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Advanced Drum Production

Lesson 35 of 52

Bonus: EZDrummer - Intro to EZDrummer

 

Advanced Drum Production

Lesson 35 of 52

Bonus: EZDrummer - Intro to EZDrummer

 

Lesson Info

Bonus: EZDrummer - Intro to EZDrummer

and, ah, while we're talking about easy drummer as a writing tool, let's Ah, let's discuss the difference between superior drummer and easy Dermer because lots of people have asked me, Why would I use easy when I could use Superior Superior Drummer is a program also made by tune track software that basically is everything that easy is and more ah, whole lot more. And basically it would be the professionals choice, meaning the professional mixers choice. Uh, everything comes raw. You can add the acumen, compression effects and all that to the sounds. But they're not out the gate. Good to go like an easy drummer. And not just that. As you can see, it's 20 gigs. It's huge. That's not very friendly on the laptop. So if you're on the go like I am right now, where basically five cities and 10 days have to write music this entire time, having superior drummer running would just bogged down the system just wouldn't work. Uh, do you guys start with you? You ever had a situation where you try to...

write and your computer just starts lagging? Oh, yeah. Oh, yeah. Um, more so in the past, when I was on a loud top running spear drummer. Really? Yeah. At one point. Um, yeah. Um, what did you do to resolve it? Got more ram. There you go. And you said you used to You superior drummer on your laptop. Yeah, Okay. Um um familiar. Disappeared driver as well. Um, it's you could definitely geek out a lot more was superior drummer. And, you know, these drummers, like, just messing with the failures. What period? Get real deep. I think the point of easy drummer is that you can just get something done. That sounds good. Quickly. You can get to writing the superior. That's if you want to actually mix something. Um, you know, that's kind of the It's like having, ah, studio. Yeah, like a complete studio with full access to every parameter. Yeah, that's more. Somehow it explains, Well, like it's more. Yeah, it's drums, but it's more so controlling the studio versus control on the drums, you know, and you can control the drums as well with the pitch of the drums and basically, every if you want to control every single parameter, that's that's your gig. But that takes a lot of time Yeah. And Stephen Path, It's yes, two completely different paths. And even if you are gonna mix your own stuff, I'm sure that when you're writing your stuff, you're not mixing at the same time. Er I could be wrong, but just enough to write, you know? And then do you afterwards? Yeah, Mac, Like slight, slight mix on the go, but not a full mix by any means. Just enough to where I could, Like, tolerated as I'm writing. Well, yeah, you have. You have to be able to tolerate. Yeah. So, yeah, mix later than, um, that's the nice thing about easy Drummer, is it? Pull it up. It just sounds good already. You just start going right away. That's that's what I like about it is like if I want drums, I just pull it up and start making drums happen without really thinking about the drums to begin with. They there they are. And your computer doesn't seem to lag with it. Not at all. Yeah, I'll have, like, multiple instances of easy drummer going and sometimes, um, not with rock and metal, but with other genres and what nut? And it works perfect. That's the best. One of the reasons that really like it is having, like, two or three instances of easy drummer running sometimes, Yeah, I cannot hang with computer lag issues. It drives me insane cause when I like when I start working, I want to start and not have anything interrupt me whatsoever. It's almost like that scene in the movie The Shining where she brings him the sandwiches. He flips out because I don't like to be interrupted computer computer lag issues drive me absolutely insane. And I've seen it drive a lot of other people in saying I've seen a dry my clients insane. And with superior on a laptop is not gonna work. Um, I mean, it will work, but it's not gonna be quite as fast. It will lag some. I would say Go easy all the way. I haven't had a single lag issue this entire time that I've been using it. Not one. Everything has just been perfect. So, yeah, when I used to lag a lot more, um, was Mandy just because of, like, huge plug in chains with giant plug ins and then to avoid it, I just simplified it until it wouldn't lag anymore. Yes, kind of What you just said. It was easy. All the way as far as those to go. Yeah, totally. What about you, Tyler? Yeah. Computer issues. I have had nonstop computer issues. Um, so a huge program on my computer, and, like, I've done the hotel writing thing before with just, like, very basics, going from Idaho to Tucson. And, um, yeah, easy drummer would definitely be something that would have the right size limits for my computer. I use a PC at the moment which most the times crashes with bigger programs, so it definitely be ideal. Um, yeah, I I'd have to agree with thea. Ends of sanity. Type of situation. Fading quick with writing. Ah, on a crashing computer. So you definitely be some toe go for the smaller one for sure. Especially with something that's gonna crash on young, bigger programs. Yeah, it's It's impossible to get anything done when your computer can't hang with it and the same as you. I think I can't stand leg or whenever my computers. It seems like it's about to crap out. Or like you get that spinning wheel of death. I can't stand it and it just freaks me out. So I'd much rather just keep it real thin at, um, you know, when I'm writing and then dump kind of all the all the, um, tail end of it, like the compression, all the eq. You do that at the very end of the process. Okay, So the so the stability and power of the computer is an issue to you right now. Um, I only really notice it when I'm using a ton of when there's like, 20 plus tracks. And there's