Drum Design

There is nothing more satisfying than creating your own custom drum sounds to use in your beat productions!

Most beginner producers use commercial sample packs or drop samples in their productions that they have sampled from vinyl, but that is not the best way to be original and unique. What if you could create your drum sounds from scratch or to take an existing drum sound and maul it into a new texture? Stand out from the crowd!

The sound design tutorials in this category show you exciting ways of creating brand new drum sounds. Further, I guide you through how to use effects to make your creations even more interesting and dynamic.

18 Tutorials available


Drum Layering Basics Beginner

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

Layering Kick Sounds using Tone Modules Intermediate

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

Drum Layering in Native Instruments Battery Beginner

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

Layering Kick Drums using a Tone/Test Generator and a Noise Gate Intermediate

Learn how to create epic new kick drums using noise gates and tone generators. The noise gate shapes the tone generator which is then layered with a kick drum.
Duration: 15 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 Snares using a Synthesizer and a Noise Gate Intermediate

A sound design tutorial on layering snares using tone generators, noise gates and advanced routing techniques.
Duration: 10 mins

Shaping Drum Sounds for Layering Beginner

A detailed tutorial on how to prepare your samples for drum layering.
Duration: 5 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

EDM Kick Drum Processing using Valves/Tubes Intermediate

How to use valves/tubes to add warmth and thickness to EDM kick drums.
Duration: 11 mins

Processing a Kick Drum in Parallel Advanced

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

Adding Sheen and Bounce to Roland TR 808 Kick drums Intermediate

Learn how to add 'bounce' and sheen to a Roland TR 808 bass drum.
Duration: 8 mins

Compressing EDM Kick Drums Advanced

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

Create Epic Drums Sounds using the 'Flip and Nudge' Technique Intermediate

An advanced Samplecraze technique for processing and layering drum sounds using a unique approach to sound design - as featured in Sound On Sound Magazine.
Duration: 11 mins

Creating a Huge Low End Kick Intermediate

A Sound Design Tutorial on how to use Dynamics to create an Epic low end kick
Duration: 6 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

Layering Drum Sounds using Multiple Layers Intermediate

Learn how to layer drum sounds using multiple layers and in parallel!
Duration: 9 mins

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

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