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- Apr 18th, 2012
Discover Bill Burgess' deep secrets about the dark “art” of programming drums while simultaneously learning how Native Instrument’s classic drum machine Battery 3 works. It's like getting two tutorials for the price of one! Check it out...
Battery 3 is one of the deepest, baddest drum machines in the Native Instruments arsenal of synths. You’ve got layers upon layers of sounds and multitudes of control parameters. But what do you do with them? How do you harness all this power to create your own unique beats? Well, that’s exactly what this tutorial will teach you.
You see, there’s no better way to learn Battery 3 than by having a Master Beat Maker like Bill Burgess show you how he makes his beats. So not only will you learn all the artistic and rhythmic techniques that a seasoned drum programmer uses to make his percussion tracks come alive, but Bill also shows you how he takes control of Native Instruments’ drum technology to squeeze out every ounce of power from Battery 3's supercharged beat engine.
So if you want to know more about what makes Battery 3 tick or want to learn the theory behind how the pros program their beats, this tutorial will inspire you to explore new ways to power up you rhythm tracks!
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This is an amazing course by Bill Burgess. There is so much knowledge being passed on that it'll take me a few times watching and practicing the techniques here to fully have that in my arsenal. The hints on amazing drummers and drum programmers, and their techniques, is also inspiring. I have been listening to most of these people for years, but never quite thought about their music in that way until now.
Good course, especially the first section which looks at some common mistakes made when programming drums.
Great Tutorial, It's not so much about Battery but that's a great thing. I use so many loops in Ableton i forgot how great it can be to program your own sounds and make it just as good if not better.
More than just a Battery tute - this should be regarded as essential for any producer who wants to make more complex, interesting, playable beats and FX. Inspiring stuff Bill, thanks!
Fantastic... Wonderful look into the history of drumming, drum programming and drummers. As a long time player and composer (40+years) I truly appreciate the amount of detail. Thank you so much, r
Best online tutorial I've ever seen the insights and analysis in the second chapter are awesome... I hope you do another course Mr Burgees, in the same line... maybe about rhythn construction and styles! Would be awesome!
NOT JUST SOFTWARE TUTORIAL: DRUMMING THEORY TOUGHT BY A TRUE DRUM SPECIALIST. EVEN IF YOU DON'T HAVE BATTERY, THE FIRST HOUR WILL HELP YOU IMMENSELY....WITH EVERYTHING IN LIFE. SINCERELY THANK YOU MR. BURGESS AND MAC PRO VIDEO. HOW CAN I EVER REPAY YOU...?
Extremely valuable insight and advice on drum programming. It really challenges you to take your rhythm programming seriously and think about different ways to keep from mousing in generic beats. Battery is primarily used here as a tool for explaining the drumming concepts; this is not "Battery: The Video Manual." It DOES cover the basic usage though. We could probably stand to have another, more techy Battery lesson- primarily because Native Instruments' Battery 3 manual is surprisingly bad- many, many features aren't even mentioned in the official documentation. THIS course is about much more than simply how to use a software product.
An amazing and very professional done tutorial. I loved the introduction of how real drum playing sounds, this gave the following individual videos the right basis. The information regarding the different tools within battery couldn´t be better and is well explained. As a Logic Pro 9 user, many things are similar to Logic´s Ultrabeat or EXS24.
All I ever wanted. Thank you.
This is a great tutorial- bringing artistic concepts into software tutorials. Really worth it - thank you Bill, the tone is perfect and feels full of experience.
well done and thanks for some "secret" drum programming informations!
Battery may be the most difficult instrument to explain. If you just focus on the program, you still won't know much about rhythm, and if you focus on the rhythm, there's a lot to Battery you'll miss or end up doing the hard way. That being said, the author of this tutorial tries to explain as much as possible about both the instrument and the playing, and it makes this tutorial seem quite sloppy and unfinished. The tutorial goes through a lot of Battery's functions really fast (and even skips some of the important ones like sample purging), sometimes so much it seems like a tutorial not on how to use Battery, but rather what can it do. However, once you do learn how to use it, you'll realize it IS all about wha you want from your rhythm, and from that point on it's mostly about long hours of playing with Battery's settings and functions. This tutorial emphasizes on that. That being said, this is a fast, somewhat messy tutorial, good for opening your mind to alternative rhythm arrangements, but definitely not for Battery first-timers or beginners at creating rhythms.
I have literally searched the internet for years looking for this type of information to break out of robotic beats. So glad this tutorial was made. Its chock full of all the stuff you need to know to make bobbin head drum beats...awesome. Well done and thank you