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.

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



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



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



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



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



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



Drum Reverb



Intermediate

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



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



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



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



Layering Drum Sounds using Multiple Layers



Intermediate

Learn how to layer drum sounds by using multiple layers and with parallel processing.
Duration: 9 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



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



Shaping Drum Sounds for Layering



Beginner

A detailed tutorial on how to prepare your samples for drum layering using ADSR envelopes, truncating and normalising.
Duration: 5 mins



Creating a Huge Low End Kick



Intermediate

A sound design tutorial on how to use dynamic processors to create an epic low end kick!
Duration: 6 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 drums.
Duration: 8 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 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



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 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



Roland TR 808 Kick Drum Bounce Processing



Intermediate

Get your 808s bouncing like a rubber ball!
Duration: 10 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



Avoiding Masking and Summing of frequencies by Panning



Intermediate

Understanding what is panning, masking of frequencies and summing within your DAW!
Duration: 5 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 EQ to add Punch and Clarity on a TR 909 Kick Drum



Intermediate

Struggling to get your 909s to cut through the mix and invade the dance floor? Watch this.
Duration: 10 mins



Using Dynamic EQ on the Drum Group



Intermediate

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



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