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How to Use EZdrummer Like the Pros

What’s up, guys? Today we’re going to go over software drums. Virtual drums.

We’re going to use EZ Drummer from ToonTrack, which is sort of like their starter, kind of entry level product. I’m going to show you how to set it up in Pro Tools, I’m going to show you how to route it so you can sort of mix it out and process things individually, whether that be kick drums, or snare drums, or whatever.

Yeah. It’s a lot of stuff to cover. I’ll try to get it in. It’s a great tool for song writers, it’s a great tool for pre-production if you’re a band and about to go into the studio and really want to solidify some things and break it down and just write some tunes without having to mic a drum set. We even use this stuff a lot in sort of TV instrumental beds and what have you.

So anyways, let’s get to it. First, we’re going to create some tracks. I’m going to create one stereo instrument track. Then I’m going to create… We’ll create I think seven stereo auxes should do it. Alright, so there we go.

I’m going to label this EZ Drummer, and then my first aux is going to be kick. Then we’ll do snares. Hats. Toms. And then for the kit I’m going to use, we’ll need cymbals/overheads, anything like that. Then percussion, and then our room sound.

So go to instrument, and we’re going to pull up EZ Drummer. Alright. Let’s use this Pop kit. It’s a fairly new kit. It’s got some great sounds. A lot of ToonTrack stuff I like. The drum sounds are getting better and better every year.

If we hit this open mixer button on the left, you’ll see it pulls up the mixer, and you’ve got individual tracks for kicks, you’ve got attack on the kicks you can fade in and out, same with snare, hats, toms, cymbals, etcetera. But what we want to do is want to multi-channel this thing out into our auxes here so we can dump plug-ins on our auxes and process them just like we would a live drum set.

That’s really how you’re going to make this thing come to life. If you click where it says output, and then do track one, you’ll see a bunch of options, and you’re going to multi-channel out.

In Pro Tools, it doesn’t give you the option, for whatever reason, and if someone has the answer to this, hit me up, because I’d like to know, you don’t get the option for track one. So what we’re going to do is we’re going to make kick track 2, and we’re going to make our snares track three. Hats stay four, everything else stays the same on this particular one.

If you’re using their default kit, just change it accordingly. Just know you can’t use track one. EZ Drummer is kind of limited. You only get eight output channels to play with, so you may have to group some thing, depending on what you want to do, right?

So once that’s setup, we’re going to — we’ve sent them out to specific channels, now we need to get them back into our auxes the same way. So go to our kick, and remember, it’s track two in EZ Drummer, so we’re going to go to the input,we’re going to go to plug-in down here, EZ Drummer, EZ 2.

Boom. Snares are three. Hats are four, toms are five. Cymbals will be six, percussion is going to be seven, and our room sounds are going to be eight.

So now if we come over here, we get the snare drum.


Snare is popping up.


We’ve got room sounds, same with the kick. Toms.

[drums play]

Cymbals. Percussion, etcetera, right?

Okay, so now I’ve tried it out. Let’s drop in — hit the Open Groove button, and and we’ve got all these different MIDI things, and I’ll throw in — I’ll audition something simple.

[drum loop plays]


Alright. So we’ll throw that in just for — just because.


The cool thing about this is we can click on the rooms here and we can drop in different kinds of drums. I’ll use a rock snare. I use a rock kit.


Maybe I want to use a different cymbal.


It’s going to load the sample.


I’ll use rock hats.

So anyways, you get the idea. They make a lot of different sort of MIDI packs you can — with grooves. I’ll usually drop one in that’s close. I — 99% of the time, I have to edit it because it’s too busy, or whatever the reasons are.

But once this is setup, you have your auxes here. I can drop in an SSL channel strip on every single track, and I’m mixing it just like I would a live kit.


You know. So I can come in here and if I want my kick drum…


Make it punchier. Maybe not that much attack on it.

If I want to smash up my room mic, I can come in here and use one of these presets to get it going.

[room mics]

Alright. High pass… I can pull these things in and out just like I would a regular live kit. Once you’re done, you can set the outputs, you could print them if you want, you could buss these to a drum buss, you could send these to a crush buss, whatever you need to do, and you’re not limited to just sort of this mixer with basic panning or whatever in here.

So I hope that helps you get started with this plug-in. Like I said, it’s a great tool for song writers, it’s a great tool for pre-production, it’s a great tool for just artists wanting to make something at home. The samples keep getting better and better every year.

The cymbals aren’t quite there yet. They lack a little bit of detail I think, but a lot of the drum samples are pretty dead on. So check it out, I hope this helps you out, and I’ll see you next time. Thanks.




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