Recording great sounding drums in a small scale home studio can be a challenge for all of us. But that doesn’t mean you can’t still get killer drum sounds! With the technology available today, you can make any drum set sound like you imagine it in your head: Be it a tight and smooth sounding kit for a singer/songwriter track or a larger than life sounding rock kit.
In this tutorial, Pete Woj shows you how to use Addictive Drums 2 in Studio One to achieve the sound you’re after and set yourself up to work quickly and effectively, so you can get creative without having to worry about technicalities. Pete is a passionate guitar player, songwriter and audio engineer. He recently founded the rapidly growing Youtube channel Mix Better Now, where he teaches students all over the world how to record, produce, mix various genres. He’s also a mentor with Pyramind, an online school for audio production and sound design.
Thank you ever so much for sharing your knowledge with us Pete, let’s dive right in!
Using Addictive Drums 2 in Presonus Studio One
Hey guys, in this Studio One tutorial, we’re going to take a look at a combination of production and mixing techniques, specifically focusing on how to use Addictive Drums 2 inside of Studio One. Addictive Drums 2 (or any other similar virtual drum instruments like Superior and EZ Drummer, SSD4, BFD, etc.) is a wonderful sounding tool that we can all use for songwriting, demo’ing new material, or the final drum sounds on our latest album release.
Most importantly I’m going to show you how easy it is to set up AD2, how to “mult” out each individual drum piece to their own audio tracks and how to print them. Studio One allows us to do this in a very quick and concise manner where we can easily go from MIDI to Audio and from Audio back to MIDI in the event of needing to tweak our drums or performance.
Finally, I’ll touch on how I like to set up and rout my drum tracks with a focus on mixing our production later down the line. We’ll go over how I like to set up my bussing, drum buss processing, effect sends and panning decisions so that we have a fantastic starting point for furthering any project that comes our way!
I hope this tutorial helped you to get set up with Addictive Drums and find a workflow that makes it quick and easy to achieve the drum sound you’re looking for!
Please leave a bunch of questions for Pete and check out his channel Mix Better Now.
Have a marvellous time recording and mixing,