#1
Not sure if this is the right place to post this, but gotta start somewhere I guess.


There is a serious deficiency in my area of drummers who can play metal and have a place to practice, so it's come to the point where I'm thinking about giving it a go at learning how to program drums so I can make some demos.

What are some of the easier to use programs I can download for free? Also, are there any tutorials I can watch that will help me understand what I'm doing? I have zero experience with drums or drum software, so I need it to be like ******-easy. I have a desktop PC and an iPad. I have Garageband on the ipad but I'm not sure if thats gonna work.

Thanks!
#2
ezDrummer.

You literally just drag and drop the beats that you want onto the timeline of your DAW(protools, reaper, etc.). its around $200 US i believe.


it sounds decent without any effort whatsoever.
Last edited by rickyj at Sep 14, 2014,
#3
EZDrummer have metal packs so do the other major manufacturers.

What are you using to record with?
Your audio software might already have a drum sampler or a synth that has drum sounds.

If you're starting from scratch - look up Hydrogen, it's a stand alone app that has a lot of editing options, is easy to start with and you can load your own drum sounds if you wanted to. This can then be exported to the tracking software of your choice where you can complete the project.

BTW - if you need metal drum sound samples I'd be happy to send you some, just PM me with your email.
Last edited by diabolical at Sep 14, 2014,
#4
mixcraft 3 and higher is a pretty good cheap solution if nothing else. you can get a free cracked version with a bit of searching and then just download all the loops/loop packages from inside the program, easy-peasy, and there's A LOT of loops, drums, bass, guit, piano, harmonica, you name it lol. all modifiable. also has tonnes of sound effects.

i used to use it with audacity(record, i think was stereo, so as to record what was being played through my comp's sound/sound card, same as you would record youtube sound to make an mp3...sounds more complicated than it is, but it's not hard to figure out lol) so that i could export it to mp3s and then burn it.

depending on which OS you use, you may have to download a plugin called ASIO4ALL. windows 7 has severe sound lag, even with a great sound card. XP was and probly still is the best for amateur recording.
#5
oh man ezdrummer looks awesome!

...unfortunately, I'm unemployed and would do myself a great disservice to spend $150 on drum software right now

plus I've got my eye on an ESP Horizon & a Boss GT 10. Gah! Too much good shit out there to buy. Oh well... once I get back to work and can save some $$$ I'm probably gonna getting all this shit. Thanks for the info guys!
#6
Cheaper alternatives exist. SSD4 Custom runs only around $30.
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#7
Sennheiser DrumMic'A and Big Mono are the only free options I've come across that don't sound like shit. DrumMic'A is the better sounding one, but you have to navigate through the german Sennheiser site to get it.
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Sennheiser DrumMic'A and Big Mono are the only free options I've come across that don't sound like shit. DrumMic'A is the better sounding one, but you have to navigate through the german Sennheiser site to get it.

+1 to DrumMic'A. I have Big Mono but haven't really played around with it much... the Sennheiser library is every bit as good as Superior Drummer or SSD Platinum, you just obviously don't get quite as many options... but for free, and the fact that it's licensed with Kontakt Player, it's undoubtably the best low-cost/free drum program out there.
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#10
You can try Hydrogen. It has a Windows version. It works with MIDI instruments but I know nothing about connecting a MIDI drum set to it.
#11
Try Addictive Drums. It has a free demo you can download. I think AD1 sounds great, AD2 is probably loads better. It also has a huge library of beats and fills for many genres to easily get started with the guitar playing.
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