Sunday, January 10, 2016

Detailed Clickable Index for Jamstix Drum Software Tutorials

About a year ago, I put together a series of four videos teaching people the basics and some moderately in-depth tricks about using the Jamstix drum production software, produced by Rayzoon. I had a request in the Jamstix forums to create a clickable index, so I went through the four videos this evening and created such an index.

Before I get to that index, here are links to the four blog posts for the videos:

    Part 1 - Jamstix, an Easy Way to Create Drum Tracks
    Part 2 - Covering All the Basic Operations
    Part 3 - Intermediate and Advanced Editing
    Part 4 - Options, the Bar Editor, and Final Thoughts

And next I have the more detailed clickable index. Click on the timing numbers down the left side, and it will open the relevant video at the correct starting time.


Part 1 of 4 - Jamstix, an Easy Way to Create Drum Tracks

00:00 - Introduction to myself and to my tutorial channel.
02:45 - Who is Jamstix for? What does it do?
10:38 - A simple demo, and a basic sample song.
14:57 - Intended uses. Why use Jamstix instead of a different drum production package?
21:09 - Slightly technical stuff, plus DAW's and plug-ins.
24:10 - How it works. General concepts, the brain, drum modules, more DAW stuff.
34:25 - Controlling the brain. And overview of styles and drummers.
39:46 - Understanding songs, parts, and bars.
42:58 - How does Jamstix compose? The groove layer, the aspect layer, and the fill layer.
50:31 - Three ways to approach composition.
52:38 - A quick overview of the Jamstix User Interface, plus a basic screen tour.


Part 2 of 4 - Covering All the Basic Operations

00:00 - Introduction, topics in this part of the series.
02:41 - A few quick notes about Cubase.
07:23 - Using the Song Builder: Presets, or build your own. Picking the style, drummer, kit, and song layout.
22:38 - Simple routing to an external drum module (ie. Addictive, BFD, EZDrummer).
25:34 - Song Sheet, part 1: An in-depth examination.
33:48 - Drum Kits: An in-depth examination.
42:08 - Setting output routings (this is in the middle of the drum kits section).
42:57 - Back to the drum kit in-depth examination.
46:50 - Editing a piece of your drum kit.
48:50 - The Mixer: An in-depth examination.
52:55 - Using an external MIDI controller.


Part 3 of 4 - Intermediate and Advanced Editing

00:00 - Introduction, topics in this part of the series.
05:43 - A few quick notes about the using Reaper as a DAW or Audio Editor.
08:15 - Reaper set-up and technical notes.
11:51 - The Transport: An in-depth examination.
21:54 - Dragging and dropping MIDI data from a previous performance into your DAW.
25:29 - Using live loops while performing in real-time.
28:08 - Song Sheet, part 2: More stuff that I missed earlier, including bars and parts.
35:56 - The Brain, part 1: An in-depth examination.


Part 4 of 4 - Options, the Bar Editor, and Final Thoughts

00:00 - Introduction, topics in this part of the series.
01:07 - A few notes about using Ableton Live, and a few cool tricks.
09:28 - Brain Controls, part 2: More in-depth stuff.
12:48 - Bar Editor: An in-depth examination.
27:23 - Style and Drummer models, and the Brain's approach to composition.
30:55 - The Options Menu.
36:20 - Time Signature changes.
37:51 - Jamming along with audio.
38:57 - Using Restore Points.
39:40 - My final thoughts and comments.


Alright, that should help some people out. If you discover any problems in the links above, email me at djbolivia@gmail.com. Also, even more importantly, if you find this software to be useful, please share a link to the first part in the tutorial series, or share my full list of tutorial and other music-related videos from djbolivia.ca/videos. Thanks for watching!




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