Analog vs. digital drum sound design: The definitive guide

One of the many hotly-discussed topics in music production is whether analog drum sound design is superior or inferior to digital drum sound design.

The simple reality is that there’s no universal or clear-cut answer to this debate—both have unique workflows, benefits, and drawbacks that can be prioritized very differently depending on your needs and preferences. In the tutorial video above, expert DJ and producer Devon Johnson dives deep into this topic, breaking down analog and digital drum sound design using Arturia’s MatrixBrute and Pigments to demonstrate. He covers workflows for kick, hat, snare, clap, and cowbell sound design, and then applies the two methods head-to-head in the context of some beats.

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Harrison Shimazu

Harrison Shimazu is a composer, content strategist, and writer who’s passionate about democratizing music creation and education. He leads the Splice blog and produces vocaloid music as Namaboku.