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Superior Drummer 2 Advanced Vol 3

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Mapping Window

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    Tutorial 1

    Articulation Mapping Overview

    3:49

    Luke explains the functions within the Mapping Window.

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    Tutorial 2

    Remapping Articulations

    3:22

    Learn how to remap articulations in order to trigger specific articulations with your e-drums, MIDI controller or MIDI grooves.

Velocity Adjustments

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    Tutorial 3

    Velocity Curve Adjustments

    5:20

    You can use the Velocity Curve to adjust how Superior Drummer 2 handles incoming MIDI.

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    Tutorial 4

    Using The Velocity Gradient Strip

    5:07

    An explanation of the Velocity Gradient Strip and how it can be used to audition a range of sample velocities.

Practical Applications

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    Tutorial 5

    Creating Realistic Drum Rolls

    2:26

    Luke demonstrates how to use the Velocity Gradient Strip and Humanize features to create realistic drum rolls.

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    Tutorial 6

    Creating Realistic Cymbal Swells

    2:26

    Learn how to create realistic cymbal swells for your drum productions.

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    Tutorial 7

    Using The Velocity Gate

    5:58

    A practical explanation of when to use the Velocity Gate to filter out unwanted samples.

MIDI Nodes

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    Tutorial 8

    Creating MIDI Nodes

    6:25

    How to create MIDI Nodes and how they can be used to layer multiple sample articulations.

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    Tutorial 9

    Filtering Out MIDI Node Articulations

    5:52

    Luke explains how to adjust the velocity ranges for each MIDI Node articulation to filter out unwanted sample ranges.

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    Tutorial 10

    Adjusting Articulation Velocity Thresholds

    4:26

    You can adjust individual articulation velocity thresholds to manipulate the velocity output.

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    Tutorial 11

    MIDI Node Velocity Curve Adjustments

    4:18

    Luke demonstrates the relationship between the MIDI Node Velocity Curve and an individual articulation's Velocity Curve.

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    Tutorial 12

    Bypass Velocity Target Controls

    5:57

    Learn how to bypass any Velocity Curve adjustments made for an individual articulation.

Layering Drums

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    Tutorial 13

    Replacing Discrete Articulation Mappings

    4:34

    Learn how to replace the default articulation mapping and quickly create new mapping options for each articulation.

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    Tutorial 14

    Joining Discrete Articulations To Create New MIDI Nodes

    2:08

    Luke demonstrates how to create layered drums.

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    Tutorial 15

    MIDI Node Mappings

    1:34

    Mapping considerations when using MIDI Nodes to create layered drums.

Saving & Loading MIDI Node & Velocity Curve Presets

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    Tutorial 16

    Saving & Loading MIDI Node Presets

    1:39

    Luke explores saving and loading MIDI node presets.

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    Tutorial 17

    Saving & Loading Velocity Curve Presets

    0:57

    An explanation of how to save/load your Velocity Curve presets.

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    Tutorial 18

    Enabling/Disabling Velocity Control Functions

    1:51

    Luke demonstrates how to enable/disable all Velocity Control functions for an individual articulation.

Audio Bouncing Overview

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    Tutorial 19

    Recording MIDI Performances

    1:43

    Learn how to record your own performances within Superior Drummer 2.

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    Tutorial 20

    Bounce Window Settings

    2:33

    All the options within the Settings Window that pertain to the Bounce function.

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    Tutorial 21

    Bouncing Basics

    0:51

    Luke explains the basics of bouncing audio to your hard drive before moving on to more advanced topics.

Creating Single/Multiple Stereo WAV Files

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    Tutorial 22

    Bounce Through Mixer

    1:22

    Luke demonstrates how the Bounce Through Mixer feature works.

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    Tutorial 23

    Pre/Post Mixer Volume Adjustments

    1:00

    An explanation of pre/post mixer levels and how Superior Drummer 2 handles audio clipping.

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    Tutorial 24

    Bounce Through Mixer: Single Output

    2:34

    You can bounce down your performance to a single stereo audio WAV file.

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    Tutorial 25

    Bounce Through Mixer: Multiple Outputs

    1:48

    Luke demonstrates how to use the mixer routing within Superior Drummer 2 to create multiple audio WAV files.

Creating Individual Mixer Channel WAV Files

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    Tutorial 26

    Bouncing Individual Mixer Channels

    4:17

    Learn how to bounce down individual audio files for each channel within the mixer.

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    Tutorial 27

    All Bleed On Setting

    3:23

    Luke explains how the All Bleed On setting works and how it can be used to create a more realistic multi-channel drum recording experience.

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    Tutorial 28

    All Bleed On With Bounce Through Mixer

    4:47

    A demonstration of the All Bleed On setting with the Bounce Through Mixer function also engaged.

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    Tutorial 29

    Split Direct From Bleeding

    6:23

    You can split the direct audio and "bleed" audio into two discrete audio files.

