Drum Synthesis: Part I

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Drums can be an important part of any recording. Since the days of multi-track recording, drums can consume a large part of a mix by occupying many tracks. Individual tracks for kick drums, snare drums, toms, hats, or percussion are common and therefore, the sound quality of the drums can make a big impact on your sound.

This series will open your mind up to the world of drum synthesis - enabling you to create your own original drum sounds from scratch. You'll learn fundamental concepts for what defines a great drum sound, by looking at the anatomy of individual sounds and designing your own sounds using synthesis methods. These skills will help set you apart as a producer, sound designer, and audio engineer by giving you new insights on drums and sound samples to add to your library.

Lesson topics include:

  • Introduction
  • Tips for Drum Programming
  • Kick Drum Synth
  • Drum Synthesis vs Samples
  • Anatomy of a Kick Drum
  • Snare Drum Synth
  • Hats and Claps
  • Conclusion

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