By | September 11, 2022



In this hour-plus video course, studio expert Thomas Cochran “breaks” down Native Instruments’ EMPIRE BREAKS, an inspiring old-school virtual percussion instrument fueled by a large collection of vintage-sampled grooves and drums. You’ll learn how to customize kits, work with patterns (including designing your own), use macros, and more! These videos are for new EMPIRE BREAKS users.

To begin the course, Thomas introduces you to the interface and shows how to load snapshots and employ some basic editing. Then, it’s on to the Kit window, where you’re able to customize your kit with different drums and manipulate them in various ways. You’ll also learn how to swap drum samples inside the preset snapshots – perfect for when you only need a minor tweak to make a pattern work for your track.

Next up, explore the world of patterns, as Thomas demonstrates how to select, play back, and arrange them to suit your needs. You’ll discover how to create your own MIDI patterns based on the preset loops and more. Then learn how to further manipulate your sounds with the use of built-in effects (insert, group, and send), such as flanger, distortion, filter, limiter, etc.

Thomas also shows you how to make effective use of macros, which allow you to make quick, sweeping adjustments of multiple parameters with one stroke. To wrap things up, follow along as he demonstrates how to completely customize a kit for production, including swapping drum samples, adjusting effects, and more.

The EMPIRE BREAKS video descriptions on this page will provide more information on the contents of each EMPIRE BREAKS video lesson and further elaborate on how you’ll be able to craft memorable beats with this phenomenally fun virtual instrument. If old school is your thing, you don’t want to miss this… watch “EMPIRE BREAKS Explained®” today!

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