Drums sounding boring & weak?

Create pro-level drum patterns with punch and clarity, and elevate the quality of your music with Drums By Design.

A comprehensive, action-based course that gives you the framework for making unique, interesting & polished drum patterns without spending years slaving away in your DAW, or your money back.

AN EDMPROD PROGRAM:

The secret about drum programming

If you’re an electronic music producer, good drums are a non-negotiable.

In fact, they can make or break a track.

I’d go as far as to say – if you can nail your drums, then you can nail your music.

Because drums literally form the backbone of the music we make:

I mean, have you ever danced to electronic dance music without drums?

Not only do they need to hit the right spot, but they also need to:

Of course, music production isn’t just drums.

Songwriting, sound design, mixing and arrangement all play a massive role. 

Otherwise I’d be lying to you.

But let me ask you something. The last song you worked on – what did you start with?

If you're like 80% of other producers, it will be the drums

So if you can level-up your drum programming, it would help your music stand out, sound more professional and allow everything else to fall into place a lot easier.

Right?

Except there’s one problem – when you hear your favourite tracks…

your drums flop in comparison.

The pros’ drums sound loud, professional and full of depth, whereas yours sound weak, messy and basic.

Theirs make you want to get up and move, whereas yours make you want to quit producing.

Even your waveforms look completely different

When you compare them to your favourite producers, they feel a million miles away from that level of quality.

Plus, you just have no idea how they get there in the first place.

Each drum hit feels so out of place, and you can’t find sounds that not only sound good on their own, but together with other drums.

The frustrating part is that you’ve been producing for a little bit now. Maybe months, maybe years.

You’re not a complete newbie, but you still can’t seem to get the drums right, no matter what you try.

Trust me – you’re not the only one:

I've been exactly where you are right now!

I’ve spent years (11 to be exact) figuring out why no matter how long I spent scrolling through samples, layering sounds together and processing snares until the cows come home – my drums still flat-out sucked.

As you can imagine, my music lacked that professional sound and never quite sounded the way I wanted it to.

And because my music sounded poor, I felt defeated and nearly gave up music many times.

It sucked the joy out of making music, and made it hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

I wanted to achieve that dream of being able to make the music I wanted to, but I fell short every time. I’m not gonna lie – the pain is real.

Does this feel like you, right now?

Maybe you’ve been there too, but there’s a better way.

I took the hard path, but you don't have to...

Yes, there's another way

There’s something that all the tutorials in the world couldn’t give you: 

A framework for learning.

It’s how the pros can consistently put out music with top-notch drums.

It’s the reason why some producers take 10 years to get good, while some take 2.

And yes, it’s the best way to understand EXACTLY why your drums sound the way they do, and how you can improve them.

"Why has nobody told me about this?"

It’s not your fault. 

Most people on Reddit said that all you need is YouTube. 

But so far, that hasn’t worked, right?

Although there is a way forward – a proven path that will show you how to level-up your drum programming, most producers won’t take this path.

They’ll do one of the following:

  1. Experiment on their own
  2. Only watch YouTube tutorials
  3. Make unfair comparisons to their favourite producers

And if you just do these, you’ll end up at the same place – frustrated, inadequate and in the dark.

None of these work in isolation – you need a blueprint 👇

A simple framework for drum programming

This can all come together with the Drum Programming Flywheel:

We created this simple framework for one reason: we want you to rapidly learn drum programming so that you can create high-quality, cohesive and exciting drum arrangements that elevate your music to a pro standard.

All those tutorials you’ve been watching still haven’t taught you something – how to actually get good at drum programming in a step-by-step, practical way.

But with the Drum Programming Flywheel, we can see what we need to focus on:

Quality Material

You need to start with good sounds. Pick the right samples. Analyze if they work together. Tweak them. Make new sounds.

Pattern Programming

How the sounds work in relation to eachother. The indidivudal rhythms. How the drum composition overlaps. How to construct loops. Creating variation.

Arrangement

Making changes over time. Creating drum sections. Transitioning your drums. Keeping things interesting. Adding modulation and automation. Adding and subtracting.

Processing

Making changes over time. Creating drum sections. Transitioning your drums. Keeping things interesting. Adding modulation and automation. Adding and subtracting.

Workflow

Making changes over time. Creating drum sections. Transitioning your drums. Keeping things interesting. Adding modulation and automation. Adding and subtracting.

Integration

Making changes over time. Creating drum sections. Transitioning your drums. Keeping things interesting. Adding modulation and automation. Adding and subtracting.

Once you can get your head around these 6 elements, amazing drums are no longer out of reach.

Because when we made this, we took everything into account.

