Beat Construction

Constructing drum beats and laying down grooves can be daunting for those without drumming abilities.

Fresh new drum breaks can be created in many ways however! Sampling from vinyl, slicing the samples to get individual hits and then rearranging those slices to form a new beat is a common method. Working with pre-existing commercial loops or programming rhythms using a MIDI editor are also viable approaches but THE most powerful technique is to extract both timing and notation information from a commercial beat and to use them with your own custom sounds to create completely fresh new grooves.

In this category I show you how to create unique drum beats and groove templates using the above techniques as well as how to polish the results using dynamics processing and other effects.

Tutorials


Chopping/Slicing Beats Using Recycle



Beginner

How to chop/slice drum loops using Propellerheads Recycle.
Duration: 10 mins



Combining Ripped Beats to create new Beats



Intermediate

A sound design technique covering how to rip two different beats, at different tempos, replace all the drum sounds within the beats and then mash them up together to create a new beat!
Duration: 7 mins



Creating a beat and an effect from a drum loop



Intermediate

A sound design tutorial on how to create a drum beat and an effect from a single drum loop and combining them to create new textures.
Duration: 9 mins



Processing a Snare to fit in with a Ripped Drum Break



Intermediate

Using drum replacement software to rip a snare drum from a commercial drum beat and then creating new snares using a string of dynamics!
Duration: 7 mins



Working on the Sub Layer of a Kick Drum



Intermediate

How to process a sub kick to blend in with a ripped beat!
Duration: 7 mins



Topping and Tailing Ripped Beats - Truncating and Normalising



Beginner

How to top and tail drum sounds extracted from a beat. Topping and Tailing refers to truncating and normalising audio along with fade ins and outs. 
Duration: 6 mins



Extracting Drum Sounds from a Beat using Drumagog



Intermediate

How to rip and replace drum sounds (drum elements) within a beat using Drumagog.
Duration: 9 mins



Ripping and using Timing Information from a Drum Beat



Advanced

Rip timing and feel information from any beat and use it as a quantise template on your beats.
Duration: 5 mins



Extracting Audio Slices from any Beat and Converting them to Midi



Intermediate

How to extract timed audio slices from an existing drum beat and converting them into Midi data to use in your beats.
Duration: 5 mins



Automation Lanes - what are they and how to use them



Intermediate

Using automation lanes and nodes and understanding what are source and destination targets.
Duration: 7 mins



Using Midi Expression and Continuous Controllers



Intermediate

How to use Midi Expression and Continuous Controllers to add life to your mixes.
Duration: 6 mins



Comparing Different Opto Compressors



Intermediate

Understanding the differences in Opto compressor designs and how and when to use them.
Duration: 5 mins



Compressing Roland TR 808 Kick Drums



Intermediate

Understanding and exploring Roland TR 808 kick drum compression techniques.
Duration: 12 mins



Compressing Roland TR 909 Kick Drums



Intermediate

A detailed journey into how best to use a compressor for processing Roland TR 909 kick drums.
Duration: 15 mins



Compressing EDM Drums Beats



Beginner

A detailed tutorial on how to compress a driving EDM Drum Beat.
Duration: 9 mins



Compressing Hip Hop Drum Beats



Intermediate

Transparent and parallel compression techniques for processing Hip Hop drum beats.
Duration: 9 mins



Pumping and Swelling Drum Beats using Compressors



Intermediate

Learn how to use a compressor to pump and swell a drum beat.
Duration: 14 mins



Side-chaining Bass and Kick for EDM



Intermediate

Creative side-chaining techniques for low end management using compressors.
Duration: 19 mins



Side-chain Expansion - Bass and Kick processing



Advanced

An advanced tutorial on how to use the side-chain of an expander to manage the kick and bass in a mix. The expander is used to extend the dynamic range as opposed to narrowing it like a compressor.
Duration: 6 mins



Band Pass Equalisation - cleaning audio channels



Intermediate

How to prepare your audio for mixing by using band pass equalisation for cleaning and making sure to shape the filter slopes to match the audio's response.
Duration: 13 mins



Layering drums using middle and side processing



Advanced

Sound Design tutorial on how to create a background ambient texture from a drum loop using M/S (Middle and Side) and Layering it with drum sounds.
Duration: 6 mins



Processing Low End Kicks



Intermediate

Very cool techniques on how to process Low End kicks for a bigger sound!
Duration: 7 mins



Side-chain Pumping Effect



Advanced

Detailed tutorial on how to use side-chaining and filtering to create the famous Pumping effect.
Duration: 9 mins



Using Phase Cancellation in Sound Design



Advanced

An advanced Samplecraze sound design tutorial on how to use flip/inversion, sample nudge and phase cancellation within your DAW to create new sounds.
Duration: 15 mins



Harmonizer Effect - what it is and how to use it



Intermediate

What is a harmonizer effect - how does it work and how to use it for adding harmonies to vocals or to create interesting special effects. In this video I use the mighty Eventide Harmonizer 910 to maul a drum beat!
Duration: 7 mins



Noise Gates - Side-chaining Tricks



Intermediate

What is a gate, how it works and how to use the side-chaining facility. In this video I use the side-chain of a gate to process a drum beat.
Duration: 12 mins



Using Expansion - the power of Side-chaining



Advanced

Advanced tutorial on how to use the side-chain of an expander to create new textures for a drum beat. Expansion is a well know dynamic that professionals use for a number of corrective and mixing processes.
Duration: 6 mins



