Drum Machine or Sampling? How Do You Get Your Drum Sounds?

drum machine

drum machine

There was a time when I didn’t have any quality drums, which made me improvise, getting some unexpected results.

After a while, I’ve stumbled upon Drummax, a FL Studio plug-in which seemed like it had a lot of potential.

Believing that I’ve finally found a solution to my problem I felt so relieved at the moment.

But it didn’t last long, because I realised that the drums in Drummax are pretty weak.

If the strength of a mix is coming from it’s beat, then what could some weak drums do?

I’ve probably told you before that most of the energy of a mix comes from the beat.

A good percussion can make a song even more awesome.

Today we will be talking about the drum machine and sampling.

I’ve tried both of them, and for the moment I prefer the sampling.

There are a few very good Drum machines like iZotope iDrum.

I’ve tested it for a while as a demo, but it didn’t really impress me as much.

I remember that a friend of mine did recommend it telling me that he wants to hear a better beat from me, and he was right, my drums sounded awful, dragging all my mixes with them.

The truth about the Drum machine and how does it sound

I will talk a bit about Drummax, one of the default presets from FL Studio.

It’s synthesised drums feel very weak, so weak that I don’t really know how the could actually be used in a song.

In the following presentation you could learn a thing or two about Drummax.

A lot of my colleagues told me that I should use stronger drums.

The truth is that producers are starting to realise how important the drums are in their projects, and are trying to find stronger and more defined drums.

The harder styles like hardstyle or hardcore need even stronger percussion sounds.

Another drum machine from FL Studio is drumpad.

Drumpad was made using the same concept as Drummax, but this one doesn’t allow you to create beats.

I’ve tested Drumpad for a while, and the results were below my expectations.

The hats sounded very metallic with almost no refinement.

In my opinion all the drums in Drumpad sounded unrefined and they weren’t combining as they should have.

Maybe I’m not an expert when it comes to drum synthesis, but I’m pretty good at making them using the white noise.

This is by far the best way of making professional drums.

The thing is that white noise can be used to create excellent hats and claps.

In the future I will write an article to show you how you can use the white noise to create a hat.

Good, but you need a good kick, a tom roll or another type of percussion.

What do you do then?

You can either search the internet, and you might stumble upon some good drums by luck or you can create your own drums.

How can you make a snare, a kick or a tom roll? I will tell you in a future article.

Meanwhile, let’s see which is the best alternative for the drum machine.

In a lot of the projects I’ve seen on youtube there were samples used.

In a lot of projects that I’ve received from colleagues there were samples.

I keep using samples even though the idea of using a drum machine came to my mind.

In my opinion the sampling remains the best alternative.

Using samples you can make high quality beats.

But there is an essential condition: you need high quality samples.

And now a big question raises:

Where could I find high quality drums?

You might think that “I will definitely find them on the internet.”

I can assure you that is not as easy as it seems, because not all the samples are good.

You can find some good drums in the “Vengeance – Analog Drums” pack.

But most good samples cost a lot or they are very hard to find.

I’ve been using samples from the beginning, but the sad part is that I didn’t have any quality samples.

And to make matters worse, I didn’t even know how a professional sample sounds like.

When you are a beginner nothing helps you.

You don’t have the knowledge, you don’t have sound banks, you don’t have anything.

I know how it feels because I was there too!

I’ve had many attempts in creating my own drums, many of them being failed attempts, but they made me learn how to create my own claps, kicks and snares.

Now it’s up to you if you want to learn how to create these elements.

I will explain how to make all of them in future articles.

What do you use? Sampling or the Drum machine?

It doesn’t really matter if you prefer the drum machine or sampling, the only thing that matters is to make it fit to your style.

I’m not saying that you should use sampling!

It’s up to you to choose what fits you the most.

Please leave a comment in which you could tell me what do you think about these methods.

I’m looking forward to reading your responses!

Untill next time, keep working on your dreams and you will see results!

  • Basic Musical Elements – Melody, Rhythm and Harmony [Short Tutorial]


Comments on Facebook