Drum Samples

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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How do you breathe life and soul into programmed drums? We hit up producer, mixer and original 80s drum machine master Jimmy Bralower (Madonna, Nile Rodgers, Kurtis Blow, Hall & Oates) for his drum programming secrets.

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Learn how to fit kicks, snares and toms to the key of a track using Torque, a drum tone shifter plugin designed to enhance and fix drum tone with natural-sounding results.

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Watch how audio mad scientist Tom Cosm shapes creative effects with drum loops, pianos and other samples, using the Smack Attack transient shaping plugin as a production tool.

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Shape the attack and sustain characteristics of your sounds for harder and punchier drums, loops, synth hits, bass, guitars and all percussive elements.

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Watch how to get a punchy, pumping dance sound by ducking your bass whenever the kick hits: A quick tip from DJ, producer and remixer Dave Audé (Rihanna).

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Learn how to widen the stereo image of claps and other percussion sounds using the Doubler plugin. A quick tip from mixer Dave Darlington (Avicii, Carl Cox, David Guetta).

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Watch how audio engineer Eric Tarr uses multiple Waves plugins to add compression and saturation to a multitrack drum mix created with Superior Drummer 2.

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Learn how the Waves C6 Multiband Compressor plugin can add excitement to your electronic kick drum and snare tracks and help them sit better in the mix.

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