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Songwriting & Producing with Toontrack: Fusion

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Introduction

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    Tutorial 1

    Introduction

    4:15

    Luke walks you through the Toontrack products that will be used in this series and introduces you to the Fusion MIDI pack for EZKeys and the Fusion Grooves MIDI pack for EZdrummer 2 and Superior Drummer 2.

Creating a Fusion Song Track

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    Tutorial 2

    Creating a Song Arrangement with EZdrummer 2 & EZKeys

    8:58

    Learn how to use EZdrummer 2 & EZKeys along with the Fusion MIDI packs to create funky new fusion tracks.

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    Tutorial 3

    Creating Custom Drum Fills with EZdrummer 2

    8:29

    Luke teaches you how to add fills to your drum track and how to edit the transition point to create musical results.

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    Tutorial 4

    Creating a Bass Track Using the Fusion MIDI Pack

    4:49

    Learn how to use the EZKeys Fusion MIDI to create a groovy bass track.

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    Tutorial 5

    Editing the Bass Track & EZKeys Modifications

    8:10

    Finalize the EZKeys and Bass tracks by importing the MIDI into your DAW for piano-roll editing.

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    Tutorial 6

    Modifying the Kick Drum to Fit the Bass Track

    7:43

    Luke explains how he modifies the kick drum notes so they're in sync with the bass track.

Mixing & Mastering with EZmix 2

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    Tutorial 7

    Using EZmix 2 for Superior Drummer 2, EZKeys, & Bass

    8:55

    Learn some great tricks for enhancing the sound of your tracks with EZmix 2.

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    Tutorial 8

    Automation Fades & EZmix 2 Mastering Settings

    4:27

    Luke creates an automation fade for the end of the song and uses a mastering preset from EZmix 2's Mastering expansion to finish the track.

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    Tutorial 9

    Recap

    2:26

    Luke provides a recap of all products and processes used to create a fusion track from scratch.

In this video tutorial series, Toontrack expert Luke Oswald walks you through the process of creating a funky fusion track from scratch using only Toontrack EZdrummer 2, EZKeys, Superior Drummer 2 and EZmix 2. Get your groove on!

Luke also shows you how to use the new Fusion MIDI packs for EZkeys and the Fusion Grooves drum MIDI pack (which he created) as the foundation for your creativity. These MIDI packs were designed to be used together and ensure that your drum and keyboard tracks will always sound great.

See the individual tutorial descriptions below for more info. If you want to explore this genre of music, or just want a great course on using Toontrack products creatively, watch “Songwriting & Producing with Toontrack: Fusion” today!

greyseal
Submitted 1 year ago

Excellent Overview of Toontrack Products

I just grabbed the Fusion libraries today and then stumbled in here to find this tutorial. It affirmed how I was working with EZDrummer and EZKeys and showed me a few things I had overlooked and introduced me to EZMix which was a product I had been ignoring. Overall, it was well paced and informative for me. YMMV.

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

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Rocking Ringo
Submitted 1 year ago

Really Superb

Toontrack make great products and these tutorials are perfect examples of how they can be used to start off the creative process of making music. These are the best I've used on groove really love 'em.

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

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CreateMusicHere
Submitted 1 year ago

Great Training For Toontrack Integration

This was a great explanation of how to use the various offerings from the Toontrack product line. The tutorial was very detailed and Luke was excellent, easy to understand and I really like his pace that he delivered in the lesson. Luke is a great drummer and really understands music theory, that's is a very tall order to fill in the Fusion Genre, the grooves and fills are perfect for making great fusion music.

I am a: Producer, Professional, Audio Engineer, Musician, Sound for Film/TV

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GuiGautreaux
Submitted 1 year ago

Fast and Practical

The instructor goes straight to what matters in building a song from scratch using Toontrack softwares.

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

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Defendersoflove
Submitted 1 year ago

Great Class on Fusion Grooves and Midi

I don't get how Superior Drummer trumps EZ Drummer seems to me EZ Drummer has a song Creator and other features that Superior Drummer does not have, yes you can tweak the Superior Drummer drums by adjusting this adjusting that but why doesn't Superior Drummer have all that EZ Drummer has that way you don't have to have both VST Instruments only the one Superior Drummer. Puzzled

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Wrongwie
Submitted 1 year ago

Great tutorial

After watching this video series I may just purchase the Fusion packs.

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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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    Addictive Drums 2 Advanced Vol 1

    In volume one of this advanced video tutorial series, eDrum guru Luke Oswald explains a wide range of topics designed to make you a real master and addict, of XLN’s Addictive Drummer 2 virtual instrument plug-in!

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    Addictive Drums 2 Advanced Vol 2

    In volume two of this advanced video tutorial series, eDrum guru Luke Oswald covers the finer nuances, more features and functions, as well as eye-opening tips and tricks for using XLN’s Addictive Drums 2 virtual instrument!

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    Advanced Drumming Combinations & Patterns

    In this Drumstroke™ video tutorial series, drum guru Luke Oswald lays down the groove and shows you awesome drumming combinations and patterns that you can use to spice up your drumming or drum programming!

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    Bass Drum Technique Workshop

    In this Drumstroke video tutorial series, drum guru Luke Oswald reveals the steps to take to build up bionic feet when playing your kit, including speed and endurance and the ability to play what’s in your head!

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    Creating Drum Fills & Patterns

    In this Drumstroke#TM# video tutorial series, drum master Luke Oswald reveals how to create both basic and advanced drum fills and patterns, that you can apply to both real drums and programmed drums in your DAW!

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Songwriting & Producing with Toontrack: Fusion is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 6.
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent Overview of Toontrack Products I just grabbed the Fusion libraries today and then stumbled in here to find this tutorial. It affirmed how I was working with EZDrummer and EZKeys and showed me a few things I had overlooked and introduced me to EZMix which was a product I had been ignoring. Overall, it was well paced and informative for me. YMMV.
Date published: 2017-02-18
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Really Superb Toontrack make great products and these tutorials are perfect examples of how they can be used to start off the creative process of making music. These are the best I've used on groove really love 'em.
Date published: 2017-01-23
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great Training For Toontrack Integration This was a great explanation of how to use the various offerings from the Toontrack product line. The tutorial was very detailed and Luke was excellent, easy to understand and I really like his pace that he delivered in the lesson. Luke is a great drummer and really understands music theory, that's is a very tall order to fill in the Fusion Genre, the grooves and fills are perfect for making great fusion music.
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Fast and Practical The instructor goes straight to what matters in building a song from scratch using Toontrack softwares.
Date published: 2016-12-18
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great Class on Fusion Grooves and Midi I don't get how Superior Drummer trumps EZ Drummer seems to me EZ Drummer has a song Creator and other features that Superior Drummer does not have, yes you can tweak the Superior Drummer drums by adjusting this adjusting that but why doesn't Superior Drummer have all that EZ Drummer has that way you don't have to have both VST Instruments only the one Superior Drummer. Puzzled
Date published: 2016-12-17
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great tutorial After watching this video series I may just purchase the Fusion packs.
Date published: 2016-12-16