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Drum Programming Masterclass, Part 3: Advanced Programming

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What you are going to learn

Master making beats in multiple styles, genres, and with any software.

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.

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 basic rhythm theory, and learning where (typically) we put the kick, the snare, and the hi-hats. Then we will learn to adapt that pattern to work for a number of different styles. 
Here is a list of some of the questions we will answer:
  • Tools of the trade
  • Working on the Audio Grid and MIDI Grid
  • The Bar
  • The Pulse
  • The 8th and the 16th
  • Meter
  • "Counting" Bars
  • Reading Drum Patterns
  • Percussion Elements
  • Cymbals
  • Where to find good, free, samples (My favorite sites!)
  • Forming the Groove
  • Variation
  • Modulation
  • Genre
  • Feel
  • Swing
  • The "Basic Pattern"
  • Off Beats and Down Beats
  • Dynamics
  • Syncopation
  • Humanism
  • ... And much more!!!

Dr. J. Anthony Allen

Music PhD, Producer, Composer, Instructor, Professor, Author, & Ableton Certified Trainer. 
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. He currently teaches at Augsburg University in Minneapolis, MN, Slam Academy, and Punkademic Courses.

Course reviews

This is an awesome course !!. Highly recommended if you want to learn new skills in drum programming. I look forward to further drum courses by Jason.
- David J Brown
We all know drums, right? Maybe not as well as we should. This course gives a really good basic understanding. I'd recommend to anyone who plays or listens to any genre of music. (which is literally everyone)
- Csaba Gulyas