There are few better people to have available to you than a truly sick drummer with a great sounding kit and access to a quality recording studio. So if you have one of those – my congratulations. I know a fair number of those because of what I do for a living, but between the logistics, time commitment, and price of paying them, it just can’t happen for the purposes of making demos for my videos. So I rely on programmed drums (specifically Toontrack’s EZDrummer) to provide the structure for the songs I record, be it for review videos or for personal songwriting demos.

So how does one go about getting ideas from your head into your computer? That’s what I’m here to show you with this video today. I’ll demonstrate how I use a combination of techniques to get a realistic feel with parts that fit your song!

If you’re looking for more ways to make your productions sound good with no hassle, try free demo versions of EZdrummer 2, EZmix 2 and EZkeys.

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As Editor-in-Chief of Gear Gods, I've been feeding your sick instrument fetishism and trying unsuccessfully to hide my own since 2013. I studied music on both coasts (Berklee and SSU) and now I'm just trying to put my degree to some use. That's a music degree, not an English one. I'm sure you noticed.