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EZ Drummer 2 and Superior Drummer Workflows

Rikk Currence

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Rikk Currence

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25. EZ Drummer 2 and Superior Drummer Workflows

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EZ Drummer 2 and Superior Drummer Workflows

I'm going to close this. I'm gonna open another session because here's a really popular question we've been getting from a lot of people. So I created this little session on how you would use these room or two with Superior Drummer 2.0, why you do that? What's the deal? How's that work? Who? Who is the audience for this? So here's what you would need to do. The idea is Roy simple for those of you that aren't familiar, but I don't know if you live anywhere on the planet Earth. How you cannot nobody's Germer to. This is easy drummer to its superior drummer to point his little brother. We did a whole class on how this works last year. I need to check that class out because it's pretty awesome and the programs really awesome, too. But ultimately, one of the things that is awesome about the program is that it has very, very, very deep midi editing and capability features that aren't currently available in superior number two point. Oh, and as someone mentioned yesterday, we have a whole sea...

rch function tap defined now again, just to be clear, all of the midi that you're finding here and Easy Drummer to is the same Midi That's in Superior Germer, too. It just has tools he's drummer to to help going through that many and searching through that many. It has tools to make it a little bit easier, and it also has a song track where you could ultimately piece together a much longer composition before you move it to your dog. So the question has been, How do you get the MIDI in? He's a number two to trigger the sounds in Superior Drummer to which is what we're doing. So you're gonna follow me on this because it's gonna be different in every doll. This is how it works in pro tools. Step one is creating instrument track for both superior drummer to an easy drummer to Okay, let me turn that off. Now I have easy drummer to open, and what I need to do is go in the menu of easy drummer to two settings and go to many events, and I need to make sure that enable MIDI output is on or enable midi out. What this does is allows easy drummer to to send its many information out so it's not just self contained. Okay, and then I click. OK, when you do that, you'll see there's a little mini component down here, and as you hit things, you'll see the out light up right, so you're not hearing any sound. That's because I haven't muted, and the reason I haven't muted is I'm not interested in the sounds right now on Easy Drummer to just the MIDI. I want to hear the sounds from superior to So now that you have the outputs of the MIDI and easy drummer to enabled, you can close that and then in pro tools, you come up. You have to make sure that your channel, your instrument channel, has the instrument component enabled. A lot of people don't realize that you can customize what you see in the in the strip here, and you need to make sure that the instrument component of this pro tools channel interment channels enabled, and at the very top, here's what it would look like when you just open it, it would say All right on the Superior Drummer Channel, you would then select easy drummer. So this is now the output of easy drummer coming into the input of superior drummers. Everyone follow me. The last step is to record enable because this is going to allow the program to know that it's receiving information. And so when you record enable, and then if you open easy drummer again, you can see where we've got easy from a muted. We're listening to Superior drummer now, so as you go into the MIDI, you can, right? But you can go through an audition and just to make sure you know what is going on, I mean again, if we mute that there's easy drummer to clearly very different right, so simple enough. It's a little convoluted I'm in. A lot of that is just how many routing works in every Dosso again. This is how you would do it in pro tools. If you don't have this video at your disposal later in life, you should. But if you don't, you can always go to tune track dot com to our support page on the F A Q page. And if you type in pro tools, you'll see a list of common questions and requests and things that customers are asking about how our software interacts with certain components. Approach rules. How to route. Easy drummer to disappeared. Amateurs. One of the most requested questions we get. So it's there at the top, and there are some diagrams that explain exactly what I explained. But I can tell you right now the biggest thing people Mrs Record enabling superior drummer so can receive the many information from these drummer to. And then you have sort of the best of both worlds. This goes back to why you'd want both programs. Obviously, there is a song writing sensibility and production sensibility that exists in easy Drummer to that doesn't currently exist in superior two point. Oh, because because superior 2.0 is actually really geared towards getting that studio sound and that really tight performance that you're looking for. So you start here sort of like get your thing crafted. Working disappeared 2.0, drag and drop your maybe, just like you would anything else and you're kind of good to go again. Given the fact that you now know how to use your memory limits to their best