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Unlock Amazing Drum Sounds with Goran Groove's Studio Standard

Tutorial | Jan 31, 2023

In this video, I showed you Goran Groove's handy drum library called 'Studio Standard'. It has multiple velocity layers for each instrument and the sounds are already well-mixed, so you don't need to adjust the volume sliders. There are some drawbacks though, like no built-in EQ settings. I demonstrated how the plug-in works by creating a drum groove in Bitwig and showed you some of the features like velocity spread and probability settings. Finally, I also mentioned that the library is very affordable and that there is a free trial available on the website.

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[00:00.000] Hey folks, welcome back to another video.
[00:02.800] The date's about Goran Groove's handy drums and the library is called Studio Standard.
[00:07.640] They have multiple libraries, it's basically a drum lock-in or drum VST and the benefit
[00:15.240] of these drum VSTs is that you have multiple velocity layers for each of these instruments
[00:21.280] of course.
[00:22.280] So you can play this stuff very dynamically if you want to, it's not just one sample for
[00:27.920] each instrument for each snare.
[00:30.480] And all these samples sound pretty great.
[00:43.880] And you not only have these usual suspect drum sounds, you also get a lot of percussion
[00:48.560] sounds on top here, they even take us in the air and whistles and metronome clicks, right?
[01:09.960] And the big benefit of this plug-in also is that all these sounds are already well mixed
[01:15.480] together.
[01:16.480] So if you lay down a MIDI clip, note clip and create your drum groove, it's already
[01:21.600] nicely mixed so you don't need to fiddle around with all these volume sliders here, it's already
[01:26.440] nicely mixed.
[01:27.440] You also have here a sub bus for the drums and for the percussion if you want to change
[01:33.680] that.
[01:34.680] You can do that, there's also here remapping, that's just a piano roll, remapping where
[01:40.440] you can remap certain sounds to different MIDI keys if you want to do that.
[01:44.560] There are some settings, there are some presets, some routing options so you can output the
[01:49.720] sounds to different outputs.
[01:54.640] And you can also change here the hi-hat controller, the velocity curve, there's also a standalone
[02:00.520] version available so you can choose here the audio output if you want to.
[02:04.960] And there's UI scaling, it's also there, so nice options to have.
[02:11.760] There are some drawbacks because this is a very cheap plug-in compared to the others
[02:16.400] so it's just for the bucks.
[02:19.040] The sounds are great but certain things are missing in this plug-in, for instance you
[02:23.080] can't change the EQ settings for different sounds here, you can't also change the pitch
[02:29.640] or add some room to it or whatever, it's just the plain sounds, multiple velocity layers
[02:37.520] of these sounds and that's it.
[02:39.600] If you want to change the pitch you have to bounce down to audio and then pitch the audio.
[02:45.120] But I do that anyway when I do drum bass, I usually just create a classic drum groove
[02:51.880] and then bounce the drum groove out and pitch it up in audio.
[02:56.200] That's what I do most of the time so it's not the big problem for me and I also don't
[03:01.400] want to drastically change the pitch or any way with the classic drum breaks anyway.
[03:11.160] Would be nice to have, of course maybe an EQ for the thumps here and for heads or for
[03:17.660] rides or for crashes or something like this, would be nice to have a hi-hat here, low-cut
[03:23.000] on there, maybe an update, I don't know.
[03:26.120] So I want to show you how this sounds here and what you can do with it by just creating
[03:31.240] here a drum groove in Bitwig because we have a lot of nice options in Bitwig.
[03:37.160] We need a kick drum and let's use a snare here and the snare is here on D and what's
[03:49.320] also great is that you have a clap just one step ahead and the rim shot one step down,
[03:57.400] one semitone.
[03:58.400] It's in the same area, right, because you usually want to layer some of these sounds
[04:04.720] together, for instance a clap and a snare.
[04:10.080] Let's play this here, okay, let's bring down some hi-hats here
[04:26.880] and these are different, it's the same hi-hat but you play the hi-hat differently.
[04:32.440] I think this is here when you play with the top of the stick and this is when you hit
[04:41.360] basically the hi-hat differently with your stick, something like this, maybe we bring
