The better your drums sound, naturally; better your beat is going to sound. To create a variety of unique drums that sound great and are original, you need to spend more time then just sampling and purchasing drum sounds and loops. The best way to create original quality drum sounds is to create your own library. In this two part post post I am going to explain why you should create a personal drum library, and how to make it.
Why Every Producer Should Create Their Own Drum Library
By using drum sounds that you have personally created, they are going to sound more unique and diverse than every producer that simply downloaded all of his or her drum kits. Your own original drum sounds will also allow you to develop your own style as well.
For example, fat kicks and snares have allowed producers like Ninth Wonder and DJ Premier to stand out. Soft kicks, claps and metallic snares have given artists like J Dilla their signature sound.
The sound quality of your drums will allow you to excel over your competitors. Who know’s how the drum kits online you have purchased recorded their drum sounds. Maybe some of their drum sounds are not live drum recordings. (i.e. not synthesized drum sounds created on music software). Some of the drum kits you purchase online are also bootlegged from other drum kits as well, adding even more inadequacy.
(To get a more in depth explanation of the advantage of quality drum sounds I recommend checking out The Recording Revolution’s Article, “Real Drums Verse Fake Drums.” (http://therecordingrevolution.com/real-drums-verses-fake-drums/) This article highlights the advantages of using real recorded drums and breaks down the negative impacts of using low quality and fake synthesized drums.)
The Ability To Create Specific Drums For Each Track
This is probably the most important reason why you should create your own drum library. By having the ability to create specific drum sounds for each track, your music is going to sound exponentially better. For example, if you want to produce a laid back RnB track you could record yourself lightly taping the snare drum and lightly playing a hi-hat. Trying to find drum samples as simple as this can be quite a task.
There are yet so many producers that use the same drums sounds. This is something that you want to steer clear from. Though some people use similar drum sounds for people to recognize their beats. It diminishes your uniqueness and originality as an artist. For example, take a producer who uses the same sounds over and over. You can easily point out who produced the track. Now listen to a J Dilla track. He never uses the same drum sounds. However, the uniqueness and originality of his production allows him to be easily recognized as a producer. That is what you want to accomplish with your production! 🙂
Along with having the right audio equipment and knowing music theory, creating your own drum library is a must to becoming a great producer. A drum library will allow you to have your own original sounds. It will also make you stand out above your competition. Though I do think that you should all purchase drum kits online as well, creating your own drum sounds will allow you to be a much more original producer. I hope this was helpful for all of you fellow producers. The next part in this two part post is going to going to explain how to create your own drum library. 🙂