Banks of sampled drums are a great resource, but there’s a lot to be learned from good old-fashioned synthesis. With the incredible wealth of sampled drum libraries, loops, classicdrum machine emulations and even virtual drummers, it may seem like there’s little need to synthesise your own drum sounds from scratch. While we’re not suggesting for a minute that you give up those modern conveniences, there are loads of useful reasons to givedrum synthesis a try.
Firstly, it can give us a better understanding of the makeup of drum sounds, which can inform our mixing and sound design choices. Secondly, testing our synthesis skills in this manner can help us get more from our synths. hopefully sparking new sound design ideas. Thirdly, having a library of synthetic drum sounds can be useful for beefing up natural drum sounds that have the character we desire but not the weight.