Superior Drummer 3 Tips & Tricks Vol. 1 - Luke Oswald - Interview

Superior Drummer 3 Tips & Tricks Vol. 1  - Luke Oswald - Interview

Hey guys. In this episode I’d like to introduce you to the great Luke Oswald. Best known as one of our most knowledgable authors over at

Luke Oswald has been playing drums for over 20 years and has played in numerous bands providing a variety of experiences that lend to his ability to play multiple musical styles. Luke has been very involved in pushing his own abilities to the next level through extensive drum study and has a deep interest in sharing this accumulated drumming knowledge with others.  

I interviewed him for this article about his newest title Superior Drummer 3 Tips & Tricks Vol. 1" which is available at right now.

Superior Drummer 3 Tips & Tricks Vol. 1 was just released.  Can you explain what our users can expect to learn in this series?

This series is all about not only Superior Drummer 3 Tips and Tricks that I think are helpful for the user, but also actual “secrets” and workflow suggestions that I use all the time as a Superior Drummer 3 user.  

This first series focuses entirely on the DRUMS tab.  We discuss a variety of ways to enhance your kick/snare drum sound and how to create new hybrid drum sounds using the stacking features.  I also discuss some Tuning and Pitch FX workflows to provide some creative ways to come up with realistic and hyper-realistic tuning effects.  I show you how you can quickly change out specific instrument sets to create hybrid drum-set configurations.  

Lastly, we discuss how to load drums from another SDX or EZX library and apply the Core Library mixer presets.  We then discuss the reverse of this, applying Mix Presets from other SDX/EZX libraries to the Superior Drummer 3 core library.  This offers endless creative freedom with the ability to apply any Mix Preset from any Toontrack library to any drum-kit configuration.

Are the features discussed in this series specific to Superior Drummer 3?

Yes.  I wanted to focus on features that are brand new and exclusive to Superior Drummer 3 so users had some new ideas of how to take advantage of these functions in a creative way to enhance their drum sound.  The ability to stack drums is amazing.  It's so quick and easy to stack sounds to specific articulations to make your drums sound bigger or just unique.  You can stack any sound from existing Toontrack libraries, including the electronic core library and can even import your own custom samples.  

The ability to make actual Tuning adjustments is very useful as well.  This differs from Pitch FX adjustments in that the algorithm used for the Tuning parameter actually emulates how a drum (or cymbal) would sound if you tuned it up or down.  This provides far more leverage in how far you can push the Tuning of your drums while maintaining a realistic sound.  Couple that with the Pitch FX real-time and envelope parameter and you have a lot of creative possibilities.  

I also love the ability to quickly replace sounds from other libraries and try out any Mix Preset from any library I want.  I can easily add a bass drum or snare from the same or another library, load entire drum-kit configurations, and apply Mix Presets from any library.  I personally use this feature all the time.  It’s great to take a Drum-Kit or Mix Preset and then just run with it using all of these features.  It’s just so quick and easy to create new drum sounds within Superior Drummer 3.

You mentioned these are tips and tricks that you use yourself on a regular basis.  Can you elaborate?

Absolutely.  I not only wanted this series to focus on new features of Superior Drummer 3, but also my own personal workflows that I actual use on a regular basis.  I get asked all the time about my drum sound with regard to Superior Drummer 3, and these tips and tricks are a big part of that.  I use the stacking feature all the time, especially for the kick and snare.  

I’m always using the new Tuning algorithm to take a drum selections that I already like and see how it sounds tuned up or down.  I can enable and disable the realistic “processed” algorithm as well to see how that affects the sound.  As for the drum-dit configuration options, I’m always using this feature to load a specific set of drums, whether it’s an entire kit or just the toms, the kick and snare, etc.  This is a great way to take your drum configuration and quickly make changes to see how it impacts the drum mix.  

Lastly, I love the built in Mix Presets and use them as a starting point for creative mixes all the time.  Add to that the ability to apply these Mix Presets to any configuration or any SDX/EZX library, and you really have endless creative options for your drum sound.  That’s one of the many reasons I love Superior Drummer 3, you have so many creative options at your disposal and they’re so enjoyable to use.  

Thanks Luke. I can’t thank you enough for taking the time to let us know about all these great new things in Superior Drummer 3.

Once again, you can get your own copy of Superior Drummer 3 Tips & Tricks Vol. 1" over at right now.


Kenny Gioia