STUDIO DRUMMER Tutorial

STUDIO DRUMMER Explained®

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Chapter 1 : Overview

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    Overview Pt. 1

    Learn the basics of the Kit and Groove windows.

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    Overview Pt. 2

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

Chapter 2 : Grooves Window

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    Playing MIDI Groove Files

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

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    Auditioning Drum Kits & Mix Presets

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

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    Using Groove MIDI To Adjust OH & Room Levels

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

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    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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    Using The Grid To Adjust Tightness/Swing Parameters

    Luke demonstrates how to adjust the Grid settings.

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    Velocity Adjustments & Tempo Settings

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

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    Using MIDI Grooves Within Your DAW

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

Chapter 3 : Options Window

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    MIDI Mapping Explained

    The basics of MIDI mapping are explained.

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    Velocity Curve Adjustments

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

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    Velocity Range Adjustments

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

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    Mapping Presets

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

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    Manual Mapping Adjustments

    Learn how to create custom mapping presets.

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    Saving/Deleting Mapping Presets

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

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    Kit View Options

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

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    Randomize Options: Volume Adjustments

    Learn how to add random volume adjustments.

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    Randomize Options: Velocity Adjustments

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

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    Randomize Options: Time, Pitch & Tone Adjustments

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

Chapter 4 : Kit Window

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    Mixer Presets in the Kit Window

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

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    MIDI Groove Player

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

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    Drum Selection & Auditioning Samples

    Learn how to audition instruments within the Kit Window.

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    Mapping Individual Articulations

    Luke demonstrates how to customize the MIDI mapping.

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    Unloading/Reloading Instruments

    Learn how to offload unused instruments to conserve system resources.

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    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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    Tuning & Pitch Adjustments

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

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    Envelope Settings

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

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    Kit Sounds

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

Chapter 5 : Mixer Window

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    Mixer Presets in the Mixer Window

    Learn how to load mixer presets in the Mixer window.

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    Fader Adjustments, Solo/Mute Options & Panning

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

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    Reverb Sends & Types

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

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    Channel FX Overview

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

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    EQ Parameter Overview

    Learn how to make EQ adjustment.

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    EQ Adjustment Examples

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

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    Compressor Parameter Overview

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

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    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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    Transient Master Parameter Overview

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

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    Transient Master Examples

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

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    Tape Saturator Parameter Overview

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

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    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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    FX Chain Arrangement

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

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    Loading Channel FX Presets

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

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    Saving Channel FX Presets

    Learn how to save your FX presets.

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    Individual Microphone Adjustments

    Learn how to manipulate the individual microphones for each channel.

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    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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    Routing Basics

    Luke explains how routing works in Studio Drummer.

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    Stadium Kit Custom Mix

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

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    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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    Garage Kit Custom Mix

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

Chapter 6 : Multi-Channel Output

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    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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    Multi-Out Setup Within STUDIO DRUMMER

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

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    Checking The Panning

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

Product Overview


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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STUDIO DRUMMER Explained® is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 9 .
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from very good quality instruction So good so far...I am giving 4.5 out of five because there can always be something better
Date published: 2021-05-28
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from This is a comprehensive tutorial! This covers lots of ground, but it is easy to follow along. Even if you think you know the product, you will find a tip or trick.
Date published: 2021-04-27
Rated 2.0 out of 5 by from Not very inspiring Too technical - it didn't give any musical examples of how to use the various features in real-world songs. It spent too much time on simple things like adjusting EQ and no time at all on musical examples. It was very dry.
Date published: 2021-01-24
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very helpful! I learnt a lot from this tutorial, it was easy to follow and very instructive.
Date published: 2020-10-16
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from great explanation! Wish i had watched this sooner! I feel like I use the drum VSTs correctly now
Date published: 2020-10-10
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very Intuitive! Awesome Instructor. I have been searching you tube to find videos on this product. I'm so glad I got this video series, I now know how to completely use it without any confusion. I love the way the Instructor breaks every part down to my level of understanding.
Date published: 2018-05-18
Rated 3.0 out of 5 by from ok it's ok for beginners, for more advanced engineers it may be boring, because the tutor repeats things very often.
Date published: 2018-04-16
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
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