Using a Step Sequencer to control Filter Cut-Off and Resonance



Intermediate

Using a Step Sequencer as a Modulator to process both the Filter Cut-Off and the Resonance of a Filter processor to add spice and motion to a drum beat!
Duration: 7 mins



Using Modulation with a Single Band Filter - Soundtoys FilterFreak



Intermediate

Create Crazy Effects using a Modulator to process a Single Filter Band on a drum beat!
Duration: 6 mins



Using Modulation with a 2 Band Filter - FabFilter Simplon



Intermediate

Creating Cross Modulation by using 2 band Filters in Series and in Parallel to process a drum beat. FabFilter Simplon shines in this tutorial.
Duration: 7 mins



Filters and Filtering - what are filters and how do they work



Beginner

What is a Filter, how does it work,what do the functions do and how to use it.
Duration: 4 mins



Creating the 3 master reverbs using the FabFilter Pro R reverb



Advanced

Crafting the three main master mix reverbs using FabFilter Pro-R reverb.
Duration: 9 mins



Constructing the 3 master mix reverbs using Melda MReverb



Advanced

The art and science of working the main mix reverbs in series and in parallel using Melda's MReverb plugin..
Duration: 9 mins



Drum Reverb



Intermediate

Covering techniques, pitfalls and advanced functions on how to configure and use drum reverbs.
Duration: 6 mins



Reverb Compression for Drums



Intermediate

Cool techniques for processing compressed reverbs for Epic Drum sounds.
Duration: 7 mins



Phaser Effect - what it is and how it works



Beginner

What is the powerful yet elusive phaser effect, how does it work, how to use it and when to use it.
Duration: 9 mins



Using a Delay to create a Crackle Effect



Intermediate

A sound design tutorial showing you how to use a delay effect to create a crackle effect. A great way to add spice and grime to a sound and in this tutorial to a drum beat!
Duration: 6 mins



Using a Delay as a Reverb



Intermediate

Reverb can smear low frequency sounds like basses and using a delay effect instead of a reverb maintains the clarity and focus of the sound.
Duration: 8 mins



Using Modulation to shape a Delay Effect's Filters



Beginner

Detailed tutorial on how to use source and destination modulators with a delay effect to create spatial soundscapes.
Duration: 12 mins



Add Variety to your Drum Beats using Delay Effects



Intermediate

Sound design tutorial on using delay effects to create a variety of drum textures using existing sounds.
Duration: 10 mins



Delay Effect - what is it and how does it work



Beginner

What is the delay effect, how do you use it and when to use it.
Duration: 10 mins



Using a Delay to Manipulate Stereo Width



Intermediate

Using a delay effect to create and manipulate stereo width. Make your mixes wider!
Duration: 5 mins



Compressing EDM Kick Drums



Advanced

Advanced tutorial on how to use a compressor to shape and colour EDM kick drums.
Duration: 15 mins



Roland TR 808 Kicks and Multiband Compression



Intermediate

Learn how to use a multiband compressor (MBC) to shape and colour Roland TR 808 bass drums. Getting 808s to swell and bounce has never been easier.
Duration: 7 mins



Drum Layering Basics



Beginner

A detailed tutorial on how to layer drums like a pro!
Duration: 9 mins



Drum processing using Middle and Side - M/S



Intermediate

An advanced tutorial that details how to use M/S (Middle and Side) processing to shape and colour drum sounds.
Duration: 6 mins



Drum Layering in Native Instruments Battery



Beginner

Learn how to manipulate and process drum sounds using Native Instruments Battery.
Duration: 4 mins



Mixing Bass and Kick



Intermediate

Mixing the bass and kick in a mix can be troublesome, but that can be negotiated by working on the harmonics and complimentary frequencies of each sound.
Duration: 15 mins



Using Recycle REX Files and Constructing New Beats



Intermediate

Learn how to import Propellerheads Recycle REX files into NI's Battery and to then create new beats from existing content.
Duration: 7 mins



Programming Drum Beats using Cubase's Key Editor



Beginner

Learn how to program amazing drum beats using the Key Editor in your DAW.
Duration: 16 mins



Layering Snares using a Noise Gate and Pink/White Noise



Intermediate

Sound design tutorial on how to create new snare textures using a noise gate and pink/white noise.
Duration: 13 mins



Layering Kick Sounds using Tone Modules



Intermediate

Build the most potent kicks known to mortals using advanced drum layering techniques!
Duration: 21 mins



Processing a Kick Drum in Parallel



Advanced

Sound design tutorial - creating a monster kick drum using tone modules.
Duration: 12 mins



How to use Reverb for Electronic Drums



Beginner

Let me help you to understand and master electronic drum reverb processing to bring out the best in your beat creations!
Duration: 11 mins



The Art of Drum Layering - Advanced



Advanced

Drum layering techniques and processes for beat makers and producers! Learn how to: use envelope shapers/generators to reshape drum sounds, create drum elements for layering drums, layering within your DAW and the Samplecraze Flip and Nudge technique for really big sounding drums!
Duration: 60 mins



Using the Pultec Eq on a Drum Beat



Intermediate

Learn how to use Vintage Response equalisers on drum beats!
Duration: 8 mins



Get your 808 Bass Drums to hit hard using Dynamic Equalisation



Intermediate

Give your 808s bounce and colour using this surefire technique!
Duration: 13 mins



Using Dynamic EQ to balance Kick and Bass



Intermediate

Don't always reach for the compressor's side-chain to marry the kick to the bass. A dynamic eq can sometimes be better!
Duration: 8 mins



Using Dynamic EQ on the Drum Group



Intermediate

Glue the drum group with dynamic equalisation!
Duration: 9 mins



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