like, multiple plug ins on all those tracks are a lot of those. So I can see that being an issue with, especially with just having 20 gigs of extra sound of drums in there and then on top of that, that's just raw. So you and especially if you're writing and you have to keep your buffer settings low for anyone out there who doesn't know what that means, Ologists say when you're writing and recording into software, there's something called buffer settings. And in order to be able tow record and actually hear what you're recording in real time, you have to keep it pretty low. Now the problem with that is that memory intensive plug ins. Start toe crash out on you and start to get clicks and pops, and the software will stop working. And it's just a problem. So you can't have huge mixes or tons and tons of plug ins on every single track. Keep the buffer low and be recording. It just doesn't work. I mean, it can, but it's gonna be clunky and or you need to just have a supercomputer to pull that off. But I don't know any laptops that can pull that off, right? So I'm using my Mac pro. I don't I don't run in a lot of that on my laptop, but so even on your Mac pro Matt Pro, it gets it got clunky. At the very beginning, I kind of figured out how toe channel everything, what hard drives use and but the at the beginning of when I was, like starting, how it was super clunky, get lots of pops and clicks and lots of restarting computer. Yeah, I've been there for sure. Eso once again Easy Drummer is a one gig install, so that's tiny and for everything you can do with it that and say, That's a lot of bang for the buck Now it's also super easy to install. Yeah, it really is that websites super easy to use toe install, upgrade and download expansions. It's all, like, really easy to register and doubt the whole thing about the, uh, installs super easy. Not confusing at all. Some some programs get kind of weird to install. Some programs, uh, seem to be like they thought everything out except for the part where the user actually has to get this stuff working on their machine. Yeah, these guys thought everything through, and I can tell you that I have installed maybe the entire the entire easy X expansion pack library, Midi pack library, Maybe in the past month. I did it all in two hours. That's incredible. I could never imagine installing that amount of plug and content in the past that quickly. Everything just works. The authorization is super easy. Uh, you don't have to jump through rings of fire to get your stuff working. So also, the other thing that bears noting is like I said before samples already cute and compressed, that's why it sounds good at the gate um, and that that is very, very important. You want your demos to be tolerable, like you said, tolerable toe listen to so that you can get inspired by them. Other people can listen to them. You don't want to go with the age old cliche of somebody hearing your demos and saying, Yeah, I can tell what it will be when it sounds good. I think that those days are over. That's an old music industry thing. I think now the standard is pretty high and things need to sound great. And if you're not a mixer, not a producer, it's good to have something that's already sounds good. You don't have to do anything. Except in Stan. She ate it. It's already pretty good. And I show you how toe get it even better than that so they'll can ask a couple questions. Sure, All right, we have quite a few people in our audience here online, so this is really exciting. Um, W Corsini asked, what works better for Easy drummer, Mac or PC? Well, since I haven't used the PC in about 10 years, I'm gonna go with Mak. Uh, Tyler here uses a PC and Apparently it's nothing but trouble. I'm sure there's a few PC's out there have been tricked out well enough. Teoh work with this stuff, But there's a reason for why 99% of all audio people use Max and because they just work better. So I would say, Mac, Yeah, I'd have to second that quite a bit. I've been slowly worked my way into Max, and I've tried PCs for years now, and it doesn't most programs that kind of the run on them to an extent. But you have to do so much other manipulation of it to just get it running decent for an hour or so until you have to restart it or, yeah, you just go, Mac Oh, you'll have to do is install it and takes a few minutes and you're good to go. So that's that's what I say. Awesome can ask another question from the same person. Feel free W. Corsini Have there been in a studio Albums of note that have used easy drummer on Corsini is from Cincinnati, Ohio. I wonder he meant from our studio or just in general, maybe just in general. Well, uh, like I was saying Brendan Small of the Creator Metal aka Lips. All that stuff is done with easy drummer. Um, you use easy drummer for your stuff. Uh, Devin Townsend's some of Devin Townsend's records. And there's many, many more. I know, uh, you know, over the past couple days where you're working through the examples for this class, you're like, Do you think you're gonna use this next time instead of spirit? Yeah. I have said that, Um, I've got in such good results out of easy drummer and preparing for this class that it might become my go to for virtual dramas instead of superior. And I love superior for many of its options, which I'll go into in January. That's something else we'll talk about, but easy. Drummer sounds so good. I think I'm going to switch over to that. And Cam was saying that he heard in a little Wayne record. So yeah, Lil Wayne was awesome. And we've just answer the question. If if ah, he meant from our studio on our records, I can tell you that half of my year has been using Superior Drummer. However, of was using easy X expansions that are for easy drummer expansions like metal machine or rock solid. Um, just via superior drummer. So, uh, I've been using stuff that you can still use with easy drummer. And yes, they are on actual records. And, like I said, half of my year has been getting rid of drummers in using these virtual drums.

