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


Using Recycle REX Files and Constructing New Beats screen showing propellerheads recycle plugin

Beginner

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



Combining Ripped Beats to create new Beats


Combining Ripped Beats to create new Beats screen shows cubase's audio editor

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


Drum Layering Basics screen shows cubase's quadrafuzz plugin

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


Processing a Snare to fit in with a Ripped Drum Break screen shows izotope's vinyl plugin

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


Working on the Sub Layer of a Kick Drum screen shows boz digital's sasquatch drum editing plugin

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


Topping and Tailing Ripped Beats - Truncating and Normalising screen shows sound forge's normalise feature

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


Extracting Drum Sounds from a Beat using Drumagog screen shows drumagog plugin

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


Ripping and using Timing Information from a Drum Beat screen shows cubase's quantise editor

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


Extracting Audio Slices from any Beat and Converting them to Midi screen shows cubase's audio editor

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


Automation Lanes - what are they and how to use them screen shows cubase's automation lane

Intermediate

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



Using Midi Expression and Continuous Controllers


Using Midi Expression and Continuous Controllers screen shows cubase's grid editor page

Intermediate

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



Comparing Different Opto Compressors


Comparing Different Opto Compressors screen shows the softube tubetech compressor plugin

Intermediate

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



Compressing Roland TR 808 Kick Drums


Roland TR 808 Kick Drum Bounce Processing screen shows d16's nepheton plugin

Intermediate

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



Compressing Roland TR 909 Kick Drums


low end screen showing the famous 909 beat machine

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


Compressing EDM Drum Beats screen shows the eventide ultrachannel plugin

Beginner

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



Compressing Hip Hop Drum Beats


Compressing Hip Hop Drum Beats screen shows the cytomic glue compressor plugin

Intermediate

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



Pumping and Swelling Drum Beats using Compressors


Pumping and Swelling Drum Beats using Compressors screen shows the klanghelm dc8c compressor plugin

Intermediate

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



Side-chaining Bass and Kick for EDM


Side-chain Pumping Effect screen shows the sidechain of the fabfilter pro c2 compressor plugin

Intermediate

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



Side-chain Expansion - Bass and Kick processing


Side-chain Expansion - Bass and Kick processing screen shows the fabfilter pro mb multiband compressor plugin

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


Band Pass Equalisation - cleaning audio channels screen shows the tdr nova ge equaliser plugin

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


Using Compression in Series to Process Lead Vocals is a deep tutorial on the workings of a compressor, and in this case two compressors in series, and how best to use it for various vocal processing tasks screen shows the cubase stock compressor plugin

Intermediate

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



Side-chain Pumping Effect


Side-chain Pumping Effect screen shows the sidechain of the fabfilter pro c2 compressor plugin

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


Using Phase Cancellation in Sound Design screen shows the cubase mixer page where the phase button is

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


Harmonizer Effect - what it is and how to use it screen shows the eventide harmonizer plugin

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


Noise Gates - Side-chaining Tricks screen shows the fabfilter pro g noise gate plugin

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


Noise Gate - What is it and how does it work screen shows fabfilter's pro g noise gate

Advanced

An 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


Using a Step Sequencer to control Filter Cut-Off and Resonance screen shows the fabfilter micro filter plugin

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


Using Modulation with a Single Band Filter - Soundtoys FilterFreak screen shows soundtoys filterfreak plugin

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


Using Modulation with a 2 Band Filter - FabFilter Simplon screen shows the fabfilter simplon plugin

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


Using Modulation with a Single Band Filter - Soundtoys FilterFreak screen shows soundtoys filterfreak plugin

Beginner

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



Creating the 3 master reverbs using the FabFilter Pro R reverb


Creating a Big Studio Reverb a.k.a the Abbey Rd Reverb screen shows fabfilter pro r reverb plugin

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


Reverb smoothing using a De-Esser screen shows the melda reverb plugin

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


Reverb Effect - what is it and how does it work screen showing ozone 5 reverb

Intermediate

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



Reverb Compression for Drums


Using Compression in Series to Process Lead Vocals is a deep tutorial on the workings of a compressor, and in this case two compressors in series, and how best to use it for various vocal processing tasks screen shows the cubase stock compressor plugin

Intermediate

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



Phaser Effect - what it is and how it works


Phaser Effect - what it is and how it works screen showing cubase's phaser plugin

Beginner

A detailed tutorial expounding the virtues of 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


Using a Delay to create a Crackle Effect screen shows soundtoys echoboy delay plugin

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


Using a Delay as a Reverb screen shows soundtoys echoboy delay plugin

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


Using Modulation to shape a Delay Effect's Filters screen shows fabfilter's timeless delay plug

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


Delay Effect - what is it and how does it work screen showing fabfilter's timeless delay plugin

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


Delay Effect - what is it and how does it work screen showing fabfilter's timeless delay plugin

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


Delay Effect - what is it and how does it work screen showing fabfilter's timeless delay plugin

Intermediate

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



Compressing EDM Kick Drums


Compressing EDM Kick Drums screen shows the fabfilter pro c2 compressor plugin

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


Roland TR 808 Kicks and Multiband Compression screen shows cubase's multiband compressor plugin

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


Drum Layering Basics screen shows cubase's quadrafuzz plugin

Beginner

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



Drum processing using Middle and Side - M/S


Ducking any Frequency using Middle and Side screen shows voxengo's m/s plugin

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


Drum Layering in Native Instruments Battery screen shows native instrument's battery plugin

Beginner

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



Mixing Bass and Kick


Mixing Bass and Kick screen shows the lindell 600 eq plugin

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


Chopping/Slicing Beats Using Recycle screen shows propellerheads recycle plugin

Intermediate

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



Programming Drum Beats in Cubase


Programming Drum Beats in Cubase screen shows groove agent plugin

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


Layering Snares using a Noise Gate and Pink/White Noise shows fxpanion's strobe and cubase's text tone generator

Intermediate

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



Layering Kick Sounds using Tone Modules


Layering Kick Drums using a Tone/Test Generator and a Noise Gate shows fxpansion's strobe plugin

Intermediate

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



Processing a Kick Drum in Parallel


Processing a Kick Drum in Parallel screen shows strobe tone module vsti

Advanced

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



How to use Reverb for Electronic Drums


How to use Reverb for Electronic Drums screen shows cubase's groove agent plugin

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


The Art of Drum Layering - Advanced screen shows an ebook cover design

Advanced

The Art of Drum Layering Advanced is jam-packed with over 60 minutes of advanced drum layering techniques. A comprehensive aid for pros and hobbyists alike, build on your know-how with easy to follow tutorials and produce truly epic beats.
Duration: 60 mins



Using the Pultec Eq on a Drum Beat


Using the Pultec Eq on a Drum Beat screen displays the acustica audio pultec eq emulator plugin

Intermediate

Learn how to use Vintage Response equalisers on drum beats! The mighty Pultec EQ is a weapon. Let me show you how to use it.
Duration: 8 mins



Get your 808 Kicks to bounce Dynamic Equalisation


Gating Techniques for Vocals screen shows the cubase gate plugin

Intermediate

Give your TR 808 bass drums bounce and colour using this very cool technique!
Duration: 13 mins



Using Dynamic EQ to balance Kick and Bass


Using Dynamic EQ to balance Kick and Bass screen shows the Waves F6 dynamic eq plugin

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


Using Dynamic EQ on the Drum Group screen displaying fabfilter q3 dynamic eq

Intermediate

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



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