One of the most difficult times I’ve had with studio recording was learning to program drums. Although I was against this idea initially, I eventually gave in. For solo artists like myself, it makes sense to learn how to program drums.
Working with Toontrack EZ Drummer 2
In this video blog, I’m going to show you how to modify drum loops in Toontrack EZdrummer 2. This is one of the more popular software for drum loops and programming drums.
For this example, I’m using the ending of a song from my new upcoming album, Heavy Metal Workout II. There’s a fill drum loop at the end I’m using but I want to make some changes to that specific loop.
Steps to Modify Drum Loops
I’m going to list out the steps I use for modifying EZ Drummer drum loops. It’s a fairly simple process and you may have other ways of doing it, but this has worked best for me. I’ll skip the preliminary steps, which would be to drag the loop into your drum track.
- Double-click on the section in the drum track that you want to work on
- Adjust your view at the bottom of the screen (use the tool on the far right at the bottom of your screen)
- Take out unwanted drum hits by clicking on them and pressing delete
- Add any parts you want by double clicking anywhere within the space (this will create an icon, or drum hit, in which you can move around to get the specific drum hit/sound you want).
- That’s it!
At a glance, modify the drum loops seems simple. And in all seriousness, it is. So don’t over-complicate it! However, it can be a tedious process. After I shot the video, I went back and spent another 30 minutes on that ending of the song, which is all of 2 seconds. *Sigh*
Why Program Drums?
Alright, I have to cover this. I’ll be honest, I’m not a big fan of programming anything for music. I often think of how pissed I would be if someone programmed guitar tracks (which some people probably do).
The truth is I’m not a drummer and I don’t have a drummer readily available to lay down real drum tracks for my music. Again, being a solo artist, I knew learning how to program drums and modify drum loops was something I needed to learn.
Will I always use software programs for drums? For certain projects, no. In fact, I have a couple of releases later this year and beginning of next year that will require me to hire a real drummer to lay down the drum tracks in a studio. But I will more than likely continue using Toontrack for specific albums and songs, depending on the nature of the project.
Toontrack Metal Machine
Lastly, you may be wondering what I’m using specifically for metal drums. I bought Toontrack Metal Machine EZX a couple of years ago. I went through the demo sounds of all the metal drum packs Toontrack offers but Metal Machine sounded the best to my years.
Keep it Metal,