Class Description

Recording drums that sound both hyper-polished and authentic has always been something of a black art — one that isn't taught at any school, one that you could only learn from one of the few elite engineers scattered across the planet. Until now.

In this three-day class, free to watch while live, you'll learn the real-world production techniques that producer Eyal Levi uses every day at Audiohammer Studios — on albums for bands like The Black Dahlia Murder, August Burns Red, Chelsea Grin, and Whitechapel. Eyal will show how to select the right drums for the sound you want, tune and set them up, and mic the kit. Oh, and did we mention that the legendary Sean Reinert (Cynic, Death) is the in-studio drummer?!

You'll also learn how to use virtual drums, including when to use Toontrack's Superior Drummer and other software instead of a human drummer. Finally, Eyal will reveal the closely-kept secrets for polishing tracks —everything from editing and sample replacement to layering samples. At the end of this class, you'll know the trade secrets of high-end drum production and be armed with a toolkit for creating world-class drum tracks.

Lessons

  1. Class Introduction
  2. The Tone Pie and Process Overview
  3. Getting the Lay of the Land and Q&A
  4. Assemble Your Gear
  5. Drum Tuning Part 1
  6. Drum Tuning Part 2
  7. Fine Tuning Tones Part 1
  8. Fine Tuning Tones Part 2
  9. General Guidelines of Tracking Drums
  10. Tracking with Sean Reinert
  11. Pop Quiz
  12. Basics of Superior Drummer
  13. EZDrummer vs Superior Drummer
  14. Constructing a Metal Drum Kit Part 1
  15. Constructing a Metal Drum Kit Part 2
  16. Constructing a Rock Drum Kit
  17. Grooves and Programming
  18. General Q&A
  19. Prepping Virtual Drums for the Mix
  20. Superior Review with Q&A
  21. Intro to Mixing and Drum Clean Up
  22. Interview with John Douglass
  23. Intro to Drum Editing
  24. Manual Editing Approach
  25. Editing with Beat Detective
  26. Editing with Elastic Audio
  27. Sample Layering
  28. Replacements
  29. Gain Staging and Bussing
  30. Mixing Essentials
  31. Compression and Parallel Compression
  32. Reverb and Automation
  33. Mixing Tips and Tricks
  1. Bonus: EZDrummer - Introduction
  2. Bonus: EZDrummer - Intro to EZDrummer
  3. Bonus: EZDrummer - EZDrummer Foundations
  4. Bonus: EZDrummer - How a Drummer Plays
  5. Bonus: EZDrummer - Part Writing Part 1
  6. Bonus: EZDrummer - Part Writing Part 2
  7. Bonus: EZDrummer - Part Writing Q&A
  8. Bonus: EZDrummer - Intro to Grooves
  9. Bonus: EZDrummer - Writing from Scratch
  10. Bonus: EZDrummer - Intro to Fills
  11. Bonus: EZDrummer - Writing Fills
  12. Bonus: EZDrummer - Mixing in Your DAW
  13. Bonus: EZDrummer - Bussing and EQ
  14. Bonus: EZDrummer - Compression and Reverb
  15. Bonus: EZDrummer - Conclusion with Q&A
  16. Bonus Video: Editing
  17. Bonus Video: Toms and Cymbals
  18. Bonus Video: Snare Midi
  19. Bonus Video: Kick Midi

Reviews

El Bulbo Studio
 

This class will give you confidence when tracking drums. Eyal's interaction with the drummer will help you communicate better with the artist to get the best performance and tone. The added bonus on drum replacement is very valuable and will improve your mixes.

a Creativelive Student
 

My drum sound has improved by 150% and counting. I'm grateful that Eyal would share this information with us. Not every technique is for every situation, but they all work. It's up to you to have the vision and to use the right tools for the job. Thank you guys!!

Michael Nolasco
 

To the guy that said buyer beware: this is an advanced production class, it's not meant for beginners who are learning to mic up a kit. I'm a beginner, but i'm using superior drummer, so this class was perfect for me to learn how to process drums post recording. I refer to it constantly. The editing videos are also prime information.