capabilities, that easy Number two has a very small memory footprint that you can actually unload all the drums as well. You know, you don't have to mute easy drummer to you could go into the kit and you could just select. You're going to kids, you can have an empty kit. And now you don't have to worry about samples triggering or anything else while you work with your MIDI. Everyone follow any questions because that could be a little confusing. And again, I apologize. I really do. I mean, and I mean it. Sincerely, I use pro tools. So as a lazy human being from the suburbs of Chicago, I only generally tend to teach myself the way to use our software and pro tools. I'm sorry that I'm not versed in logic or studio one, which both amazing programs live dp all great stuff. But because I'm living in this program, some of this stuff is a little more second nature. So make sure you check with the manual for your Daw before you presume that your software's not working and that will be my only shout out help our support guys. They want to help you. But in a lot of instances, even small things like routing or handled very differently from daughter, daughter, dog. Based on what it's receiving. So again, you've seen what it should sound like. How it should work, how it all comes together. If it's not doing that for you, troubleshoot at our website first, and then you can always email supported tune track dot com and those guys air Amazing. They're on it real quick and they'll help you any way they can. Do we have anyone? Anything? Uh, now close this session. Open that other one again. You just sort of answered a question. Can you risk v review? A typical workflow. What it would look like from sun for a songwriter using both easy dreaming to interfere German together, which is what you just Yeah, I mean, we can we can only presume based on me because I'm a moron. So let's on the lowest cases on the worst case scenario, like if Rick can do it, everyone can do it. So here's one thing I would tell you from a workflow standpoint, if you're gonna be using both programs together, set a template up just like I keep opening the same session, save it in your Dausa templates. So once you have the routing in place. You can basically just open it any time, rename it and move forward. But nothing would really change. I mean, ultimately, you've got easy drummer to and what's really different about easy drummer to is you're going to do all of your sound design or you've done all your sound design already in Superior. So the hard part there is really done. Now you're just looking to write a song. You're looking Teoh. I got a recording able. I just told you guys remember the recording able, and then I forget to record label. Um, so you want all of your stuff, you know, toe work. You like that drum sound? It's pretty basic. So again, with easy drummer, too. I like that. That's really cool. Um, I can basically come over here to search. There's a lot of things I can do, but I'm pretty happy with that. I can drag this the tap to find it's gonna find other grooves that complement that. We know that that's a very cool thing. I've got some levels of undo we can preview. There's a number of things again that I don't really want to get into these drummer to, but you can basically just drag and drop all the middle you want here to make this smaller. We could use the song creator. We could say, Hey, this is an awesome piece. Let me drag this here and it's gonna basically do a lot of guesswork for me. Here's a couple of songs structures. I just like that. I'm going to drag it, and now it's gonna play, right? It's gonna play superior. Now, if I want to alleviate some of the burden and I want to make some commitments, I could just take that last. So everything come back over here and I could say, Hey, why am I still playing? Um, I could say as I move this up General working left it just dragged this over to the Superior Channel. They're all my miti's there. I could be done with easy drummer completely Now. Now, I'm basically just in the superior timeline, dragged it to the beginning. So what do you think is happening? Because that's the first thing that most people are gonna do when they're gonna freak out. Well, I dragged it from the timeline and easy drummer to that doesn't mean I deleted it from the timeline and easy drummer to Siow. This timeline in these number two is still playing superior drummer. So once you've dragged and you're happy with it, you can get rid of everything. Remove it. Boom! Okay, so now you're just dealing with what's on the timeline, and then you can go into your dog first and foremost, you can turn recording able off because now, Superior, just play weaken, go in and we can start to edit things anyway. Want to? I don't know that anyone ever looked at their many this extremely But again, you can kind of get a feel for what you've got going on waken go in. OK, that snare drums. Horrible. I don't like it the way that it is. I want to add an extra Um I know exactly what drum I want because I've done this a 1,000,000 times. I want another snare drum. I know which snare drum I want. I want this really cool. GMs, Maple Ash. I don't want to grab that. I want to come over into the mapping and then I want to look at the articulation. Great. I just want this to go there. I want to join them. I want this drum, the Ekstrom to just be 1 26 and 27 which is kind of nice, right? So I'm gonna hit Enter, then I'm going to go back, and I'm gonna make sure that it's mapped properly. I just want the snare top and the snare bottom. You know what? I