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Strike 2 Explained®

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    Tutorial 1

    Introduction

    9:45

    Familiarize yourself with the Strike interface and find out how to get around Strike quickly.

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    Tutorial 2

    Configuration

    11:12

    Discover how to set up Strike to respond to your way of working.

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    Tutorial 3

    Main Window

    10:46

    Learn how just how flexible and powerful it is to modify Strike's parameters live within the Main window. No two bars or tracks will ever sound the same!

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    Tutorial 4

    Pattern Editor

    14:11

    Get into the groove and use Strike 2’s new pattern editor to build complex and flexible patterns like no other drum VI. It’s like a pattern editor on steroids, you get serious wild stuff with this performance-enhancing feature!

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    Tutorial 5

    Style Editor

    5:11

    If you want to tweak playing style, hit velocity, how tight the snare plays or how loose the ride is then the Style Editor is a tweaker’s delight – Russ shows you what all those controls do to bring uber realistic performances. Explore the Style page and get the drums to respond just how you would like them to.

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    Tutorial 6

    Kit Window

    5:32

    Discover how to vary the kits that you use in Strike, including tuning, adjustment and sample import. Mix it up with a Jazz kick and a rock snare, or a funky set of toms with an electro beat box.

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    Tutorial 7

    Mix Window

    14:09

    Learn how to get an amazing studio quality mix with effects from right within Strike. Mixing in the box has never been easier!

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    Tutorial 8

    Ways to Play Strike

    11:32

    Find out how flexible workflows within Strike enable you to make rhythms in a way that suits you.

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    Tutorial 9

    Exploring the Effects

    6:23

    Russ takes a look at some of the more innovative effects and shows you some tricks for completely transforming the drum sound with them.

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    Tutorial 10

    MIDI Export

    3:49

    Exporting a MIDI performance couldn't be simpler and now with some flexible options you can export your performance to use with Strike or other drum VIs - find out how.

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    Tutorial 11

    Bouncing the Audio

    8:00

    Russ shows you how to create workflows for bouncing the audio both in Pro Tools 11 and Pro Tools 10.

Presented by AIR Users Blog founder and Pro Tools expert Russ Hughes, this new series explores the powerful virtual drum instrument Strike 2.

New for version 2, "Strike 2 Explained" goes in-depth and takes you step by step, showing you all of its features and functions. Learn how to easily configure Strike, navigate its windows and menus, load and create custom kits, create grooves and patterns, export the MIDI info from your pattern and much more.

If you're new to Strike 2 or just want to polish up your skills on this amazing virtual drum instrument, this is the series for you. Get the knowledge you need to take your grooves and beats to the next level... Watch "Strike 2 Explained" today.

rus5
Submitted 4 months ago

Excellent as Always!

Russ Hughes is one of a few core, top tier, no nonsense music software educators that is consistently excellent. He's thorough, comprehensive and very clear and knows exactly what he's talking about. When I come to Groove3 to learn something, I'm happy to discover the course I need was created by this guy. This Strike 2 course is excellent as always. After the first movie I already have a pretty good idea how to use this. The following videos supply the depth.

I am a: Student, Musician, Audio Engineer, Pro Tools

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magnesi
Submitted 5 months ago

Great tutorial vids for Strike

Really useful. Can dip into relevant sections as and when you need. Thoroughly but concisely explained.

I am a: Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Pro Tools

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Michael B.
Submitted 5 months ago

Without this Tutorial I'd be lost!

Strike 2 has no peer in the world of Drum Machine Software, and with the Groove3 tutorials I'm able to get under the hood of the software in such a way that I could not do on my own!! These tutorials has opened up the program enabling me to get the most out of it, and I'm only 1/3 of the way through them. Because of the amount of detail there is no way for me to absorb all of the info in one pass. So I'm already planning to go through the tutorials more than once in order to feel like I'm in any way mastering the complexity of Strike 2. It is after all a very powerful program, and the Groove3 Tutorials are the closest I've found to a master class on Strike 2. One suggestion I have is to perhaps offer a few master classes on Strike 2 for those of us who really do seek a Master level of knowledge in working with this program? I'm sure you will because Groove3 tutorials are the MOST thorough tutorials I have found in the world of Professional Audio Production. Keep up the good work Groove 3!!

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

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drh1
Submitted 9 months ago

Strike 2 Explained should be updated

While Russ Hughes creates great tutorials it should be updated to show if/or how Strike 2 can incorporate Track Freeze which became available with Pro Tools 12. That was one of the primary functions I wanted to learn to use with Strike.

Response from Customer Service:

Hi and big thanks for leaving us a review!
I wanted to point out that this tutorial was made in a previous version of Pro Tools so it could not contain any updates that came out with version 12.
I'm happy to add a request for an update to include new features. I hope your 2.5 rating of this product doesn't reflect the product as a whole but was given because of the missing features that came out after this tutorial was shot.
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joshfrog94
Submitted 11 months ago

Russ Strikes to the heart of this powerful software

This tutorial digs deeply into the many and flexible abilities of the Strike drum software. Varied kits and import xapability make the kits practically unlimited. There are many ways to play parts in, including having more than one part and more than one kit in the same song. Russ shows the awesome and powerful mixing capabilities as well as the software's routing flexibility which allows a stereo track import into the daw or a track by track export allowing additional tweaking within the daw.

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nsblues
Submitted 1 year ago

Everything I Needed to Know to Master Strike 2

I got Strike 2 as part of a bundle. I wasn't sure how it worked or how to use the advanced features. This video training answered all my questions and even gave me ideas!

