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    Tutorial 1

    Overview Pt. 1


    Learn the basics of the Kit and Groove windows.

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    Tutorial 2

    Overview Pt. 2


    Luke explains the basic functionality of the Options and Mixer windows.

Grooves Window

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    Tutorial 3

    Playing MIDI Groove Files


    Learn how to play the MIDI groove files that ship with Studio Drummer.

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    Tutorial 4

    Auditioning Drum Kits & Mix Presets


    Luke explains how to audition various drum kits/mix presets while playing a MIDI groove.

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    Tutorial 5

    Using Groove MIDI To Adjust OH & Room Levels


    Learn how to make quick adjustments to the OH and Room levels.

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    Tutorial 6

    MIDI Groove Feel Adjustments


    An explanation of how to quantize and humanize your MIDI grooves for a variety of "feel" options.

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    Tutorial 7

    Using The Grid To Adjust Tightness/Swing Parameters


    Luke demonstrates how to adjust the Grid settings.

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    Tutorial 8

    Velocity Adjustments & Tempo Settings


    Learn how to make velocity/tempo adjustments to your MIDI grooves.

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    Tutorial 9

    Using MIDI Grooves Within Your DAW


    Luke shows you how to import MIDI grooves into your DAW.

Options Window

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    Tutorial 10

    MIDI Mapping Explained


    The basics of MIDI mapping are explained.

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    Tutorial 11

    Velocity Curve Adjustments


    Learn how to adjust the global velocity settings for your MIDI performances.

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    Tutorial 12

    Velocity Range Adjustments


    Luke demonstrates how the Velocity Range adjustments can be used to set a maximum and minimum velocity.

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    Tutorial 13

    Mapping Presets


    Use mapping presets to quickly set up MIDI mappings for your MIDI controller or e-drums.

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    Tutorial 14

    Manual Mapping Adjustments


    Learn how to create custom mapping presets.

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    Tutorial 15

    Saving/Deleting Mapping Presets


    You can save mapping presets for later recall or delete them completely.

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    Tutorial 16

    Kit View Options


    Luke explains how to enable -click-to-audition- and 'visual hits' within the Kit Panel.

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    Tutorial 17

    Randomize Options: Volume Adjustments


    Learn how to add random volume adjustments.

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    Tutorial 18

    Randomize Options: Velocity Adjustments


    Luke explains how to use the Velocity Adjustment to create realistic drum parts.

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    Tutorial 19

    Randomize Options: Time, Pitch & Tone Adjustments


    Time, Pitch and Tone Adjustment can be used to create randomized/humanized grooves.

Kit Window

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    Tutorial 20

    Mixer Presets in the Kit Window


    Load a variety of mix presets to start off with mix-ready drum sounds.

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    Tutorial 21

    MIDI Groove Player


    An explanation of how to play MIDI grooves from within the Kit Window.

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    Tutorial 22

    Drum Selection & Auditioning Samples


    Learn how to audition instruments within the Kit Window.

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    Tutorial 23

    Mapping Individual Articulations


    Luke demonstrates how to customize the MIDI mapping.

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    Tutorial 24

    Unloading/Reloading Instruments


    Learn how to offload unused instruments to conserve system resources.

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    Tutorial 25

    OH & Room Mix Adjustments


    Luke explains how to adjust the relative volume of each instrument within the Overhead and Room microphones.

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    Tutorial 26

    Tuning & Pitch Adjustments


    Learn how to use the Tuning parameters to change the pitch of each individual instrument.

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    Tutorial 27

    Envelope Settings


    Use the Envelope settings to manipulate the attack & sustain characteristics of each drum.

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    Tutorial 28

    Kit Sounds


    An overview of the "Stadium", "Session", and "Garage" drum sounds.

Mixer Window

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    Tutorial 29

    Mixer Presets in the Mixer Window


    Learn how to load mixer presets in the Mixer window.

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    Tutorial 30

    Fader Adjustments, Solo/Mute Options & Panning


    Luke explains how to use the mixer faders, solo/mute buttons and panning dials.

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    Tutorial 31

    Reverb Sends & Types


    You can add reverb to an individual channel or the entire drum mix.

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    Tutorial 32

    Channel FX Overview


    An explanation of each parameter within the built-in mixer effects.

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    Tutorial 33

    EQ Parameter Overview


    Learn how to make EQ adjustment.

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    Tutorial 34

    EQ Adjustment Examples


    Luke provides examples of how you can use EQ to customize your drum sound.

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    Tutorial 35

    Compressor Parameter Overview


    Learn how to use the compression settings with Studio Drummer's built-in channel compressor.

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    Tutorial 36

    Compression Examples


    Luke demonstrates how Compression can have a big impact on your drum sound and how to use the "Parallel Compression" mix dial.

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    Tutorial 37

    Transient Master Parameter Overview


    An explanation of how to use the Transient Master's Attack/Sustain controls.

