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5 Free VST Plugins That Will Give You Professional Drum Sounds

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Drumming software changed the world of music.

Now, instead of hiring a drummer, booking time in a studio, and spending hours tracking drums, you can get that same (or similar) sound without ever leaving your home studio.

And even though “free” is a word that’s often associated with poor quality, there are plenty of free VST plugins that can give you professional drum sounds. And I don’t know about you, but I love free stuff.

Here are five free drum plugins that can take your drum sound from amateur to pro-level quality.

3 Books That Can Help Solve the DIY Musician's Biggest Hangups

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It’s hard being a DIY musician – part-time or full-time. You know this.

Doing most (or everything) on your own is tiring. Depending on your resources, you might have to be your own manager, PR person, accountant, and roadie. And on top of that, you can’t forget to be the artist.

Many indie musicians (myself included) experience a learning curve when it comes to doing some of those things, whether it’s the business side of music, promotion, or just creating and sharing more music.

So, to help you solve some of those common problems, here are three books that have encouraged many a musician.

How Did This Cover of "Africa" Get Over 11 Million Views (and What Can Musicians Learn)?

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On August 30, 2010, Mike Massé’s life changed forever. He uploaded his live performance of Toto’s hit song “Africa,” and it soon amassed over eight million views. Today, it has over 11 million views.

The video itself isn’t anything special. It’s just Massé and his friend, bassist, and backup singer Jeff Hall, playing the song in a pizzeria, sitting in chairs. But there are reasons why this video blew up. And every musician can learn from Massé’s success.

Here are few key takeaways you can apply to your own videos and covers.