Additional Bounce Setting Options

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    Tutorial 30

    Bounce Splits Stereo

    4:01

    An explanation of how you can split the stereo audio files into separate Left/Right mono files.

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    Tutorial 31

    Keep Intermediate Bounce

    1:38

    Luke demonstrates how to create a single stereo audio file from the mixer.

Combined Presets

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    Tutorial 32

    Combined Presets Overview

    5:53

    Each setting within the Combined Preset's dialog box is explained.

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    Tutorial 33

    Loading Combined Presets

    7:05

    Learn how to load Combined Presets to completely change the sound of your loaded drums.

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    Tutorial 34

    Saving New Combined Presets

    1:47

    Luke demonstrates how to save new Combined Presets to recall at a later time.

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    Tutorial 35

    Save & Load Project As Combined Preset

    1:30

    You can use ".S20" project files to save/load presets and create new Combined Presets.

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    Tutorial 36

    Loading A Combined Preset From Another Library

    2:06

    Luke shows you a great trick that allows you to use the mixer settings within a Combined Preset from another library to create brand new sounds.

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    Tutorial 37

    Combined Preset Examples

    3:48

    Learn how to customize your Combined Presets to create new drum sounds for your loaded library.

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    Tutorial 38

    Mixing Combined Presets

    9:25

    Luke demonstrates how to mix/combine various settings within each Combined Preset to supplement your sound design options.

Expert drum instructor Luke Oswald is back with the final advanced Superior Drummer 2 video tutorial series! In this collection, Luke covers creative SD2 workflow techniques and more, rounding off the entire series.

Luke starts the series with an in-depth look at the Mapping Window. He teaches you the art of articulation mapping and how to remap articulations so you can trigger specific articulations with your electronic drums, MIDI controller, or MIDI Grooves.

Next, Luke explains how use the Velocity Curve to adjust how SD2 handles incoming MIDI. He follows that up with a demonstration of how to use the Velocity Gradient Strip to audition a range of sample velocities.

Moving on, Luke gives you some practical applications for articulation mapping and velocity adjustments. He shows you how to create realistic drum rolls and cymbal swells, then how to use the Velocity Gate to filter out unwanted samples.

After that, you’ll learn now to create MIDI Nodes, and how to use them to layer multiple sample articulations. That leads into lessons on how to use SD2 to layer drums by joining discrete articulations, and how to bypass Velocity Curve adjustments. Once you understand how to use MIDI Nodes, Luke shows you how to save and load MIDI Node and Velocity Curve presets.

Luke now focuses on the Bounce Window, in which you can record and bounce the audio of your performances. He shows you how you can create single and multiple files, bounce through the mixer and create files for individual channels, and covers all of the Bounce settings and options.

Finally, Luke explores the special Combined Presets feature of SD2. You’ll learn how Combined Presets can completely change the sound of your loaded drums, and he demonstrates how to use the mixer settings within a Combined Preset from another library to create brand new sounds.

If you’ve started Luke’s Superior Drummer 2 Advanced series, don’t miss “Superior Drummer 2 Advanced Vol 2”!

DrJay
Submitted 6 months ago

Nicely Done

Finally, someone is able to explain in detail much of the functionality of Superior 2. Would LOVE to see Luke do a series of tips on configuring triggering from an E-Kit.

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The Sucky Drummer
Submitted 2 years ago

For a Greater Understanding of SD2

Good video set here. Nice to get more "under the hood" with this product. Very helpful!

I am a: Semi-Pro, Producer, Musician, Sound Designer

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jjdecks
Submitted 2 years ago

Superior Drummer 2 , Best kept secret.

I have other tutorials on using Superior Drummer 2 but this Advance tutorial is outstanding. Well spoken, clearly understandable and to the point with perfect examples using the software, plus your midi instrument tweaked exactly like you expect the instrument to sound. Many with V-Drums that purchase the kit and the software have been stuck on the settings/presets/etc.

I am a: Semi-Pro, Producer, Musician, Hobbyist

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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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Superior Drummer 2 Advanced Vol 3 is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 3.
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Nicely Done Finally, someone is able to explain in detail much of the functionality of Superior 2. Would LOVE to see Luke do a series of tips on configuring triggering from an E-Kit.
Date published: 2017-08-24
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from For a Greater Understanding of SD2 Good video set here. Nice to get more "under the hood" with this product. Very helpful!
Date published: 2016-07-11
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Superior Drummer 2 , Best kept secret. I have other tutorials on using Superior Drummer 2 but this Advance tutorial is outstanding. Well spoken, clearly understandable and to the point with perfect examples using the software, plus your midi instrument tweaked exactly like you expect the instrument to sound. Many with V-Drums that purchase the kit and the software have been stuck on the settings/presets/etc.
Date published: 2016-06-30