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Review: Yamaha EAD10
Could Yamaha's latest compact, multi-functional drum system really replace a whole drum mic kit? Matt Vanacoro found out when he road tested the EAD10...
Mar. 19, 2018
Review: Big Fish Audio Sequence
Big Fish Audio's latest Kontakt-based instrument delivers multiple classic drum machines, effects and a powerful sequencer. Plus it's affordable, as Hollin Jones discovered.
Sep. 26, 2017
5 Unusual Drum Programming Tips
Most people know how to bash out some beats on a MIDI keyboard, but how about taking things to the next level? Here’s how to generate some more unusual beats without breaking a sweat.
Sep. 21, 2017
Review: Sonoma Wire Works DrumCore4 Ultra
What if you could get both the sound and the actual playing of some of the world's top drummers in your productions and then edit them? With DrumCore4 Ultra, that's just what you can do.
Sep. 8, 2017
Review: Toontrack Superior Drummer 3
Superior Drummer 3 represents a massive upgrade, with artificial intelligence just one of its major new features. In this world-first review, Shane Berry takes you in-depth with Toontrack's latest.
Aug. 15, 2017
5 Alternatives To A Human Drummer
So you want your drum tracks to sound convincing... or at least good? But you don't have a drummer to hand and your own arrangements leave a lot to be desired? Here are 5 viable alternatives.
G.W. Childs IV
Oct. 5, 2016
5 Mistakes To Avoid When Programming Drums
When programming drum patterns, especially if you're trying to emulate a live drum performance, there are some things you just shouldn't do. Here's five tips from Joe Albano to make your drums shine.
Nov. 16, 2015
Steinberg Release New Groove Agent 4 "The Songwriter’s" Drum Expansion Pack
Steinberg releases The Songwriter’s, the first expansion pack featuring an entire acoustic drum set for Groove Agent 4 & Groove Agent SE 4. The name gives it away... this is designed for songwriters.
Jul. 2, 2015
Review: Softube Heartbeat
Heartbeat is Softube's first foray into creating software instruments, in this case a drum machine modeled on vintage drum machines. G.W. Childs checks out how this one performs, sounds and feels.
G.W. Childs IV
Jun. 26, 2015
How to Use Third-Party Instruments Inside Logic Pro X Drum Machine Designer
Logic Pro X's new Drum Machine Designer is a great plug-in designed to make controlling and creating drum parts easier than ever. Now, Darren Burgos shows how to use 3rd-party instruments inside it.
Jun. 25, 2015
Free Yamaha RX5 Vintage Drum Machine in Plug-In Format
Single Cycle Audio have released Vintage Drum Elements, an AU/VST plugin based on the Yamaha RX5 vintage drum machine. It's available via Bandcamp as an album and can be downloaded for free!
May. 15, 2015
Creating Realistic Drum Sounds With Logic Pro's Drum Kit Designer
In five simple steps, Logic maestro, Matt Vanacoro, shows how to create a realistic sounding drum kit and pattern using Logic Pro X's Drum Kit Designer.
Dec. 29, 2014
5 Essential Tips for iZotope BreakTweaker
When iZotope & BT get together you can expect something innovative & revolutionary! And BreakTweaker is no exception, it will literally transform your beats. Here's 5 essential tips to blow your mind.
Feb. 28, 2014
Creating Realistic Drum Sounds With FXpansion's BFD3
There's not much you can't achieve with drum sounds using FXpansion's excellent BFD3. In this tutorial, Matt Vanacoro puts it to the test and shows how to create realistic sounds using it!
Jan. 26, 2014
Review: FXpansion BFD3
FXpansion's BFD3 has arrived! BFD2 is still much loved and used for drum production... but, will BFD 3 take the crown for best acoustic drum instrument in a plug-in? Read our review to find out more.
Oct. 16, 2013
Review: The Blues EZX for EZ Drummer
Toontrack are back with a new Blues expansion pack featuring the veteran Swedish blues drummer Hans Lindbäck to sample two of his kits and perform the MIDI library. Toby Pitman plays the Blues!
Jun. 26, 2013
Real-Schmeal. Give Your Sample-Based Orchestral Pieces the Gift of Creativity
Is it desirable, to make your sample-based instruments sound as close to the "real-thing" as possible? Jay Asher suggests an alternative approach when creating orchestral pieces in your DAW.
Apr. 13, 2013
Processing Drum Loops with Guitar Rig 5
Guitar Rig 5 by Native Instruments is an awesome multi-effect plug-in for guitarists ONLY, right? Wrong. Hollin Jones thinks laterally and shows how to use it to process drum loops.
Sep. 17, 2012
Review: Toontrack Number 1 Hits EZX for EZ Drummer
May 2011 saw the release of a new EZX for Toontrack's EZ Drummer software called Number 1 Hits. Created by Grammy award-winning producer Niklas Flyckt...
Jun. 16, 2011
Programming Drums 1: Recording Fills in your Rock Patterns
With current drum plug-ins, sample-based MIDI instruments and virtual studios, it's very, very easy to emulate having a real drummer. This is especially cool when you're the lone guy with a laptop. Re
G.W. Childs IV
Mar. 27, 2011
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