In this video, Luke introduces you to Superior Drummer 3 and explains why this software has substantial meaning to him as a longtime.
Upgrade & Installation Options5:47
Luke explains the upgrade options for Superior Drummer 3 and discusses the variety of core library downloads and what you can expect for each.
Interface Layout Options4:53
Learn how to resize the Superior Drummer 3 interface and detach/reattach the tab windows for infinite display possibilities.
Luke explains how to save and open SD3 project files and how to setup a default project.
Luke explains the benefits of the Copy/Paste and Undo/Redo features within Superior Drummer 3.
Explore the global settings within Superior Drummer 3, including mouse control and navigation options, database and library management, edrum settings and audio/MIDI setup.
Learn how to alter the interface layout and how you can customize a variety of viewing options within Superior Drummer 3.
Loading Libraries & Presets
See how to change expansion libraries and how Superior Drummer 3 handles legacy SD2 and EZD2 libraries.
Luke explains how to load mix presets for use as a creative starting point.
Select Parts & Part Presets3:59
Get an in-depth explanation of how to load only part of a mix preset, and learn how to load just the drum selection or just the mixer settings for endless creative possibilities.
Saving & Loading User Presets3:13
Learn how to save your own custom mix presets and how you can recall them at a later time.
RAM & Memory Usage7:09
Luke discusses the importance of memory usage and discusses the caching and quality options available for Superior Drummer 3.
Drum & Tool Selection5:45
Luke demonstrates how you can select an instrument and use specific performance tools like rods, brushes and mallets.
Learn all about the variety of articulations within Superior Drummer 3 and how they can be selected and edited.
Search, Replace & Add Instruments6:54
Superior Drummer 3 features a new Instrument Search feature that allows you to search for any instrument to replace existing ones or add new sounds to your kit setup.
Importing Your Own Samples7:55
Discover how to import your own custom samples in a variety of ways to create your own hybrid drum kits.
Creating Instrument Stacks8:09
Luke explains how to quickly stack drums to create custom layered drum kits.
Box Parameter Options3:49
Learn about the Box Parameter layout options and how you can customize them to your own way of working.
Level, Env, Tuning & Pitch FX4:02
Luke now discusses the Level, Envelope Tuning and Pitch FX options and how they can be used to alter the sound of your selected instrument/articulation(s).
Velocity Gate, Curve, Soft Hit Level & Smoothing4:51
See how to manipulate the velocities of your MIDI performances using the Velocity Gate, Velocity Curve, Soft Hit Level and Smoothing.
Luke reveals some of the deeper functions within Superior Drummer 3 such as Voice & Layer, Humanize, Mute Tail Articulations, Hi-Hat CC Off-Set and The MIDI Monitor, and how they affect the loaded samples and incoming MIDI.
Search Field, Filters & MIDI6:25
Luke explains a variety of ways to search for MIDI grooves using your own search criteria and tag filters.
Learn how to use the new Tap2Find function for even greater MIDI groove filtering options.
Filter Settings & Web Shop MIDI1:57
Get the lowdown on the filter settings and how you can show or hide any filter category. Luke also explains how you can audition MIDI that you have not yet purchased.
Basic Mixer Functions7:00
Luke now explains the basics of the Superior Drummer 3 mixer and discusses Solo/Mute adjustments, fader adjustments, routing and channel visibility.
Mixer FX Overview4:40
Now see how to add, move, copy, configure and remove Superior Drummer 3 plug-in effects.
Luke reveals and discusses the three EQ options available within the Mixer Tab.
Learn all about the various dynamic processors including compressors, limiters and exciters found in SD3.
Get an explanation of the distortion effects that can be used to add grit and texture to your drum tracks.
Superior Drummer 3 comes stocked with a variety of ambience processors including plate, room, hall and spring reverbs. See and hear them in-action!
Luke now demonstrates the great sounding Tape, Filter and Classic delay effect options available in the Superior Drummer 3 mixer.
Discover SD3's chorus, flanger, tremolo and and other modulation tools within the Superior Drummer 3 mixer. And how to apply them to your drums.
Utilizing Mix Presets5:45
Luke explains why learning how to utilize Mix Presets is a valuable tool for sound design development.
Using Bus Sends3:43
Learn how to use parallel bus sends for additional mix processing options.
Bus Send Output Variations3:35
Get an in-depth explanation of the Pre-Fader, Post-Effect and Post-Fader Bus Send options.
Bus Send Applications3:26
Luke now discusses a few real-world applications for using Bus Sends.
Routing Microphone Channels5:49
Learn how to configure channel routing for instrument microphones.
Routing Instrument Stacks3:59
Luke now teaches you how to route microphone channels for stacked instruments.
Multi-Channel Output Overview2:31
Learn how to setup automatic and manual multi-channel output configurations.
