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How To Map Roland's V-Drums Perfectly To Your DAW's Drum Instrument
Open up whole new worlds of recording and performance possibilities by connecting your MIDI drum kit to your virtual instruments. Matt Vanacoro shows you how to do it right.
Oct. 23, 2019
4 Tips For Tweaking Electronic Drums To Sound Real
Using electronic drums doesn't mean they have to sound robotic. Here are 4 top tips to help you add a human feel to your sampled or synthesized beats.
Jan. 13, 2019
New Toontrack Superior Drummer 3 Course: More Killer Drums!
Discover everything you need to know about this drum powerhouse from sampling, sequencing and customising kits through to mixing, FX and macro controls.
Sep. 3, 2018
Review: Roland TD17KVX
Roland's TD17KVX V-Drum kit shares many features with its more expensive siblings, but at a much more accessible price. Matt Vanacoro asks if it makes any compromises.
Jul. 16, 2018
Using A MIDI Drum Kit To Trigger Virtual Drum Instrument Plug-Ins
Combining hardware and virtual worlds can give you the best of both - a live performance feel with total control over the drum sounds. Joe Albano is your guide to making it happen.
Jul. 10, 2018
Music Theory: Breaking Away From The '˜Original Beat Recipe'
It's easy to make your beats unique and interesting, even if they start off pretty conventional. Here are some top tips to liven up your rhythms and create more life and variation for your tracks.
Jul. 8, 2018
Arturia Announces Spark 2.4 Drum Software Update
On the fourth anniversary of Spark 2, Arturia have released an update to keep this sequencer, drum machine, sampler and synth/recording studio at the top of its game.
Jun. 10, 2018
Review: Yamaha EAD10
Could Yamaha's latest compact, multi-functional drum system really replace a whole drum mic kit? Matt Vanacoro found out when he road tested the EAD10...
Mar. 19, 2018
Review: Toontrack UK Pop EZX Expansion
Toontrack's latest EZdrummer expansion pack captures the sounds of classic British pop thanks to some meticulous production and big-name performers. Here's what Shane Berry made of it...
Feb. 27, 2018
Review: Wave Alchemy Evolution
A forward-thinking drum sequencer with a wealth of powerful features and the immaculate samples Wave Alchemy is known for. Noah Pred falls in love with Evolution...
Dec. 22, 2017
Everything Producers Need To Know About Drum Maps
If drum maps seem confusing and mysterious, fear not! Joe Albano is here to demystify the ways in which different systems and setups deal with translating drums to your MIDI keyboard.
Oct. 23, 2017
6 Acoustic Drum Plug-Ins Worth Exploring
Using a sample-based acoustic drum instrument can be a lot easier than recording a real drum kit. Joe Albano takes you through some of the best on the market.
Oct. 17, 2017
Programming Drum Patterns For Novice Producers
Making authentic drum patterns even if you're not a drummer isn't as hard as you might have thought. Joe Albano takes you through the fundamentals of programming a great beat.
Oct. 2, 2017
5 Unusual Drum Programming Tips
Most people know how to bash out some beats on a MIDI keyboard, but how about taking things to the next level? Here's how to generate some more unusual beats without breaking a sweat.
Sep. 21, 2017
Mixing Drums For Dance Music? Make Sure You Consider This...
Pay attention to your drum mix, and your track will surely benefit. In this short video, Multiplier breaks down how to address different kinds of drum sound when mixing.
Aug. 17, 2017
Make Better Beats With These Syncopation Concepts
Understanding syncopation can be the key to making more interesting and more human-sounding beats. Matt Vanacoro explains why.
Music Theory & Education
Apr. 17, 2017
Creating Realistic Drum Kits in Reason
While it's easy enough to make drum patterns and beats, it's a little trickier to make realistic sounding drum kits. Here's how to convince yourself and others using Propellerhead Reason.
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Oct. 25, 2016
How to Build a Basic Tech House Beat in Ableton Live
Starting with the four standard sounds: kick, snare, hi-hat and clap in a drum rack, Multiplier takes you through the basics of creating a Tech House beat.
Aug. 25, 2016
How To Use The Hidden, Powerful Drum Editor Inside Music Memos for iOS
Though the title might not seem sexy, when you start to unlock the power of Apple's Music Memos iOS app you'll be impressed, especially with the built-in beat detection and drum editing available.
Mar. 30, 2016
Producing Drums: 4 Tips to Make it Sound Real
With so many of us working directly with drum sample libraries, here's four quick tips on how to make your drums sound real when you don't have the budget to hire Lars Ulrich.
Mar. 16, 2016
5 Mistakes To Avoid When Programming Drums
When programming drum patterns, especially if you're trying to emulate a live drum performance, there are some things you just shouldn't do. Here's five tips from Joe Albano to make your drums shine.
Nov. 16, 2015
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