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Superior Drummer 3: Recreating the Legends of Drums

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Chapter 1: Introduction

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    Welcome to the Legends (4:15)


Chapter 2: Jeff Porcaro

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    Reverb & Parallel Compression (8:45)


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    Close Mic Adjustments (6:18)


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    Instrument Settings (3:50)


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    AMB, Reverb, Plate EQ & Tape Compression Macros (7:01)


Chapter 3: John Bonham

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    Drum Selection & Comp Bus Mixer Settings (5:26)


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    Delay & Phased Distortion Mixer Settings (7:04)


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    Ambience Bus, Main Output Bus & Drum Configuration (9:52)


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    FX & Macros (5:16)


Chapter 4: Steve Gadd

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    Getting the Base Sound (8:16)


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    Ambience, Comp Bus & Instrument Mixer Settings (9:35)


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    Retro / Modern Options (7:37)


Chapter 5: Joe Morello

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    Drum Selection & Tuning (4:53)


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    Making it Vintage (6:48)


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    FX, Close Mics & Macro Parameters (7:06)


Chapter 6: Neal Peart

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    Drum Configuration, Tuning & Envelope Settings (6:34)


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    Tape Distortion & Reverb Bus Channels (6:55)


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    Ambience, Overhead & Instrument Bus Channels (6:26)


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    Room, Reverb, Tape Distortion & Analog Compression Macros (4:46)


Chapter 7: Chad Smith

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    Mic & Drum Selection & Configuration (7:44)


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    Filtered Room, Reverb & Ambience Bus Channels (7:31)


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    Kick, Snare & Tom Bus FX Chains (4:50)


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    FX, Snare Level & Kick Punch Macros (5:18)


Chapter 8: Stewart Copeland

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    Instrument, Level, Tuning & Envelope Adjustment (8:37)


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    Ambience, Reverb, Tape & Instrument Mixer Settings (8:38)


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    FX & Tape Saturation Macros (6:21)


Chapter 9: Phil Collins

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    Drum Selection & Tom/Room Mic Configuration (5:23)


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    Creating a Compressed Gated Drum Sound (6:29)


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    Ambience, Cymbals & Close Mics Bus Settings (4:16)


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    Phaser & Instrument Bus Mixer Settings (5:15)


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    FX & Cymbals Macros (4:59)


Chapter 10: Conclusion

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    Series Conclusion & Additional Tips (3:03)


In this video tutorial series, SD3 guru Luke Oswald shows you how to recreate some of the most iconic drum sounds in recorded drumming history! See how to make the sounds of some of the biggest names in drumming, all using the stock sound library in Superior Drummer 3!

Luke welcomes you and then explains his thought process in creating this series and provides you with some insight into how he started each mix, and what you can expect to find throughout this tutorial series. He then starts with the legendary Jeff Porcaro, breaking down his sound and how to mimic it with SD3.

Throughout the rest of the series you'll explore the sound of other drum giants such as John Bonham, Steve Gadd, Joe Morello, Neal Peart, Chad Smith, Stewart Copeland, and Phil Collins, all with complete breakdowns of what makes their sound their own, and how to bring them to life with Superior Drummer.

Throughout these videos Luke employs everything that SD3 has to offer, to achieve the different tones and characters of these great drummers, including picking the right drums, setting up both close and far mics, room ambiance, drum bus compression, effects, EQ, reverb, delay, macros, automation and much, much more.

See the individual tutorial descriptions for more info. If you love the sounds of these amazing drummers, and the songs they've recorded throughout the years, this series will open your eyes and your ears, offering endless drum sound design inspiration... Watch


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Vic james
Submitted 1 month ago

A great way to get to know Superior Drummer 3

Great stuff. Very useful information. Opened my eyes and ears to some great techniques .

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

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peteresat
Submitted 2 months ago

This guy knows what I need!

These SD3 tutorials are great. Please keep them on the site indefinitely!

I am a: Musician, Pro Tools

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HHarlow
Submitted 3 months ago

More like this, please!

Although I'm a guitar player, I deeply appreciate the amount of work it took to put this together. By targeting specific kit sounds, it is very instructive and now having the ability to reproduce them is like mana from Pre-Set Heaven. Great job! More like this, please!


KP Dan
Submitted 3 months ago

The sounds of the legends of drums just a click away.

This tutorial is a great example of the versatility and potential of SD3. Luke explains in an effective way how to obtain "those" sounds, stimulating the user to experiment. Basic software knowledge is required, as described in the introduction. I hope in a hypothetical "volume 2", where other Legends of Drums are treated. Well done Luke!

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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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    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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Superior Drummer 3: Recreating the Legends of Drums is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 4 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from A great way to get to know Superior Drummer 3 Great stuff. Very useful information. Opened my eyes and ears to some great techniques .
Date published: 2018-10-04
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from This guy knows what I need! These SD3 tutorials are great. Please keep them on the site indefinitely!
Date published: 2018-09-13
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from More like this, please! Although I'm a guitar player, I deeply appreciate the amount of work it took to put this together. By targeting specific kit sounds, it is very instructive and now having the ability to reproduce them is like mana from Pre-Set Heaven. Great job! More like this, please!
Date published: 2018-08-19
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from The sounds of the legends of drums just a click away. This tutorial is a great example of the versatility and potential of SD3. Luke explains in an effective way how to obtain "those" sounds, stimulating the user to experiment. Basic software knowledge is required, as described in the introduction. I hope in a hypothetical "volume 2", where other Legends of Drums are treated. Well done Luke!
Date published: 2018-08-17
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