From the first drum hit to the polished arrangement, you can see how each step seamlessly flows into the next one 👇

Unlocking the Drum Programming Flywheel

How would it impact your music if you could make incredible, cohesive and exciting drums?

Not only would you be able to make high-quality drums… 

…but you could do it fast. 🚀

You open your DAW one evening and you scroll through your curated sample library, allowing you to effortlessly sketch out drum patterns that instantly hit the right spot in your mix.

Rhythm is no longer a roadblock – you know different grooves, patterns and techniques you can use to make your drums feel EXACTLY how you want them to.

What’s even better is that you’re not just copying someone else – you have a way that enables you to make any sort of drum pattern, allowing you to find your unique sound.

You understand perfectly how to harness tools such as:

EQ | Compression | Tuning | Reverb | Satuartion| Layering | Bussing | Sends

…in order to sculpt your drum mix.

Once you’ve done your drums, you could quickly move on to other aspects of your music. You’ll be able to focus on writing killer melodies and emotion-laden chord progressions that fit right into those drums.

Best of all, it doesn’t take you days, weeks or months. In fact, you can get most of your drums done in one session!

Having a drum programming methodology can help you achieve exactly this. No more playing around in the dark – you have something solid to rely on.

But there’s a range of other benefits that come from learning drum programming. We asked our audience, asking the above question: 

“How would it impact your music if you were extremely competent in writing and programming drums?”

The three most popular answers (from 666 survey responses) were:

This is the power of Drums By Design, and you can experience it.

INTRODUCING...

A practical, step-by-step course that takes your drum programming game from amateur to professional through 7 comprehensive, multi-genre walkthroughs.

"Are you a producer suffering from lackluster drums and percussion in your songs? Aden will give you the tools to turn your mundane 8-bar loop into compelling drums that engage your listeners. In each genre-specific walkthrough, every step is covered, from thoughtful sound selection to music integration to processing. Those who wish to step up their drum programming will find Drums By Design indispensable."
Celina Tang

A Sneak Peak At what you'll learn 👇

Rhythm Foundations

Learn the basics of rhythm and the history of drums to unlock your full drum programming potential.

Workflow

Unpack how you can approach drum programming holistically & in your own unique way via the Drum Programming Flywheel.

Sample Selection

Understand what makes different drum samples work, and how to select hits that blend together seamlessly without scrolling for hours through sample packs.

Pattern Programming & arranging

Construct pro-sounding loops, layer drum sounds, and take things further by adding variation and creating unique drum sections.

Integrated Drum Programming

Don't stop at making great drums - get them working in harmony with your chords, melodies, basslines, vocals and effects.

Advanced Tips & Tricks

Polish off your drums through tweaking, processing and mastering your drum arrangements for that full, professional sound.

What You'll Learn...

INSIDE DRUMS BY DESIGN

  • THE BASICS
  • BUILD 1: EDM HOUSE
  • BUILD 2: TRAP
  • BUILD 3: CHILL POP
  • BUILD 4: FUTURE BASS
  • BUILD 5: TRANCE
  • BUILD 6: DRUM & BASS
  • BUILD 7: TECH HOUSE
  • ADVANCED TIPS

THE BASICS

Discovering the Drum Programming Flywheel

BUILD 1: EDM HOUSE

THE POWER OF PROGRAMMING IN AUDIO

BUILD 2: TRAP

The Expressiveness of Working in MIDI

BUILD 3: CHILL POP

Carving Space For Smooth Drums

BUILD 4: FUTURE BASS

Balancing Solid Drums with An Energetic Melodic Hook

BUILD 5: TRANCE

Maintaining Consistent Energy in 4/4 Dance Music

BUILD 6: DRUM & Bass

Blending Drum Breaks with Programmed One-shots

BUILD 7: TECH HOUSE

Keeping Up Club Energy through Smart Repetition

ADVANCED TIPS & TRICKS

Take Your Drums from Great to Amazing

AND YOU'll also get...

BONUS #1

KICK-BASS MASTERCLASS

Get that super-tight low end you hear in your favourite tracks

BONUS #2

DRUM SYNTHESIS PRIMER

Don’t just drag and drop samples – create your own and have full control over your sound

BONUS #3

SPLICE SOUNDS 100

Access the world’s biggest sample collection without spending hundreds on packs

*new Splice Sounds customers only

Elite Mastermind Community & Support

A moderated community full of premium EDMProd students, truly focused on helping each other grow.

Ask. Get Answers. Connect. Collaborate.

Three promises if you join us

Here are our commitments.

Lifetime updates.

We update our courses regularly and add in more content. You get lifetime access to Drums and ALL updates we make to it. 

