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Drum Programming: A Complete Guide to Program and Think Like a Drummer
(Percussion). This is your complete guide to programming and thinking like a drummer - not a drum machine user. Instead of merely providing instructions for you to program into your machine, this book is a direct, mathematical approach to learning how to drum and how to best emulate a drum kit on a pre-recorded track. By following this book, you will gain an understanding of the drum kit that takes many drummers years to learn - and that will lead to more realistic programming and better results!
Great little book!
By Slipin Lizard
- November 29, 2007
Ages ago I was in band, playing guitar, writing and recording songs. I've just started getting back into music again, and have purchased a Boss 880 Dr. Rhythm drum machine. Played around with it, lots of fun, and then thought "ok, so how do I program some of my own beats into this thing?". Everywhere I turned, the responses were "read the manual" or "just use samples" and then finally "well the best way to learn to program drums is to learn to play drums". Great, so I'm going to have to spend years learning how to physically co-ordinate my limbs when what I really need is a basic understanding of the fundamentals of how beats work in popular music.
Then I found and ordered this book. Ray has done a great job. He provides the information in a clear, concise manner. Its amazing that this book was written in 1991, and yet it feels like it could have been written yesterday. This is because the book teaches how to think about beats and program them in a way that is realistic to... read more
A Missing Piece Of The DAW Puzzle
By Robert S. Robbins
- January 15, 2009
Although there are many books available on the various Digital Audio Workstations, most of them just cover the software and assume you'll know things like drum programming. Fortunately this book provides that missing information. I have no musical aptitude and have never gotten anything out of a book on music until I read this one. I had to figure out how to apply its instructions to a specific drum machine, ReDrum in Propellerhead Reason, but other than that it was really easy to understand and I was immensely pleased with the results. I feel like I'm finally making some progress in mastering Propellerhead Reason! Drum programming is easy given some good instructions and you'll find that in this book.
The book itself is fairly short, only 54 pages of actual text with a lot of space taken up by drum tabulatures. It is oversized like a lot of music books. It resembles a song book. But it is cheap enough and thoroughly explains a topic that you won't find covered in most... read more
- January 8, 2011
At first I thought - Oh No - This book was written in 1991.
So, why do I think it's a wonderful book? You need to know something about me. I'm an old man now with a hobby of making music. I'm using Reason & Record - amazing programs. Long ago I studied classical music - specifically Theory & Composition. Had a year of study on an early Moog - huge - lots of patch cords & tape recorders. Also, I gave up listening to popular music about the time the Beatles were starting.
Now I'm writing some 'popular' tunes. Including drum parts. I could easily include everything using Reason. Cut & paste - vary something here & there. But I want to know what I'm doing.
Drum Programming: A Complete Guide to Program & Think Like a Drummer is written to help someone program a 1991 drum machine. It starts with the basics - pictures of drums with explanations of their use. Some information about measures & time signatures which is minimized in this book. I found a section... read more
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