Pro Tools Tutorial

Programming Rock Drums

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    Introduction (2:03)


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    Exploring the VDI (6:59)


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    Using the MIDI Editor (6:36)


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    Grid Resolution (1:35)


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    Setting Up a Guide Track (6:37)


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    Quantizing (4:47)


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    Making Drums Pt. 1 (11:54)


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    Making Drums Pt. 2 (14:09)


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    Making Drums Pt. 3 (10:19)


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    Making Drums Pt. 4 (12:37)


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    Creating Special Moments Pt. 1 (12:40)


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    Creating Special Moments Pt. 2 (9:24)


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    Humanizing Your Drums Pt. 1 (8:38)


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    Humanizing Your Drums Pt. 2 (13:36)


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    Mixing within the Plug-In (7:15)


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    Printing Drums to Individual Tracks (8:34)


Are you just getting into writing and recording Rock music? Well, the first step is to create killer drum tracks. In this series, project studio master Travis Brown is going to show you how to program realistic and rockin' drums using Pro Tools 9 and Steven Slate Drum EX virtual instrument, quickly and easily.

Designed for the beginner, this series starts with an introduction to the song you'll be creating drums for, exploring the awesome Steven Slate Drums EX plug-in, using the Pro Tools MIDI editor, setting up a guide track, digging in and playing the parts, all the way to creating cool fills and breaks, humanizing the feel of the performance and finishing off with mixing and printing your MIDI drums as audio for further processing or bringing to another studio.

Even though this series is shown with Pro Tools and Steven Slate Drums, you can apply the techniques and theories to any DAW and virtual drum plug-in. If you're just starting out and want to know how to program great sounding and feeling drums, this is the series for you... You can't beat it!


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Ekmap
Submitted 2 days ago

Great Video

I'd say this video make help me to become very independent I 'd would normally use a key to play the drum now I don't have to depend if I don't have a midi control I won't have to worry. Great Job Bro!

I am a: Student, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Mastering Facility, Studio One

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Chris78
Submitted 1 year ago

Very Good!

This is exactly what I was looking for! There are a lot of tips on how to create an entire drum track for rock, but many of these tips can also be applied to other genres as well. I'd definitely love to see more "Programming Drums" for other genres in the future.

I am a: Hobbyist, Producer, Ableton Live

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nonstopdigital
Submitted 1 year ago

I love this tutorial!

This tutorial taught me everything I wanted to know about using MIDI drums. The instructor was great - he made everything clear. Great job!

I am a: Beginner, Student, Hobbyist, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Mastering Facility, Cakewalk Sonar, Reaper, Studio One

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Audios
Submitted 1 year ago

Very good, especially for showing you how to program drums--but not so much what drums to program

I've watched a number of these types of videos so far and while I won't say this series is my favorite, it's still very good, especially for showing viewers how to program drums (the "knobology") and to replicate what a real (but not necessarily great) drummer would--and would not--play (e.g. cymbals in the middle of a drum roll). At the same time, I don't remember anything particularly creative or showing how bending the rules of realism can create a drum track that sounds stunning (perhaps cymbals in the middle of a drum roll...) I'd say the audience who would benefit the most would be a good drummer who wants to learn how to program what he or she plays. If you know little about drumming, your results will probably end up sounding pretty basic but to be fair, the purpose of the series is not to teach drumming; it's to show you how to program drums and it does it very well.

I am a: Hobbyist

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TOMMYTOMATOE
Submitted 2 years ago

GREAT!!

Nearly perfect in all aspects as " nothing can really be perfect in this world"..

I am a: Musician

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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

At age 6 I started piano lessons but was quickly gravitated towards the guitars and drums in the J.C. Penny Christmas catalog. Music and creativity was encouraged in our house so I explored music endlessly. Guitar became my main instrument and I learned by watching others play and figuring out my favorite artists songs by ear. Several years later I am still watching others play and learning my favorite artists songs!

2. What training have you had?

I studied music production and music business at Columbia College in Chicago. After college I have been mentored by Charles Macak @ Electrowerks Music Production.

3. When did you get into recording?

I was lucky enough to inherit a Fostex 4 track from a friend who didn't want it anymore. I spent an entire summer in my room recording and experimenting on it. Then I recorded anyone I could find and haven't really stopped since!

4. People you have worked with/for?

I have been blessed and have worked under Sean O' Keefe, Ricco Lumpkin, and Charles Macak. Bands I have recorded is a long list...some favorites are The Captain Hates The Sea, This Is Our Year, Saline, and Plastic Smiles.

5. Why are you so good at training people?

I love to share what I have learned with others. So many people have helped me throughout my musical journey that I feel I must give back as much as possible. In this industry you must continue to learn and reinvent yourself so I have fun talking to those who inspire me as well as try to inspire the next generation of producers and engineers!

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    Programming Rock Drums

    Are you just getting into writing and recording Rock music? Well, the first step is to create killer drum tracks. Project studio master Travis Brown is going to show you how to program realistic and rockin' drums using Pro Tools and Steven Slate's EX drum virtual instrument quickly and easily.

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Programming Rock Drums is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 5 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great Video I'd say this video make help me to become very independent I 'd would normally use a key to play the drum now I don't have to depend if I don't have a midi control I won't have to worry. Great Job Bro!
Date published: 2018-09-19
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very Good! This is exactly what I was looking for! There are a lot of tips on how to create an entire drum track for rock, but many of these tips can also be applied to other genres as well. I'd definitely love to see more "Programming Drums" for other genres in the future.
Date published: 2017-09-04
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from I love this tutorial! This tutorial taught me everything I wanted to know about using MIDI drums. The instructor was great - he made everything clear. Great job!
Date published: 2017-08-18
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Very good, especially for showing you how to program drums--but not so much what drums to program I've watched a number of these types of videos so far and while I won't say this series is my favorite, it's still very good, especially for showing viewers how to program drums (the "knobology") and to replicate what a real (but not necessarily great) drummer would--and would not--play (e.g. cymbals in the middle of a drum roll). At the same time, I don't remember anything particularly creative or showing how bending the rules of realism can create a drum track that sounds stunning (perhaps cymbals in the middle of a drum roll...) I'd say the audience who would benefit the most would be a good drummer who wants to learn how to program what he or she plays. If you know little about drumming, your results will probably end up sounding pretty basic but to be fair, the purpose of the series is not to teach drumming; it's to show you how to program drums and it does it very well.
Date published: 2017-05-23
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from GREAT!! Nearly perfect in all aspects as " nothing can really be perfect in this world"..
Date published: 2016-08-06
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