30-day money back guarantee

We truly believe in what we’re selling, but if it doesn’t work for you—we understand. Just send us an email and we’ll refund you.

Guaranteed support

Ever enrolled in a course and felt left behind? That’s the last thing we want for you. You’ll have access to our support team from day one. 

"Okay, but how much is this gonna be?"

When it comes to learning drum programming, there are 3 paths people take.

Here’s the first thing you could do: 

Option #1: Music School 🤑

AKA the expensive way.

You could go down the traditional route and learn drum programming at music school.

This way, you’ll be paying $1000’s for classes that might not even help you create pro-sounding drum patterns.

Even then, you don’t have any control over the speed or way which you learn all this stuff.

Or yet another path:

Option #2: Tutorials & YouTube 🐢

You stick to YouTube to teach you drum programming, with no structure or pathYou rely on recommended videos and searching for what you’ve already heard of.

After watching a few tips and tricks, you try some stuff in your DAW. It’s cool, but it doesn’t sound anything like what you want to be making.

This is discouraging. The people in the tutorials seems to nail it, but you still can’t.

Because they haven’t given you the full picture.

So one option costs thousands, and the other is free.

Or, there’s a third option.

Option #3: Drums By Design 🚀

You could get everything in a complete package, right now, without the boring hours spent learning about stuff that isn’t even relevant to your journey as a music producer, or wasting time trying to find tutorials that never quite get you there.

You’ll get straight into what matters:

  • Fully understanding rhythm and theory so it no longer holds you back
  • Having a step-by-step blueprint for killer drums
  • How to make suitable drums for multiple different genres
  • Getting your head around pattern programming, sample selection, MIDI, audio, processing etc.
  • The mindsets and approaches you need to overcome

And the best part? You don’t have to spend $5000+ dollars to get this kind of program.

We also believe that this kind of education shouldn’t be out of reach, which is why we came up with our simple price:

$297

But wait.

We really believe that this course will change the way you make your music.

And because of the times that we’re in, it’s easy to convince yourself that now isn’t the time.

But we want you to say yes and really start crushing your drums game, which is why we’ve brought the price down for this launch to:

$197

One payment for lifetime access.

And if that still sounds like a lot to invest into your music production journey, think about it like this:

In one year from now, would you pay 53 cents a day to give you the drum programming skills you needed to level-up your music?

That’s how much Drums By Design ends up being over just 365 days. 

53 cents per day.

Most of us will go out and grab a $5 coffee every single day, so will you invest in your musical journey for one tenth of that?

Ready to level up your drums?

Enrollment is currently closed. Join the waiting list to be notified when we next open it up. Alternatively, enroll in the Pro Producer Bundle and get instant access.

Premium Edition

$297

$197

PRO BUNDLE

$1297

$997

“Unlike other mixing courses, I’ve actually been able to apply all of these techniques in my own tracks as well. It helped me finish off 3 tracks in two weeks, and get one signed to a bigger label!”

Justin Zanish

“This course demystifies many aspects of the mixing process.  Having access to multiple, successful, industry professional instructors makes for an invaluable learning experience.”

CHARLES GRIDLEY

Our students love
our courses

We’re not just interested in teaching you the basics. We want to help you take things to the next level. We want to give you results.

MEET YOUR INSTRUCTOR

Taught by Aden Russell

AKA ARTSEA

Hey, I’m Aden. I have over 10 years of music production experience, and head up the blog and video content here at EDMProd.

Outside of that, I produce liquid drum & bass under the alias Artsea, and have also produced many other genres over the years, such as lofi hip-hop, deep house and more.

I’ve been teaching music production for many years, and am excited to show you what you’ll be learning in the course

AS FEATURED ON:

Our promise and guarantee (100% risk-free)

We are confident that Drums By Design will help you level up your drum programming game, but we know that it’s quite a commitment to enroll in a course of this size. 

That’s why we want to give you 30 days to go through the content, try it out, and make sure that it’s really helping you.

You can enroll and go through as much of the course as you want in 30 days. If you don’t LOVE it, then we’ll refund 100% of your money. 

No sneaky tactics. No “action-based” refund policy where you have to watch X amount of videos or follow along. 

Just send us a simple email at [email protected] and let us know if it didn’t work out for you.

Now it's your turn - don't waste this

You might be excited. 

Hopeful. 

Inspired even.

Now it’s time to get real – you have a choice to make.

You know that one-off tutorials and expensive degrees aren’t the best way forward.

So you can take one of two paths:

A) You invest in your music journey and overcome the biggest hurdle to making high-quality music

You’ll finally understand drum programming and have all the skills you need in your arsenal.