Bleed Level Adjustments7:30
Luke demonstrates how microphone bleed levels work in the new Superior Drummer 3 mixer.
Additional Microphone Bleed2:04
Learn how to quickly enable and disable microphone bleed for ambient microphones, and create new sonic textures for your drums.
Bleed & Close Mic Levels4:42
Discover how to adjust the close mic instrument vs bleed levels, how to adjust the offset for microphone channels, and how to adjust the microphone envelope, for dialing in the perfect drum sound.
Learn how to quickly import audio into Tracker for quick audio to MIDI conversion.
Extracting MIDI from Audio6:24
Luke discusses the main methods for extracting MIDI from audio including how to set and dial-in the Threshold, Match w/ Sound, Amount Dial and Bleed Reduction controls for a perfect extraction.
Audio To MIDI Conversion: Multi-Track Drums7:12
Luke now walks you through an entire multi-track drum recording where he's able to extract MIDI from all individual drum audio tracks and then have them trigger SD3 sounds!
Exporting MIDI From Tracker2:00
See how to export your converted MIDI files to your computer or drag and drop into the Superior Drummer 3 Song Track.
Audio To MIDI Conversion: Stereo Drum Track8:27
Now learn how to take a stereo drum track recording and extract MIDI parts for each drum instrument. Cool!
Additional Tracker Functions3:13
Luke now explains some additional settings that are helpful when using Tracker, such as Snap To Grid, Snap To Transient, Region Editing and Playhead Synchronization.
The Song Track
Creating Song Templates6:15
Luke shows you how to generate an entire drum track from a single MIDI file.
Saving User Song Templates3:57
See how to save your own song track arrangements for use as a User Template with other MIDI grooves.
Importing & Recording MIDI3:43
Luke discusses additional methods for importing MIDI into the Song Track and also talks about recording directly into Superior Drummer 3.
Once you've created your drum track, see how to manipulate and edit MIDI blocks within the Song Track.
Edit Play Style8:30
Now learn how to make musical changes to your MIDI grooves using the intuitive Edit Play Style function.
Grid Editor: Add, Delete & Quantize MIDI5:09
Learn how to add, delete and quantize your MIDI grooves in the Grid Editor.
Grid Editor: Velocity Adjustments3:01
Learn all about the Global, Dynamic and Fade velocity adjustment options to create more realistic drum tracks.
Grid Editor: Editing Instrument Articulations2:39
Luke demonstrates how you can easily edit instrument articulations in an organized fashion.
Grid Editor: Editing MIDI CC Information1:31
Luke shows you everything you need to know to edit MIDI CC information within the Grid Editor.
Export MIDI & Bounce Audio8:26
Luke now demonstrates how to export your MIDI grooves and bounce high quality audio in a variety of ways, directly from the Superior Drummer 3 Song Track.
Assigning Parameters To a Hardware Controller3:44
Luke now shows you how to use the MIDI Learn function to quickly assign individual, or multiple parameters to a hardware controller for more creative options.
Upper, Lower & Slope Parameters8:24
Luke discusses how to use the Macro Controls parameter adjustments for endless creative control over multiple parameters at once.
Automating Macro Controls3:08
Learn how to automate Macro Controls in your DAW to record multiple parameter adjustments.
Custom Mapping & Learn Function2:07
See how to setup MIDI mapping for your electronic drum module and how to create custom mapping presets using the convenient Learn function.
Custom Positional Sensing4:11
Luke explains how to use the new Positional Sensing capabilities of Superior Drummer 3 to adjust the transition point between multiple articulations.
Global Velocity Adjustments2:25
Learn how to configure global velocity settings and hi-hat CC controls for incoming MIDI to make trigger Superior Drummer 3 just right.
Luke thanks you for joining him on your SD3 journey.
Want superior tutorials for the highly anticipated drum production workstation, Superior Drummer 3? Look no further... Toontrack expert Luke Oswald presents the most in-depth video tutorials available about Toontrack's new flagship drum VI, Superior Drummer 3..
Luke starts with installation and interface basics and moves into the new Menu system, covering all of the global settings you need to know to get started.
After that, you'll learn all about library expansion, how to load mix presets and see how to save your own custom user presets.
Next, Luke jumps to the Drums Tab menu and explains the new approach to drum selection and how you can quickly search for instruments, replace existing kit pieces and add new kit pieces with ease.
You'll then discover how you can import your own samples and create hybrid drum stacks for quickly layering drum sounds.
Parameter Boxes are next, and you'll explore how to tweak and configure your drum sounds all the way down to the articulation level.
In the Grooves Tab, you'll learn about the new MIDI groove search filters and how you can use Tap2Find to find grooves based on ideas you have in your head. Cool!
