Metal Drum Programming Mastery

It’s time to create the drum parts your songs deserve.


Also available in this Bundle: Chernobyl Complete Bundle

Meet Your Instructor – Scott Elliott

I’m Scott from Chernobyl Studios, and I’m just like you: a home studio musician and mixing engineer. From the beginning of my journey, all I ever wanted was to have a big, massive, metal guitar tones and mixes that I could be proud of.

In 2013, I started to study mixing and tone crafting more seriously so I could bring this desire to life. What I didn’t know was that I was venturing into a world of conflicting information and secrecy. Maybe it sounds a bit dramatic, but how many times have you seen a video on YouTube that claimed you could “sound like the pros in minutes,” just to find out they have thousands of dollars in gear and plugins and really didn’t explain anything anyway? These videos never helped me get a better idea of how to create my guitar tones or better mixes.

I wasted money on plugins I didn’t need, followed advice that wasn’t helpful, and made every mistake you can think of multiple times over. 6 years of frustration later and I now know what it takes to create great amazing guitar tones and mixes.

My goal is to sift through the noise, filter out the nonsense, and create content that helps you avoid the years of struggle and frustration that I had to endure.

Imagine this scenario:

You’ve spent days working on a new song, cleaning up the arrangement, getting it tight on guitar, revising the vocals, and it’s sounding good. You’re super hyped and can’t wait to show it to people… but then you remember you need to work on the drums.

“Ugh,” you think, “I hate programming drums. It’s so slow, tedious, and boring.” So perhaps you try to shoehorn various MIDI grooves together in order to complete the song…

But upon listening to the result, it’s just not quite right nor does it hit exactly how you want it… If only you could at least edit the MIDI grooves you chose, but you really don’t think like a drummer or understand how to do it…

There is where Metal Drum Programming Mastery comes in to help you as Metal Drum Programming Mastery provides the information, demonstration examples, and guidance you need so that you can write better, more realistic, dynamic, and complete drum compositions for your music.

What really holds you back from writing awesome drumbeats?

The biggest misconception is that drum programming is just a technical task that needs to be done at the end of a song as an afterthought.

Not only is this false, but it has a huge negative impact on the overall quality of a song. The truth is that drum programming is a highly creative and musical process and provides you with the ability to give your song the extra dimension it needs.

As an actual, real-life extreme drummer that has played in many bands and has played shows in three different countries—I am going to guide you and show you exactly how to do it, step-by-step, with a real song!

This is for any musician or producer of any level that wants to create the drum parts their song deserves but know nothing about drums, how drummers think, or how drummers approach music.

This is especially true if you struggle with:

Not knowing where to start
Have no idea how drummers think or approach writing drum parts
Don’t know how to write drumbeats or make them sound real
Finding the right velocities to use to make your beats sound right

Programming realistic hi-hats, blast beats, ghost notes, and fills
Coming up with creative fills for your song
Mixing programmed drums
Creating drum maps

What are you going to learn?

You will learn:

I present a repeatable 5-Step Method so that you can follow a logical, structured approach to drum programming that will allow you to edit, write, and humanize drums quickly and efficiently.
Each of the five steps are demonstrated in extreme detail as you watch me write drums for a song completely from scratch.
You will learn how a real drummer thinks and approaches music so that you can begin to think and write drums like a drummer.
Do you use Steven Slate Drums, EZ Drummer, or some other kind of software? No need to worry—I will show you a simple and effective way that allows you to properly study and analyze your drum software so that you can know exactly which velocity settings you need to use for each part of the drumkit in any dynamic context.
Struggle with note lengths? No problem—I show you all the different note lengths in relation to a whole note and how they look in the piano roll.
You will also learn how to count straight and triplet notes, so that you can easily understand which note type you need for the feel you are going for with your song.
I will show you several cool keyboard shortcuts and custom scripts to help you edit, write, and humanize drums quickly in Reaper. Do not worry—I show exactly how to set-up what you need.
From client examples, advanced processing concepts, and more.

How was Metal Drum Programming Mastery created?

I did not always have this 5-Step Method—it only came to me after discussing with many 1-on-1 coaching calls and mixing clients. What I found was that the main frustration was just not knowing how to approach drum programming.

To be honest, I struggled at first to put my thoughts together to explain how to do it in a logical fashion. One day, I realized that I was answering a lot of the same questions and I noticed a few patterns of where many struggled to get their ideas into their songs, and then it clicked.

This is where the 5-Step Method was born and how I have been teaching it to my mixing clients and in 1-on-1 coaching calls.

Even more than the method, though, Metal Drum Programming Mastery incorporates all my knowledge as a metal drummer and my 20 years of experience programming MIDI in a neat, comprehensive package that goes above and beyond what I could do in a single coaching call or email for a mixing client.

The funny thing is, this structured method has even helped me write better drum parts faster and more efficiently… so who helped who, right!?

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between Metal Drum Programming Mastery and Henning Pauly’s Complete Guide to Drum Programming?

Metal Drum Programming Mastery focuses on writing drum parts for death, black, and extreme styles of music while Henning Pauly’s course is focused on overall drum programming techniques for rock music. Also, in this course, Reaper 6 is the main DAW while Henning demonstrates his techniques in Cubase. Henning’s course is fantastic, but if you need to know how to write convincing blast beats, double bass, gravity blasts, and any manner of drum parts for extreme music, Metal Drum Programming Mastery is what you need.

Which drum software library do I need to use?

In the course, I used Steven Slate Drums, but this does not mean you must also use Slate—you can use Ugritone, Perfect Drums, EZ Drummer, Addictive Drums, whichever software you’d prefer to use. All examples, techniques, and the process of writing drums itself will carry over regardless of what drum software library you’re using.

Do I need to be a drummer to understand what you’re teaching here?

Nope! In fact, all the information is given and demonstrated specifically in a way for those who are not drummers, have never played drums, don’t understand drummers, or how drummers approach music. You don’t need to know any theory, how to read notes, or anything like that.

How can I ask questions or get help with course material?

There is a private Discord community reserved only for members of the course. It’s a community of several hundred people (and Scott is also there)—once you join in you’ll be able to share your results, ask questions, and also help others!

Which DAW is used in this course?

Cockos Reaper 6. There are some elements of the course that use functionality found within Reaper, but as long as your DAW has a piano roll and you can write MIDI—you’re good to go. Furthermore, the 5-Step-Method of programming drums is DAW agnostic, and can be used in any piano roll or MIDI editor.

How is the course delivered?

Once you have bought the course, you can stream it all right from our website on our custom platform that lets you keep track of your progress. But if you rather download the videos for viewing later, you can do that too.


Metal Drum Programming Mastery