In 6 months, you could be finishing music that has that professional sound to it, and even releasing the music you’ve dreamed of.

B) You click away, and do nothing

You’ll eventually slave away in your DAW with no blueprint or way forward to follow.

In 6 months, you might be stuck in an endless loop, struggling to make captivating grooves, confused about how to layer properly, and continuously creating drums that fall short of the pros.

Which path will you choose?

Lifetime Access

We update our courses regularly and add in more content. You get lifetime access to Drums and ALL updates we make to it. 

70+ HD Videos

Only available inside Drums By Design. Watch on your desktop, tablet, or mobile device. 

Private Community + Support

Ask questions under videos, or get help in our private mastermind group for EDMProd premium students only.

Ready to level up your drums?

Enrollment is currently closed. Join the waiting list to be notified when we next open it up. Alternatively, enroll in the Pro Producer Bundle and get instant access.

Premium Edition

$297

$197

PRO BUNDLE

$1297

$997

"What I have gone through has been fabulously thorough and thought out in a framework that will provide a fantastic foundation to grasp all the different genres covered. Even as an intermediate producer, the methodology communicated has gotten me to re-think in a more effective way! Like in all EDMProd courses, the flow of material progressively builds in a digestible format!"
Keith Elliott

NEED MORE INFO?

Frequently Asked Questions

All you need is a computer, a copy of a DAW, and headphones (or monitors).

An active Splice Sounds membership is strongly recommended (included for new Splice customers).

We strongly recommend Xfer Serum for the Drum Synthesis Primer.

You can start using Serum for just $10 per month on a “rent-to-own” plan (this is an affiliate link).

Nope! Although Drums By Design is taught in Ableton Live, you can use practically any DAW and still follow along just fine. 

As long as you have an active Splice Sounds subscription or suitable samples, you can follow along.

A common concern people have when signing up to a course of this size is that they’ll run out of time and fall behind.

That can’t happen with this program as it’s self-paced. You can go through it in a matter of weeks if you’re extremely diligent and have a lot of time, or you can go through it at a slower pace and take it all in. Whether it takes weeks, months, or even years—it doesn’t matter. You’ll always have access to the course material.

The course itself consists of online videos, split up by walkthroughs and modules.

You’ll also get access to the project files and Splice sample collections we used.

Our students love our courses because they are not designed just like any course out there. We create them with three principles in mind:

Action-based. Not boring. Comprehensive.

Our courses aren’t just videos to be watched – each step encourages you to follow along in your own DAW.

We aren’t just regurgitating a bunch of information – we’re keeping it interesting by helping you develop skills.

And lastly, this isn’t just a few tips thrown together – this course was deliberately designed to give you the full picture when it comes to drum programming. We don’t miss any detail, and if you think we did, let us know.

Yep! Our money-back guarantee ensures that if you don’t like the course, we’ll give you 100% of your money back within the first 30 days. No questions asked.

We don’t have any current plans to open the course after this enrollment period.

Let’s be honest though – between now and then you could be killing it, making the tunes you’ve always dreamed of. Or you could be waiting another 3, 6 or 12 months.

If you’re not sure now is the right time, you can take 30 days to go through the course, and if you don’t like it, we’ll give you 100% of your money back in that time frame.

This is a fully comprehensive course that teaches you drum programming from the foundations up – step-by-step. That’s why we’ve designed our own model for this course – the Drum Programming Flywheel.

You won’t find anything this comprehensive just lying around on YouTube – and while you might find a few tips or tricks that we use throughout this course in a tutorials, it won’t provide you with the full picture.

After you sign up and complete your payment, you’ll instantly get an email from our course platform with information on how to access the course. Your bonuses will arrive in a separate email within just a few minutes. You can start the course whenever you please.

If you’re new to production, we recommend checking out EDM Foundations instead. If you’ve got the basics down and are looking to expand your skillset, then this is the course for you.

EDM Foundations is designed for beginners. Drums By Design extends beyond a beginner-level and dives into the specifics of drum programming, highlighting different workflows, the importance of sample selection and much more.

If you’re interested in general production, choose EDM Foundatons.

If you want to level up drums in particular, choose Drums By Design.

Drums By Design shows you how to create incredible drum patterns by bringing different sounds together and making them work.

Part of this process will involve tweaking drum samples and creating entirely new sounds, and sometimes it will mean using a sample as is. Knowing when to do either is an important skill that is demonstrated in the builds.

Drum synthesis in particular is covered in the Drum Synthesis Primer, for those who want to go further down that route and have more control.

Great! Feel free to use the chatbox to the bottom right of the page, or email us ([email protected])

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