Sound Design Tutorial: Pitched Snare Drums in Native Instruments Battery 4

In this tutorial, electronic music producer and Dubspot Sound Design instructor Evan Sutton (a.k.a. Astrolith) explains how to create pitched snare drum rolls in Native Instruments’ Battery 4.

The sampler has many uses in the workflow of today’s electronic musician. On one hand, we can recreate  just about any instrument we want with total realism, while on the other hand, we can use the many features of the sampler to do things with an instrument that would never be possible with the real version.In this video tutorial, we are going to look at creating pitched snare drum rolls in Battery 4. This is applicable to many styles of music, particularly southern hip hop. Battery 4 is percussion sampler that typically only gives one adjustable pitch per sound. However, using some simple adjusting and MIDI routing, any sound can be played chromatically over a pre-determined range of the keyboard. This is useful for lots of different instruments and styles of music, but today we keep it simple with some straight forward 808 style drum sounds. As you work with this technique, think about what other types of sounds could be useful with this technique. – 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

Upcoming Sound Design start dates

The week of October 20th, 2013
The week of January 19th, 2014

Evening Classes: February 12, 2014; Wednesday and Friday, 6:15pm-9pm
Afternoon Classes: March 25, 2014; Tuesday and Thursday, 3:15pm-6pm

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Anyone who comes by will have the opportunity to ask our instructors in-depth questions about our programs, curriculum and philosophy, and watch live music production and DJ demos. You can even sit down at one of our workstations and take it for a test drive. If you are still trying to decide what you are looking for, we suggest you stop by one of our Open Houses to learn more about the school, understand what the learning process at Dubspot entails and help you decide what is best for you. We can also help with scheduling details and payment options.

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