Moving on, Luke explains the new Superior Drummer 3 Mixer in great detail, covering everything from bus routing and bus sends, to plug-in effects and microphone routing and bleed levels.
Then in the Tracker Tab, Luke demonstrates how you can take multi-channel audio drum tracks and extract MIDI information for each instrument, and then shows you how to do the same thing for a single stereo drum track, where he's able to extract MIDI data for each kit piece from a single stereo audio file!
Moving on to the Song Track section, Luke explains how easy it is to create full song templates from a single MIDI groove and how you can customize the song ideas and save user templates that you can use later for even more song creation ideas.
He also discusses the Edit Play Style function and how you can alter your MIDI grooves in a musical fashion, or how you can edit even the smallest details of your grooves within the built in Grid Editor.
Next, Luke moves on to Macro Controls and reveals how you can adjust multiple parameters with a single control for endless creative results. He also demonstrates how the Macro Controls can be assigned to a hardware controller and can be automated within a DAW.
Luke ends this series with a discussion of the new features for E-drummers. He discusses how you can choose from pre-defined MIDI maps or easily create your own with the updated Learn function.
The new positional sensing features are then covered, where you can tell Superior Drummer 3 what articulations you want to use on positional sensing pads and even setup the transition points between each articulation!
Lastly, Luke discusses global Velocity Curve and Hi-Hat CC settings that can be applied to incoming MIDI from a hardware controller without affecting the MIDI in your Song Track.
Superior Drummer 3 is truly the most comprehensive drum production tool on the market, and the Superior Drummer 3 Explained® tutorial series provides the important foundations and then some, that you need to take advantage of this amazing new software. Watch "Superior Drummer 3 Explained®" today!
Submitted 2 months ago
Luke does a great job explaining some of the more advanced functionality in SD3. His vids go by quick, so you might have to rewatch a few to let it all sink in. SD3 is a very involved program and while Luke doesn’t/can’t explain every nuance, he gives plenty to get you creating awesome grooves.
I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Mastering Facility, Cubase, Pro Tools
Submitted 3 months ago
I missed the inclusion in Logic
I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Producer, Beat Maker, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Mastering Facility, Logic Pro
Submitted 3 months ago
All you need to know and more
Very well explained and easy to follow
Submitted 3 months ago
They've made it easy to understand
I am a guitar player and never played drums before, I was afraid the language would be over my head but the videos are short and easy to understand. I can go straight into my SS3 soft wear and practice the lesson before moving on. I can also go back to any given video for a refresher and for me that helps alot.
I am a: Semi-Pro, Audio Engineer, Logic Pro
Submitted 3 months ago
video learning is the bomb
video learning ... the best way to learn !!
Submitted 3 months ago
It covers most things but not all though
I was left with questions unanswered even after watching all the videos. They need to have some videos that start from scratch building a kit and mixer buss steps to the final product.
I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Producer, Studio One
Response from Customer Service:
You are referring to a continuation of the Superior Drummer 3 series with more advanced topics, tips and tricks, and creating/producing drum parts. Those tutorials are in the works and will be released as they are finished so there is plenty more to learn!
I am sorry you didn't feel the tutorial deserved a higher rating but I assure you we put a great deal of detail in the 65 videos currently offered. There will always be room for more and that is why we have more tutorials coming. Stay tuned!
Submitted 3 months ago
Superior Drummer 3 Explained
Being Composer new to the Superior Drummer line of instruments, I was very impressed by SD3 but wanted a short tutorial that was easily understood and got me being an effective user quickly. This video series did just that.
I am a: Professional, Musician, Producer, Beat Maker, Audio Engineer, Sound for Film/TV, Logic Pro, Studio One
Submitted 4 months ago
Great for Newbies!
New to drum programming and drums. I am learning a lot already, not only from SD3, but as much from the SD3 Explained. I hope ther will eventually be deeper tutorials on SD3, such project oriented focus on building an x-type drum track, etc. For the beginner though, this is perfect.
I am a: Beginner, Producer, Ableton Live, Logic Pro
Submitted 4 months ago
covers all basics
this is a really nice explained series, and it covers all the basic. I wish they were slipt in less video number. I also think it'd be nice to include "superior drummer 3 advanced / power users" videos. also another suggestion would be how it interacts with other daws, or other VI drum software. my biggest problem with it is the numbers of videos haha. awesome value for the all access pass. cheers
I am a: Student
Submitted 4 months ago
Excellent tutorial series on a truly revolutionary product.
I just picked SD3 up, and given the amount of things it's capable of, this was just what was needed to get moving with it. Luke is concise, well-spoken and clear. The only reason I knocked a half star off the 'ease' categories, is that I wish he would have stated the name of the video where further info on a particular subject was located ...that and I wish there was (and) hope there will be, an advanced user series. Other than those two minor things, it was outstanding!
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