Creating drums and beats
Time: 14:00 - 17:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: MK712
Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)
What is the course about?
Good, driving drum parts with human swing are a vital component to any song; without a solid, compelling drum track the best music can become stale and repetitive. Learn how to improve your drum programming and make it more life-like, give it more swing and the variation critical to an effective rhythm track.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
• Patch phrasing
• Advanced quantising, swing and shuffle
• Drum layering / drum replacement
• Corrective and colour EQing as it relates to drums.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Use the Patch phrasing technique to improvise with loops
• "Humanising" to achieve looser feels, making rhythms "breathe" more
• changing drum sounds to find a sound that works better in your mix
• Understand how to achieve more definition and body in your drum tracks.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an advanced course aimed at those who already know how to use audio production software.
You will need to be able follow written and verbal instructions in English, engage in class discussions and take notes in English.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Tutor demonstration and explanation, class discussion, followed by practical work.
Practical work on individual projects. You will present work in progress and receive feedback and support from your tutor and peers.
You will make best progress if you can work on your projects between sessions.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You must have a computer running Logic or similar (ProTools, Cubase, Presonus Studio One, Reaper), and we recommend you also have headphones, external microphone and a MIDI keyboard. GarageBand is not suitable as its features are too limited for this course.
Visit our Music technology: equipment advice page for more detailed information about hardware and software, so that you can ensure you have everything you need before you enrol. Even for courses that take place at City Lit, we recommend you have your own equipment at home so that you can continue to develop your music after your course has finished.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Mixing and music production techniques; Mixing and music production workshop
Visit our Music technology courses: overview blog to see the wide range of courses on offer, from music production and home recording to live electronics and sound art. If you already know what you are looking for, go straight to the listing of currently available course dates and times.
For further advice email the Music office .
Music also offers a wide range of instrumental, singing, ensemble, music theory, musicianship, songwriting and composition courses.
Max’s musical training began in New York City where he was lucky enough to have major session musicians as neighbors in his building teaching him guitar as a child. By his early teens he was studying classical guitar, alongside theory and orchestration, at the High School of the Performing Arts. He relocated to Spain to further his classical guitar studies under the esteemed guitarist/ teacher Jose Tomas. While there Max ran a commercial recording studio, where he began immersing himself in the emerging digital technologies. After moving to London, he continued working as a session musician. He has recorded, toured and collaborated with artists including Kevin Ayers, Paul Weller, Perry Farrell (Jane’s Addiction), Jah Wobble, Carl Barat (Libertines) and Marc Almond. In 2011 he was commissioned to compose recitatives and an aria for a production of “The Coronation of Poppea” by the Théatre du Châtelet in Paris which centered around virtual instruments and sampling delivered by multiple computers live on stage with the players. Max continues working with artists of every genre in mixing, sound design, drum programming, bass and keyboards.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.