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...
Bill Burgess is the former Pro Audio Product Marketing Manager and Logic Pro Artist Relations Manager for Apple Inc. He's also a brilliant software educator with long experience teaching audio producers how to make music!
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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Russell Szabados wrote on July 10, 2020
I already know Battery, I watched this last night & today because I really enjoy Bill Burgess’ delivery and his knack for explaining difficult concepts with entertaining metaphors. And it was the only one of his tutorials on this site I hadn’t watched yet! This series has one of the best, most straightforward explanations of modulation I’ve ever heard. I highly recommend this tutorial to everyone who wants to learn Battery, and also anyone who wants to learn from an experienced, intelligent user with a quick wit and a deep enough insight to make all the important points memorable.
Paul wrote on February 21, 2015
Absolutely awesome course by Bill Burgess on drum programming in Native Instruments Battery. Bill is by far my favourite music trainer, if is music is even half as interesting and creative as his courses I will buy the lot!
Ren wrote on November 22, 2014
Bill Burgess reveals just how powerful a sound tool Battery 3 is, I know now, how much I didn't know about this vital sound tool.
Anthony wrote on April 25, 2014
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.
Wibbers wrote on February 25, 2014
Good course, especially the first section which looks at some common mistakes made when programming drums.
Phil P wrote on October 14, 2013
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.
Carrion Fowl wrote on June 13, 2013
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!
Robert Wetteland wrote on April 13, 2013
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,
Gabriel wrote on April 10, 2013
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!
Gareth wrote on November 8, 2012
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.
THANK YOU MR. BURGESS AND MAC PRO VIDEO. HOW CAN I EVER REPAY YOU...?