Sound Design Tutorial: Layering Drums – Native Instruments Battery 4 w/ Evan Sutton

In this tutorial, Dubspot Sound Design instructor and course designer Evan Sutton (aka Astrolith) shows how to layer drum sounds using Native Instruments’ Battery 4.

Layering is the spice of life. There are many reasons to layer drum sounds. We can add rhythmic complexity to a sound, which can lend to the groove and improve its overall musicality. Another advantage of layering certain types of drum sounds is that it can help the  sound to cut through a mix, such as in the case of an 808 kick drum. These techniques can greatly improve the sound of your drum tracks way before you get to the mixing stage.  - Evan Sutton

Evan Sutton a.k.a. Astrolith is an electronic music producer, sound designer, and audio engineer, as well as teaching sound design and electronic music production at Dubspot. He is the designer/developer of Dubspot’s Sound Design program. You can hear Evan’s music and find out more about him at and

Become fluent in the language of sound design with this comprehensive program. This six-level Sound Design program uses Native Instruments’ Komplete as a platform for learning synthesis and sampling techniques. Starting with an introduction to the properties of sound, this comprehensive series of courses covers most common synthesis methods available for music production in the DAW of your choice.

Discovering the right sound is like finding a needle in the digital haystack. Learn the fundamentals to make this easier, and gain the depth of knowledge to make a good sound better. Factory content is great, but everyone has it – your mix needs something special.

What’s Included:

  • Sound Design Level 1: Introduction to Komplete 8
  • Sound Design Level 2: Synthesis with Massive, FM8 and Absynth
  • Sound Design Level 3: Sampling with Kontakt and Battery
  • Sound Design Level 4: Advanced Sound Design
  • Sound Design Level 5: Reaktor Ensembles and Instruments
  • Sound Design Level 6: Reaktor Programming

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