The long awaited release of Superior Drummer 3 by Toontrack is finally here. Toontrack describe this latest version of Superior Drummer as "The complete drum production studio.", we agree - it's amazing.
A great drum sound starts with a great sounding kit and this includes the cymbals. A drummers choice of the metal work they hit can change the feel of a track in much the same way as their choice of Snare drum can. But after choosing the cymbals there are some things drummers can do in either the way they strike the cymbals or the way they prepare them. Here are my top 5 tips for creative cymbal sounds.
Recording and mixing live drums can be quite the challenge regardless of skill and gear. Getting that perfect drum tone isn't always possible as there are so many critical factors involved in getting great sounding drums down microphones to tape. Luckily, there is a get out of jail free card in the forms of drum replacement plug-ins.
From time to time in our wanderings across the internet, we find a gem or two. In these two videos, Steven Slate from Slate Digital talks you through some of his ideas for processing drums using Slate Digital plug-ins.
Toontrack, makers of Superior Drummer and the EZ range of instruments, have today announced Superior Drummer 3, described by Toontrack as 'the complete drum production studio.' The Pro Tools Expert team has been working with Toontrack for some time preparing for this release. James Ivey attended a preview some time ago at Galaxy Studios in Belgium and several of the team have had copies for several weeks.
This release features at least 14 new features. In the coming weeks, we will be going deep into Superior Drummer 3, for those who want an overview here is everything you need to know about Toontrack Superior Drummer 3.
In this free technique video for Pro Tools Expert, Technical Editor James Ivey joins recording and mix engineer Jack Ruston at The Old Chapel Studio in Sussex, UK to try out some stereo recording techniques for drum overheads using a pair of Sontronics Mercury microphones.
In this free video tutorial, courtesy of Eli Krantzberg from our sister site Logic Pro Expert, Eli shows you how he creates drum room ambience using TSAR-1 reverb plug-in by Softube. Watch the video to hear a few examples of how Eli sets the parameters in TSAR-1 to get a nice warm drum sound in his not so great sounding low-ceilinged basement studio.
A simple mindset that really got me thinking about drums that improved my drum mixing and listening skills when working with drums in music production.
UVI state that BeatBox Anthology represents over 50 years of groove boxes, beat machines, drum modules and synth drums. Pro Tools Expert was given an early preview of BeatBox Anthology 2 and we can safely say that UVI hasn't missed a.... beat... at all.
Drum VI's are the perfect tool for self producing songwriters who need rhythmical ideas to help them write a song or a groove to produce a track to. Many of the top drum VI's today sound as good as the real thing, if not better in some cases as many drum VI’s have radio ready sounding mix presets included but what are the best drum libraries and instruments? In this article we feature a selection of the most popular virtual drum plug-ins on the market today.
Toontrack state that the Alt-Rock EZX pack is a crude, genuine and raw palette of drum sounds inspired by the style of classic 1990's alternative rock. Having had a quick play with Alt-Rock EZX I feel that Alt-Rock EZX is fairly similar in vibe and aggression to Toontrack's brilliant Seventies Rock Drums EZX pack
In this free tutorial from pureMix, mix-engineer Ben Lindell shows you how to take a plain sounding drum loop and give it some life and excitement. Using just a combination of compression and EQ, Ben enhances not just the overall tone of the drums but also brings out more of the groove as well.
We continue our series How To Produce A Song In Pro Tools. In this installment, I cover the main instrument tracking session. The previous article shared my processes for getting the drums and bass foundation right in the production, now let's move on to the production of the core instruments.
Listed are three EZ Drummer 2 EZX Expansion that I absolutely adore. If like me you are a regular drum VI user then I strongly recommend you try some of these EZ Drummer 2 EZX pack for yourselves.
I love it when pro audio companies think a little more outside the box when it comes to making product videos. The guys at Audient stuck a GoPro camera on producer Oz Cragg's (Neck Deep, Mallory Knox, Feed the Rhino) head and asked him to show them how he gets his massive drum sound using the ASP800 8-Ch Mic Pre and ADC with HMX & IRON tone controls.
In this video for Pro Tools Expert James Ivey talks to Paul Mortimer from Emerging UK about the Merging Technologies Horus audio interface. James and Paul decided to do one of those test that normally can never be done. They set out to find out just how good the microphone pre-amps and the A/D conversion in the Merging Horus really are.
In this video review Pro Tools Expert team member Dan Cooper takes a look at the new Matt Chamberlain Drums (Volume 2) by The Loop Loft. Dan shows how to use the Deluxe Version that includes Pro Tools Session files. These Pro Tools session files gives users the ability to mix the multitrack drums loops.