Programming Acoustic Drums

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About Course

Will Marshall is a mix engineer, producer, composer, who has engineered for artists such as Oscar-nominated film composer Nicholas Britell, and Grammy-nominated jazz musician Patrick Gleeson. In this course, Will explains how to use digital drums to elevate your production. In 24 lessons Will demonstrates his workflow to program professional drums.

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What Will You Learn?

  • Learn to program acoustic drums.
  • Understand different drum kits and their application.
  • Learn to record your digital drum kits.
  • Gain the knowledge to feel comfortable using Kontakt in any DAW.

Course Content

The First Steps of Programming Acoustic Drums
Will explains what makes up a modern drum kit and how to select a good starting point.

  • Introduction and Overview
    02:58
  • Overview of Kontakt
    06:18
  • What Makes Up A Modern Drum Kit?
    04:06
  • How Does A Sampled Drum Kit Work?
    06:19
  • Picking A Starting Point
    03:30

Working With Drum Grooves
Will demonstrates the Groove Library in Native Instruments, deconstructing and editing drum grooves, and programming a groove from scratch.

Adding To Your Drum Grooves
In this step, Will explains the different articulation options as well as adding structure and a different feeling to your drums.

Recording and Tweaking Your Drum Kit
Will demonstrates how to record with MIDI, recording with drummers, and picking the right drum kit for your project.

Mixing Your Kit Levels
Will demonstrates how to mix your drums with Kontakt or an outside DAW, mixing with close mics, and working with room and overhead mics.

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