Drums Tutorials

Drums form the backbone of electronic dance music. Many dance tracks are composed of nothing but drums that have manipulated using effects. House music, drum n bass, and hip-hop all feature their drum sounds. For this reason, it is imperative that you master your drums.

Drum tutorials, articles, and plugins are listed below.

Kick Drum & Bass Mixing Techniques

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Mixing. Bass. Kick Drum. Return Tracks. House. Distortion. Modern electronic music production virtually requires a strong low end. Most often, this frequency space is determined by your song’s kick drum and bass. If you want to write strong, club-worthy songs, then you must master the nuances of low-end mixing. Read on to learn exactly how to do that.

“Kick Drum & Bass Mixing Techniques” and “Sub Bass” Are Available On SonicTransfer Premium.
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Nepheton: 808 Drum Machine VST

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Nothing beats the 808 drum machine for a solid, club-worthy low end kick. Its sound is immediately recognizable in all styles of dance music. It is an essential component of every electronic music producers gear collection. For years, musicians have paid large sums of money for the real thing. But, thanks to the D16 Group you can get Nepheton, a VST instrument that faithfully recreates the 808 sound. Best of all, instead of samples, this VST synthesizes the sounds. This allows you the same sound design flexibility enjoyed by owners of the actual hardware.

Nepheton is a commercial VST recreation of the Roland 808 drum machine. It is available for Windows and Mac OSX. Click here to learn more about the Nepheton.


Building A Massive Kick Drum Using SonicTransfer DrumStack

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House, Trance, Hiphop, Drum n Bass, Kick Drum Tutorial. Electronic music productions require strong kick drums. Percussive elements provide the foundation for these music genres and you must master them if you want to produce quality songs. The best way to take control of your drums is to build them yourself. This tutorial will give you the tools and information necessary to reach this goal. For this lesson you will need:

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SonicTransfer DrumStack Download

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SonicTransfer DrumStack Download. DrumStack is an Ableton Live enhancement that allows you to construct huge drums sounds. This allows you to thicken up your sounds and build club-worthy drums.

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Read a tutorial on creating a massive kick drum using DrumStack.


What people are saying about DrumStack:

I just wanted to take a second to say thank you! I love your drumstack device, samples, and tutorial.

I’m a progressive house dj/producer from boston ma usa, (lucky enough to have some of my latest work charted on Balance, release, monthly promos)… and with the genre associated its always a task to get that nice deep thick kick and drum sounds. Your drumstack is by far the best and most user friendly instrument I have used or tested to achieve this.

Great work and again Thank you!
Dj Taner K


DrumStack makes layering very simple and configurable. It is this very plugin that keeps me from using Logic extensively as it has no good drum manament and not nearly as simple.

Keep developing this utility!

jblongz – Producer


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How To Create A Drum Kit From A Synthesizer

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Creating a Synth Drum Kit Using A Free VST Synth & Ableton Live. Programming synth drums allows you the freedom to precisely design your drum frequencies and dynamics. However, it is easier to sequence drums using a drum machine rather than a bunch of synthesizers. This tutorial explains how to record the audio output of a synthesizer into a drum machine using Ableton Live. For this tutorial you will need:

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How To Make A Kick Drum Using Free Plugins

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This exclusive SonicTransfer.com tutorial explains how to program a kick drum sound from scratch using a synthesizer. To follow this lesson, you will need:

    1. A VST Host (e.g. Ableton Live, Cubase, Pro Tools, etc.)
    2. Synth1 – A fantastic free VST synthesizer. Click here to get Synth1.
    3. A computer :)

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