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 in how to create a beat and an effect from a single drum loop
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.
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

Understanding automation. 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 in how to compress a driving EDM Drum Beat.
Duration: 9 mins

Compressing Hip Hop Drum Beats Intermediate

Transparent and parallel compression techniques for 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

Advanced 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 with band pass cleaning and matching filter slopes for optimum responses.
Duration: 13 mins

Layering drums using middle and side processing Advanced

Sound Design tutorial on how to create a background texture from a drum loop using M/S and Layering.
Duration: 6 mins

Processing Low End Kicks Intermediate

Advanced 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 Pump 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.
Duration: 7 mins

Noise Gates - Side-chaining Tricks Intermediate

What is a gate, how it works and how to use the side-chaining facility.
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.
Duration: 6 mins

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

Using a Step Sequencer as a Modulator to process Filter Cut-Off and Resonance.
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.
Duration: 6 mins

Using Modulation with a 2 Band Filter - FabFilter Simplon Intermediate

Creating Cross Modulation using 2 band Filters in Series and Parallel.
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 reverbs used in mixing.
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 of how to configure and use drum reverbs.
Duration: 6 mins

Reverb Compression for Drums Intermediate

Samplecraze Sith 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 crackle.
Duration: 6 mins

Using a Delay as a Reverb Intermediate

Reverb can smear 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 with modulators to create spatial effects.
Duration: 12 mins

Add Variety to your Drum Beats using Delay Effects Intermediate

Sound design tutorial on using delays 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 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 can be troublesome, but that can be handled by working on the harmonics and complimentary frequencies.
Duration: 15 mins

Importing Recycle REX Files and Constructing New Beats Intermediate

Learn how to import Propellerheads Recycle REX files into 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 drum beats via 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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