Drum Programming Masterclass, Part 2: Samplers & Sequencing

——   Created by Jason Allen

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** Courses by this instructor are consistently listed in Top Selling Online Music Courses.

This is a class designed for music producers who are ready to get serious about drum programming. The art of programming drums on a MIDI grid, in drum machines, or with audio files can be tricky to master but when you finish this class, your tracks will have the extra energy that comes from professional drum tracks.

Dr. Allen is a professional musician, top-rated online instructor, and university professor. In 2017 the Star Tribune featured him as a "Mover and a Shaker," and he is recognized by the Grammy Foundation for his music education classes. 

I'll be using Ableton Live and some Logic in this course, but it will be easy to following along on whatever program you are most comfortable with. We will start the class off with an explanation of working with samplers and working on the MIDI grid. Then we will learn to adapt that pattern to work for a number of different styles, including Drum and Bass, Trap, and Dubstep.

DRUM PROGRAMMING MASTERCLASS, PART 2: SAMPLERS & SEQUENCING is a comprehensive class - that means there are three (3!) different classes that together make the complete sequence. This is Part 2. 

Also in the class, we will be doing a number of analysis projects. That just means we will load up some tracks, and re-construct the beat in the track. Doing this will help us to see how those beats are built and guide us in making our own beats.

Topics include:

  • Tools of the trade
  • Where to find good, free, samples (My favorite sites!)
  • Tools of the trade
  • Why work with samplers?
  • How samplers work
  • The classic hardware samplers: The Roland 808
  • Note On, Note Off Issues
  • Velocity
  • Drum and Bass patterns
  • "Playing It In"
  • Quantization Settings
  • Controllers
  • Recording Controllers
  • Using Ableton's Groove Settings
  • Dubstep Patterns
  • Using Effects in a Drum Pattern
  • Filtering
  • Delay Effects
  • Reversed Sounds
  • Pitch Shifting
  • Elements of Trap
  • Programming Trap Beats
  • Dynamic Effects
  • Ghost Notes
  • Noise Risers
  • Humanism
  • ... And much more!!!

Analysis Tracks:

  • John B: Up All Night
  • Sub Focus: X-Ray
  • Konflict: The Beckoning
  • Skrillex: Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites
  • Flux Pavillion: I Can't Stop
  • Gent and Jawns: Turn Up
  • Bro Safari: The Drop

You will not have another opportunity to learn Beat Programming in a more comprehensive way than this. Start here.

The course is a roadmap to MAKING STUNNING TRACKS with better drums.

All the tools you need to produce great drum tracks are included in this course and the entire course is based on real-life experiences - not just academic theory.

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Praise for Courses by Jason Allen:

⇢  "It seems like every little detail is being covered in an extremely simple fashion. The learning process becomes relaxed and allows complex concepts to get absorbed easily. My only regret is not taking this course earlier." - M. Shah

⇢  "Great for everyone without any knowledge so far. I bought all three parts... It's the best investment in leveling up my skills so far.." - Z. Palce

⇢ "Excellent explanations! No more or less than what is needed." - A. Tóth

⇢ "VERY COOL. I've waited for years to see a good video course, now I don't have to wait anymore. Thank You!" - Jeffrey Koury

  "I am learning LOTS! And I really like having the worksheets!" - A. Deichsel

⇢  "The basics explained very clearly - loads of really useful tips!" - J. Pook

⇢ "Jason is really quick and great with questions, always a great resource for an online class!" M. Smith

The course project

Welcome to the course!

For this class, you are going to be making some beats! If you follow along, you will end up with a number of finished beats ready to go. But let's make a project specifically to post here. 

  • Use the samples in the zip file, "40-Samples.zip" (from Part 1) to make a beat.
  • Set your tempo to 90bpm
  • Start with building the "basic beat," 
  • Move around the hi-hats and kick in order to make something unique.
  • Add some other musical elements (sound effects, synths, pads) to give it a little more life.
  • But keep it simple! No reason to get too fancy yet!

Post it and share!

41 Lessons

0:05:33
Welcome & Introduction
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0:05:20
About Me
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0:01:28
Tools
0:04:01
Review: How to Read Rhythms
0:02:29
Review: The Basic Beat
0:02:56
Why Work with Samplers
0:05:03
Hardware Drum Machines
0:05:29
The Basic Outline of Samplers
0:02:11
Basic Outline Logic
0:04:36
Advantages of MIDI Tempo
0:06:33
Note On/Off
0:02:20
Velocity
0:01:38
Setting Up MIDI Tracks
0:04:49
Back to the Basic Beat
0:03:34
Basic Drum and Bass Pattern
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About the instructor

J. Anthony Allen has worn the hats of composer, producer, songwriter, engineer, sound designer, DJ, remix artist, multi-media artist, performer, inventor, and entrepreneur. Allen is a versatile creator whose diverse project experience ranges from works written for the Minnesota Orchestra to pieces developed for film, TV, and radio. An innovator …

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