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    Tutorial 38

    Transient Master Examples


    Learn how to use the Transient Master to tame harsh transients and extend room sustain.

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    Tutorial 39

    Tape Saturator Parameter Overview


    Luke explains how to use the Tape Saturator to add that analog sound to your mix.

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    Tutorial 40

    Tape Saturator Examples


    Want more of that analog sound? Learn how to use the Tape Saturator to emulate recording to tape.

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    Tutorial 41

    FX Chain Arrangement


    An explanation of how to change the arrangement of your channel FX chains.

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    Tutorial 42

    Loading Channel FX Presets


    Luke explains how to use the built-in channel FX presets to make quick mix adjustments.

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    Tutorial 43

    Saving Channel FX Presets


    Learn how to save your FX presets.

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    Tutorial 44

    Individual Microphone Adjustments


    Learn how to manipulate the individual microphones for each channel.

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    Tutorial 45

    Saving & Loading Entire Studio Drummer Presets


    Luke demonstrates how to save your entire Studio Drummer preset, including drum selection, mix and FX chain settings.

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    Tutorial 46

    Routing Basics


    Luke explains how routing works in Studio Drummer.

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    Tutorial 47

    Stadium Kit Custom Mix


    An example of how to create a customized mix using the 'Stadium Kit'.

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    Tutorial 48

    Session Kit Custom Mix


    Luke starts with the "Session Kit" default settings and demonstrates how to create a new mix preset.

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    Tutorial 49

    Garage Kit Custom Mix


    Luke walks you through the steps to customize the mix and channel FX chains for the 'Garage Kit'.

Multi-Channel Output

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    Tutorial 50

    Setting Up KONTAKT Player For Multi-Channel Output


    Why and how to set up Kontakt Player for Multi-Channel Output prior to loading Studio Drummer.

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    Tutorial 51

    Multi-Out Setup Within STUDIO DRUMMER


    Learn how to configure Studio Drummer for Multi-Channel Output.

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    Tutorial 52

    Checking The Panning


    Make sure the panning/stereo width of each multi-out channel is correctly responding to mix.

Expert drum instructor Luke Oswald breaks down Native Instrument’s powerful STUDIO DRUMMER software in this comprehensive video tutorial series. Learn every aspect and how you can use this software with your electronic kit and DAW of choice!

Luke begins with an overview of the Kit and Groove windows within STUDIO DRUMMER, and then explains the basic functionality of the Options and Mixer windows.

After that, he focuses on the Grooves Window, and then dives deep into all of the things that you can do with MIDI Grooves, such as playing them, quantizing them for various feel options, adjusting velocity and tempo, and more.

Luke then reveals how to use MIDI grooves to help you audition drum kits and mix presets, and then focuses on the Options window, and demonstrates how you can adjust settings for Velocity Curve and Range, create custom maps, and use the randomize function to create truly unique performances.

The Kit windows is next, and you’ll discover how you can access mixer presets and MIDI grooves in the Kit window, along with selecting drums and auditioning samples. He teaches you how to map individual articulations and load and reload kits and individual drums. He also dives into specific drum kits, such as the Stadium Kit, Session Kit, and Garage Kit.

Luke explains the Mixer window next, and goes over the included mixer presets to get a mix-ready drum sound, and covers mixing in depth, demonstrating the faders, reverb types, available effects, effects channels, dynamic effects, and much more.

You’ll then see how to load and save your own channel effects presets and how to save and load presets for the entire application. Luke demonstrates everything he covers by showing you how to create a custom mix using the Stadium Kit, Session Kit, and Garage Kit.

Finally, Luke shows you how to set up STUDIO DRUMMER for multi-channel output, and how to check the panning and stereo width of each multi-out channel.

Whether you’re a new or experienced user of Native Instruments STUDIO DRUMMER, don’t miss “STUDIO DRUMMER Explained”!

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Submitted 4 months ago


A very good, in-depth look at Studio Drummer, covering every aspect of the plug-in, within the Studio One DAW. Clear audio and articulate commentary make this series easy to follow. Recommended!

I am a: Beginner, Hobbyist, Semi-Pro, Producer, Beat Maker, Logic Pro

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Submitted 1 year ago

Great Tutorial

This tutorial gives a great top down explanation of Studio and it's features. I've used Studio Drummer for a while and Luke provided some great details and examples. If you own Studio Drummer this is a great tutorial to check out.

I am a: Semi-Pro, Producer, Musician, Sound Designer, Sound for Film/TV

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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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Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great!!! A very good, in-depth look at Studio Drummer, covering every aspect of the plug-in, within the Studio One DAW. Clear audio and articulate commentary make this series easy to follow. Recommended!
Date published: 2017-10-14
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great Tutorial This tutorial gives a great top down explanation of Studio and it's features. I've used Studio Drummer for a while and Luke provided some great details and examples. If you own Studio Drummer this is a great tutorial to check out.
Date published: 2017-01-01