Welcome to Sound Design Recipe Book, Vol 3: Drums and Vocals!
In this class, you won't just be hearing from me. You will have 5 incredibly experienced, professional instructors. I'll be one of them, but I've brought in some of the top sound designers working right now to give up their secrets.

  • Jack Denny: Best known for his role as one of three producers and performers in the super-group Ternion Sound. These guys are all over the world right now.
  • Joe Dumpling: Known primarily under his alias Dumpling, Joe is a top-notch producer and multi-instrumentalist. And an experienced teacher, too!
  • Zak Khan: Zak is making some of the funkiest, coolest music I've heard in a long time, so I was super excited he agreed to help out with some videos here. Get ready for something special.
  • James Patrick: You've met James before in some of my other classes, but he is also a world-renowned producer and performer, and accomplished teacher (and Ableton Certified Trainer)
  • Me! I'll be guiding you through all of the lessons from these guests and filling in anything that needs to be filled in.

The goal of this class is to help you define your sound by learning some of the tricks of the best in the world.

This course is NOT specific to any DAW program.
This is a course about techniques. Most techniques that you see the instructors doing can be replicated in several different applications. We will focus here on techniques, and learning with step-by-step examples of how to make specific sounds.
Topics Covered:

  • Making Drum Sounds from Anything
  • Giving Life to your Kick
  • Transients and "Beaters"
  • Making a Snare Drum Selector
  • Giving Live to your Hihats
  • The Original 808
  • Recreating 808 Sounds
  • Drum Fills
  • Resampling Drums
  • Finding Vocal Samples
  • Chopping and Processing Vocal Samples
  • Turning Vocals into Drum Sounds
  • And much, much more!

Course Outline

  • Introduction
    • Introduction
    • My Approach in this Class
    • How to Use This Class
  • Building Drum Sounds
    • Drum Sounds!
    • Drum Sounds From Anything (James Patrick)
    • Transients and “Beaters”
    • Kick Tutorial (Zak Khan)
    • Alternating Snares
    • Snare Selector (James Patrick)
    • Human Hi-Hats
    • Velocity Hats (James Patrick)
    • Back to Juke!
    • DIY Drum Loop (Juke Nukem)
  • The 808
    • What is the 808?
    • Modifying the 808 Sounds
    • 808 Tutorial (Zak Khan)
  • Drum Processing
    • Resampling
    • Flipping and Chopping Drums (James Patrick)
  • Drum Fills
    • Why Focus on Drum Fills?
    • My Quick Fill Technique
    • Big Fills!
    • Drum Slicing and Arpeggiating (James Patrick)
  • Vocal Tricks!
    • Why Include Vocal Stuff Here?
    • Finding Vocal Samples
    • That Evil Vocal Sound
    • Clipping Vocal Processing (Joe Woodling)
    • Flute and Vocal Chopping
    • Sampler Effects (Alec Ness)
    • Vocals to Drums
    • Slice Mode Vocal (Joe Woodling)
  • Wrap Up
    • What Comes Next?
    • Thanks for Watching!

Course Information

Estimated Time: 2 Hours

Course Instructor

Jay Allen Author

J. Anthony Allen is an Ableton Certified Trainer, and a PhD in Music Composition and master of Electronic Sounds. His music has been heard internationally in film, radio, video games, and industrial sound, as well as the concert hall and theater. He currently is an adjunct professor of composition at the University of St. Thomas, and is the CEO and co-founder of Slam Academy in Minneapolis.



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