I am a: Semi-Pro

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Tmuss
Submitted 1 year ago

Much needed tutorial

To get a better understanding this is a must, Russ is great at explaining things.

I am a: Producer, Musician

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Gnarls
Submitted 1 year ago

Informative and Inspiring

Strike 2 is a deep programme: this is an excellent way to become more familiar with it sooner rather than later.

I am a: Musician

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MrMtho
Submitted 1 year ago

Incredible stuff

The level of flexibility and customization is just unbelievable..

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

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Iancognito
Submitted 2 years ago

WOW! GREAT TUTORIAL!

The strike 2 tutorial was very helpful! Russ does a great job! thanks!

I am a: Semi-Pro

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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I started young. My father was a Jazz piano player who would play Oscar Peterson on the piano, I would go in as a kid and sit and listen to him in wonder. When he left the room I would try and knock out tunes myself. When I was 15 I swapped my bike for a really bad electric guitar which I went home and plugged into my sister's hi-fi, she was not impressed. From there I started having bands in the garage and the rest, as they say, is history.

2. What training have you had?

As a musician, no formal training, I just picked things up by ear. Over the years I've been lucky to work and play with some of the best musicians around, that rubs off on you, playing with great people means you either get better or get a different job! As a trainer I've done a lot of public speaking, presentations and seminars to groups of anything from 10 to 3,000 people. Again, you either get good or get hungry.

3. When did you get into recording?

When I was 17 I bought myself a Tascam 244 Portastudio, that was a 4 track cassette based recording system that cost around $1800! In those days that was a miracle being able to record and mix on separate tracks. Once I got that then I was hooked, in fact I forgotten the stuff I've bought over the years, I just look music and technology and so recording ticks both of my passion boxes!

4. People you have worked with/for?

It's a long list and to name drop would sound like throwing pans down a stone staircase. I've worked with and for, in a technical and programming capacity UB40, T-Pau, Elton John, The Beat, New Order, Jools Holland, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Duran Duran, and Japan to name some of those blasts from the past... I'm old!

5. Why are you so good at training people?

I didn't know I was, perhaps it's the combination of my passion for the music and the gear coupled with a genuine desire to help people to use their gear without any barriers. I read the manual as a last resort (often because they are so badly written) so I guess that other's may feel the same, so I try to find a way of making things as simple as possible, I try not to pretend to be an expert, more a guy who's just figured it out. I also have a terrible sense of humour, which means when I train live there are a lot of laughs.

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Strike 2 Explained® is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 10.
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent as Always! Russ Hughes is one of a few core, top tier, no nonsense music software educators that is consistently excellent. He's thorough, comprehensive and very clear and knows exactly what he's talking about. When I come to Groove3 to learn something, I'm happy to discover the course I need was created by this guy. This Strike 2 course is excellent as always. After the first movie I already have a pretty good idea how to use this. The following videos supply the depth.
Date published: 2017-10-20
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Without this Tutorial I'd be lost! Strike 2 has no peer in the world of Drum Machine Software, and with the Groove3 tutorials I'm able to get under the hood of the software in such a way that I could not do on my own!! These tutorials has opened up the program enabling me to get the most out of it, and I'm only 1/3 of the way through them. Because of the amount of detail there is no way for me to absorb all of the info in one pass. So I'm already planning to go through the tutorials more than once in order to feel like I'm in any way mastering the complexity of Strike 2. It is after all a very powerful program, and the Groove3 Tutorials are the closest I've found to a master class on Strike 2. One suggestion I have is to perhaps offer a few master classes on Strike 2 for those of us who really do seek a Master level of knowledge in working with this program? I'm sure you will because Groove3 tutorials are the MOST thorough tutorials I have found in the world of Professional Audio Production. Keep up the good work Groove 3!!
Date published: 2017-10-10
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Great tutorial vids for Strike Really useful. Can dip into relevant sections as and when you need. Thoroughly but concisely explained.
Date published: 2017-10-09
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Russ Strikes to the heart of this powerful software This tutorial digs deeply into the many and flexible abilities of the Strike drum software. Varied kits and import xapability make the kits practically unlimited. There are many ways to play parts in, including having more than one part and more than one kit in the same song. Russ shows the awesome and powerful mixing capabilities as well as the software's routing flexibility which allows a stereo track import into the daw or a track by track export allowing additional tweaking within the daw.
Date published: 2017-04-08
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Everything I Needed to Know to Master Strike 2 I got Strike 2 as part of a bundle. I wasn't sure how it worked or how to use the advanced features. This video training answered all my questions and even gave me ideas!
Date published: 2017-03-10
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Much needed tutorial To get a better understanding this is a must, Russ is great at explaining things.
Date published: 2017-01-14
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Informative and Inspiring Strike 2 is a deep programme: this is an excellent way to become more familiar with it sooner rather than later.
Date published: 2016-12-08
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Incredible stuff The level of flexibility and customization is just unbelievable..
Date published: 2016-10-26
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from WOW! GREAT TUTORIAL! The strike 2 tutorial was very helpful! Russ does a great job! thanks!
Date published: 2016-03-14
Rated 2.5 out of 5 by from Strike 2 Explained should be updated While Russ Hughes creates great tutorials it should be updated to show if/or how Strike 2 can incorporate Track Freeze which became available with Pro Tools 12. That was one of the primary functions I wanted to learn to use with Strike.
Date published: 1969-12-31