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Programming Acoustic Drums

Understand the technical & workflow essentials of digital drum programming and mixing.


Will Marshall is a mix engineer, producer, composer, who has engineered for artists such as Oscar-nominated film composer Nicholas Britell, and Grammy-nominated jazz musician Patrick Gleeson. In this Course Will explains how to use digital drums to elevate your production. In 24 lessons Will demonstrates his workflow to program professional drums. Course Run Time (2h 26m)


  • Learn to program acoustic drums.
  • Understand different drum kits and their application.
  • Learn to record your digital drum kits.
  • Gain the knowledge to feel comfortable using Kontakt in any DAW.

Lesson Plan

  • 1
    The First Steps of Programming Acoustic Drums
    In this step, Will explains what makes up a modern drum kit and how to select a good starting point.
  • 2
    Working With Drum Grooves
    In this step, Will demonstrates the Groove Library in Native Instruments, deconstructing and editing drum grooves, and programming a groove from scratch.
  • 3
    Adding To Your Drum Grooves
    In this step, Will explains the different articulation options as well as adding structure and a different feeling to your drums.
  • 4
    Recording and Tweaking Your Drum Kit
    In this step, Will demonstrates how to record with MIDI, recording with drummers, and picking the right drum kit for your project.
  • 5
    Mixing Your Kit Levels
    In this step, Will demonstrates how to mix your drums with Kontakt or an outside DAW, mixing with close mics, and working with room and overhead mics.
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