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#1 Slowintrepid


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Posted 11 May 2006 - 02:29 AM

So drums have always challenged me, usually in programming them, and while I still have issues I've been getting better at it but any advice on that I'd still appreciate.

Latelly the thing that's been bothering me is the SOUND of my drums, I use mainly BFD for my drums and whiile they sound great, they sound TOO real, the kinda music I make is kinda like slower speed Drum n Bass and Breaks, I really like how the drums sound on all of Pendullums records but yet I never can get anywhere near it, I know alot of people say its all about the sample, so maybe someone knows a good library of drum sounds? Basicaly here are my questions.

1. In general, what would you reccomend to get that nice breaks/DnB drum sound

2. What kind of processing would you reccomend me to do too BFD to get it to sound like that, and not as "real"

3. I've talked to alot of people who make this stuff and they swear by NI's Battery any particular reason??

4. I've also heard that people use an envelope to control eq's for their drums, why is that? and how does it differ from dynamic EQ (ala Sonalksis)

thanks so much!

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Posted 11 May 2006 - 07:01 AM

Why Not try copying the Midi file and pasdting into an ultrabeat track

and then find a good kick for example in ultra beat and erase the kick from BFD

or lower the BFD volume

try some reverb on the kick

havent used any of the plugins you mention

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Posted 11 May 2006 - 10:30 AM

Bit Crusher is great for DnB to dirty up your sound, it'll also fatten the sound.

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Posted 14 May 2006 - 09:19 PM

I definitely recommend Battery 2 man-it has changed the way I program my drums, not to mention made the process twice as efficient. As for getting your drums to sound similar to those that you like...it definitely is all about the samples you're starting with. I bet you'd like Native Instruments Synthetic Drums 1 & 2...great variety of drum sounds for all types of electronic music. Try sampling a couple loops from your favorite Pendulum records, and chop them up/stack a few effects, etc. Of course your own creative patterns and how you mix the drums w/ compression/eq, etc is going to make the most impact.

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Posted 10 July 2006 - 10:23 PM

it's funny, I complain I can never get sampled drums sounding natural enough, others say they're too natural! ;-)

don't forget you can always just compress, EQ and distort/overdrive BFD (or whatever clean samples you're using) to reshape the sounds into something "new". Get brutal with EQ and compression.

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