Drum Samples

Struggling to get your drum loop samples to sound unique? Watch how you can easily make them sound special with just four knobs, using the StudioRack preset Drum Loop Stank by producer/mixer Chris Tabron (Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj).

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Learn how to create hard-hitting trap bangers in 6 steps. We discuss musical composition, sample selection, 808 and percussion processing and the different FX you can use.

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Distortion, saturation and overdrive are great for making drums sound bigger, better and more energetic in the mix. Learn how to get the most from these powerful effects on your drum parts.

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Samples have become so ubiquitous in music production, it’s rare to be mixing a track without at least one sampled element: a one-shot, beat, loop or recorded ambience. We go through the essential mix steps.

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Do your trap beats sound generic and unexciting? Watch mixer Sean Divine as he shows you how to create interesting textures, rhythms and timbres using Waves plugins and a basic set of loops.

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Learn how to add power and impact to sampled kicks, snares and claps and make them jump out in the mix. Mixer/producer Sean Divine shows how he sets up and dials in plugin chains for each drum track to get his trap drums popping.

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Are your hip-hop drums not cutting through the mix? Learn how to get them to cut just right by manipulating the attack and sustain of any sample, or by adding to its body and punch. Mixer Sean Devine shows you how.

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Want to add more character & impact to the 808 kicks in your tracks? In this video, learn how to add top-end attack, distortion, and clean up a muddy mix by sidechaining your 808 kick and bass.

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Are you mixing drums that sound weak, thin and lifeless? Learn how to add a layer of power to your mix by selecting drum samples to give your drums an extra lift. Then, learn how to 'glue' them together for a cohesive, natural sound.

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“Drums can just be drums. But now they’re not.” Watch how producer Focus… (Dr. Dre’s Aftermath Recordings, Kendrick Lamar) uses the Torque drum tone shifter and other plugins to give his drum samples the exact feel he wants.

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