Pro Tools Tutorial

Programming Rock Drums

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    Introduction

    An introduction to the tutorial series. We discuss using a virtual drum instrument and the Pro Tools MIDI editor to make realistic drum tracks in our session. We also preview the song 'Touch Me' by Avenues which will be used throughout this series.

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    Exploring the VDI

    Discuss and navigate aspects of a virtual drum instrument plug-in (Steven Slate EX), explain multi-layer samples, changing drum kits and pieces, saving custom kits, and review the parameters of each instrument we can control in within the plug-in. We also take a look at the built-in mixer within the Steven Slate EX drum plug-in and some of its features.

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    Using the MIDI Editor

    In this video we explore the MIDI editor in Pro Tools. We discuss the pros and cons of standalone and docked view, toolbar functionality, track lanes, piano roll, and aspects of the grid.

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    Grid Resolution

    This video reviews grid resolution as it relates to the MIDI editor window and its importance in MIDI quantizing and drum programming.

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    Setting Up a Guide Track

    Before we can start programming the drums we need to first determine the song tempo, set up a click track, and lay down a scratch guitar. We also map out the song using track markers for easy navigation of our session.

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    Quantizing

    In this video we discuss quantizing MIDI notes to tighten loose performances. We also look at some of the tools available in the event operations window in the MIDI editor.

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    Making Drums Pt. 1

    We begin programming the drum tracks by creating a basic outline of our drum performance. The song is taken section by section using the MIDI editor and pencil tool.

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    Making Drums Pt. 2

    We continue creating the outline of the drum performance using the MIDI editor and pencil tool.

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    Making Drums Pt. 3

    Digging in deeper we are now near the end of the song and we make realizations along the way as to the best choices for creating a realistic performance.

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    Making Drums Pt. 4

    We now finish up the outline for the drum part in the MIDI editor window.

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    Creating Special Moments Pt. 1

    In this video we start to create special moments like drum fills, cymbal accents, and tom rolls.

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    Creating Special Moments Pt. 2

    In this video we create more special moments as well as discuss creating excitement in the drum performance.

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    Humanizing Your Drums Pt. 1

    In this video we begin to 'humanize' the drum performance by adjusting velocity and moving MIDI notes from being gridlocked.

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    Humanizing Your Drums Pt. 2

    In this video we finalize the “humanize” procedure in the drum performance.

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    Mixing within the Plug-In

    Now we explore mixing the drum performance using only the mixer section of the plug-in to save space in the session.

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    Printing Drums to Individual Tracks

    In the final video we route the drum instruments from the plug-in into their own individual tracks within Pro Tools. The tracks are then 'printed' or recorded and as we listen to the entire final performance. The pros of printing your drums into your session are also discussed.

Product Overview


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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Fezzler
Submitted 5 months ago

Great Example of Learning by Doing

I found this series of videos extremely interesting, helpful and fun to watch. The real-time mix of theory and application was great. Only thing, I wish I could download the MIDI tracks for further studying.

I am a: Hobbyist


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sonictemple
Submitted 7 months ago

Great course!!

Well done bro, I got a lot out of this and enjoyed learning from you. Cheers


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Ekmap
Submitted 1 year 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 3 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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Fezzler
Submitted 5 months ago

Great Example of Learning by Doing

I found this series of videos extremely interesting, helpful and fun to watch. The real-time mix of theory and application was great. Only thing, I wish I could download the MIDI tracks for further studying.

I am a: Hobbyist

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sonictemple
Submitted 7 months ago

Great course!!

Well done bro, I got a lot out of this and enjoyed learning from you. Cheers

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Ekmap
Submitted 1 year 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 3 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 4.8 out of 5 by 7 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great Example of Learning by Doing I found this series of videos extremely interesting, helpful and fun to watch. The real-time mix of theory and application was great. Only thing, I wish I could download the MIDI tracks for further studying.
Date published: 2019-04-30
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great course!! Well done bro, I got a lot out of this and enjoyed learning from you. Cheers
Date published: 2019-02-08
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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