want it all. Give me all the snare, everything snare more snare for everybody. Snow. I've got that mapped. I can go in and I could make sure it's that my mixer shut these guys off some only looking at instruments, hits play in my dog. Looks like everything's where it should be, right? Solo it? Yeah, it's perfect. That's my new snare. Love it. Make it louder and then listen to the difference when it's off. Now I hear that ring right. I've got all that stuff I can go in. All right, fine. I'm here. That's great. But this snare drum now isn't necessarily my favorite. So I can go in and I can use one of my presets to tighten that drum up. And now the blend of those drums even better because I'm not getting the ring for my first drum, right and again. All of the things I just showed you how to do. How long did it take us to realize we could do that? I mean, took us today. That's my point is, once you have this in play, it is powerful, and that's the power of the presets. It's the power of knowing the instruments that are available to you. It's the power of stacking and knowing where you want to be. It really is coming in and changing your mapping. Now again, we're talking about working with the MIDI performance that's pre recorded. So the advantages, a really simple You have all the information, and in this instance it's many the tune track recorded. So I know all of the articulations and all the mapping are gonna work just great. And that's why we produce so many, many packs and why we always encourage people to try our stuff before they try anything else. The idea is that it all works together. We want it to work so that this what I'm doing just blowing through this, making it seamless that will work for you. So the other thing that I could do at this particular point. Time is I could go on and I could do some routing. But ultimately I'm pretty good right here. I mean, if I wanted to add a bus, something I could do is just add another a stereo ox input in pro tools. I could create that. So that's there. And then I could send this to bus. Let's call one and two, and I'll enable This is bust one and two, right? So now I'm sending everything the entire stereo mix of pro tools. I'm sorry, the entire stereo mix of superior drummer to this bus as well. Playing stuff, right? Right now, I've got nothing on that bus. But what I could do is now I go into when we talked about this earlier easy mix, which is also made by tune track and easy mix. Quite simply put, is just ready Set go signal chains designed for every component of a mix not just by us by world renowned world class producers. So I could say, OK, listen, I just started a drum, but so I could click drum. Okay, I don't really know what I want, but I know it's an ox input. So what are my options? And it's gonna go through everything I have and it's going to say, You know what? Here's kind of a cool ox channel thing. Let's see what that does that could Slowly, I could pull this back and bring that in. You hear it? And now, in a few clicks, I pulled up One effect added a drum, changed the envelope, messed with the stacking a little bit, and I have something that's ready to go. How long did that take me? Even when explaining at less than 10 minutes, Maybe is anyway, I mean, if we're being realistic once you're so familiar with the program. And again, the templates don't hurt either. I had Easy Drummer ready to go. I already knew I didn't really listen to the Midi. For all we know, it doesn't really work, keeps going. But that's part of the fun. And then, ultimately it's the same thing. It's over over rinse. Repeat. You can do this until your blue in the face. I could bounce the audio, create a loop, and we're just getting started. I mean again, we've done everything, and I shouldn't say everything but the majority. 90% of everything we've done. We've done with Superior Drummer 2.0, and the core library. We haven't even started to experiment, really, with all of the other sounds and options available to us, with the exception of when we were showing how to bring extremes in. So if I wanted to get crazy and I could get crazy, I could go into this many file and I could create some. Many nodes appear on many note numbers that don't exist, and I could add different instruments. I could have percussive elements all within one instrument, all within one particular feed. And again, I'm blowing through it now because I think you get it. I think you get the point. This doesn't work any differently for anyone else. The only difference between me and you is I've just been doing it longer and I have the information, but now you have the information. Everything I just did. I showed you how to do over the past two days, So it's a really cool in my mind to know that there's a new generation of people watching. This video may be your own superior. Maybe you're just thinking about getting into it or you just got it. And you know how to use a lot of the features. But some of this stuff is like a revelation and analytics. It's a lot. I know there's a lot sinking in still, but it's and it's the most powerful drum production tool currently on the market bar. None. And that's how we feel about it. That's why we're here. And that's why we're excited with all these little bells, whistles, tricks and tips. Again, Kyle looks like his head is just gonna explode. I love you can see Kyle out there, but he's like he's running around in circles like firmly like, Oh, I don't believe how I've ever lived without this for so long. It's really not becoming Kyle. You need to calm down seriously.

