of videos on Groove 3 including this one on SD3 which are very much applicable to the plug ins that I have recently required and would like to know a lot more about.
Date published: 2018-08-31
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very insightful Very organized presentation. Presenter did an excellent job staying focused on key points and the associated connections.
Date published: 2018-07-08
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very Thought-Provoking and Informative I am not primarily interested in EDM, but learned a lot from this about how to use the software, and more importantly, how to think about synthesising and mixing percussion sounds. I really enjoyed the demonstrations of "What" he was doing, the really important step of understanding "Why", and then the very clear "How" to actually do it with an emphasis on subtle but significant touches that add up to brilliant instead of bog-standard. Inspiring!
Date published: 2018-06-12
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Excellent Set of Tips A solid group of concise videos from EDM patterns for notices like myself, to more subtle tweaks to punch up your mixes. Well worth the watch, and I will certainly return to refresh my memory when mixing.
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