Aulart Originals Masterclass

Basic drum programming

Learn how to program drums within your DAW, make better patterns, and humanize the grooves of your tracks

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Explore the main approaches to programming drums

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What will I learn?

01. Introduction

Introduction to the Basic Drum Programming Masterclass.

02. Audio vs MIDI

In this chapter, we’ll discuss the two main approaches to programming drums in Ableton Live: working with audio tracks or MIDI tracks. We’ll compare the effectiveness of both workflows as well as combine the two. In the process, you’ll also learn about basic MIDI and audio clip editing and recording.

03. Drum Rack, DrumSynth and Impulse

In this chapter, you’ll explore Ableton’s main drum programming devices: Drum Rack, DrumSynth and Impulse. You’ll learn how to build custom drum kits, synthesize your own drum sounds, apply effects and manipulate samples using these devices.

04. Humanize Your Drums

In this chapter, you’ll learn to add a human feel to your programmed grooves. We’ll take a look at the Groove Pool and how we can use it to add swing and other grooves to our drum patterns. We’ll also talk about how we can creatively use other functionalities such as Track Predelay and quantization for the same purpose.

05. Drum Programming Styles

In this chapter, we’ll discuss how diverse drum programming styles can be broken down in terms of straight and broken beats as well as half-time and double time. You’ll learn how to program some common drum patterns in different genres, including Hip-hop, Reggaeton, House, Techno and Drum and Bass.

06. Wrap Up

Wrap up of the Basic Drum Programming Masterclass.

Xavier Paradis

Multi-faceted producer

Xavier Paradis has over 10 years of experience in the music and entertainment industries as a recording and performing artist, producer, composer and sound designer. He’s worked in a variety of media including video games, advertising and film, and has collaborated with a diverse array of artists.

Experienced artist

Paradis has released music in a wide variety of styles including Ambient, Synth Pop, Nu Disco and Techno, is the co-founder of music groups Boreals and Tversky, and has performed in major international music festivals like Primavera Sound, Eurosonic, SXSW, and Fiesta des Suds.

Your Aulart instructor

Along with producing and composing, Paradis has also been teaching for over a decade – from teaching amateur musicians, producers and DJs, to teaching piano and music theory in Ableton Live and hosting Aulart Masterclasses and Bootcamps, he has the experience, passion and technical know-how to help his students reach their full potential.

Basic drum programming

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  • 6 Chapters
  • Subtitles : Spanish, English, German, French & Portuguese
  • 1.5 Hours
  • English
  • Lifetime access
  • 4K Video
  • Ableton Live
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