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If you’re a music producer, developing strong techniques for sound design is hands-down the best way to manufacture the tones and timbres you hear in your head. For pioneering sound designers like Brian Eno and Aphex Twin as well as modern masters like Diplo, Amon Tobin, and Skrillex, inventive sound design is the difference between a hit record and a flop.

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Drumtraks is a sampled recreation of the Sequential Circuits Drumtraks drum machine, used on many eighties records and more recently Tame Impala. $12 Ableton Live, Drum Machines, FL. Dave Fridmann, however, gently encouraged Kevin Parker to think beyond his Boss 16-track and Tame Impala's tour photographer introduced him to Ableton Live when the band were on the road. 'He installed it on my computer one night and I didn't leave my hotel room for days,' says Parker. 'I was putting flanger on the whole mix as soon as I had it. Dave Fridmann, however, gently encouraged Kevin Parker to think beyond his Boss 16-track and Tame Impala's tour photographer introduced him to Ableton Live when the band were on the road. 'He installed it on my computer one night and I didn't leave my hotel room for days,' says Parker. 'I was putting flanger on the whole mix as soon as I had it.

Point Blank LA’s own sonic guru Christopher Fudurich is the mastermind behind the brilliant electropop duo MODERNS. He’s also produced, engineered, and mixed records for Jimmy Eat World, Britney Spears, and Pitbull and toured as live FOH sound engineer for Yes, Social Distortion, and Grouplove. We recently asked Christopher about his 5 favorite moments in sound design, and here’s what he had to say:

“I’ll go in order of the track’s original release date. Also, if you asked me this question tomorrow, I’d pick 5 completely different songs!”

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1. The Beach Boys – ‘Good Vibrations’ (1966)

“Growing up, my parents had a LOT of records. So many, in fact, that as a single-digit child in the ’70s, they basically had a what seemed to me to be an entire record store floor’s worth of LPs I was able to listen to. One song that always stood out was ‘Good Vibrations’ by The Beach Boys. I was able to identify musical instruments of the time, but what was that spooky, hooky sound in the chorus?? So weird!! I must hear that again! Later in life, I discovered it was an ‘electro-theremin’ – kinda a cross between a theremin and an Ondes Martenot. Their arrangements were always fascinating to listen to, but that sound made that song.”

2. The Beatles – ‘Here Comes The Sun’ (1969)

“Similar reaction to this song as to ‘Good Vibrations.’ What is that sound?!? I want to hear that again! This time it was a Moog modular synthesizer. At this point in life, I’m starting to figure out there’s much more than drums, bass, and guitars out there. It’s one of those parts that makes me all warm, fuzzy, and happy. The song can definitely stand on its own without that bit, but man, that just makes the track for me!”

3. Jean Michel Jarre – ‘Oxygene IV’ (1976)

“This record pretty much blew my tiny little mind. SYNTHESIZERS! They can make ALL THE SOUNDS! It’s a minimalistic ethereal soundscape event. Throwing this entire album on, it still holds up today even though it was recorded on an 8-track analog tape machine. All the parts are in the right place and they all compliment each other. Simple perfection. I listed the song ‘Oxygene IV’ but really, the entire album should be taken as one piece with 6 different moments.”

4. Nine Inch Nails – ‘Closer’ (1994)

“Hearing NIN’s Pretty Hate Machine at the end of my teen years was a pretty cool teen angst synthesizer release and had me as a forever fan. The song ‘Closer’ came out five years later while I was working an internship at a record label in Los Angeles. KROQ was playing it every five minutes. MTV used to play these things called ‘music videos’ and it was in high rotation. Lyrically, quite a risqué piece for the time, but those sounds! Weird time-stretched pianos, haunting ambient lines that sound like drawn-out tire squeals. Jarring percussion. Every noise was a sonic treat. Play that song on a guitar and it’s boring AF, but those unique sounds made it a national hit.”