Class Description

Superior Drummer is the industry standard for pro-level virtual drums. It is used on countless albums, at nearly every studio on the planet. Yet, most users are barely scratching the surface of the software’s capabilities.

In Superior Drummer Master Class, Rikk Currence, CEO of Toontrack North America, will give you the definitive guide to Superior Drummer. He’ll help you unlock countless new workflow efficiencies and creative possibilities. 

You’ll learn about:

  • The basics of the Superior Drummer interface
  • How to use the Construct page to assemble your kit 
  • Getting the Grooves page to work with MIDI 
  • Working the Mixer page – including effects and routing 
  • Navigating the Mapping page and using Superior with e-drums

You’ll also learn the advanced features that are the real key to getting the most out of Superior. Rikk will show how to use X-drum to assemble custom kits and layer sounds to create custom drums, and how to use the Bounce page, a highly-underutilized feature in Superior that enables you to bounce out every piece of the kit as its own audio file – the ultimate solution to bleed problems!

Superior Drummer Master Class with Rikk Currence will reveal the full potential of Superior and enable you to do things you only dreamed were possible.

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Shayne Sheldon

I am very pleased with this course. It was originally presented as a free live stream and is the first CreativeLive course that I have taken in. I am so impressed, that I have purchased it. If you are a current Toontrack Superior Drummer 2 user (or are thinking of buying SD 2) and are looking for a guided way to learning this software, this course is one of the best learning methods I have ever come across. I doesn't matter what your experience level is with Superior Drummer-- there is something here for beginners, intermediate, and advanced. Though I would recommend having a working knowledge of MIDI, audio and computers. Absolute beginners to using software instruments and creating music in their computer might find the information in this course a bit overwhelming. Instructor Rikk Currence takes you thoroughly through basic to advanced concepts showing the true depth of this virtual instrument program. Rikk takes you through the program settings and options; creating custom virtual drum kits; settings for MIDI controllers and E-Drum kits; using the SD 2.0 as a stand alone virtual instrument, as well runninf it as a plug-in in a Digital Audio Workstation (D.A.W.) like Avid's Pro Tools. So much more is covered in this course, that I can't fully begin to share it all in this review. The knowledge I gained from this CreativeLive two day course has given me extra insight, increasing my functionality with Superior Drummer 2. Two thumbs up for this Master Class-- I can't recommend it enough to all Superior Drummer 2 users Thanks to Rikk Currence and CreativeLive for a superior course on Toontrack's Superior Drummer 2.

Ian Stephenson

Great course, the tutor kept it entertaining and held our interest whilst still getting over a huge wealth of detail for all levels of user. recommended :-)


Killer class! Well worth purchasing. Each lesson is effectively thorough, as well as comfortably paced. And Rikk’s sense of humor makes the learning process all the more enjoyable.