Sound Design Tutorial

Designing Electronic Drums

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    Slice to New MIDI Track (15:17)


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    Making a Kick Drum Sound (9:16)


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    Creating a Clap Sound (18:47)


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    Making a Closed Hi-Hat Sound (16:01)


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    Creating Slicing Presets (8:54)


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    Making an Open Hi-Hat Sound (12:02)


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    Making a Tom Sound Pt. 1 (12:45)


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    Making a Tom Sound Pt. 2 (21:06)


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    Making a Conga Sound (6:55)


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    Making a Ride Cymbal Sound (16:57)


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    Making a Triangle Sound (13:07)


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    Making a 909 Kick (4:47)


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    Making a 909 Snare (14:05)


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    Making a 808 Snare (8:58)


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    Saving the Finished Kit (8:57)


Have Ableton Live? Like Electronic Music? Then you must see this inspiring collection of eye-opening tutorials from Ableton Certified Trainer Craig McCullough. This series reveals the steps to design fat, brilliant modern and classic electronic drum sounds that will make the rhythm tracks in your electronic music productions be noticed.

The techniques Craig shows you can then be applied to any DAW and to any type of sound to make them stand out and shine.


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243AM
Submitted 4 months ago

Lots of Takeaways in this Series!

Craig does a fine job at experimenting, building, creating, and sculpting rhythmic samples and sounds. This series is lengthy (over 3 hours), but it's worth it. Using Ableton Live 7's tools (a little dated, but still relevant in today's Live 9.7 to 10 environment), Craig provides a lot of inside and information in his methodology and practice. A lot of takeaways can be used in my own music with his techniques in mind. Very good!

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician

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Nickg
Submitted 1 year ago

Great on Drum Synthesis & Sound Design

I've looked around a lot for "how to" guides on drum synthesis. This video series is one of the best if not the best. What makes it very good is i) it is quite broad and deep, covering a lot of drum sounds and a considerable amount of programming information for each sound; ii) unlike books & PDFs (the other best guides I've found on drum synth) one can watch the video, see the techniques applied and hear the results. I agree with the other reviewer that the material is complicated, but don't see this as a problem or fault. Synthesis is complicated and technical, and to know how to synthesize many different percussion instruments is a complicated matter. I have revisited this video multiple times. It merits watching and rewatching. I think I will even take detailed notes on next viewing to get down the techniques for programming different percussion instruments. A curious aspect of the video is that the author uses sample slices from a beatbox recording. Virtually all the techniques he mentions would work using either synthesis or sample manipulation to get to percussion sounds. So IMO these are all synthesis & sound design techniques that will apply to percussion sounds regardless of their sound generator (e.g. sample vs. oscillator). Overall, a great tutorial on electronic drums, and one of the best tutorials on Groove3 that I know of.

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Producer

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jman30
Submitted 2 years ago

Complicated

The first lesson of the tutorial was great but then in the 2 lesson in making a clap sound you had to remove the kick drum up to a different slice. It made no sense when you could have drawn out that note from a new slice.

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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I have been living and breathing music, and music technology, for most of my life. I first got into music by learning guitar over 20 years ago, at around 11 years old, and after playing in bands throughout my school years. I studied Audio engineering at college, at first with analogue tape and MIDI gear using external synths and an early version of Cubase.

2. What training have you had?

After leaving school and earning a living playing in bands for a while I started working in live sound in the mid 1990s, working on a lot of live music events, large and small, while still writing and producing my own music, both solo and with various different bands.  By this time my music took more electronic focus, switching to Logic to sequence samplers, synths and drum machines, and record live instruments and vocals. 

3. When did you get into recording?

From 2000 I worked in a production studio in the UK, mainly using Logic, Cubase SX, Nuendo, Wavelab, Sound Forge and the Waves plug-ins for audio engineering, and Reason and Acid for music composition, until discovering Ableton Live in 2002.

4. People you have worked with/for?

When MIDI was added to Live in version 4, I focused much more on using Ableton Live with Native Instruments and Waves Plug-ins, getting to know them intimately. Over the last few years I have been an internal tester for Ableton’s upcoming versions and I am also an Ableton Certified Trainer.

5. Why are you so good at training people?

I am good at training people because I have an intimate relationship and passion with the technology I use. I strive to develop a deep understanding of the tools I use and genuinely want to share that expereince with others

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    Designing Electronic Drums

    Ableton Certified Trainer Craig McCullough reveals the steps to design fat, brilliant modern and classic electronic drum sounds. The techniques Craig shows you can then be applied in any DAW and to any type of sound to make them stand out and be noticed!

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Designing Electronic Drums is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 3.
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Lots of Takeaways in this Series! Craig does a fine job at experimenting, building, creating, and sculpting rhythmic samples and sounds. This series is lengthy (over 3 hours), but it's worth it. Using Ableton Live 7's tools (a little dated, but still relevant in today's Live 9.7 to 10 environment), Craig provides a lot of inside and information in his methodology and practice. A lot of takeaways can be used in my own music with his techniques in mind. Very good!
Date published: 2018-03-16
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great on Drum Synthesis & Sound Design I've looked around a lot for "how to" guides on drum synthesis. This video series is one of the best if not the best. What makes it very good is i) it is quite broad and deep, covering a lot of drum sounds and a considerable amount of programming information for each sound; ii) unlike books & PDFs (the other best guides I've found on drum synth) one can watch the video, see the techniques applied and hear the results. I agree with the other reviewer that the material is complicated, but don't see this as a problem or fault. Synthesis is complicated and technical, and to know how to synthesize many different percussion instruments is a complicated matter. I have revisited this video multiple times. It merits watching and rewatching. I think I will even take detailed notes on next viewing to get down the techniques for programming different percussion instruments. A curious aspect of the video is that the author uses sample slices from a beatbox recording. Virtually all the techniques he mentions would work using either synthesis or sample manipulation to get to percussion sounds. So IMO these are all synthesis & sound design techniques that will apply to percussion sounds regardless of their sound generator (e.g. sample vs. oscillator). Overall, a great tutorial on electronic drums, and one of the best tutorials on Groove3 that I know of.
Date published: 2017-04-20
Rated 3.0 out of 5 by from Complicated The first lesson of the tutorial was great but then in the 2 lesson in making a clap sound you had to remove the kick drum up to a different slice. It made no sense when you could have drawn out that note from a new slice.
Date published: 2016-12-08
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