5. Tame Impala – ‘Let It Happen’ (2015)

“I could truly list a ton of great moments in sound design, and it’s been super hard to stick to just these five choices. I’m listing this song, but again, the entire album Tame Impala put out called Currents is fantastic, along with Lonerism (2012) and Inner Speaker (2010). The thing with this band is the songs are solid and would stand on their own played on an acoustic guitar, but overall the sounds on this project are familiar but twisted up in a way that makes them unique. Great use of acoustic instruments with synthesizers and drum machines all processed and instantly recognizable when the song starts to play. Really great engineering, sound design, and placement. I saw them back in 2019, when we used to have live concerts, and it was the highlight of my year!”

Our expert instructors over at PBLA have a wealth of experience in the music industry. So, if you’d like to learn the art of sound design directly from Christopher Fudurich at our state-of-the-art studios, be sure to check out our LA courses.

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The drum machine changed music. There’s no getting around it.

Every DAW software these days comes with some sort of sampler or drum machine built right in. They’ve become a pillar of modern music production.

But picking a sound can be tough when you have infinite possibilities at your fingertips.

That’s why these drum VST plugins are so great. They impose some limitations to help you corral the creative juices a bit.

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So here’s the 10 best free drum VST plugins for making your drums pop.

1. T.REX 606

The name says it all. The T.REX 606 is a compact rompler modelled after the iconic Roland TR-606 drum machine.

The simple interface keeps things basic. Which is nice these days when so many VSTs are needlessly complicated.

It’s just volume, reverb and 7 classic sounds. Easy peasy.

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2. Djinndrum

The Linn LM-1 is a classic drum machine. It’s been used by everyone from Peter Gabriel, to Prince, to Michael Jackson.

But let’s face it, these days they’ve gotten a bit pricey for what they are.

No problem, The Djinndrum has you set for all that classic sound that the LM-1 packs in.

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3. Drum PRO

Drum Pro has 20 built in drum kits, 12 pads and global effects, what more do you need from a drum machine plugin?

The Drum Pro has you covered no matter what you’re making. Big EDM? Check. Techno? Check. Everything else you need for sweet drums? Check that too.


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4. Line of Legends

This plugin may not look as technical as others. But don’t let the looks of Line of Legends fool you.

This plugin boasts 47 high quality samples, 8 individual output channels, and punch, release & attack knobs for some serious tweakage.

Heads up: you may have to set up the output channels in your DAW if it’s only showing one channel. So check your DAW manual to figure out how.

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5. Sean Pandy Drums

Sean Pandy Drums is based on a sample pack made by heavy metal drummer Sean Pandy. So if you’re looking for a heavier drum sound on your mix, this VST will definitely give you it.

The ‘Sub Blower’ is especially good and certainly lives up to its name…

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6. KickMaker

2 of the most important elements in any track that thumps is the kick and bass. So they deserve some serious attention.

That’s what makes KickMaker so great. It’s a plugin built for crafting the perfect kick. So what’re you waiting for? Get kickin’.

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7. Beat Factory Drums

Beat Factory Drums is easy to use, sounds great, and packs a serious punch.

It has fully tweakable ADSR parameters so you can customize each and every kit to your sound. Not bad for a FREE plugin.

All you have to do is enter your email and that’s it.

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8. MT Power Drum Kit 2

MT Power Drum Kit 2 isn’t just a plugin for drums. In addition to top notch drum sounds that cut through any mix, it also has a fully pre-programmed groove library.

It’s wicked for composing your own patterns, or stringing together grooves for the drum accompaniment you need.

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9. Dub Turbo DrumTROOP

The DrumTROOP drum machine is big both in its sound and what it offers. It’s a powerful tool for everything from EDM to house and back again.

Their website calls it a “weapon of mass production.” I can’t really disagree with that. It’s definitely massive is every respect.

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10. Single Cycle Vintage Drum Elements

Vintage Drum Elements has a nice, warm analogue sound that so many vintage drum machines have.

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The 12 pad interface is easy to use and tweak, and the preloaded samples are all top notch.

Name your price or enter your email to grab it on the Single Cycle Bandcamp.

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Drumming up the perfect sound

Nothing beats a banging drum track. They’re the backbone of tons of top notch songs.

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And the drum machine is a superb way to hone in on a specific sound for your tracks.

So grab these sweet plugs and program away!

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Already set for drums? Grab some of our other favourite free VSTs.

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