[04:59.240] in here a different groove
[05:10.840] and we also can use here an open hi-hat, something like this and you can hear it has a long release
[05:24.520] and then you play an hi-hat after that, it chokes.
[05:33.960] See it's just a short open hi-hat because you play this afterwards, so you can choke
[05:43.080] it.
[05:44.080] So this is also a feature of what's in there, which is very important when you want to create
[05:50.040] drum grooves.
[05:54.040] So what we can do now is we can select all these hi-hats here and just bring in some
[05:57.960] velocity alternation so we can use your velocity spread.
[06:02.000] So we have a different velocity each time we hit these settings here.
[06:09.680] We hit these drum sounds but also from the default sound here itself.
[06:19.240] Usually you have also round robins or even if you use the same velocity and the same
[06:24.480] note, the sound is a bit different every time you hit it.
[06:28.280] I don't know how many round robin layers there are, but there are some.
[06:35.880] Also you have the clap, it's the same note, it's the same velocity, but the sound changes
[06:44.280] every time so you get a lot of nice variety and dynamic in there.
[06:51.840] So bring in another kick drum here.
[07:04.440] So the second kick drum here we want to have a probability of maybe 20%, so it's not played
[07:10.960] all the time.
[07:28.320] So we can do this, but these toms here we want to have these toms only every four iterations
[07:57.640] at the end, at the last iteration, so we don't get this all the time.
[08:02.680] And we probably want to have some kind of crash and this crash is only played in the
[08:14.240] first iteration of four iterations.
[08:19.600] Oh, maybe it's different, maybe it's just us.
[08:38.280] Oh, maybe we go here for this kind of sound.
[08:57.680] Let's see here, let's use some ghost snares, also bring down the velocity here.
[09:26.920] And we can change the probability here, maybe 30%.
[09:44.360] We bring in here some shuffle, global groove, let's see how this sounds.
[10:14.200] Let's see if we find some cobell.
[10:25.720] This one here, too much cobell, I was never too much cobell.
[10:51.760] Let's see here, maybe 30%, maybe 30%, maybe 30%, maybe 30%, maybe 30%, maybe 30%,
[11:21.720] maybe 30%, maybe 30%, maybe 30%, maybe 30%, maybe 30%, maybe 30%.
[11:46.540] is also possible, um, a triangle, and a snap, as a lot of sounds to fill in the spaces which
[12:16.420] is really nice. Holy shit. That's even an electronic snare in there.
[12:46.420] So it's really nice to play around with this, in my opinion. There are some different libraries
[13:03.820] on the website. I give you the link in the description below, of course. So they have
[13:08.260] different libraries here, also reggae, some rock stuff here. I'll probably go for the
[13:23.100] next, uh, the next library is probably the Windage Standard, which is nice to have for
[13:37.340] classic drum grooves. Jazz is probably also nice, so there's no preview here, okay. Um,
[13:44.980] all rock studio legends, probably also nice. And the snare sounds nice. And also some percussion
[14:04.580] libraries here only. And like I said, everything, you know, multiple velocity layers and round
[14:17.540] robin, which is really nice to have when you want to create dynamic drum loops. And all
[14:24.900] of these libraries are pretty cheap here, as you can see, 35 bucks, 35. That's all the
[14:35.340] same, right? This one is a bit more expensive, 39 for whatever reason. And, uh, yeah, you
[14:40.060] can clearly see this is made by someone who really likes to play drums. Um, it's nicely
[14:47.700] grafted. Some features are missing, but like I said, it's also pretty cheap. And, uh, of
[14:53.740] course, this video is not sponsored. I just saw this on Instagram and I thought maybe
[14:59.380] I give it a go, play around with it and show you guys, um, so you can try it out for yourself.
[15:04.380] Um, each of these drum plugins here have also a trial version. As you can see, free trial.
[15:12.260] And maybe give me a comment under the video if it works, uh, with Linux. So this would
[15:18.500] be interesting to know, um, because a lot of people, um, in the Bitcoin community use
[15:24.140] Linux. So it would be nice to know is this, if this actually works on Linux. So, um, yeah,
[15:30.700] I think that's it for this video. Just want to show you this, uh, link isn't, isn't in
[15:35.580] the description below, so you can try it out for yourself. Thanks for watching. Leave a
[15:39.060] like if you liked the video and ask them questions in the comments. And, uh, thanks
[15:43.460] for watching. See you on the next video and bye.